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Bestselling Author Harlan Coben to Speak at 8th Annual Literary Voices™ Event

CobenBestselling author Harlan Coben will be the guest of honor at the Library Endowment Trust’s 8th Annual Literary Voices™ Author Dinner.

The fundraising event will be held on Tues., April 13, at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club.  Tickets are $125 per person for the dinner, or $250 per person to attend the dinner and a private reception with Coben to be held at 6:00 p.m. at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Dodge Hill .  

"We are looking forward to hearing Mr. Coben speak on April 13," said event co-chair Lana Lopez.  "Library staff tell us that his books are extremely popular with library customers.  It is so important to have free public libraries in our community so that people can check books out and enjoy an author such as Mr. Coben, even if they cannot buy the book.”

With 47 million books in print worldwide, Harlan Coben's latest novels “Long Lost and “Hold Tight both debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. His next thriller “Caught” will be out in early spring 2010. Winner of the Edgar Award, Shamus Award and Anthony Award - the first author to win all three – international bestselling author Harlan Coben’s critically-acclaimed novels have been called “ingenious” (New York Times), “poignant and insightful” (Los Angeles Times), “consistently entertaining” (Houston Chronicle), “superb” (Chicago Tribune) and “must reading” (Philadelphia Inquirer). His most recent novels, “The Woods”, “Promise Me”, “The Innocent”, “Just One Look”, “No Second Chance”,Tell No One” and “Gone For Good” have appeared on the top of all the major bestseller lists including the New York Times, London Times, Le Monde, Publishers Weekly, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal and USA TODAY -- and many others throughout the world. He's probably best known for the sports agent Myron Bolitar series of thrillers/suspense novels.   

The dinner benefits the Library Endowment Trust, whose funds have supported the services and programs of the library system since 1986. Last year, the Trust helped fund the popular Winter ReadFest program, in which over 3,500 seniors participated, as well as the library's biggest annual event, the Summer at the Library program that reached over 23,000 children and teens. The Trust also contributed $25,000 for public art at the newly renovated Ralph Ellison Library. 

This year’s event will also include the presentation of the 2010 Lee B. Brawner Lifetime Achievement Award to James and Ronald J. Norick. The Norick’s are true library champions, and instrumental in Oklahoma City’s development especially of the arts and literacy.

This year’s Publisher’s Choice and Classic event sponsors include: American Fidelity Foundation; Crowe & Dunlevy; Devon Energy Corporation; Silvia & Steven L. Payne with C. L. Frates and Company; Irma Elliott and Bob Allee; BancFirst; Bank of Oklahoma; Margaret and Steve Dixon; Sarah and Dan Hogan; Inasmuch Foundation and Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation; InvesTrust, N.A.; The Journal Record; OG+E; The Oklahoman; and Beth and Jim Tolbert.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.