Literary Libations Gala 2023

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Event details

  • Tuesday, September 19
    • Welcome reception: 5:30 PM
    • Dinner, program and auction: 6:30 PM
  • JW Marriott, 235 Louis St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

This year's authors


Lynne Olson is unable to appear at this year's gala, as originally planned. We're thrilled to announce that Thao Thai will be joining us to introduce her book, Banyan Moon. Read more about Thao Thai in our news announcement.

Literacy strengthens our community and is the foundation for lifting up those who need it most. Your support helps kids:

  • Develop an early love for reading
  • Build confidence through social interaction and creative expression
  • Nurture a lifelong love of arts and sciences
  • Accomplish their best in academics and career development

Adults also benefit from KDL resources and services to overcome barriers due to disabilities, poverty, discrimination, violence/trauma and aging.

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For more information, please contact:

Randall Goble, Director of Engagement

Past Authors


  • Anthony Almojera, Riding the Lightning
  • Angeline Boulley, Firekeeper's Daughter
  • Jennifer Chiaverini, Switchboard Soldiers
  • John Searles, Her Last Affair


  • Christopher Cosmos, Once We Were Here
  • Catherine Coulter, Vortex
  • Rebecca Deng, What They Meant For Evil
  • Peter Heller, The Guide


  • Stephen Kiernan, Universe of Two
  • Liz Moore, Long Bright River
  • Alex Kotlowitz, An American Summer


  • Susan Wiggs, The Oysterville Sewing Circle
  • Leif Enger, Virgil Wander
  • Peter Swanson, Before She Knew Him
  • Catherine Chung, The Tenth Muse


  • Dale Brown, Price of Duty
  • Lynne Olson, Last Hope Island
  • Wiley Cash, The Last Ballad
  • Lori Rader-Day, Under a Dark Sky


  • Joshilyn Jackson, Almost Sisters
  • Peter Heller, Celine
  • Elizabeth Berg, The Story of Arthur Truluv
  • James Andrew Miller, Powerhouse CAA


  • Michael Harvey, Brighton
  • Helen Simonson, The Summer Before the War
  • Susan Elizabeth Phillips, First Star I See Tonight
  • Chris Pavone, The Travelers


  • Laura Lippman, Hush Hush
  • Ron Rash, Above the Waterfall
  • Paula McLain, Circling the Sun
  • Christopher Moore, Secondhand Souls
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