Books & Brunch

Learn more about our signature fundraising event.


Thank you to everyone who attended our 20th anniversary Books & Brunch! It was our most successful yet - raising nearly $170,000. We look forward to seeing you next year.

Want to see photos from Books & Brunch 2016? Click Here.

Held annually in November since 1996, Books & Brunch features local authors who speak about their writing experience, along with a silent auction, raffle, and boutique shopping. Attendance at Books & Brunch has quadrupled since its inception, and proceeds have increased accordingly – from $7,500 in 1997 to nearly $170,000 in 2016 when more than 420 guests joined us at The Abbington in Glen Ellyn.

Featured local authors over the years include columnists Rick Kogan and Dawn Turner Trice, chefs Paul Virant, Gale Gand, Rick Tramonto, Dorie Greenspan, and Ina Pinkney, and mystery novelists Bryan Gruley, Libby Fischer Hellmann, Barbara D’Amato, Ronald Balsan, Christine Sneed, and Ted Sanders. All authors generously donate their time to speak and sign books at the event.

We welcome the participation of individuals and businesses at Books & Brunch. Some of the ways you can participate include: Event Sponsorship, Program Advertisements, Silent Auction/Raffle items, Boutique Sales participation, and Corporate/Individual Donations. Click here to see local organizations who have contributed to Books & Brunch.

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