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Thank you for joining Young Literati Chair Samantha Hanks and Honorary Co-Chairs Busy Philipps and Constance Wu for a celebration of the literary life of our city!


The Ninth Annual Toast was held Saturday, April 1, 2017, at NeueHouse Hollywood.

Hosted by  Busy Philipps and Colin Hanks.


Andrew Bird

Chelsea Handler

Kumail Nanjiani


Timothy Simons

Constance Wu


Event Timeline

7:30 pm Red carpet opens / Check-in opens for VIP Guests

8 pm VIP pre-party

8:45 pm Doors open to General Admission Guests

9:15 pm Seated program begins

10:30 pm After-party

12:00 am Event concludes


Transportation & Parking

Parking is available for $7 (with validation) in the NeueHouse lot behind the venue. Click here for a map to the parking lot. Other lots are also available nearby, as well as limited street parking. The closest Metro stop is Hollywood/Vine, about a 10 minute walk away.


Curatorial Committee

Donick Cary & Kim Huffman Cary | Amanda & Shepard Fairey | Samantha & Colin Hanks | Courtney Lilly | Busy Philipps | Alexis Spraic | Sarah Thyre | Constance Wu

Honorary Hosts

Anthony Anderson | Fred Armisen | Kenya Barris & Rainbow Edwards-Barris | Gotham Chopra | Lena Dunham & Jack Antonoff | Walton Goggins & Nadia Conners | Ginnifer Goodwin & Josh Dallas | Gillian Jacobs | Michael B. Jordan | Josh Kun & Ceci Bastida | Zoe Lister-Jones & Daryl Wein | Katie Lowes & Adam Shapiro | Jason Mantzoukas | Demetri & Rachael Martin | Tig Notaro & Stephanie Allynne | Randall Park | Paul Scheer & June Diane Raphael | John Szabo & Nick Kuefler | Mae Whitman | Constance Zimmer

Event Sponsorship

For information about sponsoring the Annual Toast, which helps to preserve and expand the services of the Los Angeles Public Library, please click here to view the sponsor packet or reach out to Rebecca Miller, Director of Young Literati, at [email protected] or 213.292.6245.


Many Thanks to Our Sponsors


Brendon Cassidy & Brooke Rowland

Michael T.M. Jones & Dana Wallach



Lisa & Will Mesdag / Kira & Dustin Healey

MUFG Union Bank, N.A.

The Flora L. Thornton Foundation




Amazon Studios

Sunita Deshmukh

The Hotchkis Foundation

Jenji Kohan & Christopher Noxon

Matt Rising




Nadia Allaudin

Bob & Melissa Alvarado

Eric Andersen & Jeet Sohal

Dawn & Clive Baillie

Carla J. Christofferson & Adam Shell

Bob Dawson

Edison International

Gapp, LLC / Eric Chaves

Latham & Watkins, LLC

Sarah Kate Levy & David Friedman

Gwen Miller

Cheryl Rodman

Jamie B. Sher & Marisa Matarazzo

Louisa Shipnuck


Library Lover

Ike Barinholtz & Erica Hanson

Gloria & Geezer Butler

Lisa Firestone von Winterfeldt & Caspar von Winterfeldt

Heal, Inc.

Judith Selbst Kamins & Kenneth Kamins

Mondo Tees / Trailhead Marketing, Inc.


Media Sponsor

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Click below to see pics from last year’s fantastic event!