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Ladies, Lunch, and Literacy

After a very long hiatus, we are delighted to host our first LLL event on May 16, 2022 introducing Hernan Diaz to our community. Terry Gilman will be in conversation with the author discussing his muct anticipated (and amazing) second novel, Trust. We hope you will join us. We will gather at 11:30am PDT at Tin Roof Bistro in Manhattan Beach for an informal meet and greet with Hernan Diaz and other fellow readers before our formal event begins at 12:00pm PDT sharp!

A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award, Hernan Diaz’s work has been translated into more than twenty languages. He is the recipient of a Whiting Award, the winner of the William Saroyan International Prize, and has received a fellowship from the New York Public Library’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. His first novel, In the Distance, was a Publishers Weekly Top 10 Book of the Year and one of Lit Hub’s Top 20 Books of the Decade. He lives in Brooklyn.  

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.

Trust Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593420317
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 3rd, 2022

From the first sentence, I knew I was in for something special. By the end of the first chapter, I knew I was reading one of the best books of 2022.

This is a stunning portrait of American history and the financial innovators at the beginning of the 20th century. Diaz uses a truly unique approach to finding the truth about his central characters by incorporating four separate “books” into one narrative. The first is a fictional account of Benjamin and Helen Rask, the very successful and wealthy couple whose captivating story takes us from NYC to Europe and is called Bonds by Harold Vanner. The second is a parallel account about the actual successful Wall Street legend, Andrew Bevel, a descendant of the wealthy Bevel family, told in the form of an incomplete autobiography. The third book is a memoir by a writer in her 70s who worked for Andrew Bevel after his wife died and is now called upon to unlock the mysteries of Mildred Bevel. The fourth entry reveals many of the answers and may even break our hearts.

Each layer adds depth to this story as Diaz’s prose dazzle throughout and the mysteries are revealed. This is one tops my list of the best books of the year, and I am thrilled to be hosting Hernan Diaz on Monday, May 16 for Ladies, Lunch & Literacy.

- Terry Gilman

In the Distance Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781566894883
Published: Coffee House Press - October 10th, 2017

Diaz's first novel was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. It was also a Publishers Weekly Top 10 Book of the Year and one of Lit Hub’s Top 20 Books of the Decade.