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Friends of Harrison Memorial Library 39th Annual Book Sale! Members’ Pre-sale: Thursday, August 11, 2011, 11 to 4 p.m. $10 to join at the door Public Sale: August 12-13, 2011, 10 to 4 p.m. Carmel Mission School Gym, Rio Road next to Carmel Mission, Carmel

wicked bugs

Author Presentation & Book Signing
Amy Stewart, Wicked Bugs

Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at 7 p.m.
$10 suggested contribution
Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center, 9th & Mission, Carmel-by-the-Sea

In this darkly comical look at the sinister side of our relationship with the natural world, Stewart has tracked down over 100 of our worst entomological foes-creatures that infest, infect, and generally wreak havoc on human affairs. From the world’s most painful hornet, to the flies that transmit deadly diseases, to millipedes that stop traffic, to the “bookworms” that devour libraries, to the Japanese beetles munching on your roses, Wicked Bugs delves into the extraordinary powers of six and eight-legged creatures.

Author Presentation & Book Signing
Rodes Fishburne, Going to See the Elephants

Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 7 p.m.
$10 suggested contribution
Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center, 9th & Mission, Carmel-by-the-Sea

Rodes Fishburne is the author of the best-selling novel Going to See the Elephant, chosen by both Independent bookstores and as one of the best novels of 2009. He has been praised by Tom Wolfe and compared to Tom Robbins. For over ten years he has written for magazines and newspapers, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, and Forbes ASAP, where he was the editor of the “Big Issue,” an annual magazine of literary essays from leading writers and thinkers. Contributors included: Tom Wolfe, Bill Gates, Kurt Vonnegut, Muhammad Ali, Mark Helprin, John Updike, Elmore Leonard, E.O. Wilson, George Plimpton and the Dalai Lama.

Sterling Circle Reception
April 10, 2011 at 4 p.m.
Park Branch Library, lobby

On Sunday, April 10, at 4 p.m., Carmel Public Library Foundation honored members of the planned giving Sterling Circle — donors who have made the Carmel Public Library Foundation part of their estate planning — in the lobby of the Park Branch. The Foundation also welcomed new members to this special Circle. These contributors are ensuring the long-term vitality of the Foundation by their future contribution to the endowment. To learn how to become a Sterling Circle members, click on the Planned Giving tab on this website.


Author Presentation & Book Signing
Abbas Milani, Director of Iranian Studies, Stanford University, The Shah

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 7 p.m.
$10 suggested contribution
Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center, 9th & Mission, Carmel-by-the-Sea

Dr. Abbas Milani is a historian, author and Director of Iranian studies at Stanford University and co-director of the Iran Democracy Project at the Hoover Institution. Milani has written for publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Forbes and has appeared on CNN, the BBC, and NPR, among others. A member of the board of directors of the Iranian Studies Group at MIT, the San Francisco Chronicle has said that “Milani has the ear of Washington insiders.”


Donor Salute!
Invitation-only event for Donors who have given $100 and above
Sunday, March 6. 2011 at 5 p.m., Harrison Memorial Library

The Carmel Public Library Foundation hosts the annual Donor Salute – honoring all who made a contribution of $100 and above during the past year. This event is so much fun, and reflects the upbeat spirit of dedication to the Library and all it means to the community. It’s an elegant evening filled with food, wine, camaraderie, and beautiful music.


Author Presentation & Book Signing
John Avlon, Wingnuts

Tuesday, February 8. 2011 at 7 p.m.
$10 suggested contribution
Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center, 9th & Mission, Carmel-by-the-Sea

John Avlon is senior political columnist for The Daily Beast and the author of Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America as well as Independent Nation: How Centrists Can Change American Politics. Previously, he was a columnist and associate editor for the New York Sun. He is a CNN contributor and the creator of the CNN and the creator of the CNN “Wingnuts of the Week” segment. Avlon was the youngest and longest-serving speechwriter in Mayor Giuliani’s City Hall. After the attacks of September 11th, 2001, he and his team were responsible for writing the eulogies for all firefighters and police officers murdered in the destruction of the World Trade Center. Avlon’s essay on the attacks, “The Resilient City” concluded the anthology Empire City: New York through the Centuries and won acclaim as “the single best essay written in the wake of 9/11.”


Reception for Life Members
Invitation-only event for Former Board Directors

Sunday, November 7. 2010 at 1 p.m., Harrison Memorial Library

The Carmel Public Library Foundation honored all former Board Directors and special friends at a sit-down brunch in the lovely Reading Room at Harrison Memorial Library. The Foundation launched the new Life Member Program for all former Board Directors and special friends, and entertained them with lively Library news and presentations.

Author Presentation & Book Signing
Phyllis Theroux, The Journal Keeper

Sunday, October 10. 2010 at 4pm
$10 suggested contribution, Harrison Memorial Library
Ocean and Lincoln, Carmel by the Sea

A former contributing essayist on the News Hour with Jim Lehrer, Phyllis Theroux’s columns, opinion-editorial pieces, reviews and feature stories have appeared in various nwspapers including the New York Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor and International Herald Tribune. Her essays continue to be anthologized in numerous collections.

Author Presentation & Book Signing
Tatjana Soli, The Lotus Eaters
Featured in the New York Times, December 5, 2010.
New York Times Bestseller.
100 Notable Books in 2010:  The Book Review’s annual list of outstanding works.
U.K.’s oldest book award, James Tait Black Award, August 2011.
ALA 2011 Notable Book.
LA Times Book Award Finalist.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at 7pm
Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center
9th & Mission, Carmel by the Sea

Tatjana Soli is a novelist and short story writer. She attended Stanford University and the Warren Wilson MFA Program. The Lotus Eaters is her debut novel about a female photojournalist covering the Vietnam War. Her work has been cited in Best American Short Stories and nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She was awarded the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Prize, the Dana Award and finalist for the Bellwether Prize.