Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Gemini Ink

On September 7, 2006, Gemini Ink will honor Jacques Barzun with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

“"This is an extraordinary year for INKstravaganza with Jacques Barzun receiving a laurel for lifetime achievement and Abraham Verghese one for literary excellence,” said Rosemary Catacalos, executive director of Gemini Ink. “We’ve never had two honorees before. We’ve traditionally given the Literary Excellence Award honoring a local writer whose work has achieved national recognition and who also engages in community service. Abraham generously fills that bill.

“But the Lifetime Achievement Award is our first — and perhaps only — such prize. We felt it absolutely imperative to honor Jacques Barzun, a world renowned cultural historian who has lived in San Antonio since 1997. This is a man whose intellectual generosity has inspired generations of readers, writers and thinkers worldwide.”

Express-News Editor Robert Rivard will be master of ceremonies, and senior critic Mike Greenberg will pay special tribute to Barzun.

— Steve Bennett, Gemini Ink fundraiser will honor Verghese, Barzun, San Antonio Express-News, Sept. 2, 2006.

See the video of Jacques Barzun’s acceptance speech, made in his home.