thursday november 14

This year’s event, on Thursday, November 14, will bring together more than 200 library supporters for an evening celebrating and raising awareness for our most critical civic institution, the Dallas Public Library. 

The featured speaker at the dinner will be Delia Owens, former wildlife scientist and author of three bestselling nonfiction books, including Cry of the Kalahari. Delia’s first novel, Where the Crawdads Sing has topped the charts of bestseller lists for more than six months.

At the event, our 2019 May Dickson Exall Award will be presented to Kay Cattarulla, founder of the acclaimed Arts & Letters Live literary series at the Dallas Museum of Art. The award, named for the fabled civic leader who led the effort to open Dallas’ first public library in 1899, recognizes outstanding contributions to libraries and literacy in North Texas. Past Exall honorees include real estate leader and library advocate Nancy Nasher, UNT Dallas President Bob Mong and former Rosewood Foundation executive director and lifelong library supporter, Charlene Howell.

This annual fundraiser benefits Friends of the Dallas Public Library, the nonprofit organization that provides financial support and advocacy for the city’s 29 libraries and their educational programs. Rolex Watch, U.S.A. is the evening’s generous presenting sponsor, with additional underwriting and sponsorship opportunities available.


This year's event will be held at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library. 

We'll celebrate on the Library's 6th floor.

6:30pm - Check-In and dinner served

7:30pm - Program

Learn More

For more information, event questions or to register by phone, call our office,  214-670-1458 or email

Host Committee

Pat Altschuler

Caitlyn Buchanan

Christina Collins

Annette Corman

Ami Doshi

Basheer Ghorayeb

Melissa Hardage

Sharolyn Headroe

Kyle Laney

Suzanne Massey

Walt McCool

Event Co-Chairs

Susan Fisk

Nicole Paquette

This year’s Raffle is SPECTACULAR!

  • $1,000 NorthPark Gold coins 
  • NorthPark Center VIP valet parking pass 
  • Luxury services and other wonderful items provided by Aveda, DryBar/NorthPark, Diptyque and Fresh
  • $1,000 Gift Certificate from Eiseman Jewels, NorthPark Center
  • Ten (10) Nasher Sculpture Center admission passes 
  • Dallas Museum of Art AMBASSADOR Membership 
  • Tickets to two 2020 Arts & Letters Live events at the Dallas Museum of Art*
  • VIP Dallas Symphony Orchestra Experience* 
  • Tickets to The Dallas Opera*

*Dates based upon availability. Some restrictions apply

Raffle Package Value - $4,500+

Tickets are only $20 each

Drawing will be held November 14, 2019 during A Novel Night Out with Delia Owens.

Need not be present to win.

This annual fundraiser benefits Friends of the Dallas Public Library's and allows us to provide financial support and advocate for our 29 libraries. 

Please make checks payable to Friends of the Dallas Public Library. Questions?

Call our office at 214-670-1458 or email