Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Another successful Friends' Author Dinner

Author Dinners were not held in 2005 and 2006. Last night, the Friends of the Library brought back the Author Dinner in style -- complete with crime scene body outlines and tape, and featuring New Orleans mystery writer Julie Smith. Julie spoke of the start of her writing career and her early love of books and libraries. She also showed us her PI badge & license! She is as personable and enjoyable as her books.

Alverta Hasling, Friends President, recognized two outstanding Friends members for the years between Author Dinners: Lee Dotson (Friend of the Year for 2005) and Sue Roberts (Friend of the Year for 2006). Dee Nolan, Friends Secretary, eloquently announced this year's Friend of the Year -- Bobbie Dunbar. Bobbie serves as Friends Treasurer in addition to her many other volunteer, professional, and family activities and commitments.

Afterwards, Julie signed copies of New Orleans Noir, a compilation of short stories about the city - both Pre-K and Post-Katrina - written by New Orleans authors. Proceeds from the sale of the book benefit literacy and libraries in the New Orleans area. Thanks again to Greg Mouton with Barnes & Noble for participating.

Kudos to Pat Hebert and her committee for the wonderful event!