The James V. Brown Library's 11th annual Author Gala will feature New York Times best-selling author Lisa Scottoline, who has written more than 20 books and co-authors a weekly column called "Chick Lit" in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The event will take place Oct. 24 at the Williamsport Country Club, 800 Country Club Lane. A cash bar begins at 5:30 p.m. and dinner starts at 7.
Robin Glossner, director of development for the library, said the gala is the library's major fundraiser each year, so it is important to select a well-known author who also is a great public speaker. And that's not such an easy task.
But Scottoline definitely has a great fan base with readers in Lycoming County because the nearly 250-person event was sold-out before invitations were mailed.
The success of the event is possible each year because of the generosity of community supporters and donors, Glossner said. The Friends of the Library also sponsor the event and help support Scottoline's speaking fee.
For the travel raffle, an anonymous donor has provided a stay at the Wyndham Great Smokies Lodge in Sevierville, Tenn., from June 14-21, 2014. Raffle tickets are for sale and the drawing will take place during the gala event.
The event will again feature a silent and Chinese auction along with a champagne preview meet-and-greet with Scottoline at 4:30 p.m. for those who donate $1,000 or more.
A "sword in the stone"- style auction will be featured for patrons who buy a key for a chance to unlock the sword and win a Marc Williams custom gold necklace and earrings and an iPad mini.
Local watercolor artist Carol Wagner donated a framed watercolor valued at $450. Other featured items include a dinner for eight at the Vallamont home of Marcie and David Finn prepared by Marcie and Stephanie Calder; a handblown Venetian-style glass pumpkin created and donated by Daniel Alters valued at $300; Keith Urban tickets for the Nov. 22 show at Bryce Jordan Center; a Kate Spade tote; pottery by Anne Meyer; and a black pearl necklace donated by Laurie Burkholder valued at $800.
As a special gift, everyone in attendance will receive a free copy of Scottoline's latest book, "Don't Go," that she can sign during the event. Additional title also will be available for purchase during the event.
Rick Mason will again be the master of ceremonies for this year's event.
Over the past 10 years, the Gala has raised more than $150,000 to support the library's mission of enabling people to be the best they can be, to grow, to learn and to enjoy their lives while learning. Funds raised from this event help the library continue to offer programming for all ages, Susquehanna SeniorNet, Market Street Matiness, the Bookmobile and Library Links, and the Connect Williamsport community calendar, as well as a host of other educational services and materials.
Previous authors for the event have included Robert Smith (2002), F. Paul Wilson (2003), Kathy Reichs (2004), Adriana Trigiani (2005 and 2012), Jon and Jona Van Zyle (2007), Marisa de Los Santos (2008), Tori Murden McClure (2009), Michael Buckley (2010) and Snigda Prakash (2011). No gala was held in 2006 because it was the year of the capital campaign, Glossner said.
Raffle tickets are available at the library, and more information is available by calling 326-0536.