By Emma Uber
Featured authors have been announced for the Guilded Leaf Book & Author Luncheon, an annual fundraiser that benefits the Carmel Clay Public Library Foundation.
Authors who will speak at the Oct. 17 event are Margaret Peterson Haddix, Craig Johnson, William Kent Krueger, Bryan Reardon, Heather Webb, Sophie Perinot and Karen White. Haddix has written more than 40 books that have won numerous awards and topped readers’ choice lists in 29 states, while Kent Krueger has won prestigious national awards, such as the Edgar and Anthony awards.
“This event was started 15 years ago by the CCPL Guild, a group of dedicated women who recognize the value a library brings to a community,” CCPL Foundation Director Elizabeth Hamilton said.
Hamilton said the luncheon allows the Carmel community to connect with authors while also promoting the library’s programs.
“The proceeds support the over 1,500 free programs our children’s department offers annually to our community,” Hamilton said. “This event also is a signature event which offers the community an opportunity to meet and listen to six New York Times best-selling authors who value and appreciate literacy.”
The 15th annual Book & Author Luncheon will be from 11:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 17 at Ritz Charles, 12156 N. Meridian St., Carmel. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and $70 tickets are available at carmel.lib.us/foundation/tickets.cfm until October 10.
Hamilton encourages community members to attend to appreciate the library and the art of storytelling.
“This event will help ensure the continued success of the library sharing stories with the community. Story is a powerful and essential part of human communication,” Hamilton said. “Nowhere in any community is there a bigger supporter of stories than the library. The library is a place of comfort, community, information and programs that encourage children and adults alike to find their joy and expand their knowledge in a good book.”