Literary Lions Gala

March 7, 2020 - 6 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.

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.



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  |

About the 2019 Literary Lions Gala

We are thrilled to announce that thanks to your generosity,
more than $468,000 has been raised for library programs and the total is still growing! 

Your donations will help fund KCLS library programs such as the beloved Summer Reading Program - providing books, meals and possibilities to kids from Bothell to Enumclaw and everywhere in between!

There is still time to add your support to the King County Library System Foundation. 
Make an online donation, or call 425-369-3448.

2019 Keynote Author

Jennifer Egan

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2019 EMCEE

Nancy Pearl

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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

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.