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New York's Top Media Industry Events 2006

April 5, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT

Literacy Partners' striped look in 2005.

Literacy Partners' striped look in 2005.

1. National Magazine Awards
These awards honor the best in editorial content, design, and photography in magazine publishing. This year's event on May 9 will mark the awards' 40th anniversary, and will move from its afternoon digs at the Waldorf to an evening slot at Jazz at Lincoln Center to accommodate a larger crowd. ASME executive director Marlene Kahan oversees the awards; Kirsh Productions produces the show.

2. National Book Foundation's National Book Foundation Awards
Established in 1950, this award luncheon attracts some of the top names in literature. Garrison Keillor hosted last year's ceremony, where the winners included Joan Didion and E. L. Doctorow. More than 750 people are expected this year on November 15 at the Marriott Marquis.

3. Peabody Awards
The Peabody awards honor the best of television and radio at a reception for 700. The awards are administered by the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Communication. Last year Jon Stewart took home an award for The Daily Show's election coverage. Peabody president Horace Newcomb will oversee the June 5 awards at the Waldorf-Astoria.

4. Literacy Partners Gala Evening of Readings
Run by Literacy Partners and the organization's honorary chairwoman, Liz Smith, this gala each year attracts 700 leaders of New York's entertainment, philanthropic, and publishing communities. Last year's event featured readings by Lauren Bacall and Renee Fleming. Buckley Hall Events will manage this year's May 1 gala at the New York State Theater, with Atlas designing the flowers.

5. The Magazine Lifetime Achievement Awards
This black-tie event is a combined presentation by the American Society of Magazine Editors and the Magazine Publishers of America. At this year's event on January 25 at the Waldorf-Astoria, Hearst Magazines president Cathleen Black received the Henry Johnson Fisher award, and William F. Buckley Jr. of the National Review was inducted into the editors hall of fame.

6. The Matrix Awards
Since 1970, these awards have honored women with outstanding achievement in communications. Produced by the New York Women in Communications, this year's event on April 3 at the Waldorf-Astoria will be hosted by Oxygen Media C.E.O. Geraldine Laybourne, with Ellen Degeneres as M.C. This year's honorees will include Glamour editor in chief Cyndi Leive and New York Times managing editor Jill Abramson.

7. The New Yorker Festival
Thousands of literati turn out for this series of readings, panels, and interviews. Last year's speakers included CNN's Christiane Amanpour and British author Zadie Smith. Events took place at various venues including the French Institute's Florence Gould Hall and the Condé Nast auditorium. New Yorker director of special events Rhonda Sherman produced the 2005 event with Overland Entertainment. Look for this year's festival October 6 through 8.

8. Financial Follies
Twelve hundred Wall Street execs and beat reporters gather for the New York Financial Writers Association's biggest annual fund-raiser. At the Marriott Marquis on November 17, this year's edition will carry on the tradition of poking fun at the year's newsmakers. Jane Reilly, executive manager of the NYFWA, oversees the show.

9. Folio: Show
More than 1,800 attendees come to this three-day magazine publishing conference, which moves from the Hilton New York to Cipriani 42nd Street this year. The show, from October 23 through 25, also doles out the Eddie and Ozzie awards for editorial and design excellence. Red 7 Media manages the event, produced by Spectrum Productions.

Posted 04.05.06

Photo: Patrick McMullan

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