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Maria Semple to Keynote FVRL Foundation’s 2019 Authors & Illustrators Dinner & Silent Auction

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    Maria Semple, author of the award-winning and bestselling Where’d You Go, Bernadette, will be the keynote speaker at FVRL Foundation’s annual Authors & Illustrators Dinner & Silent Auction.

    Semple’s novels include This One is Mine (which was a finalist for the 2010 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award), Where’d You Go, Bernadette (which won the American Library Association’s Alex Award and was the basis for the recent major motion picture), and the acclaimed Today Will be Different. Semple has also been a staff writer for many popular television shows, including Saturday Night LiveMad About YouEllenBeverly Hills 90210Arrested Development, and Suddenly Susan.

    The Authors & Illustrators Dinner & Silent Auction is in its 19th year and is FVRL Foundation’s signature fundraiser. Previous keynote speakers have included John Lithgow, Nicholas Sparks, Diana Gabaldon, Brad Meltzer, Rebecca Skloot, and Craig Johnson. Proceeds from the fundraiser help underwrite various FVRLibraries programs in southwest Washington.

    The 2019 Authors & Illustrators Dinner & Silent Auction will be held on Wednesday, November 6, at the Hilton Vancouver Washington, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets to this event are $90 each, and tables of 10 are available at a discounted rate of $850. There are also a limited number of tickets available for a private reception with Semple for $25 per person. Tickets for the event can be purchased at

    FVRL Foundation is currently seeking sponsors and silent auction donations for this event. Columbia Credit Union has confirmed that it will continue its longstanding role as the Presenting Sponsor for the event.

    For more information about the Authors & Illustrators Dinner & Silent Auction, please contact the FVRL Foundation office at 360-906-4700 or Information is also available on FVRL Foundation’s website ( and Facebook page (


    Maria Semple (Where’d You Go, Bernadette) to Keynote FVRL Foundation’s Authors & Illustrators Dinner & Silent Auction

    November 6, 2019 at Hilton Vancouver Washington, 301 W 6th St, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $90 each. Tickets: More info: or 360-906-4700.