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Literary Libations

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Literary Libations 2019

Update: This event is now sold out. If you are interested in being placed on a wait-list for individual tickets, please email Claire Horlings at

Enjoy cocktails, dinner and networking time with your colleagues, friends and well-known authors. Be sure to save Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, to enjoy this entertaining event and support KDL.

KDL Director Lance Werner and Library Champion Randy HansenKDL Director Lance Werner and Library Champion Amy Van AndelFrederik Meijer Gardens
1000 E. Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 5:30 - 9:00 PM
General Reception: 5:30 PM
Dinner & Program: 6:30 PM

All ticket prices include a copy of one of the author’s books.

Sponsorships are available now.

We look forward to announcing this year's Library Champion at this event. Last year's Library Champions were Amy Van Andel and Randy Hansen.

Contact Claire Horlings at or 616-784-2092 with questions.


Susan Wiggs

Susan Wiggs

"Susan's novels have appeared in the #1 spot on the New York Times Bestseller List, and have captured readers’ hearts around the globe with translations into more than 20 languages and 30 countries. She is a three-time winner of the RITA Award. From the very start, her writings have illuminated the everyday dramas of ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances. Her books celebrate the power of love, the timeless bonds of family and the fascinating nuances of human nature. Susan is a former teacher, a Harvard graduate, an avid hiker, an amateur photographer, a good skier and terrible golfer, yet her favorite form of exercise is curling up with a good book."


Leif Enger

Leif Enger

"Leif Enger was raised in Osakis, Minnesota, and worked as a reporter and producer for Minnesota Public Radio for nearly twenty years. He lives on a farm in Minnesota with his wife and two sons."
"Enger published Peace Like a River, his first novel, in 2001. The book won numerous awards, including a spot in Time Magazine’s top five novels of the year. Enger published his second novel, So Brave, Young, and Handsome, which also garnered several accolades, such as earning a spot on the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Bestseller List."


Catherine Chung

Catherine Chung

"Catherine Chung won an Honorable Mention for the PEN/Hemingway Award with her first novel, Forgotten Country, and has been a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, a Granta New Voice, and a Director's Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. She has a degree in mathematics from the University of Chicago, and worked at a think tank in Santa Monica before receiving her MFA from Cornell University. She has published work in The New York Times and Granta, and is a fiction editor at Guernica Magazine. She lives in New York City."


Peter Swanson

Peter Swanson

"Peter Swanson is the author of five novels, including The Kind Worth Killing, winner of the New England Society Book Award, and finalist for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, Her Every Fear, an NPR book of the year; and his most recent, Before She Knew Him. His books have been translated into over 30 languages, and his stories, poetry, and features have appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, The Atlantic Monthly, Measure, The Guardian, The Strand Magazine, and Yankee Magazine. A graduate of Trinity College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Emerson College, he lives in Somerville, Massachusetts with his wife and cat."


Presenting Sponsor

Centennial Securities logo

"Centennial Securities has been involved with Kent District Library's Literary Libations from the start and we couldn't be more pleased. The event is amazing, the people at KDL are great to work with and our employees and clients love it. It is fast becoming one of our most popular, client-friendly events. Now add to all that the wonderful work KDL can do with the dollars raised and you can see why Centennial Securities values this relationship."

Randy Hansen
Centennial Securities Company

Bookplate Sponsors


Adamy Valuation


Baker & Taylor


Van Eerden Foodservice

2019 Sponsors

Media Sponsor

WZZM 13 On Your Side logo

Catherine Behrendt, Emcee
Catherine Behrendt

Past Authors

Literary Libations 2018 authors: Dale Brown, Lynne Olson, Wiley Cash and Lori Rader-Day


Literary Libations 2017 authors: Joshilyn Jackson, Peter Heller, Elizabeth Berg and James Andrew Miller


Literary Libations 2016 authors: Michael Harvey, Helen Simonson, Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Chris Pavone


Literary Libations 2015 authors: Laura Lippman, Ron Rash, Paula McLain and Christopher Moore

Comments from attendees

“Thank YOU so much for hosting everyone! I know that Laura [Lippman] had a magnificent time, so many, many, many thanks for such a fabulous event. Looking forward to working with you in the future!” —Emily

“I had a great time at the event last night! Congratulations and well done!” —Jackie Olmstead

“Congratulations on a great event! Our guests had a great time. You should be very pleased with the final result!” —John Schuring, Dickinson Wright

“It was such a great time. It was such a great time. My friends really enjoyed it. I hope the event was successful financially, too, so you can do it again next year.” —Jeff, Centennial Securities

“So glad the event was a hit! Would love to work with you again on this. Give me a call when you’re ready to talk authors for 2016! Thanks again for all you did for our authors. Much appreciated.” —Virginia Stanley, Harper Collins

“All of us from Hungerford Nichols really enjoyed the evening — just keep getting interesting authors to speak and we will come back.”

Highlights from 2018

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Highlights from the 2018 Literary Libations