26th Annual
Literary Luncheon— Festival of Women Authors

Reserve early!   Prices go up March 1.  After the 9th, call for availability. No walk-ins.

Saturday, March 9, 2013,  11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Surf and Sand Resort, 1555 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach

This year our speakers will be four highly-praised featured authors: Rahimeh Andalibian, Maggie Anton, Margaret Dilloway and Nicole Mones.

Arrive early and place your bids in the Silent Auction for a variety of exciting items donated by local merchants and members. We have a large variety of items to bid on — jewelry, dinners at local restaurants, spa sessions, Objets d’Art, and lots more. We will have books by our featured authors available to purchase and the authors will be present to sign their books. You can also purchase “Opportunity Tickets” for a chance to win gift baskets and other exciting prizes. If you have items to donate, contact Lesley Danziger at 725-9069 or email her (see membership directory for address). Click here for silent auction donation form.

The Rose HotelDR. RAHIMEH ANDALIBIAN ’s debut novel The Rose Hotel, takes you intimately into her family’s journey of trauma and redemption, starting in the chaos of the 1979 Iranian revolution and chronicling the 30 years that follow. Her story is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit to overcome tragic circumstances and thrive. Dr. Andalibian, psychologist, family therapy expert, has a private practice in Laguna Beach and New York City. She is currently producing plays that weave together the life stories of others in order to create a collection emotional journey that will provide individuals tools to attain freedom from the past and live full productive lives. Visit the author's website.


Rashi’s DaughtersMAGGIE ANTON, author of Rashi’s Daughters, was raised in a secular, socialist household and reached adulthood with little knowledge of the Jewish religion. All that changed when her future husband entered her life; they began a lifetime of adult Jewish education. She became intrigued with the idea that Rashi, one of the greatest Jewish scholars ever, had no sons, only three daughters, and that their sons, Rashi’s grandsons, became the Tosafot, the great 12th C. Talmud commentators. Legend has it that Rashi’s daughters were learned in a time when women were traditionally forbidden to study the sacred texts -- a book about these forgotten women was then born.  Visit the author's website.


The Care and Handling of Roses with ThornsMARGARET DILLOWAY’s book The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns, showcases a prickly heroine in a tender, moving story that shows how family not only has the capacity to wound, but offers the possibility to bloom again, and it is filled with gorgeous details of the art of rose breeding. Dilloway won high praise for her previous best-selling book How to Be an American Housewife. She lives in San Diego with her husband and three children and writes a blog American Housewife, and is at work on a third novel. Visit the author's website.


The Last Chinese ChefNICOLE MONES . A newly launched textile business took Nicole Mones to China for the first time in 1977, after the end of the Cultural Revolution. As an individual, she traded textiles with China for eighteen years before she turned to writing about that country. Her novels The Last Chinese Chef, Lost in Translation and A Cup of Light are in print in twenty languages and have received multiple juried prizes, including the Kafka Prize, year’s best work of fiction by any American woman, and a finalist for a work of fiction which best enhances understanding of any Pacific Rim Culture. She lives in Portland, OR, and is a member of the National Committee for U.S.-China Relations.  Visit the author's website.


Fill in the reservation card you received with your invitation and send it with your check, payable to AAUW-LBF, to Janette Mestre, 2240 Hillview, Laguna Beach, CA. Or download a blank form from the link below.

Tickets are $80 per person if postmarked bye March 1 ($45 is tax deductible). After March 1st the price goes up to $85. Call Janette Mestre 949-494-6064 to see if space is available.

Guests are welcome. Tables of 8 to 10 can be reserved for priority seating; send one check (or all checks per table) with the reservation card, and list guests' names on the back of the reservation form. (This is important for their name badges). All other tables are open seating.

> Click here to download a reservation form.


Driving Directions

> Click here for an interactive map to the Surf and Sand Resort


How you can help

Silent Auction Donation

Did you receive a Treasure that just doesn't fit in your home but is too precious to put in the giveaway pile? Consider re-gifting your unique items and treasures to our Silent Auction and Opportunity Prizes. For more information, call Lesley Danziger at 725-9069.

> Click here to download the Silent Auction Donation Form


To help defray the cost of printing the Program Booklet for the Literary Luncheon, we are soliciting contributions from members and local businesses. There are three ways that you can help.

1)  Become a Member Sponsor

There are four levels of sponsorship that include tickets to the event, your personal message in the event Program Booklet, various levels of recognition and other rewards..

> Click here to download a Member Sponsorship form.

2) Become a Business Sponsor

For those of you who have businesses or know people in business or in an organization who might want to contribute more we have four levels of sponsorship. Business sponsors will receive various levels of recognition, including their sponsorship message in the event Program Booklet.

> Click here to download the Business Sponsorship Form

3) Help underwrite event costs or fund a scholarship

Through our branch nonprofit arm, the AAUW-LB Foundation,* you can fund a scholarship for a high school graduating senior girl ($500-$750) or a woman returning to college (up to $2,000), send a girl to the AAUW-CA Science Camp ($900), or support the El Morro School tutoring program ($100). Or you can underwrite all or part of the event expenses.

> Click here to download a form for Underwriting and Other Contributions

How the funds raised will be used

AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

The fundraising proceeds of the AAUW Laguna Beach Branch Literary Luncheon Festival of Women Authors are administered by the nonprofit AAUW Laguna Beach Foundation, a 501-c-3 organization, Tax ID# 33-0915388.

Beneficiaries of our fundraising have historically included women in graduate study and gender equity research and other programs through the AAUW Funds, funded middle school girls to attend a AAUW California Tech Trek Science & Math Camp, scholarships for deserving high school graduating senior girls and women returning to college, elementary school tutoring, and local community grants to nonprofit organizations that support AAUW’s mission of educational and gender equity for women and girls.

*AAUW Laguna Beach Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Tax ID 33-0915388.


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