Vive le Livre 2017

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After a fantastic 30th anniversary milestone, Vive le Livre returns for its 31st year of supporting library programs and initiatives. Vive is an end-of-the-year gala celebrating libraries, books, and literacy. It is the goal of the Huntsville Library Foundation to share with the community the literary world's best and brightest as we support the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library. This is the primary fundraiser for the Huntsville Library Foundation each year, and proceeds pay for the Digital Media Zone and programs and resources at all thirteen library locations.

Amor Towles author photo
Amor Towles

This year we are very proud and excited to announce that Amor Towles, world-renowned author of A Gentleman in Moscow and Rules of Civility, will be our guest of honor and keynote speaker. The gala includes a cocktail reception with the author, a seated gourmet dinner, keynote address by Amor Towles, and a book signing afterward. 

Join us at the Jackson Center, 6001 Moquin Drive, in Cummings Research Park on Wednesday, September 27. The evening will begin with an author reception at 6 p.m. followed by a seated dinner at 7 and the speaker at 8. Tickets start at $125 per person, and all proceeds benefit the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library. This year's event is presented by the James Cecil and Margaret G. Ashburn Foundation. Linda Akenhead and Marcie Wingo are co-chairpersons.

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  • What: Vive le Livre gala to benefit HMCPL
  • When: Wednesday, September 27, 2017
    • Reception: 6 p.m.
    • Dinner: 7 p.m.
    • Speaker: 8 p.m.
  • Where: Jackson Center, 6001 Moquin Drive, Huntsville

More about the author

Winning the hearts of critics and readers alike, Amor Towles' debut novel, Rules of Civility, was one of 2011's biggest breakout literary bestsellers. In Rules, Towles marvelously evoked touchstones like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Edith Wharton, bringing late 1930s Manhattan to life with splendid atmosphere and a flawless command of style. In A Gentleman in Moscow, his highly anticipated second novel about a thirty-year-old Russian aristocrat who is sentenced to house arrest inside the luxurious Hotel Metropol, Towles further establishes his reputation as one of contemporary literature's most exciting and singular writers.


A Gentleman in Moscow book cover



"As urbane, cultured, and honey-smooth as the count himself... this enthralling work is highly recommended." -Library Journal

"An imaginative and unforgettable historical portrait." --Booklist

"House arrest has never been so charming as in Towles's second novel, an engaging 30-year saga set almost entirely inside the Metropol, Moscow's most luxurious hotel . . . Episodic, empathetic, and entertaining."  --Publishers Weekly




Born and raised in the Boston area, Amor Towles graduated from Yale College and received an MA in English from Stanford University. He writes full-time and lives with his wife and two children in Manhattan. Read more about Amor Towles at


Prize Drawing

Because it was so well-received last year, we are having a special prize drawing that evening. When you purchase your event tickets, you can also purchase a chance to win one of the great prizes below. Chances are $20 each, or six for $100. Chances may also be purchased at the event.