MV Library Foundation’s Star-Studded Beyond the Book Bash Fundraiser Set for Saturday at Throckmorton



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.

This article originally appeared on the EnjoyMillValley blog

SOLD OUT! Beyond the Book Bash 2014

This event is now SOLD OUT! Please contact Stephanie Tomasky at to add your name to the waitlist if tickets become available. We thank you for your support!


Please join us for the Mill Valley Library Foundation’s 5th annual Beyond the Book Bash in support of the Mill Valley Public Library. A fantastic evening of entertainment, food, libations and music.

Saturday, September 2oth

142 Throckmorton Theatre

7:00 PM Cocktails and Appetizers

8:00 PM Program

General tickets now on sale HERE or join us as a sponsor by clicking HERE. Sponsors are invited to attend a special VIP pre-party with fine wine and food, receive film festival tickets and are highlighted on our invitation, website and marketing materials.

Last year’s event was sold out.

The evening’s entertainment will feature a fantastic roster of guests organized by Tom Corwin. Comedian Mark Pitta will be the evening’s Master of Ceremonies, with performances to inspire and delight you by:

  • Mill Valley’s own actor, director and screenwriter Peter Coyote
  • Internationally published Discover Great New Writers author, Holly Payne
  • New York Times bestseller Tom Barbash
  • Legendary man of letter Mort Sahl
  • Grammy-winning musician and Santana front man Tony Lindsay
  • and much, much more!

Proceeds from the event will help provide critical funds for our library’s outstanding programs and ensure that the library continues to offer the highest-quality programs, technology, and services. Because of generous supporters like you, we have been able to provide $90,000 in funding annually for programming for children, teens, and adults, and a new computer lab for our community (read further here).

We look forward to seeing you at the Beyond the Book Bash!





Annual Benefit Sweetwater Music Hall April 22nd


Starting at 6:30pm on Tuesday, April 22, headliner Jesse DeNatale, award-winning singer/songwriter Jafar Thorne, along with Oakland-based indie rockers Felsen will take the stage for a night of music and dancing to benefit the Mill Valley Library.
Tickets cost $25 and all proceeds go to the Library. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Headliner, Jesse DeNatale, has been called “one of the most distinctive singers and creative lyricists of his generation.” His most recent local performance was at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Jafar Thorne has developed a unique, soulful, poetic voice and style largely influenced by artists as diverse as Jackson Brown, Bruce Cockburn and The Grateful Dead. Felsen’s music is both smart and sexy; for Alt Rock fans of Wilco, Radiohead, Beck and the classic sound of Pink Floyd.

The Mill Valley Library Foundation has provided more than $170,000 in new funding to the library from private donations over the past three years. The Foundation and Friends support programs and services not funded by the City of Mill Valley, including the popular First Friday Series, myriad children’s programs, creative writing workshops, late night study halls for teens and a new computer lab.
Click HERE to learn more about this event.