Spring Literary Luncheon


2024 Spring Literary Luncheon

Thursday, April 25, 2024
12:00pm CST

The Wisconsin Club
900 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Featuring NY Times Bestselling author and host of DEDICATED on SiriusXM, Douglas Brunt, in conversation with Friends of MPL Past President Shannon Sweek.

Brunt will present his new title, The Mysterious Case of Rudolf Diesel”.


🔍 11:00 AM: Kick off the excitement with a Social Hour filled with surprises and thrills. Dive into book sales and engage in lively discussions.

🍽️ Noon: Indulge in a delicious lunch that will fuel your curiosity for the adventure ahead.

🎉 12:45 PM: Embark on a journey into the unknown as Douglas Brunt and Shannon Sweek guide us through a captivating conversation.


When purchasing your ticket, make an additional donation of $10 or more to be eligible to win a seat upgrade for lunch at the head table with the featured author!



Quartet Plate

  • French Onion Tart with Gruyere Cheese and Fresh Herbs (Vegetarian)
  • Smoked Whitefish Cakes with Corn, Poblano Peppers, Breadcrumbs, Fresh Herbs, and Lemon Aioli
  • Ham Salad on Profiterole- Smoked Ham, Cream Cheese, Parsley, Mustard, Green Onions, Aged Cheddar
  • Mini Caesar Salad with crispy romaine lettuce with fresh grated Parmesan, cherry tomatoes and classic anchovy garlic dressing and crouton dust

Vegetarian Quartet

  • French Onion Tart with gruyere cheese and fresh herbs (veg)
  • Apple and Pear Slaw with Pleasant Ridge Reserve Dressing and Butter Croutons
  • Corn and Black Bean Cakes with Cilantro Lime Crema
  • Ratatouille- Eggplant, Squash, Tomato, and San Marzano Sauce

Vegan Quartet

  • Ratatouille- Eggplant, Squash, Tomato, and San Marzano Sauce
  • Corn and black bean cake with Cilantro Lime Vegan Aioli
  • Apple Pear Slaw with Lemon Vinaigrette, Chives, and Pistachio
  • Mushroom Tart- Wild Mushrooms cooked down with mushroom stock, fresh herbs, shallots, and garlic.


Honey Butter Cake – honey infused layer cake with honey cream cheese frosting and honey anglaise with tuille

Event Sponsors:
Milwaukee Public Library Foundation Boswell Book Company Logo
Milwaukee Public Library Foundation Wisconsin Club Logo
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What is the Spring Literary Luncheon?

The Friends of Milwaukee Public Library’s annual Spring Literary Luncheon is an event we all look forward to every year. Gathering with so many like-minded individuals who love all things literary is a special annual treat each spring. The luncheon is sponsored by the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library, the Wisconsin Club, and Boswell Book Company and will include a book signing and raffle. Over the years, the Spring Literary Luncheon has attracted sell-out crowds and award-winning authors including Elizabeth Strout, David Maraniss, Madeline Miller, Mary Higgins Clark, Ruth Reichl, Sue Monk Kidd, Sara Gruen, and Louise Erdrich, among many others.


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