Sammy Award Recipients from Past Years

Learn about this year's Sammy Award recipients!

2018 Recipients


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Madeleine Blais - Photograph by Nancy Doherty

Madeleine Blais


Award for Local Literary Achievement

ARHS Theater Program

The Amherst Regional High School Theater Program


Award for Significant Contribution to Amherst's Literary Culture


2017 Recipients


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Cammie McGovern - Photo by Ellen Auergarten
Arthur Kinney - Photograph by Don David

Cammie McGovern


Award for Local Literary Achievement

Arthur Kinney,

UMass Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies


Award for Significant Contribution to Amherst's Literary Culture


2016 Recipients


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Polly Longsworth
Aaron Lanksy

Polly Longsworth


Award for Local Literary Achievement

Aaron Lansky, Yiddish Book Center


Award for Significant Contribution to Amherst's Literary Culture


2015 Recipients
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Julius Lester
Julius Lester
Award for Local Literary Achievement

Pat and Peter Schneider

Pat and Peter Schneider, Amherst Writers & Artists


Award for Significant Contribution to Amherst's Literary Culture


2014 Recipients


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Norton Juster
Norton Juster
Award for Local Literary Achievement

Amherst Books

Amherst Books


Award for Significant Contribution to Amherst's Literary Culture


About the Samuel Minot Jones Awards for Literary Achievement


The Sammys are named for Samuel Minot Jones, the Library's first benefactor and namesake, who contributed the initial funding for the endowment that continues to provide a portion of the Library budget annually. All proceeds from the awards ceremony will be used to support library collections, with materials for all ages and formats.

For information on sponsoring this event or to volunteer, please contact Sharon Sharry at sharrys@joneslibrary.org.