The Friends of the Kaufman County Library will be hosting their 19th annual book and author luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 11 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church Fellowship Hall at 1609 Rand Road in Kaufman.

Tickets for the event are on sale now at the Kaufman County Library located at 3790 S. Houston St., and can be purchased over the phone by calling 972-932-6222. Single tickets are $25 and a table for eight costs $160.

This year’s luncheon will feature two Texas authors. Margorie Herrera Lewis is a former sportswriter for the Dallas Cowboys and the Dallas Morning News. Her debut historical novel When the Men Were Gone is based on the true story of a female high school teacher named Tylene Wilson who broke with tradition to become the first female high school football coach in Texas in an effort to keep her students from going off to war. J.W. Wilson is the author of Portraits of a Soldier: The extraordinary life of Jon Lippens which chronicles the story of its subject, a 13-year-old living in Ghent Belgium in 1939 during a Nazi invasion that leaves his hometown enveloped in death and destruction.

Sharon Jennings, vice president of the Friends of the Library, said that the goal of the organization is to “instill the love of reading in children.” The group hosts the “Read to Me” club every Wednesday from September through May and the summer reading program for six weeks each summer. 

“[These programs] are successful ways in which the Kaufman County Library introduces and expands the reading experience,” Jennings said. “In order to have the very best reading programs for our Kaufman County youth, we must be able to obtain the resources to make this happen. Get your tickets now!”

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