A Day of Authors 2015 | March 21, 2015

Thank You From A Day of Authors 2014

Thank you to everyone who attended 2014’s A Day of Authors. We had a sold out crowd this year and plenty of fun for book lovers of all ages! During the event, we had the opportunity to enjoy the company and stories of some very inspiring authors and illustrators, including Chris Epting, Karen Joy Fowler, Timothy Hallinan, Jennifer Kaufman, Karen Mack, Barney Saltzberg and Cathleen Schine. The very talented- Ron Carlson, was our morning main speaker and we closed out our day with the pleasure of listening to a most touching conversation between Lis Leyson and John Rabe.

Along with speakers, we had some really great raffle prizes and access to hundreds of fantastic books! 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.

Overall, the event was a great success and we are already looking forward to next year! Thank you to all of our amazing authors and for all of the attendees, you truly made it another spectacular day!

Day of Authors 2015 will be on March 21, 2015. Stay informed on event happenings by ‘Liking’ our Facebook page.

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Each spring for over 20 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 20 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.

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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

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About ALPHA

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.

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2014 Speaker Information

Books are 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 Ron Carlson
 
Author Cover Image Lis Leyson in conversation with John Rabe
 
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Author Cover Image Jennifer Kaufman and Karen Mack
 
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    Ron Carlson

    Ron Carlson, acclaimed author and Director of the UC Irvine Graduate Fiction Writing Program, has released his sixth novel, Return to Oakpine, The novel focuses on four garage band friends reuniting after thirty years, all bearing the changes and scars of three decades. They rehash what drove them apart and celebrate– or regret– the paths they’ve traveled. “These characters will stay with you because this is how we are too.” (NY Times Sunday Book Review). Carlson’s honors include the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction. (Photo credit: Tracy Hall)

     
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    Lis Leyson in conversation with John Rabe

    At only ten years, Leon Leyson became the youngest Holocaust survivor on Oskar Schindler’s list. The Boy on the Wooden Box, his memoir, is the only published memoir of a Schindler’s List child, capturing the innocence of a small boy who goes through the unthinkable. His widow, Lis Leyson, encouraged Leon to write his story and oversaw the book’s publication after his 2013 death. “Leon wrote his story to honor all who perished in the Holocaust giving a personal voice to the tragedy of those years,” she says. Lis will be interviewed by John Rabe, award-winning host of KPCC’s “off Ramp” (Photo of: Leon Leyson)

     
  • Chris Epting is the entertaining and multi-talented author of 20 travel/history books, including Elvis Presley Passed Here, Roadside Baseball, and most recently Hello It’s Me, Dispatches from a Pop Culture Junkie. An award-winning travel writer, Chris contributes articles for the Los Angeles Times, and Travel + Leisure. He has created and written many popular commercials and heads Surf City Advertising Company. A true “Renaissance Man”, Epting is a music journalist who produces a weekly radio show.

     
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    Karen Joy Fowler

    http://karenjoyfowler.com/

    Reviewed as “readably juicy and “surreptitiously smart” (NY Times Book Review) and “achingly memorable” (Miami Herald), Karen Joy Fowler’s sixth novel, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, is an unforgettable journey into the heart of the Cooke family, exploring love, loss, secrets and introduces two sisters who are unlike any siblings you’ve ever met before. Fowler, author of NY Times Bestseller, The Jane Austen Book Club, has also written three short collections. Among her many awards are the NY Times Notable Book and the Commonwealth medal for best first novel by a Californian.

     
  • Mystery, detective fiction, and thriller writer, Tim Hallinan, lives in Southern California and Southeast Asia. He created a popular six-book series whose main character is erudite private eye Simeon Grist. A second series, set in Bangkok, features travel writer “Poke” Rafferty. The heart-stopping The Fear Artist, fifth in this series, focuses on terror in Thailand, described with Hallinan’s expert sense of place. The third installment of Hallinan’s Junior Bender mysteries, The Fame Thief, about a Hollywood burglar-turned-PI was recently published.

     
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    Jennifer Kaufman and Karen Mack

    Former LA Times staff writer, Jennifer Kaufman and sister Karen Mack, Golden Globe Award-winning producer, collaborate on their third novel, Freud’s Mistress. The novel evokes the mood and look of Vienna at the end of the 19th century as an intelligent, but powerless young woman embarks on an affair with her older sister’s husband. The story is unique and absorbing for Sigmund Freud is the third participant. “ (They) weave…a tale of desire and the bonds of love based…on rich …source material and …on the inner life of Dr. Sigmund Freud”. (Lisa See).

     
  • Barney Saltzberg is the engaging and whimsical children’s book author/illustrator/singer/songwriter, and author of dozens of charming and honest books that help children accept their mistakes and who they are In his bestselling Beautiful OOPs! he offers an antidote to an overly-structured culture trapping kids and adults alike. A spill doesn’t ruin a drawing—not when it’s the shape of a monster! His newest book, Arlo Needs Glasses follows a dog as he reads an eye chart, assuring kids that glasses are cool and fun.

     
  • The first sentence of Cathleen Schine’s latest novel, Fin & Lady, establishes protagonist Fin’s sense of abandonment: “Fin’s funeral suit was a year old, worn three times, already too small.” Eleven-year-old Fin is left in the guardianship of 24-year-old half sister, Lady, who moves them from an uptown Manhattan apartment to a half-finished townhouse in 1969 Greenwich Village. With memorably drawn characters, Schine plays with conventions, reader expectations, and the ’complicateds’ of life (that) catch up with us in the end.” (NY Times Book Review). She is the author of several novels including The Love Letter and The Weissmanns of Westport.

     
 

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2014 Agenda

  • 8:15 – 9:00 Registration
  • 9:00 – 9:15 Welcome and Introductions
  • 9:15 – 9:50 Ron Carlson
  • 9:50 – 10:30 First Break-Out Session
  • 10:30 – 11:20 Book Sales and Author Signings
  • 11:20 – 12:00 Second Break-Out Session
  • 12:00 – 12:30 Book Sales and Author Signings
  • 12:30 – 1:30 Lunch and Basket Raffle
  • 1:30 – 2:30 Lis Leyson in conversation with John Rabe
  • 2:30 – 3:00 Author Signings
 

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