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Smart Summer Reads

We have dates (and authors!) for 2020 Smart Summer Reads (SSR) and we are ever hopeful that we will be able to hold these events in Manhattan Beach.

Sunday, July 12 marks our first 2020 SSR event. These are the authors you will meet:

Janie Chang

Julie Clark

Lian Dolen

Gina Fattore

Rufi Thorpe

Robin Wasserman

 

On Sunday, August 30, we will hold our second 2020 SSR event. These are the authors we have confirmed so far:

Audrey Carlan

Christina Clancy

Emery Hayes

Jenn McKinlay

Amy Meyerson

Ivy Pochoda

Tickets will go on sale in June!

To purchase tickets ... check back in June

Check out each of the author's latest books on this page. If you would like to pre-order any books, just add them to your shopping cart.

Smart Summer Reads (SSR) is how Ladies, Lunch & Literacy celebrates summer! While finding you the perfect book for your summer vacation or poolside read, we promise you one of the most fun book events of the year!

Smart Summer Reads takes place on one Sunday in July and one Sunday in August in the South Bay of Los Angeles. This is how it works:

  • Six authors are invited to meet you and discuss their latest book.
  • Our meet and greet with our authors and other readers begins at 3:00pm. The bookstore opens at 3:00pm too.
  • Then at 3:15pm the fun begins: Each author will be positioned at one of six stations around the venue.
  • Readers will be assigned a starting point and then move from station to station in 10 minute intervals, giving each author approximately 7 minutes to talk about their book and answer questions.
  • After the "formal" program there is ample opportunity for readers to talk more with each author and get their books signed.
  • The program wraps up around 5pm.

Reservations are required. Check back for more exciting updates about SSR.

The Library of Legends: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062851505
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 12th, 2020

Meet Janie on Sunday, July 12


The Last Flight Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781728215723
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - June 23rd, 2020

Meet Julie on Sunday, July 12!


The Sweeney Sisters: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062909046
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow - April 28th, 2020

Meet Lian on Sunday, July 12!


The Spinster Diaries Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781945551734
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Prospect Park Books - April 14th, 2020

Meet Gina on Sunday, July 12!


The Knockout Queen: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525656784
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf - April 28th, 2020

Meet Rufi on Sunday, July 12!


Mother Daughter Widow Wife: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982139490
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Scribner - July 7th, 2020

Meet Robin on Sunday, July 12!


What the Heart Wants Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781335668899
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Hqn - July 28th, 2020

Meet Audrey on Sunday, August 30!


The Second Home: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250239341
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: St. Martin's Press - June 2nd, 2020

Meet Christina on Sunday, August 30!


Cold to the Bone: A Nicole Cobain Mystery Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781643854984
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Crooked Lane Books - August 11th, 2020

Meet Emery on Sunday, August 30


Paris Is Always a Good Idea Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780593101353
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Berkley - July 21st, 2020

Meet Jen on Sunday, August 30!


The Imperfects Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780778305071
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Park Row - May 5th, 2020

Meet Amy on Sunday, August 30!


These Women: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062656384
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ecco - May 19th, 2020

Meet Ivy on Sunday, August 30!