2018 12th Annual Book & Author Luncheon

Three authors with intriguing books, delicious entrees and vendors offering gorgeous jewelry, clothing and other items attracted more than 185 library supporters to the 12th annual Book & Author Luncheon on Saturday, September 8, at the Peninsula Golf & Country Club in San Mateo. Seated at tables accented with lovely floral arrangements under sparkling chandeliers, they responded generously to City Librarian Brad McCulley’s call to fund a homework center coordinator at the library for the coming year and heard our featured authors describe their different paths to publication.

Peter Rubin, a senior editor at Wired and author of Future Presence: How Virtual Reality Is Changing Human Connection, Intimacy, and the Limits of Ordinary Life, explained how this new technology is reshaping human interactions. Meg Waite Clayton, whose latest book, Beautiful Exiles, is based on Hemingway spouse Martha Gellhorn, spoke of abandoning a career as an attorney to become a self-taught, successful novelist. And Matt Richtel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter whose latest thriller is titled Dead on Arrival, recalled his long journey from writing what other people wanted to listening to his own voice.

We’re still tallying the numbers, but the luncheon and its companion online auction were a big fundraising success! The auction alone brought in more than $18,000. Thank you for demonstrating your love for our two libraries so generously!

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