Romance novelist and New York Times best-selling author Mary Jo Putney will be the featured guest at the seventh annual Gala in the Stacks, Washington County Free Library's biggest annual fundraiser.
Guests can mingle with Putney and purchase autographed copies of her work during the gala. "Romancing the stone" is this year's theme, and the event includes dinner, a wine-tasting, romantic music from a baby grand piano and a live band - all at the library. Guests also can have a souvenir caricature sketched.
Tickets cost $100 each. Only 300 tickets will be sold. As of Wednesday morning, about 200 tickets had been sold. Attendees also will have an opportunity to win a diamond. Last year, the black-tie affair raised $27,500, said Kathleen O'Connell, the library's assistant director.
Putney, a critically acclaimed author who sometimes writes under the name M.J. Putney, has written 24 novels and lives in Baltimore. Her notable works include "Stolen Magic" and "The Spiral Path," which made the The New York Times' best-seller list in 2002.