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Ladies, Lunch, and Literacy

Our 2019 Spring line-up has been finalized and we could not be more excited. Please mark your calendars:

Monday, March 18:  Start the year off on just the right note with Gretchen Rubin's latest book, Outer Order, Inner Calm. Join us at the Belamar for a fantastic event. More information can be found here and tickets may be purchased via Brown Paper Ticket.


Friday, April 12 - Our Spring of amazing debut authors begins with Dana Czapnik whose stunning coming of age story, The Falconer is one of my favorite books of the year and you can read it now. Come by the store to pick up your copy. Tickets to our lunch at Jackson's in El Segundo may be purchased via Brown Paper Ticket.


Wednesday, May 8 - Save this date so you can meet debut author Lydia Fitzpatrick. Lights All Night Long will keep you up at night (in a good way) and Lydia is a complete delight. I can't wait for you to meet her when she comes to lunch at Tin Roof. Tickets are now available at Brown Paper Ticket.

If you would prefer to make your reservation by phone or in person, email Emilio or give him a call at 310.542.6000.


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) 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 2019 Non Profit Literacy Partner

The word ADVOT means ripples in the Hebrew language, change, like ripples in the water, starts small but leads to overwhelmingly positive transformations.

The Advot Project places a strong and intentional emphasis on serving those frequently left out of arts experiences. Youth from underserved backgrounds can benefit greatly from participation in the arts and often do not have access to such opportunities due to factors such as social stigma, financial stresses, lack of information about resources, and/or a sense of not being welcome. By providing workshops directly in their classrooms, working closely with school administration and faculty, and intentionally creating a safe space, the Advot Project is able to break down these barriers and provide students access to important artistic outlets. Students discover personal talents and practice problem solving. They improve their communication skills and reevaluate relationships and behaviors, and they are able to reflect on past behaviors and investigate consequences of their past and current actions.

Learn more about their programs on thier website and then come to any of our events and find out how you can help make a difference!

Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happiness Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984822802
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Published: Harmony - March 5th, 2019

What better way to start of the year (month, day ...) with practical advice for making our days, weeks, months and years calmer and happier. I couldn't be happier to hear from one of the "happiness authorities" and New York Times best selling author when she visits Manhattan Beach on Monday, May 18, 2019.

The Falconer: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501193224
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Published: Atria Books - January 29th, 2019

There is so much I love about this exceptional debut; the language, the characters, the setting, and the sense that you are learning anew from an age-old experience. It is a coming of age story that is poetic, honest, insightful and beautifully written from the viewpoint of 17-year-old Lucy (Loose) Adler who is an extraordinary basketball player, social outcast, and out-of-the-box thinker. She is also in love with her best friend and fellow basketball player Percy. They have been inseparable since they were 5 years old, sharing hoops, drugs, secrets, and experiences, even as Lucy hides this one very big secret from him. Against the backdrop of New York City and their extremely different backgrounds, these two friends are most comfortable when they are together.

What I loved about this book is that I found so many passages worth re-reading, while the familiarity of the day and the age brought me back to many of my experiences from a similar time. This an author to watch! – Terry

Meet Dana on Friday, April 12 ... Details to come.

Lights All Night Long: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525558736
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Press - April 2nd, 2019

In this exceptional novel, readers are transported to a small mining town in Russia where there are few prospects and no escape from daily drudgery, weather, and broken political system. From this environment, 15-year-old Ilya is a standout for his intelligence and his drive to learn English. For these reasons he is chosen to be an exchange student in Leffie, Louisiana, a goal he has had since he was a small boy. His excitement for this new opportunity is colored by his concern and love for his troubled, older brother, Vladimir who has been jailed for a crime he did not commit. Their tumultuous relationship is the focus of this book though their love for each other cannot be denied. Told in alternate chapters from Ilya’s life in Berlozhniki prior to boarding the plane to the US and his experiences with his host family in the United States, this is a story of love and devotion on both sides of the world. – Terry

Meet Lydia in Manhattan Beach on May 8 ... Details to come ...