The signature fundraising event of the Worcester Public Library Foundation


Christine M. Murray
Worcester Public Library Foundation

Bay State Savings Bank

Coghlin Electrical Contractors, Inc.

College of the Holy Cross

Consigli Construction Co., Inc.

Fidelity Bank

Fontaine Community Foundation

M&T Charitable Foundation

National Grid

Reliant Medical Group, Part of Optum

RE/MAX Vision

UMass Memorial Health

Webster Five

Worcester Polytechnic Institute 



Please join us for an extraordinary evening of cocktails, food and conversation with three celebrated authors to benefit the programs and services of the Worcester Public Library. Ticket price includes beer/wine, food by Struck Catering, and a book by one of the authors.

Thursday, November 9, 2023

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

 Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square, Worcester, MA 



Thursday, November 9th at 6:00 PM EDT
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Featured Authors 


Kristan Higgins

Kristan Higgins is the New York Times, USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than twenty novels, which have been translated into more than two dozen languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. Her books have received dozens of awards and accolades, including starred reviews from Entertainment Weekly, People, Kirkus, The New York Journal of Books, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and Booklist. The happy mother of two snarky and entertaining grown children and the grandmother of the world's cutest child, Kristan enjoys gardening, mixology, the National Parks and complimenting strangers on their children. She lives in Connecticut with her heroic firefighter husband, cuddly dog and indifferent cat.


Kirthana Ramisetti

Kirthana Ramisetti is the author of Dava Shastri’s Last Day, a Good Morning America Book Club selection which is in development as a television series for HBO Max, and Advika and the Hollywood Wives, a Book of the Month pick and named one of the Best Books of April by Apple Books. She has had her work published in the New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalThe Atlantic, Salon and elsewhere, and earned her MFA in creative writing from Emerson College.


John Searles


John Searles is a New York Times bestselling and award-winning writer, whose novels include:  Her Last Affair, Help For The HauntedStrange But True, and Boy Still Missing. The film adaptation of Strange But True, streaming on HBO Max, features Brian Cox (Succession), Amy Ryan (Only Murders In The Building), and Margaret Qualley and Nick Robinson (Maid). John’s books are published in dozens of languages around the world and have been voted best of the year or top picks by Boston GlobeEntertainment WeeklySalon and the American Library Association.  For more than two decades, John was the Books Editor of Cosmopolitan, where he championed the work of other writers for the magazine's millions of devoted readers. He also appeared regularly on NBC’s Today show and CBS This Morning to discuss his favorite writers and books of the moment. John has also written restaurant and book reviews, personal essays and travel features for major media outlets, including the New York Times and Washington Post. He has a graduate degree in creative writing from New York University and lives in NYC and Sag Harbor with his husband, theatre director Thomas Caruso, and their dog, Ruby.


Moderator: Stephanie Pasha is an assistant vice president in WPI’s University Advancement division. She is the President of the Board of Directors for the Worcester Public Library and serves on the Board of Directors for the Worcester Animal Rescue League. She is on the Community Impact Committee for the United Way Women’s Initiative and has served as a scholarship reader for the Greater Worcester Community Foundation. She’s obsessed with her dog Enzo and her Peloton. She has a B.S. and Ed.M. from Boston University and an MA in English and Creative Writing from SNHU. She really ought to be working on her novel.

 Worcester Public Library Foundation Board of Trustees 

    Dr. Viviana Abreu-Hernandez     

Joe Bradlee

Nina T. Dow

Anthony Economou

Matthew J. Foster

Diane M. Giampa

Dr. Déborah L. González

Alex Guardiola

Erin Harper

Susan Hunt

Matthew Irish

Anne Lang

Lisa Malo

Kerry Mulcahy

Taylor Nunez Murray

Domenica Perrone

Eurayshia Williams Reed

Dr. Alan Ritacco

Doryl Rourke

William Tarzia

Matt Tillo

Anissa Zabriskie