San Mateo
Public Library Foundation




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San Mateo, CA 94402


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The Literary Society is a group of enterprising and enthusiastic volunteer supporters of the public library. LS members, in concert with the Foundation, plan and host the annual Author's Gala. This signature fundraising event features a lively dinner, an intimate conversation with a prominent author and a live auction.

All proceeds from the Gala support critical programs and services at our public library. Funds raised at the Author's Gala target programs that bring the library closer to underserved communities, improve the library user experience and increase access to technology through innovation. 

  • Meet other engaging people in your community

  • Develop your event planning, sponsor solicitation, PR, and media skills while helping the San Mateo Public Library remain a vital institution.

  • Already know how to put on a party? Lend your expertise to our team!

  • We laugh a lot, we have no ego, and we enjoy making our Library a better place for our community

Literary Society Members

Jeanne Back
Sarah Block
Diane Ervin
Jamie Hwang 
Susan Graham
Elise Kardos
Kim Lazarus
Lisa McDonald 
Heather McLean
Mimi Mornell

Flor Santana Bernard
Suzanne Simms
Marian Sosnick
Mary Ann Teixeira 
Wendy Voorsanger

Sustaining Members

Tina Crisci
Kathryn Dwyer 
Michele Freed
Terri Garnick
Marni Gerber
Shelley Goldberg
Annette Kranzler
Keren Kotowitz 
Amy Laughlin
Amy Liou
Paige Meek
Bea Murphy
Tea Rajic 
Rada Zarandian
Stephanie Zheng

What We Are Reading

A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel

By Amor Towles

American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road

By Nick Bilton

Barkskins: A Novel

By Annie Proulx

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

By Trevor Noah

Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity

By David Lynch

Children’s Literature: My Father’s Dragon

By Ruth Stiles Gannett


By Ann Patchett

Cookbooks: Half Baked Harvest

By Tieghan Gerard

Better Baking: Wholesome Ingredients Delicious Desserts

By Genevieve Ko

Crazy Rich Asians 3 Book Series

By Kevin Kwan

Different Class

By Joanne Harris

Happiness: A Memoir: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After

By Heather Harpham

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

By J. D. Vance

How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success

By Julie Lythcott-Haims

Logical Family: A Memoir

By Armistead Maupin

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

By Sheryl Sandberg, Adam Grant​

Real American

By Julie Lythcott-Haims

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

By Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Douglas Carlton Abrams

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

By Daniel James Brown

The Essex Serpent: A Novel

By Sarah Perry

The Girl on the Train: A Novel

By Paula Hawkins

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos: A Novel

By Dominic Smith

The Little Paris Bookshop: A Novel

By Nina George

The Sympathizer: A Novel

By Viet Thanh Nguyen