March 7, 2020

6 - 9 PM

Bellevue Hyatt Regency


Announcing the 2020 Keynote Author…

Colson Whitehead


Colson Whitehead is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Underground Railroad, an Oprah’s Book Club selection and winner of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize. He has written seven novels and one collection of essays and he was named New York’s 11th State Author in 2018. Colson Whitehead’s reviews, essays, and fiction have appeared in a number of publications, such as the New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Harper’s and Granta. He lives in New York City.

His most recent novel, The Nickel Boys, was released on July 16, 2019. The novel is based on the real story of a reform school in Florida where unmarked graves of boys brutalized and even possibly murdered at the school were discovered by forensic archaeologists in 2012.

The Nickel Boys has received rave reviews already, with NPR reporting "It's pretty rare for a writer to produce a novel that wins the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award and, then, a scant three years later, bring out another novel that's even more extraordinary. But, that's what Colson Whitehead has done with The Nickel Boys."

Colson Whitehead will be joined by a distinguished group of Pacific Northwest authors, to be announced later this year.

Thank You to the 2020 Gala Sponsors!

Best Seller Level
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe

Starred Review Level
MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions

Book Club Selection Level
Baker & Taylor
BuildingWork Architects
Infobase Learning
Ogden Murphy Wallace
Penguin Random House
Rakuten OverDrive
Recorded Books

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About the Literary Lions Gala

The KCLS Foundation's annual fundraiser 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.



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Tickets, Volunteering, and General Info

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Authors, Keynote, and the Author Salon Series

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Photos from the 2019 Literary Lions Gala


On March 16, 2019, 700 community leaders joined together at the Literary Lions Gala to raise funds for KCLS, helping to fund the beloved Summer Reading program. Below are just a few photos from the 26th Annual Literary Lions Gala.

You can view the full gallery on our Facebook Page.