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. Guided Hike to the Pacific Crest Trail

We live in a region blessed with some of the most incredible mountains and natural beauty the world has to offer. No one knows this better than professional guide, hiker and author Jordan Summers. You and seven of your hiking companions will spend the day hiking with Summers on one of his favorite off-the-beaten-path trails in the desolation wilderness as you make your way up to and along the Pacific Crest Trail. You’ll learn the tricks of hiking the Sierras, soak up some amazing scenery and feast on a gourmet picnic lunch. The trip also includes four autographed copy of Summers’ recent guide book, Day and Section Hikes: John Muir Trail. Market Value $600.


2. Our Favorite Wines Accompanied by the Stories that Inspired us most!

Reading beyond your fears helps us reach further, try harder, be more than we imagined of ourselves. Foundation board members have chosen some of their most inspiring novels along with their favorite quality wines to bring character and depth to your library. Find that cozy chair and warm fireside and plan a date with one of this year’s heroes while sipping from your new personal wine collection! Market Value: $900.

 3. 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 Next Door for a delightful summer evening on Thursday, July 26th, 2018 with award winning authors, delectable foods and local wines. While nibbling on a deliciously prepared farm to fork spread by Chef (and community citizen extraordinaire) Patrick Mulvaney, you can visit with culinary experts and author extraordinaire Ann M. Evans, The Davis Farmer’s Market Cookbook. This event will benefit Soil Born Farms and the Library Foundation. Guests will receive a complimentary glass of Sobon Estate wines. Thursday, July 26, 2018. $100 per person.


4. House. Tree. Person. Book Club at Your Doorstep

“Draw me a HOUSE and a TREE and a PERSON and I’ll tell you who you are deep down inside.” For your next book club (of up to twelve), bring the delightful Catriona McPherson, author of the unnerving and suspenseful novel, HOUSE. TREE. PERSON.    While she talks with you and your club about her novel, you might want to ask her about her journey as winner of two Agathas, and two Anthony awards. To make this experience even more novel, you will be served a buffet of fabulously fresh hors d’oeuvres provided by Magpie Café paired with Sobon Wines. Don’t miss this opportunity to be the envy of book groups everywhere! This package includes 5 autographed copies of HOUSE. TREE. PERSON. Market Value: $1,000.


 5. 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 5 days and 4 nights of moody seascapes, amazing chowder and the soothing sounds of the waves. If you want to venture out, enjoy the complimentary Monterey Bay Aquarium tickets, and if you want to stay in and gaze at the ocean, enjoy your new Nook with a few of tonight’s authors’ most recent work.   Market Value: $1,200.


6. Read Beyond Your Fears and Dine with Sasha Abramsky

Bring five friends with you for an evening of good food and conversation with tonight’s Keynote author, Sasha Abramsky. Abramsky, a scholar of politics, philosophy and economics, has been a guest writer for The Nation, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone and The Sacramento Bee, and will dive into any political discussion you desire. You will dine with Sasha in the beautiful Land Park home of hosts Donald and Denise Timmons while enjoying a 5-course gourmet dinner prepared by The Waterboy owner/chef, Rick Mahan. Wines will be carefully paired with each course to make your culinary experience perfect. Includes 3 copies of Jumping At Shadows: The Triumph of Fear and the End of the American Dream. Market Value: Priceless.


7. Political Reflections: The Accidental President

We could be talking about our current Commander in Chief, but we’re not. This is for you and seven of your friends who would rather talk about real history with award winning author, journalist, and public speaker A. J. Baime about his newest nonfiction, The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World. The late spring evening begins with a signature cocktail on the back porch overlooking the beautiful and expansive Granite Bay garden of Katy and Ian Boase. Your evening will include a walk under the tall oaks trees, Bloody Mary’s, mimosas –beverages of your fancy, and a dinner filled with the classic tastes of traditional American cuisine. Make sure to ask Baime about his two previous books currently being developed as box office hits and centered on The Ford Motor Company, its economic impact and its rival, Ferrari. Includes 4 copies of tonight’s book. Saturday, June 2, 2018. Market Value: $1000.


8. 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 3-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: $1,500.


9. Take it off your Bucket List: Poor Red’s BAR-B-Q

We’re not sure if Gin Sander included Poor Red’s Bar-B-Q in her book, The Big Bucket List: 133 Experiences of A Lifetime, but joining Gin Sander for a Gold Cadillac might just be on your bucket list. You and nine of your friends on a date of your choice will be met with Gin Sander who will tell you all about her experiences of a lifetime while dining at El Dorado’s oldest and well-known restaurant Poor Red’s BAR-B-Q. You will be served a “wild west’ dinner and complimentary ‘Gold Cadillacs’ –a world renowned after-dinner drink that put Poor Red’s on the map. Get out your bucket list and check this one off!   Includes five books. Market Value: $1,200.


10. On the Adriatic Sea

Bring your family and friends to this Amazing Beach Villa directly on the Adriatic Sea, literally steps away from the crystal blue waters of one of Puglia’s finest white sand beaches with sweeping views of the Adriatic coast. For 6 nights and 7 days you will enjoy this two-level, modern villa recently remodeled for those who want to lounge in luxury. In your downtime, enjoy your new Nook and the writings of several of tonight’s authors. This 2-floor Italian villa has 5 bedrooms and 3 baths and is made for a family rendezvous of up to ten. Market Value: $3,000.



More than 220,000 children in Sacramento are NOT at grade-level reading. Too many kids in our region don’t read as well as they need to, they don’t read as often as they could, and they certainly don’t read for fun. Kids who read in the summer 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 they make it fun! This past summer, the Library provided more than 500 library-based programs for our community. More than 28,000 children participated and more than 16,000 children finished the program by reading 5 age appropriate self-selected books. More finished Summer Reading in Sacramento than any other city in California. It starts right here at our State’s Capitol. Let’s keep Sacramento’s kids reading! Goal $65,000.


12. Day of Didion’s Sacramento

Ever wonder where Sacramento’s most famous literary figure got her start? This customized tour from author and literary historian Jennifer Basye Sander will take you to the places, people, and experiences that inspired Joan Didion’s early career. You and three of your friends on a date of your choice will meet Artist Jerald Silva who will share what McClatchy High School was like when both he and Joan were students. (He still has the yearbook from Joan’s senior year!) While in high school, Didion says she taught herself to be a writer by typing out Hemingway stories, so we will end our tour at the home of Hemingway collector David Meeker. Why not try typing out a few lines from the original material? In between lines, enjoy a light supper cooked from Joan’s own personal recipes. Includes a copy of Didion’s Sacramento-centered first novel, Run River. Market Value: $750.


13. Reading and Writing Beyond Your Fears

This is our signature auction item! Every single author here tonight has autographed a copy of their book and added it to the 2018 Authors on the Move Collection. With our featured theme authors of Read Beyond Your Fears, you can immerse yourself in the literacy greats, resonating stories that took readers beyond their fears. Add some grandeur 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.


14. Dine at Dawson’s with a True Crime Reporter

Bring seven of your friends to this comfortable, captivating setting, and spend the evening with Claire Booth, author of Another Man’s Ground. While wining and dining at one of Sacramento’s finest restaurants, Dawson’s Steakhouse in the Hyatt Regency, and enjoying farm fresh local ingredients and classic steakhouse favorites, listen to the woman who has been in the trenches. Booth’s first book is a true account of a multiple homicide that she investigated as a crime reporter for a daily newspaper. The second book in the Sheriff Hank Worth mystery series, Another Man’s Ground is all fiction, but you can bet the details are eerily accurate. Includes 4 copies her book. Market Value: $1,200.


15. Your Place in Mystery is a Mystery

Some people achieve immortality through their children. Other people accomplish it through their work. But wouldn’t it be easier (and more fun) to have mystery author Eileen Rendahl immortalize you by naming a character after you in one of her many mystery series – each written under a separate pen name? Will you be in a Lillian Bell Graveside mystery, or a Kristi Abbott Popcorn Shop mystery, or an Eileen Rendahl Paranormal Mystery? You could live forever inside of one of these fun 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.


16. Women’s Art History Happening Here

On Thursday, September 27th, Verge Center for the Arts, Founding Director Liv Moe and Bridget Quinn, author of Broad Strokes – 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History, will host a special evening at Verge discussing the ever evolving role women play in the art world. Guests will be treated to a discussion with the author as well as a private tour of “Koko’s Love,” a multi-media art installation created by LA artist Yoshie Sakai. Sakai has been producing an autobiographical soap opera spanning several years in which she plays all of the characters. The videos will be presented in an immersive environment created by the artist. In addition to the tour and lively discussion, guests will enjoy a delightful buffet of appetizers provided by Chef Instructor extraordinaire at The Culinary Arts Program at American River College, Roxanne O’Brien. The night will be topped with complimentary wines. Thursday, September 27, 2018. $100 per person.


Call 916-836-3540 to arrange absentee bids