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Ladies, Lunch, and Literacy

I just finalized our fall line-up and I could not be more excited. Please mark your calendars:

Wednesday, September 26 marks our first fall lunch with debut fiction author Stephen Markley. Invitations will be emailed next week.


Tuesday, October 30 - Lunch with Leif Enger and his (amazing!) new book, Virgil Wander. Don't miss this one!


Tuesday, November 27 - Save this date for yourself and your significant other. We are hosting John Jay Osborn and his new book Listen to the Marriage.


Check our events calendar for more details.


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!