Following his remarks on April 2 at Benson Branch, Tobias Wolff signed copies of his works for A Novel Affaire attendees. 

Following his remarks on April 2 at Benson Branch, Tobias Wolff signed copies of his works for A Novel Affaire attendees. 

Author Tobias Wolff Featured at Library Foundation Fundraiser

Patron guests enjoyed a private reception on April 2. From left: Maggie Brown, with Mary and Rodrigo Lopez.

Patron guests enjoyed a private reception on April 2. From left: Maggie Brown, with Mary and Rodrigo Lopez.

Award-winning author Tobias Wolff headlined A Novel Affaire, the Omaha Public Library Foundation’s third annual fundraiser, April 2, 2016, at Benson Branch.

Speaking to a crowd of approximately 150 Omaha Public Library Foundation supporters, Wolff shared stories of his life as a writer, delighting the crowd with humor one minute and thought-provoking advice for writers (and the craft of writing) the next.

He also answered questions from the audience about his many works, including two of his most popular: This Boy’s Life and In Pharaoh’s Army.

Wolff is a lifelong lover and user of public libraries, and also explained how they played a pivotal role in his passion for the printed word.

Omaha Public Library Executive Director Laura Marlane introduced Wolff at the fundraiser, adding how the support of private contributions makes library programs and services possible.

“Your generosity allows us to expand our reach and touch more lives. Omaha Public Library is reaching people through technology – even if you can’t get to a library, you can apply for a card, download ebooks, audiobooks, and even have access to resources and take classes online for free,” Marlane said. “And our programming reaches all ages, from the children who attend story times and coding clubs, to the adults who learn English and prepare for their GED.”

A Novel Affaire 2016 was made possible by the generosity of the following event sponsors: Tenaska, Deloitte, Heritage Services, Jim Kineen, the family of the late Beverly McMillan, Streck, Baxter Auto Group, Cline Williams, Fraser Stryker, Nelnet, and Valmont.

Event proceeds will benefit Omaha Public Library programs and services this year. 

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A Novel Affaire 2015 Welcomed Wally Lamb

Award-winning author Wally Lamb headlined A Novel Affaire, the Omaha Public Library Foundation's second annual fundraiser, Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Millard Branch.

Speaking to a crowd of 150 OPLF supporters, Lamb recounted his winding journey from high school English teacher to, eventually, New York Times bestselling author. With a combination of humor, wit, and sincerity, Lamb shared powerful stories of how reading and writing changes lives.

And in doing so, he applauded the work of public libraries -- especially Omaha Public Library. Lamb facilitates a writing workshop at Connecticut's York Correctional Institute, a maximum-security prison for women. In 2014, OPL offered its Summer Reading Program for the first time to teens at the Douglas County Youth Center. Of the 20 teens who registered, 15 completed the program, with a total of 314 hours read.

I had a wonderful time at A Novel Affaire 2015. The librarians were gracious hosts, the audience was attentive and fun, and the cause — the promotion of summer reading for adults, children, and teens — is one which, as both an educator and a novelist, I support wholeheartedly.
— Wally Lamb, author

Guests enjoyed cocktails, appetizers, and desserts. And Lamb waited until every last book fans brought or purchased was signed.

"If the book signing line moved rather slowly, it's because I was having a ball chatting with the folks who had come out for the event," he said. "Thanks, Omaha, for making me feel welcomed and very much at home in a city I'd never had the pleasure of visiting before."

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Our 2015 Sponsors

We wish to thank our generous sponsors for their support of A Novel Affaire 2015.

Presenting
Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Memorial Foundation

Gold
Tenaska

Silver
Heritage Services
Streck

Bronze
Aflac
Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather
Deloitte
Fraser Stryker
McCarthy Capital
Performance Auto Group