Literary Luncheon— Festival of Women Authors

Reserve early!   Prices go up March 5.  After the 5th, call for availability. No walk-ins.

Saturday, March 19, 2011. 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 silent auction donation form.

This year our speakers will be three highly-praised featured authors: Julia Amante, Lisa Napoli and Tatjana Soli.

Argentine ClubJULIA AMANTE, author of Evenings at the Argentine Club, writes emotionally rich stories about family love, and the passion of chasing and achieving life’s dreams. She has been a guest speaker at libraries across California and has presented workshops at the Latino Book and Family Festival, the Mexican-American Organization Foundation, the Latina Business Women Organization, as well as educational institutions such as UC Riverside, CSU Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara City College. Julia is currently pursuing an MFA at CSU San Bernardino where she helped edit its Literary Journal. But most importantly, she is always engaged in her passion to celebrate life through writing. Her next novel, Say You’ll Be Mine, will be released this year. Visit author's website.


Happiest KingdomLISA NAPOLI, a native of Brooklyn, graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. Before Lisa fell in love with the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, she chronicled the dawn of the Internet era as a reporter and columnist for the first New York Times website, and later as a correspondent and columnist for MSNBC. She most recently worked as a reporter and fill-in host for NPR’s Marketplace. Earlier in her career, Napoli directed two short documentaries about southern culture and field produced coverage of the 1992 Clinton presidential campaign and the Waco, Texas standoffs. Napoli’s book Radio Shangri-la: What I Learned in Bhutan -- The Happiest Kingdom on Earth is a memoir about her search for wholeness and into a fairy tale kingdom known for measuring happiness as its gross national product. Visit author's website.


Lotus EatersTATJANA SOLI, born in Salzburg, Austria, attended Stanford University and the Warren Wilson MFA Program. Her stories have appeared in The Sun, StoryQuarterly, Confrontation, Gulf Coast, Other Voices, Carolina Quarterly, and Sonora Review among other publications. Her work has been twice listed in the 100 Distinguished Stories in Best American Short Stories and nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She was awarded the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Prize, the Dana Award, finalist for the Bellwether Prize, and received scholarships to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Her highly praised novel The Lotus Eaters explores the psyche of a female photojournalist in war-torn Vietnam. She lives with her husband in Tustin and teaches through the Gotham Writers’ Workshop. Visit 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 $70 per person if postmarked by March 5 ($35 is tax deductible). After March 5th the price goes up to $80. Call Kim Salter 949-230-1169 to see if space is available.

Guests are welcome. Tables of 10 can be reserved for priority seating; send one check (or all checks per table) with the reservation card, 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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Silent Auction Donation

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 Auction Donation Form

Sponsorship - Program Booklet

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

1)  This year our printed program booklet will celebrate “California Women Suffrage Centennial: 1911 - 2011 Votes for Women.”  Our goal is to have the program booklet be an educational piece as well as a celebration of the Suffrage movement in California.

For a $50.00 donation you can help provide the information for the booklet — either by choosing one of our statements celebrating women's suffrage, or creating a message of your own. Your generous donations will help us spread the education about California Women’s Suffrage.

> Click here to download the California Women's Suffrage Sponsorship form.

2) Again this year, In conjunction with four levels of sponsorship, you can purchase an ad in the program booklet with your message to our members or your good wishes.

> Click here to download the Sponsorship Form

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 Literary Luncheon proceeds help the AAUW Laguna Beach Foundation, AAUW Laguna Beach Branch's nonprofit arm, benefit the AAUW Educational Opportunities Fund that supports educational and lifelong learning opportunities that give women a chance for a lifetime of success with fellowships, grants, or selected professional awards. The event also supports Thurston Middle School girls chosen to attend one of the AAUW California Tech Trek Summer Math and Science Camps held at statewide university campuses.

In addition, funds raised help support the branch's El Morro Elementary School after school tutoring program (TLC), scholarships for Laguna Beach High School senior girls, scholarships for women returning to college/university and 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, e.g., La Playa Center's ESL program, Sally's Fund for senior services, The Boys & Girls Club, the Community Clinic's women's program and Laguna Beach Live!

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


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