Gala Author Tea sponsored by ReferenceUSA

Mon., Feb. 2, 2015
2-4 p.m. (doors open at 1:50 p.m.)
Hilton Chicago, Williford Room
Advance tickets: $60, $55 United for Libraries division members; onsite tickets: $65
Event code: UNI1

Elizabeth Berg (The Dream Lover, Random House), Steve Berry (The Patriot Threat, Macmillan), Meg Cabot (Royal Wedding, HarperCollins), Marja Mills (The Mockingbird Next Door, Penguin), Thomas Perry (A String of Beads, Perseus), and Marisa de los Santos (The Precious One, HarperCollins) and other bestselling authors will discuss their writing lives and forthcoming books. Enjoy a light offering of tea, finger sandwiches, and a variety of sweet treats. A book signing will follow. Buy your tickets early, as this event often sells out. United for Libraries will recognize the winners of the 2014 National Friends of Libraries Week Awards during the program.

Advance ticket sales have ended through ALA. To purchase tickets with a credit card at the advance ticket rate through Jan., 28, please call the United for Libraries office at (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161. After Jan. 28, tickets will be available onsite for $65 while space is available.




Elizabeth BergElizabeth Berg

The Dream Lover, Random House
April 2015; $28; 978-0-81299-315-8

Elizabeth Berg is the author of 21 novels, including Once Upon a Time, There Was You, The Last Time I Saw You, Home Safe, Dream When You’re Feeling Blue, and The Year of Pleasures. Durable Goods and Joy School were selected as ALA Best Books of the Year, and Talk Before Sleep was shortlisted for the ABBY Award in 1996. The winner of the 1997 New England Booksellers Association Award for her body of work, Berg lives near Chicago. 



Steve Berry Steve Berry

The Patriot Threat, Minotaur Books/Macmillan
March 2015; $27.99; 978-1-25005-623-8

Steve Berry is the New York Times and number one internationally bestselling author of 10 Cotton Malone adventures, four stand-alone novels, and four short story originals. He has 18 million books in print, translated into 40 languages. With his wife, Elizabeth, he is the founder of History Matters, a foundation dedicated to historic preservation. He was awarded the 2013 Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers Magazine, has twice acted as national spokesman for the American Library Association’s Preservation Week, and is a member of the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board.

Meg Cabot (photo credit: Lisa DeTullio Russell)Meg Cabot

Royal Wedding, William Morrow/HarperCollins
June 2015; $14.99; 978-0-06237-908-5

Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Ind..In addition to her adult contemporary fiction, she is the author of the bestselling young adult fiction series The Princess Diaries. More than 25 million copies of her novels for children and adults have sold worldwide. She lives in Key West, Fla., with her husband.




Marja Mills (photo credit: Chris Popio)

Marja Mills

The Mockingbird Next Door, Penguin
July 2014; $27.95; 978-1-59420-519-4

Marja Mills is a former reporter and feature writer for the Chicago Tribune, where she was a member of the staff that won a Pulitzer Prize for a 2001 series about O’Hare Airport entitled “Gateway to Gridlock.” “The Mockingbird Next Door” is her first book.



Thomas Perry (photo credit: Jo Perry) Thomas Perry

A String of Beads, Mysterious Press/Perseus
Jan. 2015; $26; 978-0-80212-329-9

Thomas Perry is the best-selling author of 21 novels, including The Butcher's Boy, which won the prestigious Edgar Award. Metzger's Dog, Strip, and The Informant were all named New York Times Notable Books, and Vanishing Act was named by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association as one of their "100 Favorite Mysteries of the Twentieth Century."



Marisa de los Santos (photo credit: Tisa Della-Volpe) Marisa de los Santos

The Precious One, William Morrow/HarperCollins
March 2015; $25.99; 978-0-06167-089-3

Marisa de los Santos has published three New York Times bestselling novels for adults, including Love Walked In and Belong to Me, while David Teague is the author of the picture books Franklin's Big Dreams and Billy Hightower. Saving Lucas Biggs is their first joint venture. Married for more than 20 years, Marisa and David live with their two children, Charles and Annabel, and their Yorkies, Finn and Huxley, in Wilmington, Del.