Friends of the Palm Springs Library Feature Author Steven Rowley at Annual Meeting.

Author Steven Rowley Coming to Palm Springs

The Guncle by Steven Rowley

PALM SPRINGS — Author Steven Rowley (The Guncle, Lily and the Octopus, and The Editor) will be the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of The Friends of the Palm Springs Library on Sunday, May 1 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Palm Springs Public Library,300 S. Sunrise Way.

Established in 1971, the Friends will be Celebrating 50-plus Years of Friendship as they meet in person for the first time in two years for their annual meeting.

The Annual Meeting is restricted to members only. Members may reserve their spot for free. Others interested in attending may join the Friends for $20 and attend the event, but seating is limited. Reservations should be made soon by clicking here. 

The Guncle, a June 2020 Library Reads pick and a Goodreads Choice Awards finalist for Novel of the Year has been published in 20 languages and will be available for purchase at the event, in the newly released paperback format. Rowley will sign copies.

Rowley has worked as a freelance writer, newspaper columnist and screenwriter. Originally from Portland, Maine, he is a graduate of Emerson College. His novel Lily and the Octopus is in development as a feature film at Amazon Studios. His book The Editor was optioned by Twentieth Century for director Greg Berlanti. Feature film rights for The Guncle have been picked up by Lionsgate. He currently resides in Palm Springs with his husband, the writer Byron Lane.

“We’re excited to be gathering again in person, said Nanci Morrison, President of the Friends of the Palm Springs Library, “We are looking forward to seeing our members and celebrating this milestone anniversary together!”

The Friends of the Palm Springs Library raise funds for the library through daily and annual book sales, special events, planned giving, annual dues and grants. The Friends are also a registered charity with, making it possible, if selected when shopping online, for a percentage of most of the purchases made to go to the Friends of the Palm Springs Library.

The Friends mission is to support the Library in providing world-class service to the community through the purchase of books, movies, music, the visual arts, furnishings, and electronic equipment by advocating for funding, gifts, and memorials. The Friends also raise awareness about the library and are the link between the Library and the community and its elected officials.  The Friends support programs that encourage reading, culture, and the arts as well as volunteer-based activities to support our greater community. To learn more about the Friends or how to become a member click here.

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