Write Your Own Legacy
Planned Giving Program

Featuring Gavin Edwards, New York Times bestselling author

Join the Library Foundation and New York Times obituary writer and author Gavin Edwards on Tuesday, April 4, 2023 from 12 pm to 1 pm. Gavin Edwards will share stories and tips on how to write a meaningful and original obituary for yourself or a loved one. Plus he will share a little bit about his upcoming book MCU: The Rise of Marvel Studios launching in November 2023.

Library Foundation Deputy Director Karen Beach and Director of Individual Giving Teleia White will also demonstrate three easy ways you can include charitable gifts in your estate.

Tuesday, April 4

12 pm – 1 pm
Virtual Event
Link will be provided to registrants


Gavin Edwards has written countless articles for a wide array of magazines and newspapers, including a dozen cover stories for Rolling Stone and numerous obituaries for The New York Times on notable people ranging from musician Dr. John to chess champion Vera Menchik. He is also the New York Times­–bestselling author of fourteen books, ranging from Kindness and Wonder: Why Mister Rogers Matters Now More Than Ever to The Tao of Bill Murray: Real-Life Stories of Joy, Enlightenment, and Party Crashing; his next book, MCU: The Rise of Marvel Studios, will be published in November 2023. He is currently working on a book about the card game Magic: The Gathering, titled Chaos Orb. Formerly a resident of New York, London, and Los Angeles, he now lives with his family in Charlotte, North Carolina. He can be found online as @mrgavinedwards on Twitter and Instagram and at his own website,

Charlie Watts, Bedrock Drummer for the Rolling Stones, Dies at 80

Mr. Watts, who had no taste for the life of a pop idol, was an unflashy but essential presence with the band and brought to it a swinging style.”

The New York Times, Aug. 24, 2021 by Gavin Edwards

George Wilkes/Hulton Archive, via Getty Images
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Overlooked No More: Rose Mackenberg, Houdini’s Secret ‘Ghost-Buster’

Working undercover for the illusionist, Mackenberg exposed phony psychics who claimed they could connect people to their dead loved ones.”

The New York Times, Dec. 6, 2019 by Gavin Edwards

The event link will be sent you upon registration.

Interested in speaking one-on-one with us about planned giving?

Reach out to deputy director Karen Beach at (704) 416-0802 or by email or director of individual giving Teleia White at (704) 416-0803 or by email.