Carmel Public Library Foundation Launches Its Annual Campaign and Holds FREE Public Program With Pulitzer Prize-Winner Author Jane Smiley Sunday, November 13th

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    Carmel Public Library Foundation Launches Its Annual Campaign and Holds FREE Public Program With Pulitzer Prize-Winner Author Jane Smiley Sunday, November 13th

    The Carmel Public Library Foundation is honored to present Author! Author!, with Jane Smiley to be held on Sunday, November 13th at Harrison Memorial Library located at Ocean and Lincoln Streets in Carmel from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Jane will talk about and sign her newest novels Private Life (a novel for adults), The Georges and the Jewels and
    A Good Horse (two novels for young chapter book readers 9 years and older). In 1992 Jane Smiley won the Pulitzer Prize for Thousand Acres. She has authored numerous other novels and writings including The Age of Grief, The Greenlanders, Ordinary Love and Good Will, Moo, Horse Heaven, Good Faith, Ten Days in the Hills and A Year at the Races.

    Author! Author!, is one of the Carmel Public Library Foundation's free public programs. Appropriate for readers 9 years and older, the Foundation invites individuals to bring children, grandchildren -- bring the whole family! The event is made possible through the generosity and sponsorship of long-time library friends and supporters, Bill & Suzanne Tyler.

    There is a $10 suggested contribution. Seating is limited, so please arrive early! Proceeds benefit Carmel Public Library. Questions? Call the Foundation at (831) 624-2811.
    www.carmelpubliclibraryfoundation.org.

    The Carmel Library Foundation will also launch its Annual Giving Campaign during this event. The Foundation invites you to "Support Your Library: Open Doors, Invest in a Prosperous and Inspired Community." The library is an essential part of life on the Central Coast of California. Gifts from the community fund 100% of the books, materials, programs, equipment, and services. Thanks to these charitable donations, Carmel Library maintains its superior reputation, serving 106,000 locals and visitors from our community, the central coast and beyond.

    Background On Jane Smiley:
    Jane Smiley was born in Los Angeles, California, moved to the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri as an infant, and lived there through grammar school and high school (The John Burroughs School). After getting her BA at Vassar College in 1971, she traveled in Europe for a year, working on an archeological dig and sightseeing, and then returned to Iowa for graduate school at the University of Iowa.

    MFA and PhD in hand, she went to work in 1981 at Iowa State University, in Ames, where she taught until 1996. Jane is the author of numerous novels including The Age of Grief, The Greenlanders, Ordinary Love and Good Will, A Thousand Acres, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992, Moo, Horse Heaven, Good Faith, Ten Days in the Hills, and the young adult novel, The Georges and the Jewels, as well as many essays for such magazines as Vogue, The New Yorker, Practical Horseman,Harper's,The New York Times Magazine, Allure, The Nation and others. She has written on politics, farming, horse training, child-rearing, literature, impulse buying, getting dressed, Barbie, marriage, and many other topics. She is also the author of the nonfiction books A Year at the Races, Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel and from Penguin Lives Series, a biography of Charles Dickens. In 2001, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters and in 2006, she received the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature. Jane lives in Northern California, as do several of her horses.

    The Carmel Public Library Foundation's mission is to raise vital funds for Harrison Memorial Library that will ensure free Library service in perpetuity. Every book, CD, DVD, all the services, equipment, resources and programs are funded by charitable donations. The Carmel Public Library Foundation provides funds for all of the Library's acquisitions, collections, services, equipment, archives, and public programs for children, adults, and seniors. While the City of Carmel funds Library salaries and building maintenance, it is private contributions to the Library Foundation that provide the rest.

    Did you know that there are four ways to support The Carmel Public Library Foundation?
    It's simple. Make a contribution to the Carmel Public Library Foundation with cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard, and gifts of stock.
    Make a contribution to the General Endowment Fund or the Children's Reading Endowment Fund. The growth from these funds will provide money for the library for decades to come. Grow our future!
    Include the Carmel Public Library Foundation in your estate plans.
    Attend special events throughout the year featuring noted authors and other speakers of interest.

    For donation/sponsoring questions, contact Amy Donohue, Executive Director of the Carmel Public Library Foundation at 831-624-2811

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