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Best Selling Author to Boost Support for Library Foundation

By Staff | Jan 12, 2012

Sue Miller, an internationally renowned author whose works not only comprise a bookshelf of best sellers, but also comprise the cinematic stuff of Hollywood movies will make a special appearance on Sanibel in an initiative to support the Sanibel Public Library Foundation.

With titles that include: The Good Mother (six months on New York Times List of Best Sellers); While I Was Gone (a prominent selection of Book-of-the Month Club as well as Oprah’s Book Club); and Inventing the Abbotts (a short story turned into a motion picture starring Liv Tyler and Joaquin Phoenix), Miller’s literary prowess has resulted in prestigious honors that include a Guggenheim and a Bunting Fellowship at Radcliffe College, and laudatory praise from National Book Critics.

That such an acclaimed novelist would come to Sanibel to support the library is “an incredibly gracious act of goodwill” says Library Executive Director Margaret Mohundro.

Proceeds from a special luncheon, as well as a private reception, with the author will benefit the library foundation, who in turn, supports programs and resources of the library. Although the library does receive some funding through public tax dollars, Mohundro characterizes help of the foundation as making all the difference between what is good and that which is great. The Foundation makes it possible for the library to host such initiatives as the popular Summer Reading Programs, the respected Author Lecture Series, and services such as eShelf – the library’s archive of more than 1,000 digital works which are available for download on the range of electronic platforms as convenient, if not moreso, as actually checking-out a hardcopy edition. These types of programs and services have helped the Library achieve distinction as one of the best in America as well as Florida’s only “5-Star” ranked facility.

Linda Uhler of the Sanibel Library Foundation also says “it is very exciting” to have a writer of Miller’s acclaim supporting the library. Uhler notes that Miller is not completely unfamiliar with Southwest Florida as she has a brother who lives in Fort Myers. In terms of opportunities to glean insight from a literary legend, Uhler says the event (planned for February) is a “one-shot-deal,” as Miller hasn’t planned any other public appearances on Sanibel.

It is important to also note that Miller is much than a writer; she has been an important advocate of literacy and the utilization of writing arts as a means of increasing societal engagement. She has formerly served on the Board of PEN American Center, which is America’s most senior international literacy and human rights organization. She has additionally taught fiction at Amherst, The Radcliffe Institute, Bennington, and MIT.

The Foundation will host a luncheon with Miller at The Sanctuary on February 10, 2012. Tickets, available for purchase at $55, include the cost of lunch and attending a presentation from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The presentation will conclude with a book signing from the author. For anyone who makes a contribution of $300 or more to the Foundation, there is an opportunity to spend additional up-close-and-personal time with the writer during a private reception prior to the February luncheon.

Uhler and Vertich Financial Planners serve as sponsors of the event. To learn more about the luncheon and reception, or details on how to support the work of the Sanibel Public Library Foundation, phone (239) 214-0888 or send an email to “authorluncheon@comcast.net.”