Author Kate Quinn shares her passion for books at Friends of COD Library luncheon – Desert Sun

As guests at the Friends of the College of the Desert Library’s Author Lunch enjoyed a glass of sparkling rose wine and mingled, a voice boomed from the loudspeaker instructing everyone to evacuate via the nearest exit.
Puzzled guests streamed through open doors and gathered in the shade to speculate on the cause of the excitement. Shortly, attendees were instructed to return to the ballroom in the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa and learned a can of Sterno had ignited a small fire that was quickly extinguished. 
Guest were welcomed, volunteers thanked, and sponsors acknowledged by the Friends President Marge Dodge. Introductions included Chair of the COD Board of Trustees Aurora Wilson, COD Superintendent/President Dr. Martha Garcia, Executive Director of the COD Foundation Catherine Abbott, Chair of the COD Foundation Board Christine Anderson, and Gary Plunkett, dean of the Office of Instruction.
The mission of the Friends of the COD Library is to share enthusiasm for literature and libraries with the community and to raise funds for the COD Library. The all-volunteer organization conducts book sales and other fund-raising activities that enabled the presentation of an annual donation of $50,000 to the COD Library. 
Following a delightful lunch of miso-glazed salmon on Asian greens, and rose water strawberry shortcake, the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kate Quinn took the stage. She told the audience of book lovers of her passion for libraries and confessed to spending many childhood hours among the book stacks. Her local library had a clawfoot bathtub where she would curl up, wrap herself in quilts and read. Her mother, a retired librarian, fostered her daughter’s passion for reading and history. 
Quinn was inspired by real-life stories of strong women surviving impossible conditions and turned those tales into three 20th century novels in “The Alice Code,” “The Huntress” and “The Rose Code.” All attendees received a copy of “The Rose Code,” which Quinn graciously signed.
The novel is a story of three female code breakers at Bletchley Park in Britain during World War II. Three women from very different backgrounds on their journey of friendship in their valiant effort to break the impossible codes. This highly researched historical novel mixes fictional characters with real-life characters to spin a fascinating narrative. 
The rose centerpieces were awarded to the first person at each table to break the coded message in the written program. The program also contained the recipe for a Rose Code cocktail.
For more information on Friends of the College of the Desert Library, visit friendsofcodlibrary.org or call 760-333-0733.
Friends of the College of the Desert Library Author Lunch with Kate Quinn
Oct. 16 
Friends of the College of the Desert Library
43500 Monterey Avenue, Palm Desert
760-333-0733
Friendsofcodlibrary.org
Marge Dodge serves on several local non-profit boards supporting her passions of education, literacy and the arts. She is a member of the board of Friends of the College of the Desert Library.

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