The James V Brown Library Presents:

The Author Gala

Elin Hilderbrand, Author Gala 2022Best-selling author Elin Hilderbrand is the featured speaker for the Library’s 19th Author Gala at the Community Arts Center on October 13, 2022.

Elin 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 seven-year breast cancer survivor. “Golden Girl” is her 27th novel. “Hotel Nantucket” goes on sale June 14th.

The gala is the Library’s main fundraising event each year. Sponsorships are available by calling Dana Brigandi at 570-327-2957. A limited number of sponsorships are available and will feature an exclusive private meet-and-greet with Hilderbrand in the Capitol Lounge.

Postcards highlighting the event will be mailed in May and general admission tickets will go on sale at the CAC box office on July 13th. The event will also be livestreamed for a fee.

Hilderbrand’s visit is funded by a generous sponsorship from the Friends of the James V. Brown Library.

This exciting event is the library’s main fundraiser each year. Typically held in the fall, the Gala is an evening full of fun and laughter for a good cause – your public library!

The Gala funds support the library’s mission of being the place to go to learn, connect and grow, and help the library offer programming for all ages.

Featured authors were:

2021 – David Baldacci

2020 – (No gala due to Covid)

2019 – Lisa See

2018 – Dennis Lehane

2017 – Louise Penny

2016 – Chris Bohjalian

2015 – Ruth Reichl

2014 – Jennifer Weiner

2013 – Lisa Scottoline

2012 – Adriana Trigiani


2011 – Snigda Prakash

2010 – Michael Buckley

2009 – Toni Murden McClure

2008 – Marisa de Los Santos

2007 – Jon and Jona Van Zyle

2006 – (No gala, capital campaign year)

2005 – Adriana Trigiani

2004 – Kathy Reichs

2003 – F. Paul Wilson

2002 – Robert Smith

Tickets are required for this event and may be purchased by calling the library at 570-326-0536.

2021 Author Gala Sponsors

Wegmans Food Market, Inc.
Patrick Marty and Trisha Gibbons Marty
Pennsylvania College of Technology
Marshall D. Welch III
Stephanie T. Calder
Jersey Shore State Bank
John and Diane Burfeindt
Annmarie Phillips
Gloria & Charles “Skip” Greevy III
Donna Biehl
Ruth U. Rees
Margaret and John F. Piper Jr.
Gephart Moyer Financial Advisors
Brette Confair
Daniel and Martha Gandy
Richard and Allison Staiman
Marlin and Brenda Shirey Cromley
Thomas and Laurie Burkholder
Carol Lady
Rebekah Sickler
Rick Mirabito
Maria Casale
Lois E. William
Marcie Finn
Wayne Fausnaught

2021 Author Gala Gifts in Kind
Dana Brigandi
Thomas and Laurie Burkholder
Stephanie Calder
Community Arts Center
Brette Confair
Jeri Demel
Ettinger’s Landscaping Services & Garden Center
Rikki Feerrar
Gloria and Charles “Skip” Greevy III
Don Hottenstein
Janet Hurlbert
Kitchen Repose
Carol Lady
Longwood Gardens
Steven and Theresa Moff

Museum of the American Revolution
Diane Pelesh
Annmarie Phillips
Purity Candy Company
Melissa Rackish
Stephanie Radulski
Rick Mahonski Goldsmith
Salon Simone
Tricia Shipman
Susquehanna Gallery and Frame Shoppe
Tag’s Family Style Take-Out
The Sawhorse Cafe
Tony’s Delicatessen & Fresh Meats
Ultimate Express Car Wash & Pet Wash
Marshall D. Welch III
Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce

2021 Author Gala Committee
Annmarie Phillips
Brette Confair
Dennis Keith
Diane Pelesh
Gloria Greevy
Jeri Demel
Laurie Burkholder
Melissa Rackish
Ruth Rees
Stephanie Calder
Stephanie Radulski
Tricia Shipman