Literary Luncheon— Festival of Women Authors

Reserve early! Prices go up March 6. No reservations accepted after March 10. No walk-ins.

Saturday, March 14, 2008. 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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

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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, get-away weekends, 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 Kim Salter at 230-1169. Click here for donation form.

This year our speakers will be four highly-praised featured authors: Merrille Joan Gerber, Kate Jacobs, Marisa Silver and Jeri Westerson.

coverMERRILL JOAN GERBER lives in Sierra Madre and is the author of seven novels, one of which won the Pushcart Press Editor’s Book Award, as well as five volumes of short stories and three books of nonfiction. Her most recent novel, The Victory Gardens of Brooklyn, “demonstrates her talent for pure and natural prose that penetrates the depths of human emotion with a delicate touch yet piercing insight.” Gerber has also contributed to numerous literary journals and teaches fiction writing at the California Institute of Technology. She was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford and was one of the inspiring panelists at the Wallace Stegner “A Geography of Hope” conference at Point Reyes Station, CA in 2008.

coverKATE JACOBS, a writer and editor, grew up near Vancouver, B.C., earned her BA in journalism at Carleton U. in Ottawa, an MA at NYU, and now lives in southern California. She has worked for Redbook, Working Women, and Family Life among other publications. Jacobs’ first novel, The Friday Night Knitting Club, on the NY Times Bestseller List for 41 weeks, celebrates the power of women’s independence and how a bond of sisterhood develops as the characters learn from one another over their love of knitting. Her latest novel Knit Two is a sequel to The Friday Night Knitting Club world of the Walker & Daughter knitting shop.

coverMARISA SILVER made her fictional debut in The New Yorker when featured in its first “Debut Fiction” issue. Her short stories collection, Babe in Paradise, portraits of lives in and around Los Angeles, was named a NY Times Notable Book of the Year and an LA Times Best Book of the Year. “A writer with a keen eye for alienation, and an ability to pinpoint the surprising ways that even the most disaffected are brought together.” Silver’s first novel, No Direction Home, is a story of the depth and resilience of imperfect love. Her latest novel, The God of War, was named one of the LA Times 50 Favorite Books of 2008.

coverJERI WESTERSON grew up on the mean streets of South Central Los Angeles and so always had a thing for noir. She also had a thing for the middle ages. She tried her hand at acting but real life auditions were too brutal, so she turned her attention to her other interest of art and design; becoming a successful graphic artist in Los Angeles and Pasadena in the mid ‘80s to early ‘90s. After becoming a mom, she directed her passion again to writing historical fiction, but when she switched to writing historical mystery, she found success. Her debut novel Veil of Lies: A Medieval Noir has won high praise for its “vigorous plotting, robust characters, and superb scholarship of gritty medieval London.”


Fill in the reservation card you received with your invitation and send it with your check, payable to AAUW-LBF, to Katie Haven, 915 Hyde Court, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Or download a blank form from the link below.

Tickets are $65 per person. After March 6tj the price goes up to $75. No reservations will be accepted after March 10th and no walk-ins will be allowed. $40 is tax deductible*.

Guests are welcome. Tables of 10 can be reserved; send one check (or all checks) per table, and list guests' names on a separate piece of paper (this is important for their name badges). All other tables are open seating.

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Driving Directions

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Donations - Silent Auction Items and Sponsorship

We are trying something new this year and we hope it will be a huge success. In conjunction with four levels of sponsorship, we are planning a full size program booklet with wonderful information (and pictures) about the selected authors and your advertisement and/or good wishes.

> Click here to download the Sponsorship Form

Did your 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. Use the enclosed Donation Form for your donated items and/or those solicited from merchants/service persons. For more information, call Dr. Veronica Nice at (949) 290-6423 .

> Click here to download the Silent Aucton Donation Form


How the funds raised will be used

The American Association of University Women, founded in 1881, is the largest and oldest national organization of university graduates dedicated to the advancement of women through education, professional development, and community service.

AAUW-LBF proceeds support the AAUW Educational Foundation, two Thurston Middle School girls to attend AAUW Tech Trek Summer Science Camp (501-c-3 organizations) and local community grants to nonprofit organizations that apply and address needs related to the AAUW mission of education and 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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