Guilded Leaf author events return in October


By Desiree Williams

The Carmel Clay Public Library Foundation Guild is bringing seven authors in October for its annual Guilded Leaf Book & Author Luncheon and Writers at the Pavilion events benefiting the CCPL Foundation.

The guild is an all-female volunteer group formed in 2004 with a goal of promoting literacy and library activities, which includes almost 2,000 programs each year.

“Those women came together because they recognized there was an opportunity in the Carmel area to have an author event to bring people together who love and support literacy,” said Elizabeth Hamilton, director of the CCPL Foundation.

This year marks the 15th luncheon and the fifth Writers at the Pavilion event.

Writers at the Pavilion is a relaxed, cocktail-style event. Guests can enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a short auction, a wine pull and an opportunity to meet the authors. The event begins at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at Ritz Charles in Carmel.

The following day, doors will open to the Book & Author Luncheon at 9:30 a.m. Guests can participate in a silent auction and raffle until 11 a.m., when the main program begins. The guest authors are Margaret Peterson Haddix, Craig Johnson, William Kent Krueger, Bryan Reardon, Karen White, Heather Webb and Sophie Perinot. Their books range in the mystery, elementary, thriller and historical genres.

“As the library has grown and changed over the last 15 years, the gals in the Guild really have paid attention to the needs of the library, so they’ve tried to focus when they bring the authors in to design a panel of authors that they feel will build the most excitement and bring the largest crowds in,” Hamilton said.

Authors will have 15 minutes to introduce themselves and discuss a recent project, followed by a meet-and-great period with guests. The event ends at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $70 per event. For more, visit

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