October 11, 2011

Brooklyn, NY, Oct 11, 2011 — Brooklyn Public Library will pay tribute to celebrated Brooklyn author Paul Auster at its 15th annual “Masquerade Bowl” Gala on October 27, at Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg. The Gala is the Library’s signature fundraising event and follows a series of milestones that include the appointment of Linda E. Johnson as the Library’s first President and CEO, the dedication of the Leon Levy Information Commons and a system-wide increase in hours of service. Lead sponsor Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLP, will help the Library raise funding for books and materials and free educational and cultural programming at all 60 neighborhood branch libraries.

“This year’s gala will be a terrific event,” said Linda E. Johnson. “It gives everyone who believes in the enormous importance and potential of the Library a chance to be a part of its success while also enjoying a great party. Our supporters help maintain the Library’s role in advancing knowledge and learning across the communities of Brooklyn in the innumerable transactions at our libraries everyday.”

Johnson will lead the gala’s tribute to Auster, whose work includes The New York Trilogy, and Sunset Park. Brooklyn-based author and comedian Amanda Stern will host the evening’s cocktail party and dinner. Guests will enjoy food from Blue Ribbon and be entertained by The Bumbys, who will provide “A Fair and Honest Appraisal of Your Appearance” on manual typewriters. 80s tribute band, Rubix Kube, will perform. In addition, the Gala will feature a live auction offering travel packages to destinations like Paris, Napa Valley and Italy.

“The Masquerade Bowl is BPL’s opportunity to showcase for its supporters all the mysteries that can be uncovered at the library as we enter the digital age,” said Anthony W. Crowell, BPL Board Chairman. “From literature to educational and cultural programs and more, BPL offers Brooklynites an unparalleled opportunity to gain the knowledge, confidence and skills to build and navigate great futures.”

The Gala also includes the Masquerade Bowl After-Party, beginning at 9 pm. Guests will enjoy an open bar, more music by Rubix Kube and a set by DJ Mikey Palms. After-Party guests will be invited to stay for Brooklyn Bowl’s regularly occurring Thursday night gig by Roots drummer and DJ, Questlove.

Gala tickets are $500 and After-Party tickets are $25. Both are on sale at the Brooklyn Public Library website. Gala proceeds will support free educational and cultural programs and the purchase of books and materials at all 60 BPL locations.

For more information, please call Shannon Snead at 718-230-2719 or visit

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Support for the Masquerade Bowl is provided by Gala Visionary: The Daily and Viacom/BET Networks. Gala Benefactors: Cantor Fitzgerald/BGC Partners, Citibank, Miriam Katowitz & Arthur Radin, Janet & David Offensend, Robin Shanus and Stephen Merkel, Willoughby's Camera and Writers House. Gala Patrons: Baker & Taylor, K. Backus & Associates, Cumberland Packing Corp., Durst Organization, Betty & Stephen Kahn, Random House and Sheila Scharfman. Gala Supporters include Cherylyn and Chris Ahrens, Peter Aschkenasy and Pam Brier, Berlin Rosen Ltd., Capital One, Con Edison, Frank Crystal & Company, Stephanie & Tim Ingrassia, Jackson Lewis LLP, Jeanine & Michael Liburd, Maimonides Medical Center, Park Avenue Building & Roofing Supplies LLC, Pharos Systems International, Dr. Lucille C. Thomas, Toshiko Mori Architect and Arthur Userowitz.

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