Fiction, Fundraising, and Fun

The Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild showed their festive side by putting on a literary-themed fundraiser at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. This fundraiser was an expanded version of the Members Exclusive Author Talks, which are held at the RSF Library three to four times a year. “We have held various types of fundraisers over the years, but feel at this time that it is our mission to provide programs and events that are literary or educational in nature,” said Susan Appleby, Director of Membership and Development. This year’s fundraiser featured Lisa See, five-time best-selling author with nine titles to her credit. Lisa is known for writing historical fiction focusing on the Asian-American experience.

The library’s partner for this event was Warwick’s Books of La Jolla. The Library Guild has had an ongoing relationship with them for the past four years and they are the partners for each Author Talks event. Susan explained, “Without their cooperation, we could never have booked Lisa See, or any of the other best-selling authors featured in our author events.”

The proceeds made by the fundraiser far exceeded expectations, which is no surprise considering how much effort was put into the event. The staff of the RSF Golf Club went above and beyond to provide their guests with a great experience in a beautiful setting. Decorations were Chinese-themed and included yellow and red tablecloths and napkins along with Chinese mum centerpieces designed by committee member Suzanne Johnson. Each guest received a personally signed copy of Lisa’s book China Dolls. Learn more at