On May 23, 2019, the 13th Annual Literary Luncheon Co-Chairs and SAPLF Board members, Liecie Hollis and Caroline O’Connor, welcomed nearly 300 Library Foundation supporters and book lovers to the McNay Art Museum to hear New York Times best-selling author Melanie Benjamin in conversation with special guest moderator Cornelia Guest about Benjamin’s book The Swans of Fifth Avenue. María-Eugenia Cossío-Ameduri, Kye Fox, and Alice Lynch were honored for their decades long service to and support of the San Antonio Public Library Foundation.
Benjamin and Guest discussed the women and history that inspired her book The Swans of Fifth Avenue, a historical novel detailing the relationship of Truman Capote and his bevy of elite Manhattan women that he called his “swans.” Cornelia Guest, the daughter of “swan” and style icon C.Z. Guest, knew Truman well, as he was a frequent visitor at their summer estate. She shared vivid memories of time spent with Capote and her mother’s view of him before and after the publication of his thinly veiled short story in Esquire magazine, “La Côte Basque, 1965” that divulged the most intimate and embarrassing secrets of his closest friends. Benjamin had never interviewed any of the subjects or their relatives during her research for the book (or any of her historical fiction titles) and the conversation was enlightening for the author as well. Attendees sipped raspberry garnished champagne, enjoyed a refreshing lunch and sweet treats by Rosemary’s Catering, and tried their luck at winning the raffle drawing “A day of luxury” provided by Neiman Marcus and Catrina Ball tickets provided by SAPLF. Booksellers Barnes & Noble sold out of two of the author’s titles, The Swans of Fifth Avenue and her newly released The Mistress of the Ritz.
Proceeds from the luncheon raised critical funds for the Library Foundation in support of their mission to “strengthen the library in service to our community.” The 3rd Annual Catrina Ball is the Library Foundation’s most anticipated event. Be sure not to miss the elegant gala celebrating the custom of Día de Muertos at the Central Library on October 26, 2019! More details at www.saplf.org/events or by phone 210.225.4728 ext. 16.