Events With Friends


2019 Events
Anna Yen
Saturday, February 23, 2 p.m.
Grand Reading Room
Los Gatos Library

Sophia of Silicon Valley is a novel about a fictional character, Sophia, and her life working with Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. Anna Yen based her character’s adventures on her own experiences working with notables like Steve Jobs and Elon Musk. She grew up in Silicon Valley, and went to local schools.

Sharp, dramatic, and full of insider dish, SOPHIA OF SILICON VALLEY is one woman’s story of a career storming the corridors of geek power and living in the shadow of its outrageous cast of maestros.



Karen Trolan
Sunday January 27
2 p.m.
Los Gatos Library

I Can Still Do It by Karen Tolan

Ms. Trolan inspired the audience with her tips for  ways to deal with set-backs to gain success. She is a real estate Broker Associate and Assistant manager who has dealt with much adversity including paraplegia and yet continues to give back to the community by volunteering, exemplified by getting inducted into the “Legends of Martial Arts Hall of Fame.



Presentation Topic


Understand Things Happen–Life can change in an Instant
Your Mind is Powerful–whatever you believe you will achieve!
Attitude matters
Push thru Pain
Learn How to be the Best & then Do It!
Your Awards are Short Lived; don’t rest on your Laurels Be Inspiring; You are a Role Model to Someone


Previous Events of 2018

OCTOBER with The 21st Century Irish Writers

The Friends hosted two of the writers at the Friends’ bookstore. Wendy Erskine, author of Sweet Home and Emer Martin, author of The Cruelty Men.

OCTOBER  with Joe Galiardi, author of Hooked on Autographs

Hooked on Golf

An Engaging Memoir

Joe has the largest and most diversified private collection of autographed golf balls in the world. His collection of signed golf balls extends beyond golf superstars to include other famous notable athletes, Hollywood celebrities, and the last nine U.S. Presidents.



JULY with Dr. Victoria Sweet

Dr. Sweet and Alyce Parsons

In July, Dr. Victoria Sweet spoke to a standing-room only crowd. You can find out more about her latest trip and her visit with Carlo Petrini, the creator of The Slow Food Movement.  HERE.

APRIL with Swimming Olympic Gold Medalists

Bianca and Sonja Van der Velden


Synchronized Swimming Gold Medalists Bianca and Sonja Van der Velden-OLY share their journey from Olympic Hopefuls, to Olympic Winners.

Come hear their story and see the video of their Olympic winning routine.





FEBRUARY with Mark Lukach, author of My Lovely Wife In The Psych Ward, a Silicon Valley Reads 2018

An incredible story through years of battling mental illness.

Four and five star reviews, say this is a “powerful and raw story,” “heartbreaking,” “intimate portrait of mental illness and how if affects those closest to the sufferers.” Many write, “Must read.”