The James V Brown Library Presents:

The Author Gala

Best-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” went on sale June 14th.

General admission tickets are on sale at the CAC box office and can be purchased here:
Tickets are $30 and $45 per person based on seating.

The event will also be livestreamed for a fee of $25. Please contact Dana Brigandi at 570-327-2957 or for more information about attending virtually.

An online auction will open up 2 weeks prior to the event at – a ticket auction will take place on the second floor Mezzanine prior to the keynote at 7:30 p.m.

Book sales will take place before and after the event. Book signings for attendees will be available from 8:30-9 p.m. that evening.

Hilderbrand’s visit is funded by a generous sponsorship from the Friends of the James V. Brown Library. The gala is the Library’s main fundraising event each year.

Have an idea for an upcoming Author Gala?

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

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

2022 Author Gala Committee

Stephanie Calder, chair
Brenda Cromley
Jeri Demel
Gloria Greevy
Dennis Keith
Diane Pelesh
Annmarie Phillips
Melissa Rackish
Stephanie Radulski
Ruth Rees
Tricia Shipman
Melissa Starkey