The 5th Annual Beyond the Book Bash, the Mill Valley Library Foundation’s fundraiser for the Library, is set for Sept. 20 at 7pm. It features, clockwise from top left, legendary comedian Mort Sahl, actor Peter Coyote, author Holly Payne, singer Tony Lindsay, author Tom Barbash and emcee/comedian Mark Pitta. Courtesy images.

The Mill Valley Library Foundation has made supporting the Library an increasingly entertaining exercise.

The foundation’s annual Beyond the Book Bash, set for Saturday, Sept. 20 at the Throckmorton Theatre, features an entertainment program from some of the most well known and multi-talented people in Marin, with comedian Mark Pitta serving as emcee. They include:

  • Mill Valley’s own actor, director and screenwriter Peter Coyote
  • Internationally published Discover Great New Writers author Holly Payne
  • New York Times bestselling writer Tom Barbash
  • Legendary comedian Mort Sahl
  • Grammy-winning musician and Santana frontman Tony Lindsay

“The event, for all involved, isn’t just about the library,” Foundation board member Lynn Brinton said. “It’s about our community and how we seek to connect and support the arts. This event raises money so that we can continue to support the arts at the library, as a place to meet and share not only literary arts but music, theatre, and much more.”

The Beyond the Book Bash has consistently provided a unique opportunity to see Marin’s most talented artists on one stage, often performing new works for this event exclusively. Participants over the years have included Annie Lamott, Joyce Maynard, Maria Muldaur, Tim Hockenberry, The Kitchen Sisters, Jason Roberts, Liss Fain Dance, teen slam poet Billy Butler, Mac Barnett, Chinaka Hodge, Glen David Gold and James Nash.

Proceeds from the event help ensure that the Mill Valley Library “continues to offer the highest-quality programs, technology, and services and remains one of the most celebrated community treasures in Marin,” according to the Foundation. 

Foundation officials said they expect to gross more than $100,000 from this year’s event. The Foundation has raised more than $250,000 for the Library over the past four years.

The event kicks off at 7pm with a cocktail buffet featuring local food purveyors and specialty beverage makers, and the show begins at 8pm. 

The 411: Tickets are $150 per person. Go here for more info and to buy tickets.

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