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Ladies, Lunch, and Literacy

2020 will be the best year ever for Ladies, Lunch & Literacy! Please mark your calendars:

Thursday, February 6:  This one-of-a-kind event will introduce you to the talented author Ann Napolitano and her stunning new novel Dear Edward. But there is more! You will hear about the genesis of this book from inception to market directly from the source. Joining Ann are her literary agent, Julie Barer and her editor Whitney Frick. Buy your tickets today by clicking here.

Wednesday, March 11: Liz Moore has written a book to be savored and discussed. Make your reservation today so you can join us for our lunch celebrating the publication of Long Bright River!! Here's the link.

If you would prefer to make your reservation by phone, please call our office at 310.542.6010. Featured books are further down this page.


About Ladies, Lunch, and Literacy

Ladies, Lunch, and Literacy (LLL) was founded in 2008 with the goal of introducing readers to selected authors in a personalized setting while meeting other readers in order to build a community of fellow book lovers. We have been proud to introduce talented debut authors of literary fiction and nonfiction to our community. LLL also supports local nonprofit literary organizations doing important work in our community.

Since the program’s start, Ladies, Lunch and Literacy has hosted lunches for an impressive slate of authors, including Emma Donoghue (Room), Katherine Stockett (The Help), Lauren Groff (Monsters of TempletonFates and Furies), Jojo Moyes (Me Before You), Sue Grafton (U is for Undertow), Meg Wolitzer (The Female Persuasion, Belzhar), Madeline Miller (Circe, The Song of Achilles) and many more. Though we sometimes host established authors, we pride ourselves on identifying debut authors whose work is outstanding and whose careers we will all be reading about in the future!

All attendees receive a signed first edition, helping to create buzz and book group interest in the process. Lunches are held at independently-owned local venues, and proceeds from the event go to support a literacy-related non-profit doing important work in our communities.


Our 2020 Non Profit Literacy Partner

Wise Readers to Leaders is a not for profit organization that is dedicated to closing the achievement gap for students from low income communities and to nurturing leaders for a diverse world. Wise Readers to Leaders achieves its mission through a free, six-week summer literacy and enrichment program coupled with year-round literacy activities and mentoring.

Ladies, Lunch & Literacy will be buying books for this summer program to enable them to give books to students so they can begin to create their own libriaries at home.

Visit to learn more! Then join us for lunch to support this amazing program.

Dear Edward: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984854780
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: The Dial Press - January 6th, 2020

This intensely personal novel is uplifting and engrossing and heartbreaking.  Edward of the title, the lone survivor of a plane crash, loses everything he cherishes, even as he has gained his life to live while others perished. And while his journey is painful, we are drawn to him while he struggles, not just with loss and notoriety, but also with adolescence, a new life and new school. And while we may have read other survivor stories in the past, there is something about Edward’s journey that is as unique as the second narrative of the lives he shared on the airplane during its flight.

In an alternating narrative, we meet his fellow passengers on this doomed flight, learning about their lives, losses, and wishes for the future as the minutes tick away on the airplane before it crashes. The newly pregnant Linda Stollen is flying into what she hopes will be a new chance at love. Army veteran Benjamin Stillman, who has been injured in more ways than his physical wounds, cannot fathom his life outside of combat. The ailing, but mega wealthy Crispin Cox has had quite the life building a fortune and dealing with multiple ex-wives. We also meet a family of four, a junk bond trader and several others. Their histories are ours to cherish as we know they will not live through this ordeal.

The mystery of what happened that day drives much of the plot, but ultimately what is important is the survivors and how one teenager can make a difference. This is a book to be cherished. – Terry

Long Bright River: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525540670
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - January 7th, 2020

I could not love this novel any more than I do. Besides amazing writing and wonderful pacing, this is truly a story for our time. Michela (Mickey) Fitzpatrick is a single mother and a beat officer in the outskirts of Philadelphia. She struggles at work with a male-dominated force that treats her as an outsider, particularly since her partner, Truman Dawes has been on medical leave. Her son Thomas is the joy of her life but trying to balance work and home is challenging every day. And she finds it difficult to set her personal history aside when her sister Kacey, goes missing. Kacey is an addict, as were their parents; they were both very young when their mother died, and their father abandoned them. For this, and many other reasons, Mickey cannot abandon her sister and her search for Kacey is what drives the book’s plot. But what I really loved about this book is the focus on relationships and how our decisions and words shape our lives and impact others … lots of truth here. Lots of wisdom and heart too. Do not miss this book.  – Terry