Opus & Olives

Save the Date: Sunday October 16, 2016

Since its humble beginnings in 2004, Opus & Olives has become the premier literary evening of the Twin Cities. Publishers and authors call it “the best book party in the country!” Attendance at this fun event has grown to include more than 1,100 community leaders from the business, political and social worlds.

The evening begins with a reception during which the emcee and authors are available to speak with guests and sign books, which can be purchased at the event. There’s a fun martini bar, as well as traditional cocktails and complimentary wine. Following this is a wonderful, chef-prepared, sit-down dinner after which each author speaks about their book, the writing process, and their inspiration. At the end of the author presentations, a representative from Delta Air Lines will draw the winning ticket for two First Class travel tickets. The evening ends with another opportunity to visit with authors and purchase books.

Recommended attire: Cocktail or Business Professional

Save the date!

Opus & Olives is a fundraising event hosted by – and supporting the work of – The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library and local literacy projects of the Pioneer Press.

Opus & Olives: Fine Print & Fine FoodTickets

Last year’s Opus & Olives: Fine Print & Fine Food was held October 11, 2015 at the RiverCentre in Saint Paul. Tickets included valet parking; a cocktail reception with author meet-and-greet, autographs, and book sales; chef-prepared dinner with copiously poured wine, and entertaining,  often powerful author presentations. Plan to join us again this year! Online ticket sales open soon.



The 2015 Opus & Olives author lineup included Jason Gay, Emily St. John Mandel, Homer Hickam, Paula McLain and Al Roker. Subscribe to our e-news for updates and to learn more about our guest authors in the weeks leading up to the gala. Meanwhile, stay tuned for an announcement on the 2016 Opus & Olives lineup, it’s going to be amazing!

Opus & Olives BooksalesSponsorship

Opus & Olives offers an opportunity to engage with Twin Cities business and community leaders while entertaining clients, customers or friends. The Friends is grateful to our many sponsors for their generous support, especially 12-years’ lead sponsor RBC Wealth Management, who invite you to join them in supporting Opus & Olives!


Travel to VancouverTravel Raffle

Delta Air Lines, regular Opus & Olives sponsor, has generously donated two First Class tickets to anywhere in the 48 contiguous United States and Canada the airline and its affiliates fly, for an exciting raffle. Great odds and affordable ticket prices make it one of the highlights of the event—whether you’re in attendance or not. Raffle tickets will be available in June. To reserve your raffle tickets before they go on sale, email Liz Boyd liz@thefriends.org.