The Stay Home and Read a Book Ball

The Bozeman Public Library Foundation requests the pleasure of your participation in the

Stay Home and Read a Book Ball

To benefit the Bozeman Public Library


Mark Sullivan

David Quammen
Betsy Gaines Quammen
Katie Goodman
Soren Kisiel

A letter from Mark Sullivan

Host of the Stay Home and Read a Book Ball


Saturday, October 3rd or anytime you choose to celebrate! Let’s all have a ball while reading great books in support of the Bozeman Public Library!


Your cozy couch, a tent in the woods, or just stay in bed all day to read—promise we won’t tell.


Select a book and get lost in the pages! While you’re having a ball reading at home, support the Library by donating what you would have spent at a fancy gala or night on the town. Share your love for the Library on Facebook and/or Instagram and tell us what you’ll be reading—don’t forget to include #ReadForBPL.


Party Pjs, cozy fleece, or black-tie attire…choose your own adventure.


Champagne if you’re feeling fancy, or order delivery if you just can’t put down your page-turner.


Friends, family, pets, or go solo so you can read without interruption.

RSVP by donating online and join in the conversation on our Facebook event page and let us know what you’ll be reading!

Support the Library’s new west side satellite location

Bozeman Public Library is expanding its reach with a satellite location at the new Gallatin High School, scheduled to open later this year. This will be a shared space with the high school library, designed to provide limited service to the west side of Bozeman. Patrons will be able to browse popular titles, pick up holds, access computers and bring their kids to story times. Giving through the Stay Home and Read a Book Ball will help support the startup costs for this exciting addition to our community!

Mark Sullivan ⋅ Stay Home and Read a Book Ball Host

Read Mark’s host letter here

“These days, staying home and reading a book may be one of the easiest and safest things you can do. So, find a good book, but before you vanish into its pages, take a moment to reflect on all that libraries have given you.”

Mark Sullivan is the acclaimed author of eighteen novels, including the #1 New York Times bestselling Private series, which he writes with James Patterson. Mark has received numerous awards for his writing, including the WHSmith Fresh Talent Award, and his works have been named a New York Times Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. An avid skier and adventurerer, he lives with his wife in Bozeman, MT.

David Quammen ⋅ Co-Host

“I’m a big believer in, and a grateful customer of, public libraries. If it weren’t for the Bozeman Public Library, I would still maybe be living in Ennis and writing articles about stoneflies. Nothing against Ennis, nothing against stoneflies (god love them), but the attraction of libraries—Bozeman Public, MSU—is what drew me to this town. I’m just one among many, many of our townsfolk who owe wider vistas to public libraries.”

David Quammen is a science, nature and travel writer and the author of fifteen books. He wrote a column called “Natural Acts” for Outside magazine for fifteen years. His articles have also appeared in National Geographic, Harper’s, Rolling Stone, the New York Times Book Review and other periodicals. In 2013, Quammen’s book Spillover was shortlisted for the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award.

Betsy Gaines Quammen ⋅ Co-Host

“A library is a lovely asset in every town, but the Bozeman Public Library is central to our collective lives. I remember moving here in the 1990s and rushing to get my library card, carefully slipping it into my wallet. I was now a real citizen of Bozeman. I’ve spent many afternoons working on my dissertation by the east facing windows; enjoying programs in the community rooms; and watching the delight my nieces have taken in their checked-out children’s books. The library is one of Bozeman’s best places.”

Betsy Gaines Quammen is a historian, conservationist, and writer. She received a doctorate in Environmental History from Montana State University in 2017, her dissertation focusing on Mormon settlement and public land conflicts. She has studied various religious traditions over the years, with particular attention to how cultures view landscape and wildlife. The rural American West, pastoral communities of northern Mongolia, and the grasslands of East Africa have been her main areas of interest. Betsy is the author of American Zion: Cliven Bundy, God and Public Lands in the West. She settled in Bozeman, Montana, where she now lives with her husband, writer David Quammen, three huge dogs, an overweight cat, and a pretty big python named Boots.

Katie Goodman ⋅ Co-Host

“Libraries were the place of my first act of activism. In elementary school we helped our librarian organize a banned book festival. I had the same librarian for 8 years and she was one of my favorite people. My babysitter was a librarian and I learned how it all worked: all the knowledge in the world could be looked up in a card catalogue! I could go to the school library to find the information that proved to the class know-it-all that I was right! In college I studied in the library rather than my dorm just to be surrounded by words and creativity and smartness. And quiet. I think it’s the only quiet place left where you can hear yourself think. When my kid was a toddler the Bozeman Library kids programs were an oasis of fun and camaraderie. I might have lost my mind without this library. From the snuggly bean bags in the children’s rooms of the 70’s to the free wifi since that began, libraries are the protectors of our democracy, our culture, our art and our souls. I truly believe that.”

Katie Goodman is the author of Improvisation for the Spirit, and the children’s book The Night Our Parents Went Out (written with Soren Kisiel), and co-author/co-director/performer with Broad Comedy, the all-women comedy troupe born in Bozeman and taken to runs in Los Angeles, Boston, and most recently Off-Broadway in New York City.

Soren Kisiel ⋅ Co-Host

“The library is like home. So many dear old friends on the shelves, saying hello, bringing back floods of memories. And so many many potential new friends, asking to make my acquaintance. It’s simultaneously the neighborhood I grew up in and all the places I’ve never been. If I could make a concrete representation of my imagination—of the inside of my head—it would without doubt be a library. I can think of no place that feels more precious.”

Soren Kisiel is the author of the children’s books The Night Our Parents Went Out (with Katie Goodman) and Once Upon a Tree, and co-author of the local favorite all-women’s political satire show Broad Comedy that’s gone from Bozeman to performing Off-Broadway.