Literary Luncheon— Festival of Women Authors

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Saturday, March 13, 2010. 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: Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum, Anne Cherian, Kathryn Fitzmaurice, and Nina Revoyr.

bynumSARAH SHUN-LIEN BYNUM's first novel, Madeleine Is Sleeping, was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2001. Her fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Tin House, the Georgia Review, and the Best American Short Stories. Her latest book Ms. Hempel Chronicles, a 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award finalist, tells the story of a teacher overwhelmed by her newness—new to teaching, new to the school, newly engaged, and newly bereft of her devoted father—struggling to figure out what is expected of her in life and her work. Sarah is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. She teaches writing and literature at UC San Diego and lives in Los Angeles with her family.

cherianANNE CHERIAN, born and raised in Jamshedpur, India, graduated from Bombay and Bangalore Universities and received graduate degrees in journalism and comparative literature from UC Berkeley. She lives in Los Angeles, visits India regularly, and is married to author Lou Kurashige. Her book A Good Indian Wife, winner of the South Asian Excellence Award, tells the story of a handsome anesthesiologist who is sure he can resist his family's pleas that he marry a "good" Indian girl. However an arranged marriage is made and they struggle to reconcile their own desires with others' expectations in this story of two people, two countries, and two ways of life that may be more compatible than they seem.

fitzmauriceKATHRYN FITZMAURICE lives in Monarch Beach, having been born in New York City and growing up in Scottsdale, AZ. When she was 13 years old, she visited her grandmother, who was a science fiction author and, after seeing how she could make the characters in her books into whomever she wanted, Kathryn decided that she too wanted to become a writer some day. Years later after teaching elementary school, and taking many classes, she now writes full time. Her book The Year the Swallows Came Early tells the story of an eleven-year-old girl with a dream, struggling to untangle the complicated lives of her parents while drawing a parallel with the birds of Capistrano and encouraging understanding, tolerance, and forgiveness.

revoyrNINA REVOYR was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and a white American father, and grew up in Tokyo, Wisconsin, and Los Angeles. She is the author of The Necessary Hunger and two highly praised novels: Southland, an L.A. Times "Best Book of 2003" and Edgar Award finalist, and The Age of Dreaming a finalist for the 2008 L.A. Times Book Prize. Nina has been an Associate Faculty member at Antioch University, a Visiting Professor at Cornell University, and the Remsen Bird Visiting Writer at Pitzer College. Nina lives in Los Angeles and has been described as one of "the city's finest chroniclers and mythmakers." She has also worked for more than a decade in the fields of child welfare and public education.


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 $65 per person if postmarked by March 1 ($40 is tax deductible). After March 1st the price goes up to $75. Call Kim Salter 949-230-1169 to see if space is available.

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.

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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 .

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How the funds raised will be used

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

The AAUW Laguna Beach Branch raises funds to support Thurston Middle School girls chosen to attend one of the AAUW California Tech Trek Summer Science Camps held at university campuses. In addition, the Branch contributes to AAUW Funds: fellowships for graduate study and research for American and international women, fellowships for study in selected professions, grants for public service projects and career-related study, training, national conferences, and research in educational and gender equity. Funds are administered by the Branch's nonprofit arm, the AAUW Laguna Beach Foundation (AAUW LBF).

Finally, AAUW LBF provides grants to local community nonprofit organizations that apply and address needs related to AAUW's mission of educational and gender equity for women and girls. These grants include El Morro Elementary School tutoring, La Playa Center's ESL program, Laguna Beach Live!, scholarships for high school girls and for women returning to college, Sally's Fund for senior services, and the Community Clinic's women's program.

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


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