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The Literary Society

Who We Are:

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 2017 Gala helped to purchase a new Community Outreach Vehicle (slated to debut this Winter!) to bring the library closer to our most underserved communities. Past proceeds have allowed for extended library hours and increased technology access for all.

Save the date for this year’s Gala on April 27th, 2019 at the Peninsula Golf and Country Club! For more information about the Literary Society and to get involved, please call the Foundation at 650-558-9100 or email

Literary Society


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

Why You Should Join

  • 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


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
Childrenís Literature:
My Fatherís Dragon By Ruth Stiles Gannett
By Ann Patchett
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
By Min Jin Lee
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
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