Literary Lions Gala

March 16, 2019 - 6 PM

Bellevue Hyatt Regency


The KCLS Foundation's annual fundraiser, in its 26th year, is the library event of the year. More than 750 community members join together to raise funds for programs and services at the King County Library System.

Guests have the opportunity to have books signed by their favorite authors, shop at the pop-up bookstore, enjoy a delicious dinner, and mingle with other book lovers - all to support a great cause. 

The Literary Lions Gala also features the debut of the annual Author Salon event series, with tickets first offered for sale exclusively to Gala attendees. Author Salons are intimate events with popular authors at venues around the Seattle Area, held throughout the spring and summer. Attendees can get to know their favorite author while enjoying delicious food and wine, all at a unique venue. You can read more about the Author Salon series here.


Summer at the Library

This year, funds raised at the Literary Lions Gala will support the beloved KCLS Summer Reading program. Your donations will bring books, meals, and possibilities to kids from Bothell to Enumclaw and everywhere in between.

Studies show that when kids make reading part of their healthy habits, they have better success in school. But Summer Reading is more than just books. Summer meals served at libraries feed growing minds and bodies when school lunches aren’t there to fill in the gap. And library programs engage kids in everything from exploring music, to computer coding, to science - giving them a world of possibilities for their bright future.

2019 “Literary Lions”

Mike Austin
Summer Supper
Martha Brockenbrough
Dori Butler
King & Kayla and the Case of Found Fred
Linda Chalker-Scott
Gardening with Native Plants of the Pacific Northwest 
Tara Conklin
The Last Romantics
Robert Dugoni
The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell
 Esi Edugyan
Washington Black
 Daniel Gemeinhart
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise
 Thor Hanson
Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees
Sanae Ishida
Ba-Chan The Ninja Grandma
 Ken Jennings
Planet Funny
 Jill Lightner
Scraps, Peels, and Stems

 Kate McDermott
Home Cooking with Kate McDermott
Craig Romano
Urban Trails Seattle
Karen Thompson Walker
The Dreamers
 Jing Jing Tsong
Paul Zitarelli
36 Bottles of Wine



Sarah Comstock  |  425-369-3290  |


Tickets, Volunteering, and General Info

Paige Schultz Gu  |  425-369-3448  |


Authors, Keynote, and the Author Salon Series

Cindy Sharek  |  425-369-3225  |

Photos from the 2018 Literary Lions Gala


In 2018, 750 community leaders joined together at the Literary Lions Gala to raise $500,000 for KCLS, helping to fund the innovative ideaX program. Below are just a few photos from the 25th Annual Literary Lions Gala.