Worcester Free Public Library


Please join us for an elegant evening of cocktails, conversation, and dinner with five celebrated authors. Reserve your place today for a unique event that will benefit the programs and services of the Worcester Public Library and One City, One Library.

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Worcester Country Club | Two Rice Street, Worcester, MA
6 to 10 p.m.
6 p.m. - Cocktail Reception with open bar
7 p.m. - Welcome, dinner with featured authors, cash bar
8 p.m. - Live auction (including “Fund a Need”) and authors’ speaking program
Event sponsors

Tickets are $100. For tickets or more information, contact Christine Murray at Execdir@wplfoundation.org or (508) 799-1656.

Festive attire. Suit jacket required. No jeans.

We are thrilled to present the
Dr. Richard E. Greene Founders Award to
Michael V. OíBrien
Executive V.P., Winn Companies and Former Worcester City Manager

The Founders Award is presented annually to an individual or organization showing dedication to the mission of the Worcester Public Library Foundation. Dr. Richard E. Greene, in addition to being a retired president of three universities and colleges, is a lifelong library advocate, who has previously served as president of both the Worcester Public Library Foundation and the Worcester Public Library Board of Directors. Dr. Greene, along with other prominent members of the Worcester community and former Head Librarian Penelope Johnson, spearheaded efforts to develop the Worcester Public Library Foundation as a model for private sector fund-raising to ensure the vitality of the Worcester Public Library.


Worcester native Thomas Christopher Greene earned his Masterís in Writing from the former Vermont College. His fiction has been translated into 11 languages and has been nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His fourth novel, published in March 2014, The Headmasterís Wife, was inspired by a personal tragedy and is his most profound and moving work to date. Greene is the founding president of the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Michael Patrick MacDonald grew up in South Bostonís Old Colony housing project. He won the American Book Award in 2000. His national bestseller, All Souls, A Family Story from Southie and his follow-up, Easter Rising: A Memoir of Roots and Rebellion have been adopted by university curriculums across the country. He is currently Author-in-Residence at Northeastern Universityís Honors Program. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Sue Miller is the bestselling author of the novels Lost in the Forest, The World Below, While I Was Gone, and The Good Mother, among others; the story collection: Inventing the Abbots; and the memoir The Story of My Father. Her latest, The Arsonist, was published in June, 2014. She has won a Guggenheim Fellowship, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, the Carl Sandburg Prize from the Chicago Public Library, and the Kate Chopin Prize. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Jessica Lamb-Shapiro is the author of Promise Land, a memoir. She has also published fiction and nonfiction work in magazines such as The Believer, McSweeney's, Open City, and Index. She has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She received her BA from Brown and her MFA from Columbia. She lives in New York.

James Scott is the author of the novel The Kept. He earned his MFA in creative writing from Emerson College. He has received awards from the Sewanee Writersí Conference, the New York State Summer Writers Institute, the Millay Colony, the Saint Botolph Club, the Tin House Summer Writerís Conference, Yaddo, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Currently, he lives in Whately, Massachusetts with his wife and dog.

Moderator - Joe Cox, President of the EcoTarium, New Englandís leading science and nature center.

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