By Bill Dragon
In this age of Twitter, Facebook, texting, smart phones and Netflix, it’s nice to know there are still a lot of people very interested in celebrating the printed word of great contemporary authors.
At least 500 of those people are expected to attend the Carmel Clay Public Library’s Guilded Leaf Book and Author Luncheon from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Ritz Charles, 12156 N. Meridian St., Carmel.
“It’s the library’s premier signature luncheon,” said Ruth Nisenshal, Executive Director of the Carmel Clay Public Library Foundation.
The luncheon raises funds for the library’s children’s literacy programs, and each of the five authors in attendance will represent a different genre of literature.
Talking about their work will be New York Times bestselling author W. Bruce Cameron (“A Dog’s Purpose”), biographer Michael Sheldon (“Mark Twain: Man in White”) and Rebecca Emberley, author and illustrator of 40 books for children including the upcoming “The Crocodile and the Scorpion.”
Also on the agenda are Emmy award-winning writer Hank Phillippi Ryan and Andrew Sean Greer, the critically acclaimed author of the New York Time bestseller “The Confessions of Max Tivoli.” Kristine Barnett, mother of a 14-year-old son who may be smarter than Einstein, has written an extraordinary memoir of a mother’s love and nurturing which allowed her son, diagnosed at age 2 as autistic, to flourish into a universally recognized genius.
Andy Murphy will moderate The Guilded Leaf Book luncheon this year. Once doors open at 9:30 a.m., books will be available for purchase and signing. The raffle and silent auction begins at 11:10 a.m. followed by a luncheon at 11:45 a.m. The program continues until 3 p.m.