Renowned authors coming to CCPL fundraiser

Roy Blount, Jr.

Roy Blount, Jr.

Celebrating literature the sixth annual Guilded Leaf Book and Author Luncheon has invited several nationally recognized authors to Carmel to help raise money for the children’s section of the Carmel Clay Public Library.

The has always been very successful, and striving to always do a little bit more each year, this year’s luncheon, discussion and book signing will include Roy Blount, Jr., Brian Haig, Joyce Maynard, Sena Jeter Naslund, Jason F. Wright, and David Weisner.

“Last year we had about 450 people attend the fundraiser,” said organizer and director Ruth Nisenshal. “The authors always express how surprised they are by the turn out.”

Over the years, this fundraising event has made $275,000 for the Carmel Clay Public Library, including funding access to websites for homework help, summer reading programs, children’s books and audiovisual material for children.

Beth Smietana, communications manager, said that it’s tough for libraries to find the money they need to run because tax revenues are unstable. Without the hard work of the foundation, the library would be a different place. Now 65 volunteers help keep fundraising for the library going.

“These authors are all unique, and it’s fascinating what you can learn when you get a chance to talk to them face to face,” Nisenshal said.

Aside from the authors, Smietana said the event is a great way to meet new people in the community that share the same interests that you do.  “This event is becoming very well known within author’s circles, and we’re only planning on making the event larger in the future,” Smietana said.

Tickets are now available for The Guilded Leaf Book and Author Luncheon at the Ritz Charles in Carmel on Oct. 28. For more information contact Ruth G. Nisenshal by phone (317) 814-3905 or by email More information is available online at


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