Leonard Riggio, Chairman of Barnes & Noble, Inc., presided as Benefit Chair and Oskar Eustis hosted the evening.
The star-studded program included Anne Hathaway reading Dorothy Parker, Sam Waterston reading Don Marquis, Benjamin Walker reading Ernest Hemingway, Colin Donnell singing Cole Porter and Maude Maggart singing Noël Coward. Lin-Manuel Miranda presented the Janus Prize to Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Ron Chernow.
Anne Hathaway, Benjamin Walker, Lin-Manuel Miranda at the Decades Ball
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