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Ladies, Lunch, and Literacy

To begin the celebration of 10 years of lunches, three LLL alumni are returning with their new books this spring. Please save these dates!

On Tuesday, April 17, 2018, the ever wonderful Meg Wolitzer  joined us to talk about her latest blockbuster, The Female Persuasion. This is one of the best books of the year and I know you will love it.  

We were happy to welcome back Madeline Miller on Monday, April 23 . We celebrated The Song of Achilles when Madeline joined us for lunch (before going to England to claim the Orange Prize!) in 2012. She was back with us for the publication of Circe, which you'll love just as much at Tin Roof restaurant.  It was another jaw-dropping lunch with Madeline. 

We are just one short month away from welcoming back Lauren Groff, our very first Ladies, Lunch, & Literacy author, as we cap off our ten year celebration of this special program. On Tuesday, June 19, Lauren Groff is back with her newly published short story collection, the highly anticipated Florida, a collection of "11 electric short stories" described in a Kirkus starred review as a "literary tour de force of precariousness set in a blistering place." Please make your reservation today by calling the Redondo Beach store, (310-542-6000), or make your reservation on-line,  at Brown Paper Ticket
Smart Summer Reads is Back 

Smart Summer Reads is scheduled for Sunday, July 22 from 3pm to 5pm and we already have three authors scheduled to attend. More about this to come ...


About Ladies, Lunch, and Literacy

Ladies, Lunch, and Literacy was founded in 2008 with the goal of encouraging readers to interact with selected authors in a personalized setting, meet other readers and build a community of fellow book lovers. Mysterious Galaxy is proud to introduce talented debut authors of literary fiction, and support some special organizations doing important work in our community in the process. We pride ourselves on identifying the authors and novel whose work you will want to be reading and whose careers you will be reading about!

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 Templeton, Fates and Furies), Jojo Moyes (Me Before You), Sue Grafton (U is for Undertow), Meg Wolitzer (The Interestings, Belzhar) and many more.

All attendees receive a signed first edition from a great writer, 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 2018 Non Profit Literacy Partner

Ready, Set, Read! promotes early childhood literacy development by training parents to read aloud to their young children. Established in 1999 as a project of Community Partners, a 501(c)(3), Ready, Set, Read! gives parents the self-confidence and skills they need to read aloud to their preschool and kindergarten-aged children. 

Ready, Set, Read! conducts literacy workshops for low-income parents at their children's schools in English and Spanish and provides books to families. They also provide classroom lending libraries to a select number of schools each year.

Studies have looked at the effects of training parents from lower socioeconomic backgrounds in dialogic reading techniques. The positive results illustrated the efficacy of assisting low-income parents in using techniques that encourage children’s active involvement in shared reading. Moreover, parents’ involvement in these activities with their children provided an added benefit above and beyond that obtained when these experiences were only obtained in a school environment (Leyva et al., 2012).

Since their inception, over 50,000 parents have participated in one of our workshops at over 225 school sites. And ... they have provided 30,000 books to 400 classroom lending libraries!

Learn more and make a donation to bring more literacy workshops to low-income families at:

Come to any of our events and find out how you can help make a difference!