The Foundation presents an annual author event to fundraise for the Library. Past authors include Ann-Marie Macdonald, David Chariandy, Will Ferguson, and more. With COVID-19, the Foundation is exploring alternatives for 2020 and also considering how we evolve our events.
In Summer 2020, the Foundation presented the first-ever WVML Foundation Signature Series, which included free author talks, concerts, and events for all ages, livestreamed to Facebook and YouTube Live. Featuring Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman, singer-songwriter Jill Barber, and authors Esi Edugyan (Washington Black, Half-Blood Blues), Maria Semple (Where’d You Go, Bernadette), Tui T. Sutherland (Wings of Fire), and Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet), the series offered something for everyone.
In addition to the author event in 2019, we also hosted a special event celebrating the Lantern Festival, the last day of the Lunar New Year. The attendees heard community members share their stories of celebrating Lunar New Year, enjoyed music played on the Guzheng, a traditional Chinese stringed instrument, and customary tea ceremony, followed by some other activities and a lucky draw. It was a fun and festive celebration that brought together community members and leaders from across the District.
The Foundation is grateful to all the generous sponsors, attendees and volunteers who make these special events possible. If you have ideas for future events, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.