Literary Libations Gala 2023

Presenting Sponsor

2023 Sponsorships and ticket sales are now open


Help write the next chapter for a child in your community.

You and your guests will enjoy a memorable evening with best-selling authors and dinner, while supporting literacy programs and outreach for the nearly 440,000 residents served by Kent District Library. This year the event is moving to the JW Marriott to keep pace with the increased popularity and interest in sponsorships.

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

  • Susie Finkbeiner
  • Willie Horton
  • Stephen Graham Jones
  • Lynne Olson

With your support, we can fill the blank pages of someone's life story.

Join us as we celebrate 50 years of the Talking Book and Braille Center.

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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