A Day of Authors 2018 | February 17, 2018

A Day of Authors, an author fundraising event hosted by ALPHA (Assistance League Professional Humanitarian Auxiliary), funds five philanthropies that this organization supports: Tiny Togs, Operations School Bell, Santa’s Closet, Special Families-Emergency Needs, and McKinney Vento Toiletry Project.

This well-attended event brings inspiring authors to entertain guests with their stories. These talented writers present without charge and willingly autograph their books for the hundreds of guests who attend.

This special opportunity to hear authors share information about their latest books takes place at CSUF’s Titan Student Center and includes a continental breakfast, a three-course lunch, a chance to win gift baskets , and one of two $500 opportunity drawings.,” notes ALPHA Chair, Becky D’Arrigo.


Where: California State University, Fullerton • Titan Student Center.

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To support us, please email alpha.fullerton@yahoo.com to donate.

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Each spring for over 25 years, ALPHA has hosted “A Day of Authors,” where prominent authors inform and entertain more than 550 book lovers. Presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, biographer A. Scott Berg, Elizabeth ... ...more

About A Day of Authors

About A Day of Authors

Each spring for over 25 years, ALPHA has hosted “A Day of Authors,” where prominent authors inform and entertain more than 550 book lovers. Presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, biographer A. Scott Berg, Elizabeth George, Carol Higgins Clark, Janet Fitch, Lisa See, Amy Ephron, T. Jefferson Parker and many others have spoken to “A Day of Authors” audiences.

Proceeds from this fundraising event benefit the following community groups: St. Jude Medical Center’s “Healthy Beginnings” with our Tiny Togs Program, providing needed layettes and diapers to needy newborns; Operation School Bell (a national program) providing clothes, backpacks and books for school children; Santa’s Closet, which supplies grocery store gift cards to low income families with children for the holidays and Special Families – Emergency Needs, which provides services and equipment to special needs children and their families.

About A Day of Authors


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Assistance League Professional Humanitarian Auxiliary is the professional women's auxiliary of the Assistance League of Fullerton. It is known as ALPHA to members of the Assistance League and its auxiliaries. Assistance League Professional Humanitarian ... ...more



Assistance League Professional Humanitarian Auxiliary is the professional women’s auxiliary of the Assistance League of Fullerton. It is known as ALPHA to members of the Assistance League and its auxiliaries. Assistance League Professional Humanitarian Auxiliary is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to serve the immediate community. The auxiliary was organized in 1989 and received its charter in 1990. Members are professional or business women who wish to contribute to the community in a meaningful way. Currently, there are 35 active and 16 non-voting members who donate over 3,000 hours of volunteer time annually.

How We Help

Funds raised by Assistance League Professional Humanitarian Auxiliary’s “Day of Authors” support Assistance League of Fullerton’s Professional Humanitarian Auxiliary’s philanthropic projects:

The Tiny Togs philanthropic program of Assistance League Professional Humanitarian Auxiliary supplies St. Jude Medical Center’s Healthy Beginnings Program with baby layettes and its Pediatric Mobile Health Vans with reading books.

Special Family Emergency Needs through Family Support Network is a program that supplies furniture and clothing for special needs children such as special cribs, strollers and high chairs.

Operation School Bell® is a philanthropic program of Assistance League that provides needy children with clothing, shoes, and supplies for school. ALPHA contributes the backpacks and school supplies for this program in conjunction with Assistance League of Fullerton.

Santa’s Closet is a seasonal philanthropic program of Assistance League of Fullerton that distributes practical household items and personal clothing to needy families.

For a downloadable PDF of our philanthropic budget for 2014 and 2015, CLICK HERE.



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2018 Speaker Information

Books will be available for purchase on the day of the event. Day of Authors will earn a percentage of the sales. Please sign up for the breakout sessions so you can talk with your favorite authors and get your books signed.
Author Cover Image Kate Andersen Brower
Author Cover Image Marcia Clark
Author Cover Image Charmaine Craig
Author Cover Image Rene Denfeld

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Author Cover Image Janet Fitch
Author Cover Image Denise Kiernan
Author Cover Image Gordon McAlpine
Author Cover Image Rufi Thorpe
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    Kate Andersen Brower


    Kate Andersen Brower, drawing from the first ladies themselves to their advisers, friends, family members, and residence staff, gives readers First Women: The Grace & Power of America’s Modern First Ladies. This intimate look at ten remarkable women who have defined the role, from Jackie Kennedy to Michelle Obama, lifts the curtain of secrecy disclosing the bonds and individual challenges that connect them. Brower’s New York Times bestseller, The Residence, contains anecdotes touching and hilarious about living and working in the White House, “…the country’s most potent and enduring symbol of the presidency.” (Kirkus Reviews)

  • Marcia Clark’s Samantha Brinkman series centers on a flawed but sympathetic Los Angeles defense attorney. The series includes: Blood Defense, “a top-notch whodunit…with jaw-dropping surprises throughout; and impressively pulls off a shocker lesser writers can only envy.” (Publishers Weekly) Book 2, Moral Defense, has “…a hard-charging lawyer heroine, tough-as-nails cops…and page-turning twists.” (The Associated Press) Latest in the series is Snap Judgment with “A plot (that) will keep readers turning pages.” (Booklist) Co-prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson murder trial, Without a Doubt is Clark’s memoir of the case.

  • Charmaine Craig’s novel, Miss Burma, is a sweeping, multi-generational story of a family “…during…violent and turbulent years as multiple groups and nations vied for control of Burma’s future.” (LA Times) Charting both a political and a deeply personal history, “Craig reimagines the extraordinary lives of her mother and grandparents with exquisitely precise description. (New York Times Book Review) “Mesmerizing and haunting.” (Kirkus Reviews) Craig’s The Good Men, a national bestseller, is a true-life historical, part romance, part legal thriller, and a tour of some of the darkest corners of early Christianity.

  • Rene Denfeld is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, The Enchanted and The Child Finder, as well as commended books of non-fiction, essays, and articles. Devoted to helping others, Denfeld works with sex trafficking victims and innocents in prison. Her debut novel, The Enchanted, won numerous honors, including the prestigious French Prix. The Child Finder centers on an investigator seeking a missing child in the remote reaches of an Oregon forest in this powerful novel. “Intense….Innovative…Heartbreaking, surprising–The conclusion will leave readers breathless.” (Publishers Weekly)

  • From Janet Fitch, bestselling novelist of White Oleander and Paint It Black, comes The Revolution of Marina M. “the mesmerizing story of one woman’s journey through some of the most dramatic events of the last century.” (Washington Post) During the Russian Revolution’s unimaginable upheaval, Marina’s coming-of-age unfolds, marking the heroism of an ordinary woman living through extraordinary times. “Fitch has given us a courageous…young woman who handles the bad cards she has been dealt with grace and resolve.” (Washington Post) She “…has much in common with Fitch’s modern heroines and is a protagonist worth following.” (Publishers Weekly)

  • Denise Kiernan’s The Last Castle is the captivating story of Biltmore House—the largest residence ever built in the United States. “The book’s vitality lies in the details about the architects, artists, writers, and peers of the Vanderbilts who built and enjoyed the majestic (mansion).” (The New York Times) “Kiernan’s prodigious research….brings the place to life (with) juicy bits…of adultery, bankruptcy, and suicide.” (The Wall Street Journal) In The Girls of Atomic City, Kiernan traces the fascinating story of the women who unknowingly helped to create the fuel for the world’s first atomic bomb.

  • Gordon McAlpine, author of adult novels ranging from magical realism to hardboiled literary mystery, stepped aside of adult novels in 2013–2015 to publish a popular trilogy of middle grade novels–The Misadventures of Edgar and Allan Poe. His first work for younger readers, Misadventures (is)…“entertaining and original…endlessly fun and satisfying on every level.” (Publishers Weekly) Called an enigma wrapped in a mystery, McAlpine’s literary mystery, Woman with a Blue Pencil, was an 2015 Edgar® Nominee, working both as a conventional mystery and a deconstruction of the genre’s ideology.” (BookList)

  • Rufi Thorpe’s second novel, Dear Fang, with Love, is a “…beautiful, often hilarious novel. Utterly original.” (The Huffington Post) “Tremendous…Showcase[s] Thorpe’s fabulous versatility, insight, and humor…an absolute winner.” (Publishers Weekly) “…a hauntingly beautiful story (of) absentee fathers, legendary matriarchs…and the persistence of hope in the face of suffering.” (Miami Herald) Thorpe’s first novel, The Girls from Corona del Mar, examines the psychological tug-of-war between friends. “Thorpe is a gifted writer who depicts friendship with affection and brutality, rendering all its love and heartbreak in painstaking strokes.” (LA Times)


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2018 Agenda

8:15 – 9:00 a.m. Registration
9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
9:15 – 10:05 a.m. Kate Andersen Brower
10:05 – 10:40 a.m. First Breakout Session
10:40 – 11:30 a.m. Book Sales and Author Signings
11:30 – 12:05 p.m. Second Breakout Session
12:05 – 12:30 p.m. Book Sales and Author Signings
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch, Basket Raffle and Opportunity Ticket Drawing
1:30 – 2:20 p.m. Marcia Clark (Interview with Bobbie Cooper)
2:20 – 3:00 p.m. Author Signings

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