About the Book Events Team
Book Events was founded in July 2003 by Kim Ricketts with the goal of connecting people, stories, and ideas through books. Fueled by a firm belief that people want new ideas woven into their daily lives, the company expanded from two original clients to a growing list of companies and groups on the West Coast. Before Kim suddenly passed away in 2011, she entrusted the company to its new owner Lara Hamilton.
Lara met Kim the 21st century way: she responded to a tweet Kim posted seeking help with chef events. Lara spent the first part of her career at Microsoft, working every HR job from College Recruiting to Leadership Development. While at Microsoft, Lara also attended the Book Club Series, so she knows firsthand the high level of engagement and inspiration at our events.
Lara's first role at Book Events was managing the Cooks & Books series, but she quickly started working with corporate clients. Lara is thrilled to be spending the next part of her working life in the world of books, authors, and ideas, and is honored to carry forward the amazing work that Kim started.
Under Lara's leadership, the company is expanding its corporate client list. In 2011, Lara opened Book Larder, the city's only culinary bookstore. Lara is an enthusiastic cook, reader, traveler, cookbook collector, and spends her free time enjoying Seattle with her husband and two children.
Debra Carnegie joined Book Events as Program Director and brings a background in writing and editing to the team. When she is not enjoying the outdoors with her husband and two boys, she loves to read, cook, and travel.
Monique Shira has worked at art museums on both coasts and brings experience in public relations and marketing to Book Events as Marketing Director. A mom of twin teens, she enjoys reading, movie and museum going, and cooking with her husband.
Abby Cerquitella, the Office Manager at Book Events and Book Larder, comes to us by way of Budapest, Indiana, and Chicago. She has a background in communications and film, along with a deep adoration of food.
Our enthusiastic staff of booksellers and event managers ensures fun and successful events each time we host: Deb Crawford, Susie Hino, and Jenny Fox.