Friends of the Park City Library luncheon is a gift to Park City |

Friends of the Park City Library luncheon is a gift to Park City

Unlike its annual used-book sale over Miner’s Day weekend or its participation in the annual Live PC Give PC campaign, the nonprofit organization Friends of the Park City Library doesn’t consider its annual authors luncheon to be a fundraiser.

"It’s a way for us to show our appreciation to the Park City community," said Jean Daly, who along with Marlene Peacock, is co-president of the Friends of the Park City Library executive board. "The luncheon is how we are able to reward the community for all its support throughout the year."

This year’s luncheon will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at Deer Valley’s Silver Lake Lodge. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and the event officially will begin at noon.

The speaker will be Summit County resident Tom Clyde, author of "More Dogs on Main Street," columnist for The Park Record, and co-writer of "The Park City Follies."

"Over the last few years, we’ve been able to ask local authors to speak to us," Daly said. "You know, Utah has so many interesting people who are authors and some of them many people don’t know."

Still, in the past, well-known local authors who have spoken at the luncheon include Michael Norman, emeritus professor of criminal justice at Weber State University, former Utah Symphony Associate Concert Master Gerald Elias and filmmaker Jennifer Jordan.

"Gerald wrote a few mystery books, which are all wonderful," Daly said. "Michael has written two books ("The Commission" and "Silent Witness") and we has such a wonderful time with Jennifer."

All of the authors have stayed after the luncheon to sign their books and talk with people, according to Daly.

For this year’s speaker, the Friends of the Park City Library board got together and discussed their options back in February.

"Someone mentioned Tom Clyde," Daly said. "One of our board members saw him speak at the Newcomers Club of Greater Park City and said he was so funny, and that from the minute he got behind the podium, he entertained every single minute."

Clyde seemed to be the perfect, thought-provoking speaker for the luncheon, Daly said.

"We like that he has an opinion on everything, but can also give it in a way that he doesn’t offend anyone," she said with a laugh. "He says what he thinks, but also says it with a wonderful wit.

"Furthermore, from the moment we approached him, he was so gracious and on board," Daly said. "I also think he will probably bring some of his books along."

Daly is also thrilled that the Silver Lake Lodge is hosting the luncheon again.

"We’ll have a buffet as we had in the past," she said. "Each year they do something different, but we’ll have something for everyone."

This year’s menu will include Neiman Ranch beef sliders, rolled chicken quesadillas and Royal Street Café garlic-herb, parmesan shoe-string fries. The salad will be a watercress, fresh melon and Deer Valley artisan feta cheese mixture.

In addition, the luncheon will feature a cash bar for beer, wine and soft drinks.

"They do such a wonderful job for us," she said. "The lodge’s catering manager Karen Gibbs really makes it delicious."

Tickets are $36 per person and may be purchased at the Park City Library front desk at Miner’s Hospital at 1354 Park Ave. until Oct. 11, Daly said.

Checks can also be made out to Friends of the Park City Library luncheon and mailed to P.O. Box 668, Park City, Utah, 84060, she said.

"Those who mail in their orders can pick up their tickets the day of the luncheon at will call," Daly said. "We are looking forward to it."

The Friends of the Park City Library will host its annual authors luncheon at Deer Valley’s Silver Lake Lodge, 7600 Royal St., on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at noon. Tickets are $36 and can be purchased at the Park City Library front desk at Miner’s Hospital at 1354 Park Ave. For more information, visit

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