What are you doing for dinner on Tuesday, May 3?
How about joining me and a few friends – Cokie Roberts, Lesley Stahl, Floyd Cardoz, Kathleen Grissom, Laura Lippman and The Honorable L. Douglas Wilder – who will drop by to discuss their new books at the League’s annual Book & Author Dinner? This is the longest running event of its kind in the country, and it’s not hard to understand why.
The League puts top authors at the center of the table to create an audience experience that can’t be found anywhere else. And the evening supports the great work the League does in our community to help make Richmond the best place anywhere to live, work and raise a family.
In the ten years I’ve been coming, I’ve concluded that this is the world’s greatest book club. Where else can you hear half a dozen leading authors of the latest fiction, contemporary recipes, history and personal memoir, staffed by the book lovers from our own Fountain Bookstore of Shockoe Slip?
Every year is special. This year, though, we honor the League’s 90th anniversary. Think of it. Nine decades of civic service in Richmond, largely made possible through this annual event that’s become as much a sign of spring as azaleas, dogwoods and robins on the lawn.
The timing’s right too, coming just a few days before Mother’s Day. There’s no better gift for the Mom in your life than a terrific book inscribed by the author just for you and yours.
That’s one of my favorite parts each year, when authors take their seats at the tables just outside the dining room at the Greater Richmond Convention Center to sign books with a personal note to excited fans.
If you love books as much as I do, or just want to get out for a great night of good food, friendship and inspiration, I hope I’ll see you Tuesday night, May 3, at the 71st annual Junior League of Richmond Book and Author Dinner. I can guarantee you, you’ll be glad you came.
We welcome Bob Deans for the 8th year as Master of Ceremonies of our Book and Author Event. A Native of Richmond, Deans spent twenty-five years as a correspondent for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and other Cox newspapers before joining the Natural Resources Defense Council and the NRDC Action Fund in 2009 where he is currently the Director of Strategic Engagement. Bob Deans is the author of the 2007 book, The River Where American Began: A Journey Along the James and the 2012 book, Reckless: The Political Assualt on the American Environment.