“Chapters” Fundraiser to Benefit Library’s Literacy Service

   Spend an enjoyable evening after hours in the library with three favorite authors while helping raise money and awareness for Tulsa City-County Library’s Ruth G. Hardman Adult Literacy Service.

   In conjunction with National Literacy Awareness Month, Tulsa City-County Library and the Tulsa Library Trust are offering “Chapters: A Casual Evening of Books, Bards and Bites” on Friday, Sept. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hardesty Regional Library, 8316 E. 93rd St. The cost is $50 per person. Deadline for reservations is Aug. 31.

   Attendees will get to enjoy food and wine from some of the area’s favorite restaurants while listening to authors Laura Lippman, Clifton Taulbert and Eilis O’Neal.

   Lippman is the author of 18 mysteries. She was a reporter for 20 years, including 12 years at The (Baltimore) Sun. She began writing novels while working full time and published seven books about “accidental PI” Tess Monaghan before leaving daily journalism in 2001. She has received the Edgar, The Anthony, The Agatha, The Shamus, The Nero Wolfe, Gumshoe and Barry awards for her novels.

   Taulbert is the author of more than a dozen books, including “Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored,” the Pulitzer Prize-nominated “The Last Train North,” as well as the award-winning “Eight Habits of the Heart: Embracing the Values That Build Strong Communities,” which garnered him an invitation from former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to speak to her peers. Taulbert is the founder and president of the Building Community Institute, a human capital development company.

   O’Neal is the author of “The False Princess,” a writer of short fantasy titles and the managing editor of the literary magazine Nimrod International Journal. She started writing at the age of 3 (though the story was only four sentences long). Her short fantasy titles have been published in various print and online journals.

   “Chapters” is sponsored by TulsaPeople Magazine, Tulsa World, Charles and Marion Weber Foundation, Bryan B. Close, Doug and Linda Farquharson, The Gelvin Foundation, Ruth K. Nelson, Doris Franklin and Dick Ekdahl, Sally and Jim Frasier, Leanne Helmerich, Marcy and Bernard Robinowitz, Glenna and Alan Anderson, Margery F. Bird, Larry and Nancy Born, Kerri and John Bowen, Cheryl and Larry Chambers, Dr. and Mrs. Bruce Dieterlen, Donna and Will Farrior, Janie and Earl Funk, Helen Jo and Jim Hardwick, Margaret and Curtis Holdridge, Karen Mildren, Diana and Milt Wolff, Paul Woodul, Bob Stewart, Mary Ward, The Sneed Foundation, Susan and Bob Mase, and Bill and Lynn Peacher.

   Appetizers, wine and dessert are provided by All Things Cake, Albert G’s, Barnes & Noble, Bodean Seafood Restaurant, Cosmo Cafe, Felini’s Cookies & Deli, India Palace, Juniper, KEO Asian Cuisine, Lambrusco’Z To Go, The Local Table, Mimi’s Cafe, Oliveto Italian Bistro, Panera Bread, Pepper’s Grill, Petty’s Fine Foods, Ranch Acres Wine & Spirits, Reasor’s, Sonoma Bistro & Wine Bar, Toni’s Flowers & Gifts, Tulsa Library Trust, Whole Foods Market and Yokozuna.

   Authors’ books will be available for purchasing with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the literacy service. Call 918-549-7364 for more information about “Chapters” or to make a reservation.



I am so excited! Two of my favorites--Laura Lippman and the Literacy program!

What a fun evening we'll have -- terrific authors!

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