Authors return for 2 fundraisers benefiting Carmel Clay Public Library Foundation 


The Carmel Clay Public Library Foundation has two big events coming up in October: Writers at the Pavilion on Oct. 19 and a Book & Author Luncheon on Oct. 20.

Both events are major fundraisers every year for the foundation. It’s the 12th year that these events have been held, which bring together notable authors for discussion and fundraising.

Selected authors will speak at both events. Writers at the Pavilion is scheduled for 7 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Ritz Charles Garden Pavilion. The Book & Author Luncheon is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 20 at Ritz Charles. Admission is $70 per person at each event.  Corporate tables of 10 are available for $1,200.

Six authors will be featured this year:

  • Shaun Harris, who’s debut novel, “The Hemingway Thief,” is a Carl Hiaasen-like mystery centered on the Baja Peninsula in Mexico. It tells “the rest of the story” behind the theft of Ernest Hemingway’s first draft of his novel in Paris in 1922.
  • Karen Stabiner, a world-renowned journalist writing about food and health issues. She’s been a New York Times Notable Book Author and her latest book, “Generation Chef,” is a fast-paced narrative that gives a behind the scenes look at being a chef.
  • Kathleen Donohoe was raised in a family of Irish American firefighters and her debut novel, “Ashes of Fiery Weather,” is about six generations of women in a family of firefighters, spanning from famine-era Ireland to Brooklyn a decade after 9/11.
  • Kati Marton is a New York Times bestselling author whose newest book is “True Believer,” a real-life spy thriller about state department employees who spied for Joseph Stalin in the 1930s and 40s.
  • Lars Anderson is a 20-year veteran writer of Sports Illustrated who just published a bestselling book called “The Mannings — The Fall and Rise of a Football Family,” about, of course, Peyton, Eli and Archie Manning, all NFL legends.
  • Candice Millard’s upcoming book is called “Hero of the Empire” and is about Winston Churchill during the Boer War and his daring escape from a prisoner of war camp.

This year’s evening event will be moderated by Andy Ober of Inside INdiana Business, and the luncheon will be moderated by Andy Murphy, author, marketer, literary agent, and co-founder of The WriteStuff Writer’s Conference, a nationally recognized program of support for budding writers.

“This will be my 13th year serving as moderator,” Murphy said. “It is a chance to discover the works of new and favorite authors and to meet them up close and personal. Silent auction has dynamite items to bid on and the lunch is always delicious.”

For more information about the Guild or this event, visit

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