Former New York Times restaurant critic Ruth Reichl will speak at a Madison Public Library Foundation fundraiser in June.

Reichl is also a former editor of Gourmet magazine and six-time James Beard Award winner who has written four best-selling memoirs including "Tender at the Bone," "Garlic and Sapphires," and "For You Mom, Finally." 

She will speak at the organization's annual Lunch for Libraries fundraiser June 2, and lead a free public program that night.

Lunch for Libraries: Relish With Ruth will take place at noon at Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St., followed by a book signing.

Her evening appearance will be part of the Wisconsin Book Festival’s year-round programming at will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Central Library’s Community Room.

There, Reichl will read an excerpt from her 2014 novel “Delicious!” followed by a question-and-answer session. The book's protagonist works for a food magazine called Delicious! and moonlights at a food shop in Little Italy.

Reichl has been writing about food for more than 40 years. She was editor of the former Gourmet magazine from 1999 to 2009, and was a food critic at The New York Times (1993-1999) and Los Angeles Times (1984-1993).

Lunch for Libraries tickets are $100 each, with proceeds going toward Madison Public Library’s programs, collections and facilities, as well as the Wisconsin Book Festival.

Tickets will be available in March. For ticket information, email events@mplfoundation.org.

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