Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist's seventh annual Signed Book and Spirits Auction will be held at King's Books, 218 St. Helens Ave. in Tacoma, on Thursday, July 30, at 5 p.m. Auction items include Garth Stein's novel, "The Art of Racing in the Rain," and Maria Semple's "Where'd You Go, Bernadette." New York Times bestselling authors Stein and Semple are both expected to attend. Last year, Semple auctioned off her own book, coaxing bidders into paying top dollar.
Other signed books on the auction list include bestsellers by Ann Rule, Bret Easton Ellis, and Lindquist. Music fans will have the chance to bid on signed CDs donated by Peter Buck of R.E.M. and actress/singer Molly Ringwald. And a surprise star or two usually appear at the event – so keep any eye out.
For those who like libations with their literature and music, wine and whiskey bottles are up for auction and open for drinking. The Harmon Pub will provide beer. You can nibble light appetizers between stacks of used books as King's remains open for business during the festivities.
This signature fundraising event for Lindquist typically includes local celebrities. Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland, Sheriff Paul Pastor and Sonics Guy Kris Brannon are guest star auctioneers this year. Detective Ed Troyer will once again be the emcee. Last year, some guests from the audience, including former Tacoma Mayor Bill Baarsma, were brought on stage to hawk auction items.
"The books, wine and whiskey are top notch," says Lindquist, "but it's the people who make this event enjoyable and memorable every year."
Lindquist, after being elected by a landslide in 2010, ran unopposed in 2014. Under his leadership, the office vigorously and effectively prosecutes violent offenders, collaborates with local partners and protects the community.