A benefit concert for Friends of Vanderbilt’s Libraries. Since 1998, Smith and McCorkle, both New York Times best-selling authors, have performed with Nashville-based songwriters Chapman and Berg on the rare occasions their schedules permit. The April 11 performance benefits the Vanderbilt Libraries and is sponsored by the Friends of Vanderbilt’s Libraries, an organization that generates awareness of the library, raises funds and offers a place for alumni, community, staff and students to forge personal connections through programming, projects and events.
Chapman is a Vanderbilt graduate who has released 13 albums, including her latest, Blaze of Glory, which was hailed a masterpiece. Matraca Berg is one of only a handful of women to be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Three of her songs have been nominated for Grammy Awards. Lee Smith has received numerous major writing awards, including the Sidney Lanier Prize for Southern Literature, the Academy Award in Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Robert Penn Warren Award. Jill McCorkle is the author of six novels and four short story collections. "We never know what will happen whenever the four of us are onstage,” Chapman says, laughing, "But, thank God, something always does."
The hour performance will be followed by a book and CD signing. Patron tickets include special seating and gift bag.