On Monday night, fifty-three L.A. homes opened their doors to fifty-four authors and small groups of guests for Literary Feasts, The Council of the Library Foundation’s biennial fundraiser benefiting the Los Angeles Public Library.

I can only imagine how wide-ranging and interesting the conversation must have been at the Beverly Hills home of art collectors Susie and David Gersh, where Werner Herzog talked about his recently published diary, Conquest of the Useless, or at the Homby Hills home of Judith Krantz, where politico/feminist advocate Susan Estrich and guests dined by candlelight (dinners were not open to the press), but I did get to drop by the foundation’s gala at the library on Sunday evening.

There, dinner hosts met and mingled (often for the first time) with authors like A. Scott Berg and Tim Weiner, who brought his mother, UCLA Professor of History Dora B. Weiner, as his date, before sitting down for dinner at The California Club and taking a class picture. With so many prominent writers participating and so many historic homes open for the event, which Literary Feast did new city librarian (and new Angeleno) Martin J. Gomez decide to attend? “It was just too hard to pick,” he said. “So I’m going where I’m needed.”