Library plans 19th Author Gala fundraiser and online auction

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Best-selling author Elin Hilderbrand is the featured speaker for the Library’s 19th annual Author Gala on the main stage of the Community Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. October 13.

Hilderbrand is the proud mother of three, a dedicated Peloton rider, an aspiring book influencer, and an enthusiastic at-home cook (follow her on Instagram @elinhilderbrand to watch her Cringe Cooking Show). She is also a grateful eight-year breast cancer survivor. Her most recent book, “Hotel Nantucket,” went on sale June 14th.

The gala is the Library’s main fundraising event each year. General admission tickets are on sale at the Community Arts Center Box office. To reserve a ticket, call the CAC at 570-326-2424 or visit Tickets are $30 or $45 per person and all funds raised benefit the library and its mission to be the place to go to learn, connect and grow. A book sale and book signing will take place for attendees after the keynote from 8:30-9 p.m. Event attendees are encouraged to wear black and white.

The event will also be livestreamed for a fee for those who are unable to attend in person. To purchase the link, contact Dana Brigandi at

The Gala, in its 19th year, will also feature an online auction for the general public, which will open at 10 a.m. September 29 at and close at 10 p.m. the night of the event, October 13. An in-person ticket auction will take place the night of the event on the second-floor mezzanine of the CAC.

Hilderbrand joins the group of best-selling authors who have made this event a must-attend for so many: David Baldacci in 2021; Lisa See in 2019; Dennis Lehane in 2018; Louise Penny in 2017; Chris Bohjalian in 2016; Ruth Reichl in 2015; Jennifer Weiner in 2014; and more. The 2020 event was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Hilderbrand’s visit is generously sponsored by the Friends of the James V. Brown Library.

The library supports the PA Forward statewide initiative, which believes that when Pennsylvania residents improve their command of five types of literacy – basic, information, civic and social, health and financial – they can achieve greater success as students, parents, employees, consumers, as citizens. Libraries are community centers of information, technology and learning that will fuel educational and economic opportunity for all of our citizens.

The James V. Brown Library is open for browsing and holds pick up from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. To place a hold, visit or call 570-326-0536 during the library’s operating hours. The library also is open for public computer usage and for services such as printing, faxing, copying and scanning. Walk-in passport services are available. Brown Library is the 2021 PA Library of the Year.

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., Williamsport, Pa., is the place to go to learn, connect and grow. Founded in June 1907, the library champions the love of reading, opens new doors to lifelong learning, provides a haven to those who seek and ensures the preservation of public library services for future generations. The library has more than 225,000 visitors in a year and circulates a half-million items annually. A member of the Lycoming County Library System, the James V. Brown Library participates in PA Forward, a statewide initiative to promote literacies in our communities to power a better future for everyone.

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