A Celebration of Authors 2019

The signature fundraising event of the Worcester Public Library Foundation


Christine M. Murray
Worcester Public Library Foundation



Bartholomew & Company, Inc.

Bay State Savings Bank

Coghlin Electric

College of the Holy Cross

Consigli Construction Co., Inc.

Fidelity Bank

LLB Architects

Location, Inc.

Markos Jewelers

Quinsigamond Community College

RE/MAX Vision


UMass Memorial Healthcare

Webster Five Foundation




Please join us for an extraordinary evening of cocktails, food and conversation with four celebrated authors to benefit the programs and services of the Worcester Public Library. 

Thursday, October 17, 2019: 5:30-9:00 p.m.

         Mercantile Center @ 100 Front Street

           Worcester, MA 


Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 5:30 PM EDT
Add to Calendar 


Featured Authors 


Robin Cook

photo:  John Earle

Robin Cook’s literary career began with his first novel, The Year of the Intern, published in 1972. He wrote the book on board the nuclear powered submarine, USSN Kamehameha while fulfilling his compulsory military service after completing his general surgical training. It was followed 5 years later with Coma, which he wrote at night during the final year of his ophthalmology residency at Harvard. Coma was published the following year while Dr. Cook was a student at the Kennedy School of Government. Thirty-four other bestsellers have followed for a current total of thirty-six, all of which have been translated into some forty languages, and many of which have been adapted into theatrical films, television movies, and mini-series. To date he has sold several hundreds of million books worldwide. Dr. Cook’s thirty-seventh book, Genesis,dealing with the rapid evolution of genetic genealogy will be published in December 2019.


Jarrett J. Krosoczka

photo: Derek Fowles 

New York Times-bestselling author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka creates books with humor, heart, and a deep respect for his younger readers-qualties that have made his titles perennial favorites on the bookshelves of homes, libraries, and bookstores. First published at the age of twenty-three, Krosoczka now has dozens of published books to his credit. Titles include several picture books, his wildly popular Lunch Lady graphic novels, the Platypup Police Squad middle-grade novels, and story arcs in the Star Wars™: Jedi Academy series. Krosocka also shares his own story of growing up amongst family addiction in  his young adult graphic memoir, Hey, Kiddo, which was a finalist for the National Book Award.



William Landay

photo: Darlene DeVita

William Landay’s latest novel is the New York Times bestseller Defending Jacob, which is currently in production as a limited-run television series for Apple TV starring Chris Evans and Michelle Dockery. His previous novels are Mission Flats, which won the Dagger Award as best debut crime novel of 2003, and The Strangler, which was an L.A. Times favorite crime novel and was nominated for the Strand Magazine Critics Award as best crime novel of 2007.


 Steven Rowley

photo: Matthew Allard

Steven Rowley is the bestselling author of The Editor and Lily and the Octopuswhich has been translated into nineteen languages. He has worked as a freelance writer, newspaper columnist, and screenwriter. Originally from Portland, Maine, Rowley is a graduate of Emerson College. He currently resides in Los Angeles.


Moderator: Stephanie Pasha is currently the President of the Worcester Public Library Board of Directors. She is the Assistant Vice President of Strategic Volunteer Engagement at WPI. 

 Worcester Public Library Foundation Board of Trustees

  Maureen Binienda      

Anthony Economou

Benjamin Gitkind

Jane Grant

Jamie Hoag

Matthew Irish

Michael Keating

Emily Kent

Anne Lang

Linda Larrivee

Timothy Loew

Maureen Looney

Alan Ritacco

Doryl Rourke

Sarah Sanders

Elizabeth Sanning

Tina Sullivan

William Tarzia

Matt Tillo

Elizabeth Valdes

Katherine Bagdis Wally