RECREATING A GRAND LITERARY TRADITION
The Hay-Adams Author Series recreates a grand literary tradition established by John Hay and Henry Adams in the late 1800s. At the time, their homes were the center of Washington's intellectual and social gatherings, featuring such notable authors as Mark Twain, Edith Wharton and Henry James.
John Hay served as a personal secretary to Abraham Lincoln, U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom, and Secretary of State under both William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt. Henry Adams – the grandson and great-grandson of U.S. Presidents – was a historian and professor at Harvard. Both men were also accomplished writers who had worked as journalists, written presidential biographies and published novels.
In 2005, The Hay-Adams Author Series was launched by Kay Enokido, President of the Hay-Adams, to renew the spirit of discourse that had once occurred on the very land where our historic hotel stands today, in the center of downtown Washington, D.C. The tradition lives on as we now host the most distinguished authors of our time to celebrate their work and share fine food, drink and lively conversation in a magnificent setting.