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You’re invited to our
10th Annual Authors Gala...
and this year we are

The Gala

Let's celebrate the San Mateo Public Library and the vital role it plays

in our community!

Tickets are FREE—Like Your Library!


Our one hour program for this festive evening will feature:


 local dance group Str8jacket 


young writers in our community 


bestselling authors C Pam Zhang and Anna North in conversation with Wendy Voorsanger  

 Master of Ceremonies, Caitlin McGinty Beanan 



Post-Gala, California-Themed Trivia Challenge

​Open to premium ticket holders and to anyone who donates $500 to

our Fund-A-Need anytime between now and the end of the Gala.

Meet Our Authors

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C Pam Zhang

Author C Pam Zhang's debut novel How Much of These Hills is Gold has earned extraordinary praise as a notable book of the year from both the New York Times and Washington Post and one of NPR's best books of 2020. It's long-listed for the Booker Prize, a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and was one of Barack Obama's favorite books in 2020. The National Book Foundation recently named Zhang as one of five fiction writers under the age of 35 whose debut work promises to leave a lasting impression on the literary landscape. Born in Beijing but mostly an artifact of the United States, Zhang has lived in thirteen cities across four countries and is still looking for a home. She’s been awarded support from Tin House, Bread Loaf, Aspen Words, and elsewhere, and currently lives in San Francisco.

C Pam Zhang

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Anna North


Anna North is the author of Outlawed, published by Bloomsbury in 2021, which was a Reese's Book Club pick and a New York Times bestseller. She has also been a writer and editor at Jezebel, BuzzFeed, and the New York Times, and is now a senior reporter at Vox. North is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the author of two previous novels, America Pacifica and The Life and Death of Sophie Stark, which won a Lambda Literary Award. She grew up in Los Angeles and now lives in Brooklyn.

Anna North

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Wendy Voorsanger

Born and raised on the American River in Sacramento, Wendy Voorsanger has long held an intense interest in the historical women of California. Her debut historical novel—Prospects of a Woman—tells the story of one woman’s passionate quest to carve out a place for herself in the liberal and bewildering society that emerged during the California gold rush frenzy, and is included in 2 BuzzFeed Books must read lists. Voorsanger currently manages, a blog dedicated to chronicling the accomplishments of California women throughout history. She earned a BA in journalism from Cal Poly SLO and an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and has attended Hedgebrook, the Squaw Valley Writers Workshop, and Lit Camp. She is a member of the Castro Writers' Cooperative, the Lit Camp Advisory Board, the Historical Novel Society, and the San Mateo Public Library Literary Society.

Wendy Voorsanger


Support Our Fund-A-Need

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Every person deserves guaranteed access to knowledge.

Your generous support for the Library’s FREE services allows everyone to benefit from community outreach programming and enhanced eLibrary content.


If you are unable to attend the virtual gala, you can still make a real impact on the lives in our community by supporting our Fund-A-Need.


Your gift will be recognized during the live event. Click below to donate today!

Thank You To Our Generous Sponsors


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Man Booker


Pen Faulkner

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National Book

Anderson Yazdi

County Consumer Plumbing Service & Repair Group


California Book

St Matthew's Episcopal Day School

The Indie List

Junipero Serra High School

Maisonest Properties


Learn about our corporate sponsorship opportunities here.

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