Bestselling author David Grann comes to Huntsville for library fundraiser

  • Posted on: 13 September 2018
  • By: Melanie Thornton

Bestselling author David Grann comes to Huntsville for library fundraiser

Author hailed as master of spinning true crime tales

The Huntsville Library Foundation (HLF) proudly presents bestselling author David Grann as the guest of honor and keynote speaker at HLF’s 32nd annual Vive le Livre gala on Thursday, September 27 at 6:00 p.m. at the Jackson Center, 6001 Moquin Drive. The event will begin with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., followed by a gourmet dinner and keynote address by Grann.

“Grann has woven an intriguing tale with his bestseller,” said HLF Chairperson Betsy Estopinal. “We are looking forward to hearing him speak in person about the real life mystery that has captivated audiences all over the world.”

Grann’s hit book, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, is a true crime tale that unravels one of the most sinister crimes and racial injustices in American history. With more than 30 weeks on The New York Times nonfiction bestseller list, it was a finalist for the National Book Award and ranked #1 on both Shelf Awareness and Amazon’s Best Books of the Year in any category. 

Following a highly publicized bidding war for the film rights to Killers of the Flower Moon, the picture is now in production with Martin Scorsese as director and starring Leonardo DiCaprio. His previous bestseller, Lost City of Z, was also made into a movie.

“HLF’s annual gala is the most important fundraiser for the library,” said Estopinal “It supports crucial programs and initiatives. Last year, we raised over $88,500 to support the Digital Media Zone, the BookMobile, and summer reading, to name a few. We want everyone to attend our gala to support literacy, mixed with good food and good company.”

The Foundation’s annual Vive le Livre (“Long live the book”) gala has featured such literary celebrities as Erik Larson, Amor Towles, Dave Barry, Garrison Keillor, Ann Patchett, Rick Bragg, Joshilyn Jackson, and Winston Groom. David Grann joins them in the long list of acclaimed authors to come to Huntsville in support of the Library.

Tickets start at $125 per person, and all proceeds benefit the HMCPL. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit

About Huntsville Library Foundation

Founded in 1986, the Huntsville Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to advocate for the library and to acquire resources that enhance the value to the community. This team of dedicated individuals works year-round to raise funds for the 12 branches of HMCPL to better serve Madison County. The Foundation believes that a city cannot be great without a great library. For more information about the Foundation, please visit