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Playwright, screenwriter and librettist David Henry Hwang speaks on “Transformations of a Butterfly: Identity and Creativity in America Today.” His revival of the Tony award-winning M. Butterfly will open on Broadway this October.


Hosted by the Friends of Princeton Public Library

Saturday, November 4, 2017

6:00 p.m. Talk at Nassau Presbyterian Church
7:00 p.m. Dinner and Silent Auction follow at Princeton Public Library

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Friends Evenings


101 Sam Wang: A Look Ahead at American Politics on November 16

Looking for wisdom about the political process in our country? Join a conversation with Princeton professor, neuroscientist, and author Sam Wang, who also happens to be co-founder of the Princeton Election Consortium blog. Professor Wang will lead a lively session analyzing the 2017 New Jersey Gubernatorial election, and make some predictions about the 2018 elections and beyond. You may also learn about new developments in the Wang Lab at Princeton’s Neuroscience Institute.


102 Elin Hilderbrand: Girls’ Night Out – A Holiday Reader’s Retreat on December 8 

Winter blues got you down? Bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand’s newest novel, “Winter Solstice,” will put your holidays in perspective by touching on themes we can all relate to. It’s about family, love, change, and the passage of time. Set in Nantucket (where she resides with her three children), Hilderbrand has written twenty-one novels. Give yourself a festive holiday getaway with a writer whose stories are always the perfect gift. This evening includes a copy of “Winter Solstice.”


103 An Evening with Joyce Carol Oates on December 12

Dinner with a literary legend? Yes, please. Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time. Enjoy an oh-so-rare opportunity to hear Joyce Carol Oates read from “A Book of American Martyrs,” and take your questions. This evening includes a copy of “A Book of American Martyrs.”


104 Turkish Delights: A Culinary Evening with Author Joy Stocke and Tree of Life on January 30

Your taste buds will be tantalized as you spend an evening inspired by Joy Stocke’s newest cookbook, “Tree of Life.” A sequel to her memoir, “Anatolian Days and Nights,” Joy will present Turkish recipes curated from her travels. As a bonus, NPR journalist and Middle East specialist Deborah Amos will be on hand to discuss trade routes, politics and the cuisine of Syria, Turkey’s neighbor. You’ll feast upon Circassian Chicken, Carrot Hummus with Toasted Fennel Seeds, Spice-Route Moussaka, Weeknight Lamb Manti, Stuffed Grape Leaves, and Black Sea Hazelnut Baklava. Are your bags packed yet? This evening includes a copy of the cookbook “Tree of Life.”


105 What In The World? Policy Perspectives from Anne Marie Slaughter on February 5

Wondering about the future of democracy? Worried about foreign relations? Come to the second oldest private home in Princeton for the perfect setting for an intimate, epic conversation over dinner with Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and CEO of New America, and Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. A frequent political commentator on mainstream and new media, Dr. Slaughter has written and edited eight books and published over 100 scholarly articles, and has over 140,000 Twitter followers. This is your chance to ask one of the most authoritative voices on the planet about the issues that keep you up at night. This evening includes a copy of “The Chessboard and the Web.”


106 Your Musical Valentine: An Evening Love…or Not, With Liz Fillo on February 14

Love will be in the air, as you and your Valentine bask in the glow of crowd favorite Liz Fillo’s performance. With songs about all kinds of love – old, new, tried, and true – Liz will be accompanied by pianist Peter Wright, formerly of Westminster Choir College. Dinner will be served, and your hearts will be full of a magical evening, well spent in good company.


107 Understanding The Genome Factor: Dalton Conley Explains The Difference Our Genes Make on March 7

Curious about what your genes hold in store for you and your children? Join a fascinating conversation over supper with Princeton sociology professor Dalton Conley, and gain new insight on controversial topics from genetically personalized education, the future of reproduction, and 23andMe. This evening includes a copy of “The Genome Factor.”


108 Havana! A Tour of Cuban Architecture with Esther da Costa Meyer on March 9

With Esther da Costa Meyer as your expert guide, explore the designs and details of the architecture that defines Havana, from the 16th century to the present day. How does a city with such an extraordinarily built heritage keep ruin at bay? What role does the embargo play in historic preservation? How is the city dealing with climate change which is continuously dealing a blow to some of its oldest districts? A native of Brazil, Professor da Costa Meyer teaches contemporary architecture at Princeton. In a house filled with art and light and crafted in a Princetonian contemporary style, the Engshuber family will welcome you with a Cuban signature cocktail and edible delights to follow.


109 Dejeuner du Dimanche Chez Marsha Levin-Rojer on April 8

Sundays in Provence are known for this special main meal served midday. Accept this invitation from local artist Marsha Levin-Rojer to her home for a sumptuous, exquisitely prepared traditional Provencal lunch, followed by a tour of her studio, including paintings completed during a “year in Provence.”


110 Old and New Nassau: An Architectural Tour of the Lewis Center for the Arts by Ron McCoy on April 10

A special opportunity to experience the Princeton University campus from the unique perspective of University Architect, Ron McCoy. Prior to your tour, enjoy a wonderful lunch hosted at Cargot Brasserie. During the 90 minute tour, Ron will discuss the University’s vision for the new Lewis Arts complex and will train your eye on the campus planning principles that have created this beautiful campus. Enjoy the wonder of Princeton in a whole new way!


111 When In San Francisco: A Visit With Founder Gary Kamiya on April 14

What other city could be described as “resolutely and permanently sordid,” “filthy rich” and “insanely gentrifying?” Gary Kamiya is currently executive editor of San Francisco Magazine and writes a history column for the San Francisco Chronicle. His “Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco” won the 2013 Northern California Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. He was a founder and longtime executive editor of the pioneering web site, and he is coming to Princeton to share with us the amazing story of one of the most fascinating neighborhoods on the planet. Heavy appetizers and a signature San Fran cocktail will be served. This evening includes a copy of “Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco.”


112 The Indian Wars: An Evening with Robert White Mountain on May 4

Join us in welcoming Robert White Mountain to Princeton for an intimate evening of dinner, conversation, songs, and a reading from his new book “The Indian Wars 1492-2018.” A descendant of Sitting Bull’s Tiyospaye extended family, Robert White Mountain is making a special visit to Princeton. Learn how America’s longest standing war will affect the present condition of our earth and all future generations from this humanitarian, writer, and peacemaker from the Lakota Tribe. The evening will be hosted by Kirsten Haley at her newly launched Sault Haus healing center in Hopewell, and will include dinner, conversation, and songs from Robert’s upcoming debut CD.


Silent Auction Items


201 Pizza Party at Nomad

A special private party to be hosted at the beautiful Nomad Pizza restaurant in the Princeton Shopping Center on North Harrison Street. Nomad Pizza will reserve a private room to host up to 25 kids or guests for pizza. You may select a date that works for you anytime Monday through Thursday, or for lunch commencing at 11:30 on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Please plan on giving Nomad two weeks notice.


202 IAS Dinner and Rare Book Tour

Five Course Gourmet Dinner (and wine) plus rare book tour at the Institute for Advanced Study. While known as the world’s leading center for theoretical research and intellectual inquiry, the Institute for Advanced Study is often referred to as the best restaurant in town. Four adults are invited to enjoy a five-course gourmet dinner, including wine, served in the Institute’s outstanding dining hall. And wait – there’s more – a tour of the Institute’s world-famous rare book collection with IAS librarian, Marcia Tucker. The collection, which is housed in a special room, includes numerous first editions of important scientific works in mathematics, astronomy, physics, and the life sciences.


203 Kingston Family Vineyards Wine

Enjoy a case of fine wine from the Kingston Family Vineyards in Casablanca Valley, Chile where the Kingston Family has been farming for five generations. Consistently highly rated as one of South America’s leading boutique wineries, Kingston Family Vineyards has been recognized for “making some of Chile’s best pinots” (Food & Wine) and “among the best wineries in Chile” (Stephen Tanzer). Kingston Family Vineyards wines can also be found in local restaurants such as Eno Terra and Mediterra as well as via their “Old Corral” wine club membership (www.kingston


204 Hopewell Valley Vineyards Wine Tasting

Become a wine connoisseur! Hold a private wine tasting with nine friends at the scenic Hopewell Valley Vineyard. Relax in their lovely Tasting Room and treat your taste buds to new and delicious libations.


205 Kitchen to Table: An Insider’s Hands-On Experience with Culinary Expert Joy Stocke and NPR Reporter Deb Amos on January 30

A completely unique and special experience for two! Join “Tree of Life” cookbook author Joy Stocke and NPR Middle East specialist Deborah Amos in the kitchen for an opportunity to cook with an expert. Learn how to work with beautiful ingredients as you create an authentic and delicious Anatolian feast. And once your masterpiece meal is complete, you are invited to enjoy the fruits of your labor with two seats to the exclusive evening “Turkish Delights: A Culinary Evening with Author Joy Stocke and Tree of Life.”

Your taste buds will be tantalized as Joy talks on her new cookbook, “Tree of Life.” A sequel to her memoir, “Anatolian Days and Nights,” Joy will present Turkish recipes curated from her travels. And Deborah Amos will be on hand to discuss trade routes, politics and the cuisine of Syria, Turkey’s neighbor. You’ll feast upon Circassian Chicken, Carrot Hummus with Toasted Fennel Seeds, Spice-Route Moussaka, Weeknight Lamb Manti, Stuffed Grape Leaves, and Black Sea Hazelnut Baklava. Are your bags packed yet? This experience includes two copies of the cookbook “Tree of Life.”


301 Two Hour Garden Consultation with Peter Ham

Peter Ham of Ham Landscape Gardens, designs and plants gardens and landscapes working in the English naturalistic style. In this two hour consultation, he will work with you to use native or native-hybridized plants to create low maintenance gardens of delight that offer interest throughout the year. A great way to gain fresh new ideas for your garden!


302 24/7 Parking in Princeton for a Year!

When you have this pass card in your possession, the world is your oyster – no parking worries! For one year, you will be able to use the Spring Street Garage. Come in, go out – in, out, in, out – at work or at play, whether on the job, picking up your reserved library book, visiting the Farmer’s Market, lunching with a friend or checking out the shops – what freedom will come with this prized object!


303 Beauty Bash” Benefit Cosmetics Private Party

Unique, quirky and totally cute! Nassau Street’s Benefit Beauty Boutique is like a candy store for grown-up girls! Gather your friends for an after-hours girls’ night out, complete with make-up application, brow-waxing/shaping, champagne and nibbles! BTW – what happens at Benefit stays at Benefit!


304 Paul Levy Mac Tutorial

Paul Levy, volunteer Princeton Public Library technology instructor and member of the Princeton Macintosh Users Group, will help you solve whatever problems you have with your iPhone, iPad and MacBook. He will come to your home or meet you at your convenience for a two hour session.


305 Tour of Scheide Collection

Before touring, your group of 6 will enjoy lunch in the beautiful, glass-enclosed Garden Room of Prospect House, the private dining club on Princeton University’s campus. As the highest bidder, you and your guests will get a custom curated, private tour of the Scheide Library, “one of the greatest collections in the world,” including the Gutenberg Bible and the Declaration of Independence. This world-famous collection is accessible by special appointment only, but we’ve got you in!


306 African American Princetonians Walking Tour

Private Princeton History Walking Tour! Experience the Albert E. Hinds Walking Tour of the historic Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood that gives you the history below Nassau Street. Learn about the “Princeton Plan” that desegregated schools at the site of the Witherspoon Street School for Colored Children, hear about the life of Paul Robeson at his birthplace, and visit Birch Avenue where many houses were moved when the establishment of Palmer Square demolished much of the historic black neighborhood across from the University. Included with the tour is a signed copy of “I Hear My People Singing” by Kathryn Watterson.


307 Two-Hour In-Home Interior Design Consultation with Global Home Interiors

World-class interior design. Highly personalized service. Founded in 2004, Global Home specializes in unexpected, internationally inspired home design. Our curated home décor collection and interior design work have been described as “exceptionally tasteful” by the New York Times and “a look where objects have meaning” by NY Spaces Magazine. We deliver personalized interior spaces to our clients and ensure the design process is seamless from initial proposals to the installation of the final décor piece. From paint color planning and style ‘updating’ to complete interior overhauls, furnishings sourcing and staging management for residential, hospitality and commercial projects, Global Home brings a world of experience to every design project. We have serviced high-powered clientele in a wide range of industries from the Fine Arts, Publishing, Fashion, to Finance by re-imagining their weekend estates, New York City apartments or suburban homes. Featured in many domestic and international publications and blogs, Global Home is continually expanding our mission to bring beautifully designed interiors into a growing portfolio of residential and commercial locations.


308 Paper Source Card Party

Obsessed with Pinterest? Then this event is for you! Grab some friends and indulge your inner “maker” with this card making party. Create something from the heart for those you love! This is an adults-only creative workshop.


309 Nicole Schrader MD Facial Treatment

Pamper yourself this fall with a phototherapy facial and laser treatment with Dr. Nicole Schrader!

There are few experiences more rejuvenating than getting a facial. At their New Jersey medical spa, Dr. Nicole Schrader and her team of medical professionals offer up a menu of facials that can meet your specific needs. Their various facials treat both specific skin care issues as well as providing a general rejuvenation for women and men. Safe and convenient enough to schedule in the middle of your workday, facials can rid your complexion of fine lines, redness, wrinkles, and acne.


310 Princeton and Slavery Project Symposium: Keynote Address by Toni Morrison

Last chance to hear Toni Morrison at a sold out Princeton event!

You have in your hands the last 4 tickets for a sold out event that will feature Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison delivering the keynote address for The Princeton and Slavery Project Symposium on Friday November 17 at 4:30 PM at Richardson Auditorium. Tracy K. Smith, Princeton University Professor and the 22nd Poet Laureate of the United States, will introduce Ms. Morrison and moderate the evening. The tickets for this event are general admission. This package includes a $50 gift card to Labyrinth Books. This event is sponsored by Princeton University and Princeton Public Library along with other community partners.


311 Mrs. G Gift Certificate

Get ready for the holiday entertaining season with a brand new appliance from Mrs. G! From wine cellars to beverage centers, you’ll find just the right item to help you with all your hosting needs. Mrs. G TV & Appliances is a third generation family owned retail showroom that has developed an outstanding reputation for over 75 years. Make life better with this Mrs. G gift certificate!


312 Your Passport to Princeton

This premier package is your ticket to town! Get active this fall with a three month membership to Princeton Fitness & Wellness and two months of unlimited classes at Pure Barre Princeton. Take a taste of local hotspots with two gift certificates to Trattoria Procaccini here in Princeton, and two gift certificates to the brand new and already hopping PJ’s Pancake House in Kingston. Top it off with four tickets to McCarter Theater’s May 18, 2018 production of “Turning Off the Morning News,” a new black comedy from Christopher Durang, the Tony Award-winning playwright who brought us the smash Broadway hit Vania and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Fitness, feasts, and fun – your Passport to Princeton has it all!


401 Consultation with Premier College Admissions Counselor

Meg Caddeau, IvyWise counselor and former Associate Dean of Admission at Princeton Univiersity and Amherst College, will work with your family to identify college options and create a strategic plan for the college process – guiding students and empowering them to reach their academic and personal goals. This 90-minute session can take place by phone, Skype, or in person.


402 Name Your Own Flavor at the bent spoon

Your chance to create the ice cream flavor of your dreams! In a special consultation session, you’ll work with Gab Carbone, co-owner of the bent spoon, to help you hone your idea. Then, kick back and relax as the spoon elves work their magic to turn your flavor dream into flavor reality. Return to the spoon after your special flavor is made to claim your very own 10 FULL PINTS of the flavor AND YOU GET TO NAME IT TOO! You’ll have full bragging rights – having invented and named a new ice cream!


403 Be on the Crew Team for a Day

Do you dream of sunbeams over Carnegie Lake, feeling the morning breeze on your face as you watch a crew team shell slice through the shimmering waters? Here is your chance to turn daydream into reality with this insider’s experience of the Princeton University’s Women’s Varsity Crew Team! Observe practice from your VIP seat on Coach Lori Dauphiny’s launch. Learn all about the Olympic sport from athlete and coach Ed Hewitt a.k.a. Mr. Row2K. Tour the famous Boathouse, home of the Princeton University and National Crew Teams, and try out the erg machines and equipment of Olympians! Whether you’ve always wanted to learn more about the sport of rowing, or you think crew may be in your or your child’s future, this exclusive experience is the ticket for you!


404 Product Designer for the Day

Do you have an eye for design? Have you always wondered how a product goes from vision to reality? Have your questions answered and more when you go to work for the day with Don Strum, Principal in Product Design at Michael Graves Architecture + Design. Experience how product designers utilize form and function to develop products that help us do things and make our lives better. Even kids can get into the act! Don has been working with Emily and Lyla Allen, a.k.a. The Kitchen Twins, bringing kid-friendly cookware to a store near you!


405 Family Makeover

A Family Makeover! Everyone will be their shiny best selves with a men’s and women’s haircut from B&B Color Studio, a men’s and women’s man/pedi from Cozy Nail Salon, a MAC makeover, a women’s item from J. McLaughlin, a men’s closet review plus shirt and tie from J. Hilburn, and a $150 value children’s mystery assortment from ToobyDoo. Put your best foot forward as a whole family when you enjoy this bonanza of local beauty and fashion fun.


406 Biologist for the Day

Be a biologist for a day! Mark Eastburn, Riverside science teacher, biologist, and author will take you on a family adventure. Spend a Saturday or Sunday on an animal scavenger hunt, surveying indigenous reptiles and amphibians. Learn how biologists catalog and track animals they research. Includes a signed copy of Mark’s book “Earning My Spots.”


407 Picture Books (and more) for Young Readers

The world of picture books and novels for young readers is celebrated annually at our Princeton Children’s Book Festival each September. This basket contains several picture books that were autographed by authors and illustrators that appeared on our plaza this year along with a few other selections picked by our librarians. There will be something to delight young readers of all ages and interests with selections such as the wordless picture book “Little Fox in the Forest” by Stephanie Graegin, the delightful story of “The Teacher’s Pet” by Anica Mrose Rissi, the young reader’s edition of “Orphan Train Girl” by Christina Baker Kline and the biopic “Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of R.B.G. vs. Inequality” by Jonah Winter.


408 Mayor for A Day!

Get the inside scoop on how Princeton’s municipal government really works! A great opportunity for a child to see local government in action, spending the day with Mayor Liz Lempert and meeting with department heads. Bang the gavel to start the Council meeting!


409 Family Photo Shoot with Richard Trenner

Enjoy a professional “natural light” photography shoot featuring you and your family with Princeton photographer Richard Trenner. You’ll arrange a time and place (your house or another site) to create with Richard a set of informal family portraits. As you work, you will see the images on a laptop and decide on poses and composition. After you select the images that you really like, Richard will do some “post-processing” editing to achieve high technical and aesthetic quality. He will then send you the improved digital images for your review and approval. Then you’ll select the images you like and decide on the size and number of prints that you would like. Richard will make up to ten archival pigment prints for you in sizes that you choose—from 4 by 6 inches up to 13 by 19 inches.

You can see examples of Richard’s work online by typing Richard Trenner Flickr  or by going to his current solo show at the Present Day Club (72 Stockton Street in Princeton; 609 924 1014. The show, “A World of Light: Photographs (2007-2017) by Richard Trenner,” opened in September and runs to December 28.


501 New York Yankees Tickets

Take me out to the ballgame! Tickets for 4 to a Yankees game, perfectly located on the infield level in either section 217 or 223. The roar of the crowd; hotdogs; peanuts – AND the 2018 Yankees. What a great way to spend a day!


502 One Year Membership to Gratitude Yoga

Om for the body and mind. Nourish your soul and your body with twelve months of unlimited yoga and/or meditation classes at Gratitude Yoga. Classes are available for all abilities and held at a variety of convenient times for any schedule. And the studio is located within 1,000 feet of the Princeton Public Library – Namaste!


601 Handmade I Spy Quilt: An Immediate Heirloom

A charming, colorful and whimsical work of art – for the curious little napper or for the larger aesthete with a good eye for unexpected treasure. 63 different little pictures make up the front of this machine pieced and quilted mini-masterpiece. Play nighttime games: “I Spy a dog, cars, strawberries,” “find all the things that are round, that move, are in the sky,” or “choose 3 pictures and make a story.” There are unlimited possibilities! Handmade by Princeton quilter, Judy Leopold. Approximately 36 by 44 inches.


602 Iconic Design: Eames Chairs

Iconic pieces of furniture. Classic design never goes out of fashion. Made of 100% recyclable polypropylene, these 2 Eames molded plastic side chairs have chrome wire bases and standard glide with felt bottom. Versatile white with a subtle matte texture, these enduring chairs will be perfect anywhere in your home.


603 Living Sculpture by Robert Cannon

In his design studio, Opiary, Amerian sculptor Robert Cannon works within the parameters of industrial design, architecture, landscape, and fine art. A Cannon centerpiece is a chic, one-of-a-kind addition to your indoor/outdoor lifestyle.


604 Katherine Hackl Ceramic

Own a beautiful, one of a kind, large porcelain bowl with hand painted, water-etched leaf pattern by Katherine Hackl, the same artist whose work “Princeton Stories” is installed in the Library’s Princeton Collections Room.


605 Nicky Katz Hand Thrown Ceramic Bowl

Large, hand thrown serving/decorative bowl in classical shape from the studio of Nicky Katz. Bowl is lovingly made of gorgeous black clay with contrasting turquoise blue glaze. Perfect for entertaining or for decoration! Oven proof and dishwasher safe.


606 Four Tickets to the NYC Philharmonic

Experience the charismatic Yuja Wang (“She seems to have everything” – The New York Times) perform Brahms’s First Piano Concerto: symphonic, virtuosic, and thrilling. And the Orchestra shines in Prokofiev’s thrilling Fifth Symphony – the composer’s effort at “glorifying the grandeur of the human spirit,” in his words – led by Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden. 4 seats in the excellent 8th row center orchestra in Lincoln Center on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.


607 David Henry Hwang Signed and Framed M. Butterfly Print

The perfect memento from your magical Beyond Words evening: a framed print from the Broadway revival of the groundbreaking play, “M. Butterfly.” The Tony-award winning playwright, David Henry Hwang himself will personally sign the print for you at the conclusion of the evening.


608 Four Tickets and Pre-show Cocktails with David Henry Hwang

Can’t get enough David Henry Hwang? With this exclusive Beyond Words offering, you will enjoy pre-show cocktails for 4 with the celebrated American dramatist himself. After starting your evening with the Tony-award winning playwright David Henry Hwang, you will proceed to the Cort Theatre to experience the hottest show on Broadway this fall: the revival of Hwang’s “M. Butterfly” starring Clive Owen with director Julie Taymor. This experience for you and your 3 chosen guests? Once in a lifetime. The value? Priceless.


609 Framed Donald Teskey Print

Untitled, 2015 by Donald Teskey

Donald Teskey (born 1956) is one of Ireland’s most important contemporary landsdscape artists. He is a member of the Royal Hibernian Academy, was awarded a full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center, was artist-in-residence at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, and his work has been exhibited across the EU, in North America, and South Africa. Collections include the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Arts Council of Ireland, corporate and private collections worldwide. Teskey’s print captures the balance of power between the ocean and the land from a raised vantage point allowing for observation of the interplay between shadow and light while darkening skies reveal rich and earthy colors among the rocks and cliffs.


610 Isabel Allende at the Grounds for Sculpture

Going once, going twice! Last chance to hear Isabel Allende at a sold out Princeton event!

Acclaimed novelist and worldwide bestselling author Isabel Allende is making a special appearance at the Grounds for Sculpture on Thursday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. This event has been sold out for several weeks – you have in your hands the last 4 tickets for 4 front row reserved seats, plus 4 signed copies of the newly released novel “In the Midst of Winter” and private time after the talk to meet Isabel Allende and have your books personalized. The tickets for this event include early admission to the Grounds for Sculpture at 4:00 p.m. Isabel Allende will be in conversation with Princeton professor Maria DiBattista at this special event curated by the Princeton Public Library and Grounds for Sculpture with support from Labyrinth Books.


611 Coastal Marsh Drift: a Painting by Kazaan Viveiros

Celebrate the season with this vibrant painting by local artist Kazaan Viveiros. In the words of the artist: “Marshes form a transition between the aquatic and terrestrial landscape and house thriving, productive ecosystems. All the while, they express a profound, timeless quietude and majesty. In Coastal Marsh Drift, my aim is to portray the dynamism of the marsh as a living, breathing ecosystem and manifest this external world filtered through a personal lens. Within the picture plane, there is a shifting point of view – what lies both above and below the surface of the water is revealed. What exists beneath the surface forms the foundation of our visual landscape. Our relationship to the natural world is ever changing. Sustained contemplation of the complexities of our natural environment leads to a greater understanding of ourselves.”

Kazaan has exhibited work in solo and group exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe, i­­ncluding solo shows in New York, San Francisco, Berkeley, Scottsdale, AZ, and Richmond, VA. In 2003, curator Raffaella Guidobono gave Viveiros a show at TAD Concept Store in Rome. Kazaan was a 2011 Bethesda Painting Awards semi-finalist, was chosen twice as a visiting artist in residence at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA, and has also been an artist in residence at Weir Farm in CT and Dorland Mountain Arts Colony in CA. In 2015, she became a fellow at the VCCA (Virginia Center for Creative Arts).


612 Olga Sweet Graphite Portrait

A classic graphite portrait of a person of your choosing by the portraitist Olga A. Sweet, whose clients include the Duke of Argyll, Nacho Figueras, President Carter, and Countess Lucy von Limburg Stirum. Ms. Sweet has contributed portraits to many nonprofit organizations in Greenwich, the Hamptons, Palm Beach, and elsewhere. She will do this elegant head-and-shoulders portrait from both life and her photographs. The winning bidder may opt for an oil portrait (commission in addition to bid). Articles on Ms. Sweet have appeared in Palm Beach Illustrated, Sunday Arts, Greenwich Magazine, and The Daily Princetonian.


613 Visconti Pen from Hamilton and John McPhee Signed Book

Own a piece of fine Italian design and craftsmanship. This Visconti pen from Hamilton Jewelers comes with a signed copy of John McPhee’s “A Sense of Where You Are” and “Draft No. 4: On The Writing Process.” Be inspired by John McPhee along with attention to detail and the quality of the materials in your new Visconti pen to unleash your inner thoughts.


614 Miriam Schapiro Court Jester Print Donated by Leslie Burger

From the walls of Leslie Burger’s elegant Manhattan apartment, this Miriam Schapiro gem can grace the walls of your home. The vivid print, entitled “Court Jester,” 2007, is one of a limited edition of 60 digital prints with hand lithography.

As one of the founders of the Feminist Art Movement of the 1970s, painter and printmaker Miriam Schapiro is credited as the creator of the art form Femmage – a distinct combination of painting and collage. Since her death in June 2015, the market for Schapiro’s work has skyrocketed, with a major exhibition at the National Academy in New York City and another exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design this year.


701 Terrific Tumi Luggage

#Perfectingthejourney Tumi Calais Backpack and Short Trip Packing Case. The best-selling Voyageur collection offers streamlined and sophisticated feminine styling with smart details in lightweight designs. Practical, pretty and versatile, the Calais backpack is ideal for business, travel and everyday outings. It has a laptop (15″) pocket and other interior organizer pockets for electronics and personal accessories. Several exterior pockets for fast-access items. Made from lightweight nylon with leather trim, it has a leather carry handle and padded shoulder straps.

From Tumi’s lightest hardside travel collection to date, the Short Trip Packing Case is supremely light yet durable and expandable packing case, constructed from a special, multi-layer polycarbonate alloy formulation. It is smaller in size and ideally suited for weekends and overnight business travel.


702 Maine Chance – A Week in Woolrich

Enjoy this 3 bedroom house on Montsweag Bay overlooking Oak, Pine and Westport Islands. The house is in Woolwich midway between Bath and Wiscasset. Enjoy day trips to the Maine Maritime Museum, in Bath, the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay or Five Islands Lobster Company. The ocean beaches at Popham or Reid State Park are 30 minutes away. Enjoy a lobster dinner on the deck or swim from a float. A kayak will transport you to examine the bald eagle’s nest on Oak Island. The kitchen has recently been completely redone and is fully stocked. All towels and linens are provided. There is a full bathroom and two bedrooms in the original portion of the house. In 2017, a large master bedroom and bathroom were added. An enclosed outdoor shower on the deck has a panoramic view of the bay for your bathing pleasure. It is easy to rent additional kayaks, canoes or bikes nearby, and other nice towns to visit are Brunswick and Damariscotta, both 20-25 minutes away.  The Maine Maritime Museum offers wonderful boat cruises of various lengths. There are challenging yet scenic golf courses in nearby Bath and Brunswick. Sleeps 6 people, house is winterized and has washer and dryer.


703 Ocean City, NJ Beach House

Spend a long, relaxing weekend in beautiful Ocean City, New Jersey. This 3 bedroom retreat is perfect for a family of 5. Located at 65 Morningside, in the lovely Gardens section of Ocean City directly across from the access to the beach. There are 2 full baths, full eat-in kitchen, living room, laundry, outside shower and BBQ to this ground floor unit. Driveway can accommodate 1 car.


704 A Week in Nicest Nantucket

A Restored 1880 Historic 5 bedroom Home. Perfect for friends. Perfect for family. This lovely house in Nantucket’s historic town district, built in 1880, has been newly restored by the architect/owners with a painstaking degree of care and detail that preserves the feeling of the original house. It is a home with open airy living and lots of sunlight. Situated in a residential downtown neighborhood, one block from Main Street and centrally located for a 5 to 10 minute drive to all beaches, it is ideal for families or couples. Downstairs, the house includes an eat-in kitchen with separate laundry and pantry, and a full bath for the first floor guest bedroom. The entry hall, living room, family room, and dining room complete the downstairs. Upstairs is the master bedroom, 2 bedrooms each with 2 twin beds, and media room with 2 twin beds and a full bath. All of this comes with state of the art central air conditioning, heating and humidity control, Wi-Fi, Internet and cable. The rear yard is large, private and perfect for entertaining and for children to play in, with an outdoor shower, hammock, outdoor dining and seating areas and outdoor grill. Off street parking for at least 4 cars. The refined beach luxury interior furnishings give this house a special aesthetic that captures so many unique qualities of Nantucket Island.


We look forward to seeing you!





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2017 Benefit Sponsors

To become a sponsor, download our Beyond Words Corporate Sponsorship Form. For more information on sponsorship please contact Janet Simon, Development Director, or Dawn Frost,


Melanie Stein
President, Friends

Veronika Häusle-Kalabacos and
Dagmar Kraemer-Anderson

Elizabeth Protage Walsh
Honorary Chair

Jimi Ayodele
David Barile
Kate Baxter
Claire Bertrand
Sally Branon
Anne Brener
Danielle Coppola
Jess Deutsch
Audrey Egger
Marita Engshuber
Alene Frankel
Dawn Frost
Sherri Garber
Lauren Glattly
Melissa Grzymala
Peter Ham
Claire Jacobus
Alice Koesterich
Michele Kolb
Seva Kramer
Michelle Lependorf
Karen Mardy
Pat Meyer
Sophie Mialhe
Dana Molina
Eric Monberg
Iris Neuhaus
Tim Quinn
Betsy Sauder
Nicole Schrader
Janet Simon
Christa Smith
Joan Stolpen
Richard Trenner
Kazaan Viveiros
Pam Wakefield
Karen Zemble

Ex Officio:

Brett Bonfield
Library Director