Live Auction Items

Live Auction Conducted By Auctioneer Extraordinaire Patrick Hume.
Look through the auction items and team up with your friends to be the winner bidder of the item (or two or three) that you must have! (Absentee bids welcome)

1. Farm to Fork with Family and Friends

Bobbin and Patrick Mulvaney are again combining their support for literacy and food into one world class night! Come relax at Mulvaney’s NextDoor for a delightful summer evening on Thursday July 28th, 2016 with award winning authors, delectable foods and local wines. While nibbling on a deliciously prepared buffet of food prepared by Chef (and community citizen extraordinaire) Patrick Mulvaney, you can visit with authors Jackie Boor – Logan: The Honorable Life & Scandalous Death of a Western Lawman, David Hagerty – They Tell Me You Are Wicked and Lori Ostlund – After the Parade at your own pace. This event will benefit California Ag in the Classroom and the Library Foundation. Guests will receive complimentary Sobon Estate Shenandoah Vineyards wines. July 28th, 2016 – $100 per person.


2. Golf on Del Paso Country Club’s Championship Course

2016 is the 100th Anniversary of Del Paso Country Club and this is your opportunity to join in the celebration! Play golf with two of your friends and Del Paso Country Club member, Nancy Stockman, on the course where Jeff Maggert won the 2015 U.S Senior Open Championship. Following play enjoy a well-deserved lunch at the grill while discussing the Club’s 100-year history. Market Value: $500.


3. Sweet Sassy and Fun

On a long spring or summer night, you and 9 of your guests will join Renee Swindle, author of A Pinch of Oh La La, in the prestigious home of long-time community leaders Dennis Mangers and Michael Sestak. Dennis and Michael set the stage with a menu featuring paella, salad, crusty buttery bread, plenty of sangria and something fun for dessert! The star of the night will be Renee Swindle as she discusses her love of storytelling and her latest book A Pinch of Oh La La, a story of redemptive love in a non-traditional family setting. Includes 4 copies of A Pinch of Oh La La. Market Value: $1,000.


4. A Taste of Corn

Late summer is the time when corn is coming off the cob and into the kitchen. On Thursday evening, August 11, 2016, come and learn all about corn, perhaps the original American farm-to-fork vegetable, at The Culinary Arts Program at American River College. Join Chef Instructor extraordinaire Roxanne O’Brien and her student interns in the newly built demonstration lab and learn about corn as a product, from fresh corn to dried corn to popped corn. This lively cooking demonstration and tasting will be accompanied by Kristi Abbott, a.k.a. Eileen Rendahl, author of Kernel of Truth: A Popcorn Shop Mystery. Each guest will receive a complimentary autographed copy of Kristi Abbott’s first Popcorn Shop Mystery in addition to enjoying Award winning Sobon Estate 2013 Barbera. 35 Seats available. Market Value: $100.


5. World Peace Winemaker’s Dinner

Gather seven friends and join winemaker and sommelier Carrie Bendick of Holly’s Hill Vineyards for dinner in the wonderful El Dorado Hills home of author – and ‘Our Very Own’ Foundation board member – Wendy Wood, and her husband, Dean Wolff. Author of Do No Harm: Mindful Engagement for a World in Crisis, Wendy Wood will share the stories of people who are active in the fields of social and environmental justice, health, education, and peace and reconciliation. How’s that for a peaceful pairing? Includes 4 copies of Do No Harm: Mindful Engagement for a World in Crisis. Market Value: $800.


6. Get Away to Monterey Bay

Monterey Bay’s Pajaro Dunes is a great place to go in the spring, summer. fall or winter, especially if you’re staying at a beachfront condo on the Pajaro Dunes with up to three companions! Indulge in four days and three nights of moody seascapes, amazing chowder and the soothing sounds of the waves. While you’re there, set some time aside to spend with Santa Cruz author Elizabeth McKenzie about her recent novel, The Portable Veblen. According to Maureen Corrigan of NPR’s Fresh Air, “Whatever literary category it falls into, The Portable Veblen winds up being totally endearing because it is so completely and originally itself. Includes 2 copies of The Portable Veblen. Market Value: $1,000.


7. Your House or Ours

For your next book club (of up to eight), don’t just sit around talking about the novel and speculating about the author, bring the author to your home and speculate no more! Your book club will be delighted by author Catriona McPherson as she talks about her novel, The Child Garden, and perhaps shares her journey as a nominee of the 2016 Edgar and 2016 Agatha Awards. To make this experience even more novel, you will be served a fabulous four-course meal paired with Andis Wines and prepared by award winning Chef Evan Elsberry and sous Chef Patrick Powers of the popular Evan’s Kitchen. Don’t miss this opportunity to be the envy of book groups everywhere! This package includes 4 autographed copies of The Child Garden. Market Value: $1,200.


8. A Library of Pathways

This is our signature auction item! Every single author here tonight has autographed a copy of their book and added it to the 2016 Authors on the Move Collection. With our featured theme authors of Pathways: American Stories, you can immerse yourself in the fact and the fiction that America has brought forward. Add some adventure to your book collection with this library of books. From nonfiction to literary fiction, poetry to mystery, you’ll have a book for every mood! Don’t miss out on this Authors on the Move auction item! Market Value: $1,000.


9. Wines, Vines and TalesEducate your palate with a unique and extraordinary wine tasting experience! You and 9 of your wine tasting friends will join Dr. Roger B. Boulton, one of the world’s foremost experts on sustainable winery design, for an exclusive wine tasting of limited release wines and a tour of the UC Davis’ LEED Platinum Winery. We have paired Dr. Boulton with Frances Dinkelspiel, author of Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California, who will interlace your experience with historic facts about the little-known history of California wine before Prohibition and the fire of 2005 that destroyed more than 4.5 million bottles of Californian wine. Your head will be spinning when you’re done! Includes 5 autographed books. Market Value: $1,000.


10. Your Place in Mystery

Some people achieve immortality through their work. Other people accomplish it through their children. But wouldn’t it be easier (and more fun) to have mystery author Kristi Abbott immortalize you by naming a character in the second book of her Popcorn Shop Mystery series? You could live forever inside a fun mystery series. We can see it now – Auguste Dupin, Nancy Drew, Sherlock Holmes (your name here). Market Value: Priceless – But we’ll start the bidding at $750.


11. Le Dîner à Dawson’s

This is a once-in-a-lifetime evening carousing with New York Times Bestselling author, Cara Black, about her most recent book Murder on the Champ De Mars in the Aimée Leduc Series. In a comfortable, captivating setting, you and seven friends will join author Cara Black while wining and dining at one of Sacramento’s finest restaurants, Dawson’s Steakhouse in the Hyatt Regency. The cuisine at Dawson’s is prepared using the freshest local ingredients, with intriguing original creations and unexpected twists on American classics prepared by acclaimed Chef Jason Poole. Between Cara Black’s stories and Chef Jason Poole’s menu this will be a night to remember! Includes 4 copies of Murder on the Champ De Mars. Market Value: $1,200.


12. Ahh… Down Time at Dillon Beach

How about some downtime at Dillon beach with up to nine friends and family! Perched on the hill above the ocean, this vacation home (with 3 bedrooms, a loft, and 2 bath rooms) reigns over majestic views of the Pacific Ocean. The path to the beach is just a level, 4 minute walk. This three-night getaway offers plenty of hiking and beach activities, as well as opportunities for kayaking, surfing and fishing. But for those who want to curl up with a nice book overlooking the ocean views of Dillon Beach, we are including 3 books of your choice from this year’s author cohort! Housekeeping and transient occupancy taxes included. Market Value: $1,750.



Too many kids in our region don’t read as well as they should, they don’t read as often as they should, and they certainly don’t read for fun. Kids who read more read better. Kids who read better are more likely to read for fun. Kids who read for fun do better in school and have better outcomes as teens and adults. The Sacramento Public Library’s Summer Reading Program is designed to help young people of any age back on the road to reading regularly, and we make it fun! This summer, the Library will provide more than 500 library-based programs for our community. Once we’ve engaged kids and their families, we’re going to sign up more than 33,000 participants (36,000 would be even better!). We’ll spend the summer finding the right books that make reading fun! We hope to give away more than 16,500 books to young people who complete the program. We’re going to get – and keep – Sacramento’s kids reading! Goal $60,000.


14. A Land of Politics

If ever there is a year to be curious about elections of any kind, this is it. Bring seven politically minded friends with you and enjoy a lively discussion with authors Steve Swatt and Jeff Raimundo as they talk about their book, Game Changers: Twelve Elections That Transformed California: winner of the California Historical Society Book Award. But this gets better – their book could not be discussed in a more appropriate setting than Sacramento’s famed Sutter Club, located directly across from the Capitol Building. Your lunch is donated by Foundation supporter and Sutter Club Member, Leland Crawford. Includes 4 copies of Game Changers: Twelve Elections That Transformed California. Market Value: $600.


15. Our Favorite Wines Accompanied By Our Favorite American Stories!

What books helped to shape your American story? Foundation board members have chosen some of their favorite American stories that influenced them, and then sweetened the whole idea with wines of character and depth. Find that cozy chair and warm fireside and plan a date with one of these favorite American stories while you first select than sip from your new personal wine collection! Market Value: $900.


16. Shine on, Shine on Harvest Moon

With seven of your friends, take an evening to gaze upon the American River at the peak of harvest moon on Friday night September 16, 2016 and contemplate the journey taken by pioneers of the West. The delicacies begin with evening cocktails on a quiet deck of Barbara Davis and Jack Jennings overlooking the American River. The evening’s menu will feature flavors of the Wild West paired with selected premium wines from the nearby Foothills, including Jeff Runquist and Bella Grace. During dinner will you enjoy author Janis Heaphy Durham as she talks about her memoir, The Hand on the Mirror, and inside stories about the Sacramento Bee as its former publisher. The evening will be finished with dessert wines and sweet offerings! Includes 4 copies of The Hand on the Mirror. Market Value: $800.


17. Books, Books and Brunch

Back by popular demand, Library Foundation board member Katy Boase and her husband Ian are staging a delightful brunch accompanied by Sasha Abramsky, author of The House of Twenty Thousand Books. Abramsky, a scholar of politics, philosophy and economics, has been a guest writer for the Nation, the New Yorker, and Rolling Stone. Abramsky will discuss this family memoir about his grandparents and their personal library, which today is one of England’s finest collections of rare old books. This will be a delightful late morning spent sipping Bloody Mary’s, mimosas or whatever your morning fancy, while enjoying classic tastes of traditional American brunch cuisine. Meet new friends or bring current ones and enjoy the company of your fellow library supporters. Each guest will receive a complimentary autographed hardback copy of Sasha Abramsky’s The House of Twenty Thousand Books. This brunch will be held on May 14, 2016 – 20. Seats available. $100 per person.

Restaurant packages do not include tax, tip or alcohol unless otherwise noted. All items may be retrieved until March 12, 2017.


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