The Authors Luncheon is ahead

For more than a decade Solano County Library Foundation's Authors Luncheon has been the premier social event for Literacy. In 2016 we continued to honor those who helped create this signature community event, as well as special sponsors and friends who support it.

In 2017 our annual event will be on Sunday, November 5th. Mark your calendars now for this gala event.

Time is short, tickets are selling fast, purchase your ticket now ....

Single General Admission tickets may be purchased here.

Call the SCLF office at 707.421.8075 for group tickets or sponsorships.


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Reach Out and Read, our pediatric literacy program has handed out over 219,000 books in Solano County to children 6 months to 5 years of age. Pediatricians discuss the importance of reading to children and at each well child checkup the child receives a new age appropriate book. In some of the eleven health clinics served, this is the child's first book. Research has proven that children who participate in Reach Out and Read are three to six months ahead when they enter school., on line homework help that reduces the dropout rate of high school students and gives resume help to adults entering the workplace.

Adult Literacy and English as a second language provides tutors to adults learning to read. Learning to read improves the quality of life and the hope for a better future.

Solano Kids Read, brings the joy of reading and sharing books to students in grades 4 - 8. Free books are distributed to participating classes, the children discuss the book and meet the author. Each child has the opportunity to have their own book signed by the author.

Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope and you are helping build that bridge in Solano County with the help of our Solano County Library's Literacy Programs. Together we are making a difference.

This year's speakers...

Jane Smiley


Jane Smiley is a novelist and essayist. Her novel A Thousand Acres won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1992, and her novel The All True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton won the 1999 Spur Award for Best Novel of the West. She has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1987. Her novel Horse Heaven was short-listed for the Orange Prize in 2002, and her latest novel, Private Life, was chosen as one of the best books of 2010 by The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and The Washington Post.

Tony Gemignani tony-mug

Since 1991, Tony Gemignani has been involved in the pizza industry, winning numerous awards including Best Pizza Margherita at the World Pizza Cup in Naples, Italy, and Best Pizza Romana at the World Championship of Pizza Makers in 2011. Tony was the first American and non-Neapolitan to win this coveted honor in Naples, and he brings several styles of pizzas and other Italian dishes to the San Francisco area. He is the author The Pizza Bible and co-author of Pizza with Diane Morgan, as well as founder of the International School of Pizza. For more information, please visit

Michelle Carter mcarter

Michelle Carter is a professional journalist with a thirty-year career in daily newspapering (The Kansas City Star and The San Mateo Times) and a twelve-year stint as a journalism instructor at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, she has been writing professionally for most of her adult life.

Carter, the married mother of two adult children, is also a grandmother. A magazine editor, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Pamela Samuels Young

Attorney, author and anti-trafficking advocate Pamela Samuels Young has always abided by the philosophy that you create the change you want to see. While growing up in Compton, California, Pamela set giant-sized goals and used her talent, tenacity and positive outlook to accomplish them. She consequently achieved success in both the corporate arena and literary world at the same time.

Ryan McCulloch


Ryan McCulloch is the Chief Artist & Designer and Co-Head Writer of Mutasian Entertainment, LLC, a children’s entertainment company. Since its conception, Ryan has designed the multitude of original characters and critters inhabiting the island of Mutasia. He has illustrated a number of books in Mutasia’s award-winning children’s book series, including: Land of Illogical & Utterly Impossible Critters, Figley’s New Favorite Food, The Nib Book, and A Nib Christmas. Most recently, he co-authored and illustrated Mutasia’s “#1 New Release” on Amazon, Figley’s Search For The Perfect Pet. Ryan is also the voice of Chadwick, who is part cheetah, part elephant, and part frog.

Suzanne Cotsakos


Suzanne Cotsakos is Co-Founder, President and Co-Head Writer of Mutasian Entertainment, LLC, a children’s entertainment company. Suzanne is also the award-winning Co-Founder of Tertiary Productions, an independent film production company, and a main company member of the comedy troupe Duchess Riot, which was voted Best Theatre Group on LA Hotlist for four years in a row. The first book that Suzanne co-authored in the Mutasia children’s book series, Figley’s New Favorite Food, was awarded the Mom’s Choice Gold Seal Award as well as Honorable Mention at the Los Angeles and Pacific Rim Book Festivals. The second book she co-authored, Land of Illogical & Utterly Impossible Critters, also received a Mom’s Choice Gold Seal Award. In 2017, her third Mutasia book, Figley’s Search For The Perfect Pet became a “#1 New Release” on Amazon.

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