Literary Legends

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Fifth Annual Literary Legends Gala

Saturday, October 20, 2018
7pm – 10pm
Albany Public Library – Howe Branch
105 Schuyler St, Albany, NY 12202
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Honoring the work of
Frankie Y. Bailey
Alice P. Green

2018 Honorary  Co-Chairs:
Hon. Dorcey Applyrs and Linda Jackson-Chalmers


The Albany Public Library Foundation takes great pleasure in announcing Dr. Frankie Y. Bailey and Dr. Alice P. Green as our Literary Legends honorees for 2018. The Library Foundation will celebrate Bailey’s and Green’s important contributions to both literature and the life of the city of Albany at the 5th annual Literary Legends Gala to be held on Saturday October 20th, 2018, at the Albany Public Library’s historic Howe Branch.

Alice Green is an Albany giant—a notable activist and community leader. She has never ignored the importance of culture in her tireless work for justice. A champion of literature, she founded the Paden Institute, a residency for writers of color in the Adirondacks. She is also a founder of one of Albany’s longest running black newspapers, The South End Scene.

Frankie Bailey is a distinguished scholar and professor of criminal justice at the University at Albany. She is also a mystery writer who has popularized the streets and places of Albany with mystery readers across the country through her Hannah McCabe novels, The Red Queen Dies and What the Fly Saw.

Together, Green and Bailey have written three books. Wicked Albany (2009) and Wicked Danville (2011) are popular nonfiction works that explore crime and justice in the Prohibition era. “Law Never Here”: A Social History of African American Responses to Crime and Justice (1999) is a scholarly nonfiction work that traces the evolution of the criminal justice system from slavery through the 20th century.

Literary Legends is the Albany Public Library Foundation’s signature event. Literary Legends was created to showcase outstanding people of letters within our community.


2014: William Kennedy, Paul Grondahl and Amy Biancolli

2015: Gregory Maguire, Barbara Smith (More info)

2016: Marion Roach-Smith, Dr. Leonard Slade (More info)

2017: Athena Lord


The purpose of Literary Legends is two-fold:  to recognize outstanding local authors, illustrators and publishers for their extraordinary contributions to the art of letters and to raise needed funds for special programs and services provided by the Albany Public Library. Thank you for your support!