​FRIDAY, OCT. 22, 2021
six o'clock at the William & Mary Alumni House

Our Signature Fundraiser

Our featured guest for 2021 is Jeffery Deaver, international bestselling author of The Bone Collector and, most recently, The Final Twist. Mr. Deaver will make a presentation to guests.


Our fundraising goal this year is $85,000!


  • Delicious food and wine
  • International bestselling author
  • Exciting live auction

© Niko Giovanni Coniglio


Jeffery Deaver is an international number-one bestselling author. His novels have appeared on bestseller lists around the world. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into twenty-five languages. He has served two terms as president of Mystery Writers of America, and was recently named a Grand Master of MWA, whose ranks include Agatha Christie, Ellery Queen, Mary Higgins Clark and Walter Mosely.


The author of 43 novels, three collections of short stories and a nonfiction law book, and a lyricist of a country-western album, he’s received or been shortlisted for dozens of awards. His The Bodies Left Behind was named Novel of the Year by the International Thriller Writers association, and his Lincoln Rhyme thriller The Broken Window and a stand-alone, Edge, were also nominated for that prize. The Garden of Beasts won the Steel Dagger from the Crime Writers Association in England. He’s also been nominated for eight Edgar Awards by the MWA.


Deaver has been honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention, the Strand Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Raymond Chandler Lifetime Achievement Award in Italy.


His book A Maiden’s Grave was made into an HBO movie starring James Garner and Marlee Matlin, and his novel The Bone Collector was a feature release from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. Lifetime aired an adaptation of his The Devil’s Teardrop. NBC television recently aired the nine-episode prime-time series, Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector.

Tickets & Sponsorship


​Purchase tickets, become an event sponsor... or both!


Attend this fun live event with friends and family! PLUS be among the first to enjoy the gorgeous recent renovations at the William & Mary Alumni House.



As a corporate sponsor, you can put your company’s name in front of hundreds of our community’s most engaged and generous individuals, by becoming a corporate sponsor!

As an individual sponsor, you can demonstrate your support of Literacy for Life with recognition in the event program .







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