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Literary Libations

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Join us for virtual cocktails, entertainment and presentations from the authors streamed live. Be sure to save Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, to enjoy this entertaining event and support KDL.

Stay in. Stay safe. Support KDL. Proceeds directly support KDL programs and outreach.

Mary Ford accepting the Library Champion Award at the 2019 Literary LibationsShellie Adamy accepting the Library Champion Award at the 2019 Literary LibationsWednesday, Sept. 16, 2020
Virtual cocktails and entertainment: 6:30 PM
Program begins: 7 PM

All guests received a hardcover book and a complimentary dinner package (dinner packages were available for tickets purchased before September 11). Contact Randy Goble for details at rgoble@kdl.org.

A secure link was emailed to all guests, which provided easy access directly to the event as it was livestreamed:

  • $150 for one exclusive access link
  • $600 for virtual half table: four exclusive access links
  • $1,200 for virtual whole table: eight exclusive access links

Watch the full program here.

Last year's Library Champions were Mary Ford (pictured wearing the scarf) and Shellie Adamy (pictured wearing the sleeveless dress).

2020 Authors 

Stephen Kiernan, Universe of Two

Author Stephen Kiernan and "Universe of Two" book cover

Alex KotlowitzAn American Summer

Author Alex Kotlowitz and "An American Summer" book cover

Liz Moore, Long Bright River

Author "Liz Moore" and "Long Bright River" book cover
Sponsors

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
President
Centennial Securities Company

2020 Hemingway Sponsors

Adamy logo

Van Eerden Foodservice

Honorary Committee

  • Kathy Barnett
  • Paul and Cathy Boyer
  • Constance and Jim Christenson
  • Gail O. DeYoung
  • Paul and Bridget Farr
  • Bill and Mary Ford
  • Donald and Laurie Gardner
  • Tom and Sally Gleason
  • Sandra Graham
  • Katherine Gregg
  • Scott and Gail Haebich
  • Mike and Kathy Lloyd
  • Bob and Linda Masselink
  • Hank and Liesel Meijer
  • Carol Muth
  • Courtney Muth
  • Craig and Barbara Paull
  • George and Darcy Pawlowski
  • Christine Pfennig
  • Jay and Helen Smith
  • Mark & Julie Strauss
  • Susan Tully
  • Steve & Amy Van Andel
  • Ann Van Eerden
  • Jon & Pamela Vander Ploeg

Additional 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

"I was thrilled to be part of this gala event in such a glorious setting. It’s lovely to be among friends who are so passionate about supporting the library. Wonderful company, delicious food and literary entertainment make for a great evening."  – Susan Wiggs, author

"This is an exciting event! It’s wonderful to meet four diverse authors and hear about their personal insight and writing techniques."  – Jay Smith

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

"Thank you again for including me in your fantastic event … All of you at KDL are doing God’s work, and I really enjoyed being part of your family, at least for a night."  – Lynne Olson, author

“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