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  • 6th Annual Conversation with the Constitution

    September 17 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    In order to continue this FREE program for students we need your help. Tax deductible Sponsorship provides essential funding that will ensure the continuation of A Conversation with the Constitution series. There are 5 levels: $100, $250, $1,000, $2,000 and $5,000. Sponsors receive entry to the even...

  • Great Books Seminars – Fall 2018

    September 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Fall 2018 Seminars on: Selected readings of The Portable Nietzsche edited by Walter Kaufmann FREE & Open to the Public!   PLEASE RSVP BELOW by selecting the date that you would like to attend and the number attending. Arrows appear to select number attending when you hover over the whi...

  • Boozy Book Club II

    August 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Come check out #BoozyBookClub at Downstairs, the Esquire Tavern‘s “uncomplicated, intimate riverside lounge and hangout,” on Tuesday, August 14 from 6-8 pm! Our book this quarter is Rules of Civility by Amor Towles. Discussion will be moderat...

  • One Night in Old Havana

    August 9 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

    Join us Thursday, August 9th for an evening of laid back Latin elegance… dancing poolside to salsa beats by El Tiburon Music, sipping mojitos along with other Cuban inspired cocktails and savoring delicious island fare. Discover the charms of island locale that captured Hemingway’s hear...

  • Father’s Day Literary Luncheon

    June 20 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

    Andrew Carnegie gifted the Alamo City its first public library in 1903. Born in Scotland to modest circumstances, Carnegie emigrated to the United States with his parents in 1848 and became a self-made steel tycoon and one of the wealthiest businessmen of the 19th century. He dedicated his later lif...

  • Cherrity Bar Feature

    May 1 @ 12:00 am - May 31 @ 12:00 am

    For the entire month of May, join us at the Cherrity Bar!!  This is the Alamo City’s only bar that donates 100% of profits to area non-profit organizations. The Cherrity Bar features food by Chef Michael Sohocki, executive chef and owner of Restaurant Gwendolyn, Kimura and Il Forno. ...

  • Spring 2018 Great Books Seminars

    April 16 @ 5:30 pm - July 26 @ 7:30 pm

    FREE & Open to the Public The seminars are modeled after the great books program at St. John’s College.  Our Spring 2018 Series begins in April.  GBS series on the Gospels will be held at TriPoint, 3233 N St. Mary’s. April 16 – Mark May 24 – Matthew June 2...

  • Boozy Book Club

    April 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    We are so excited for the revamp of our First Edition Society happenings! Come check out our first #BoozyBookClub at the Central Library on April 11 from 6-8 pm, led by SAPLF Board member David Alvarez! Our first title is Bloodlines: The Truth Story of a Drug Cartel, the FBI, and the Battl...

  • Fiesta with Kelly Wade Jewelers

    March 27 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Our friends at Kelly Wade Jewelers will dazzle you with gorgeous pieces for all those Fiesta events and whatever else you have on your calendar!  Please join us on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. Enjoy bubbles, vino and cerveza while you shop.  Feel great whil...

  • Notte Nera | A Dinner in the Dark

    February 1 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    SAPLF will host a unique dining experience at the Vault and Zinc Bistro & Bar on Thursday, February 1, 2018  at 6:30 pm. Following a masquerade champagne reception in the Vault, guests will enjoy a candlelit five course meal with wine pairings. A portion of the proc...

  • Literary Luncheon with Tina Brown

    December 5, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

    San Antonio Public Library Foundation’s 2017 Literary Luncheon featuring TINA BROWN Author of  The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983 – 1992 Tuesday, December 5, 2017 St. Anthony Hotel Honorary Chair, Sheryl Sculley, SA City Manager Event Chair, Guillermo Nicolás 11 a.m. – meet the author, bo...

  • Nuit Blanche

    September 21, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Save the date for the Library Foundation’s 7th Annual fall fundraiser, Nuit Blanche | A Night of Parisian Revelry! On Thursday, September 21st, the Landa Library gardens will be transformed into a posh picnic provided by San Antonio’s finest restaurants for nearly 200 guests to benefit ...

  • Yacht Rock

    August 19, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    DROP IT LIKE IT’S YACHT with SAPLF and the First Edition Society on Saturday, August 19th!  Schmooze with us poolside in your best yacht attire. Show off your captain’s skills with remote control boat races and dazzle your glitterati friends while you croon to the best tunes of the ...

  • Just for FUNdraisers – A Wine Experience with Drew Voit, hosted by Susan Brothers

    May 21, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    $100 PER PERSON – LIMITED SEATING SMALL PLATES PAIRED WITH HARPER VOIT WINES DREW VOIT OF HARPER VOIT WINERY IN OREGON WILL BE ON HAND TO DISCUSS  THE WINE MAKING PROCESS AND HOW HE BECAME INVOLVED IN THE BUSINESS. 10% of wine sales will benefit SAPLF   Onl...

  • Great Books Seminars Winter/Spring Series | Sun Tzu’s The Art of War

    May 1, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

    FREE & Open to the Public The seminars are modeled after the great books program at St. John’s College. The next Great Books Seminar Series will focus on selected chapters from The Prince and The Art of War. February 6: The Art of War: chapters 1 through 3 March 6: The Art of War: chapters...

  • Kendra Scott Gives Back to SAPLF!

    March 7, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Our dazzling friends at Kendra Scott are hosting a evening of bubbles and baubles at their Quarry Market to benefit SAPLF! Join us Tuesday, March 7th for some feel good shopping!

  • Literary Luncheon with Gene Ames, Jr.

    January 19, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

    SOLD OUT! We hope you’ll join us in the new year for a book signing and talk with the San Antonio Public Library Foundation as we celebrate the release Gene Ames, Jr.’s new novel, A Wildcatter’s Trek: Love, Money and Oil. Thursday, January 19, 2017 San Antonio Country Club 11:00 am: Book sales...

  • Great Books Seminars | Niccolo Machiavelli’s “The Prince”

    January 9, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

    Great Books Seminars are modeled after the great books educational program at St. John’s College. These seminars are specially structured to suit the needs of busy people who, immersed in careers and families, value serious conversation with their peers about ideas that have challenged humankind t...

  • Great Books Seminars | James Joyce

    December 5, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - December 6, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

    Monday, December 5th – The Dead previous seminars: Monday, September 12th – First three stories (The Sisters, An Encounter, Araby) Monday, October 3rd – Eveline & A Painful Case Monday, November 7th – Ivy Day in the Committee Room FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Landa Libra...

  • Nuit Blanche | A Night of Parisian Revelry

    October 13, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

    The Library Foundation is pleased to announce the date for the 6th Annual Nuit Blanche | A Night of Parisian Revelry. On Thursday, October 13th, the Landa Library gardens will be transformed into a posh picnic provided by San Antonio's finest restaurants for nearly 200 guests to benefit SAPLF.

  • Nuit Blanche Auction – Pre-Sale!!

    October 13, 2016

    We have some amazing items available for our silent auction this year! All of the travel experiences can be purchased in advance and at the event with “Buy it Now” and will also be available for friendly bidding wars onsite at Nuit Blanche!! We have multiples of these packages if you feel incl...

  • Neiman Marcus Konstantino Trunk Show!

    October 6, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Join SAPLF and meet Grecian jewelry artist Konstantino and view the exquisite handmade treasures he brings with him at Neiman Marcus on Thursday, October 6th from 1:00-4:00pm. We will be selling raffle tickets for this GORGEOUS pair of Konstantino Sterling Silver Chandelier Earrings with Faceted ...

  • San Antonio Book Festival Literary Feast Featuring Naomi Shihab Nye and Lawrence Wright – SOLD OUT

    August 24, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    On April 11, 2015, the San Antonio Public Library Foundation will present its third annual San Antonio Book Festival (SABF) at the San Antonio Central Library and neighboring Southwest School of Art. As a kickoff to our annual event, we are pleased to invite you to join us on Friday, April 10, 2015,...

  • Hunter S. Thompson Gonzo Tiki Birthday Bash – Part Duex

    July 16, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

    Great times to be had celebrating Hunter S. Thompson with First Edition Society! $40 ticket includes food, drink and maybe a little too much fun FREE for First Edition Members Gather: July 16, 2016 8:00-11:00pm SOUTHDOWN TIKEASY (PRIVATE HOME – ADDRESS PROVIDED UPON TICKET PURCHASE) Quench:...

  • Smoke Literary Feast

    June 21, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    Tuesday, June 21 | 6:30 pm – Cocktails, book sales & signing | 7:30 pm – Dinner Smoke Downtown | 1170 E. Commerce St $75 Individual Ticket – General Seating $150 Limited VIP Ticket – Seating with Steven Raichlen and Chef West in the WAR Room Join the San Antonio Public ...

  • Our Literary Mission Luncheon featuring Laura Bush & Jenna Bush Hager

    May 17, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

    What: Our Literary Mission Luncheon When: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 Time: 10:30 – 11:30 am ~ Book Sales | Noon ~ Lunch and Program Where: Tobin Center for the Performing Arts | H-E-B Performance Hall Honorary Chair | Charline McCombs Event Chair | Sonya Medina Williams Two of San Antonio’s mo...

  • 5th Annual Cinco de Derby

    May 7, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm

    It’s the 5th Annual Cinco de Derby folks! Come play, wager, feast and party with First Edition Society at the Brackenridge Park Pavilion on Saturday, May 7th for the “Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.” This annual event marries two time honored traditions – the Kentucky ...

  • Great Books Series: Seminars | Islamic Texts

    May 2, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

    The seminars are modeled after the great books educational program at St. John’s College. The Great Books Seminars for this spring will be on selected chapters from the Quran and selected poems of the Sufi poet Rumi. All Seminars with be held on the first Mondays in March, April and May: March 7: ...

  • Great Books Seminars | Islamic Texts

    April 4, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    The seminars are modeled after the great books educational program at St. John’s College. The Great Books Seminars for this spring will be on selected chapters from the Quran and selected poems of the Sufi poet Rumi. All Seminars with be held on the first Mondays in March, April and May: March 7: ...

  • Literary Death Match & Festival Club Reception

    April 2, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

    Literary Death Match marries the literary and performative aspects of Def Poetry Jam, rapier-witted quips of American Idol’s judging (without any meanness), and the ridiculousness and hilarity of Double Dare. Each episode of this competitive, humor-centric reading series features a thrilling mix ...

  • Literary Death Match & Festival Club Reception

    April 2, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Literary Death Match marries the literary and performative aspects of Def Poetry Jam, rapier-witted quips of American Idol’s judging (without any meanness), and the ridiculousness and hilarity of Double Dare. Each episode of this competitive, humor-centric reading series features a thrilling mix ...

  • Book It Luncheons

    April 2, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Take a quick break to dine with a Festival author: New this year, Book It Luncheons are an opportunity to sit down to an intimate lunch with a Festival author and eight companions. We are offering four Book It luncheons – one the day prior to the Festival at a private home and three on...

  • Book It Luncheons

    April 2, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Take a quick break to dine with a Festival author: New this year, Book It Luncheons are an opportunity to sit down to an intimate lunch with a Festival author and eight companions. We are offering four Book It luncheons – one the day prior to the Festival at a private home and three on...

  • 4th Annual Book Festival

    April 2, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

    It’s our 4th annual Book Festival, and it’s shaping up to be the best one yet! Central Library & Southwest School of Art 600 Soledad St San Antonio, TX 78205 Visit the SABF page to learn more. View our 2016 author lineup, browse our schedule, and download the SABF app to plan you...

  • 4th Annual Book Festival

    April 2, 2016

    It’s our 4th annual Book Festival, and it’s shaping up to be the best one yet! Central Library & Southwest School of Art 600 Soledad St San Antonio, TX 78205 Visit the SABF page to learn more. View our 2016 author lineup, browse our schedule, and download the SABF app to plan you...

  • BOOK APPÉTIT

    April 1, 2016 @ 7:00 am - 10:00 pm

    BOOK APPÉTIT – SOLD OUT A Book Festival and Library Foundation Literary Feast for The Well Read and Well Fed Featuring Festival Authors Stephen Harrigan (A Friend of Mr. Lincoln) and Thomas Mallon (Finale: A Novel of the Reagan Years) in conversation about their latest novels with Dan Goo...

  • ‘Appy Hour with First Edition

    March 23, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

    First Edition’s kick-off party for 2016 at the gorgeous Paramour Bar Cocktails – Bites by Tim the Girl – Raffle Prizes First Edition Members – FREE Admission Non-Members: $30 or join HERE! Download the mySAPL app on your smart phone and show us when you check in to get a...

  • ‘Appy Hour with First Edition

    March 23, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    First Edition’s kick-off party for 2016 at the gorgeous Paramour Bar Cocktails – Bites by Tim the Girl – Raffle Prizes First Edition Members – FREE Admission Non-Members: $30 or join HERE! download the mySAPL app on your smart phone and show us when you check in to get a...

  • San Antonio Book Festival Author Announcement

    February 9, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Central Library 10:00 AM Chihuly area Join us as we reveal our 2016 San Antonio Book Festival author lineup to the public! Clay Smith, our Literary Director, city officials, members of the press, and local literary stars will be in attendance. Come hear the exciting news firsthand!

  • SIP, SHOP & SUPPORT SAPLF!

    December 17, 2015 @ 4:00 am - 7:00 pm

    We are so pleased to partner with J. McLaughlin to bring you a fun, feel good, holiday shopping experience! Check out all the things that will make your season merry and bright at http://www.jmclaughlin.com and join us on the 17th from 4:00-7:00 pm at 5930 Broadway in the Uptown Shopping Center (Bi...

  • Enchilada Red Fest with First Edition Society

    December 3, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    $50 at the door! When: Thursday, December 3rd | 6:00 – 9:00 pm What: Enchilada Red Fest with First Edition Society Where: Central Library | 600 Soledad Book Reading, Sales & Signing with authors Cappy Lawton & Chris Waters Dunn Enchiladas: Aztec to Tex-Mex Cooking demo With La Fonda o...

  • Shakespeare presented by Great Books Series

    November 9, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Join SAPLF and Gemini Ink at the Landa Library to discuss selected texts from Shakespeare’s works. Monday, September 14 – Henry V Monday, October 12 – Love Labour’s Lost Monday, November 9 – Pericles Monday, December 14 – Twelfth Night

  • 8th Literary Luncheon Featuring Phoebe Fox

    November 5, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    SAPLF’s 8th Literary Luncheon featuring Phoebe Fox and her book Bedside Manners Thursday, November 5th, 2015 The Argyle Club 11:00 am – Meet the Author, Book Signing and Sales 12:00 pm – Lunch & Program You’ll be delighted with Phoebe Fox’s hilarious and endearing ...

  • An Evening with Craig Shirley

    October 29, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

    An Evening With Craig Shirley When: Thursday, October 29, 2015 | 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Where: SAPLF Office | 625 Shook Historian and bestselling author Craig Shirley will talk about his newly released book, Last Act: The Final Years and Emerging Legacy of Ronald Reagan. Craig is the author of of t...

  • An Evening with Azar Nafisi

    October 18, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Please join the San Antonio Book Festival and Sister Kathleen Coughlin for an evening with New York Times–bestselling author Azar Nafisi Sunday, October 18, 2015 McCombs Center Rosenberg SkyRoom (5th floor) The University of the Incarnate Word 5:00 pm | Reading from her most recent book, The Rep...

  • 5th Annual Nuit Blanche

    October 15, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

    Bonjour! The Library Foundation will host its 5th Annual Nuit Blanche dinner on Thursday, October 15th at the Landa Library Gardens from 7:00-10:30 p.m. Following in the famous French tradition, the event welcomes everyone for a night of feasting and friendship. Carpe diem!! We expect to sell out t...

  • Get ready for Nuit Blanche with Julian Gold!

    September 23, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    Our generous friends at Julian Gold will once again host an evening of fun, fashion and fabulous shopping to benefit the Library Foundation! Join us for a special evening on Wednesday, September 23rd from 5:30-7:30 pm for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and the season’s hottest trends. 10%...

  • Literary Feast featuring winemaker Fernando Frias – SOLD OUT

    August 4, 2015 @ 6:45 pm

    Inspired by George Taber’s tale of Judgement of Paris, which documents the landmark Paris Tasting of 1976, Diane and Randy Mathews are opening the doors to Zinc’s wine cellar to host an intimate Literary Feast with special guest Fernando Frias. Zinc chefs have planned a menu that th...

  • Hunter S. Thompson’s Gonzo Tiki Birthday Bash

    July 18, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

    The First Edition Society invites you to a celebrate Hunter S. Thompson! Great times to be had in Southtown behind the Monterey. $40 for Presale tickets $50 at the door FREE for First Edition Members Gather: July 18, 2015 8:00-11:00pm, 1119 S. St. Mary’s (behind the Monterey) Quench: Tiki Co...

  • Kendra Scott Gives Back Party

    May 27, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    PLEASE RSVP HERE!

  • Central Library 20th Anniversary Gala

    May 15, 2015 @ 5:30 pm

    Join us in celebration of the Central Library’s 20th Anniversary milestone with a brilliant Mexican Modern Gala under the Stars   Friday, May 15, 2015 | 6:30 pm – Midnight at the San Antonio Central Library Honorary Co-Chairs Martha & Wilber Avant, Linda & Ed Whitacre, and Tr...

  • The 4th Annual Cinco de Derby Celebration

    May 2, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm

    Please join the Library Foundation’s First Edition Society at the St. Anthony Hotel on Saturday, May 2nd for the “Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.” This annual event marries two time honored traditions – the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo – with drinks, eats, and ...

  • Great Books Seminar – Arabian Nights

    April 27, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    The group will discuss the “Prologue” and the first 27 nights. This selection includes both the frame story, in which the inimitable Scheherezade hatches her plan to charm the king and the first two sequences of stories that she tells him. While famous mostly for being wondrous and wondrously e...

  • Literary Death Match

    April 11, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    You are viewing the page for the 2015 Literary Death Match. To visit the page for the event on April 2, 2016, click here. Tickets for our VIP Festival Club Reception and seating for LDM on the Orchestra level are $50 each or $300 for a reserved table of four. Enjoy cocktails, savory bites and live....

  • The 3rd Annual San Antonio Book Festival

    April 11, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Saturday, April 11th, 2015 is set to be “one for the books” as the Library Foundation presents its third annual San Antonio Book Festival. This all-day, free event is held downtown at the Central Library, Southwest School of Art and the Empire Theater, where book lovers of all ages and interest...

  • Flannery O’Connor Great Books Series

    April 7, 2015 @ 5:30 am - 7:30 pm

    Join SAPLF Board member Paul Martin at the Gemini Ink Flannery O’Connor Great Books Series.  Selected texts will be read by Rachel Hollon and discussion moderated by Paul Martin. All seminars are free and open to the public! Tuesday, February 24, 5:30 – 7:30 pm – “A Good Man...

  • Red Enchilada Feast with First Edition Society

    March 12, 2015 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 pm

    First Edition Society will shake off the drab of winter and welcome spring with a Red Enchilada Feast on Thursday, March 12th at 7:00pm at where else but our beloved “Red Enchilada” Central Library. The fiesta will bring together a fun group of young San Antonians with great music, craft cockt...

  • Announcing the 2015 Fiction Contest Finalists

    February 23, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Today, the San Antonio Book Festival is happy to announce the finalists in the three divisions for the second annual Fiction Contest. Twenty-five judges with varied backgrounds as writers and professional educators went through more than 600 entries to narrow it down to these finalists. Quite a job!...

  • Neiman Marcus Trend Preview Parties

    February 11, 2015 @ 6:00 am - 8:00 pm

    Join Us February 11th and 18th! Neiman Marcus, The Anarte Gallery and artist Lucy Peveto show their love for SAPLF with a pair of Trend Preview Parties! Preview spring’s hottest bohemian inspired collections for both men & women & shop artwork by Lucy Peveto. 20% of sales from Lucy ...

  • 2015 Festival Lineup Announcement!

    February 10, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

    The San Antonio Book Festival is proud to announce our list of authors for the 2015 Festival. This year, the lineup features esteemed local authors and widely acclaimed award-winners. From photography to poetry, YA to murder mysteries, history to conservation, and cookbooks to the O.K. corral, this ...

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