A Day of Authors 2018 | February 17, 2018

A Day of Authors is ALPHA’s primary fundraiser supporting many local philanthropic groups in the Northern Orange County area, including Operation School Bell, St Jude’s Tiny Togs program and Special Families-Emergency Needs.

The event, which takes place at CSUF’s Titan Student Center, and includes a continental breakfast, lunch, the opportunity to purchase the authors’ books and have them signed.

A Day of Authors has become a must-attend event for hundreds of people who love to read and enjoy hearing authors speak about their creative processes,” notes ALPHA Chair, Diane Wilkinson.

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

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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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2017 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 T.J. Stiles
Author Cover Image Lisa Napoli
Author Cover Image Walter Borneman
Author Cover Image James Burks

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Author Cover Image Laurie Frankel
Author Cover Image Gail Tsukiyama
Author Cover Image Midge Raymond
Author Cover Image Wendy Hornsby
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    T.J. Stiles


    J. Stiles, is both “… a serious and accomplished biographer, (and) a skilled writer.” – New York Times Stiles’ rare ability is to take years of far-ranging research and condense it into a captivating story that readers can’t put down. His latest book, Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America, received the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for History. “A biography of stunning richness and sophistication…turns the focus squarely on Custer and away from the grim terminus that has defined his legacy.” – Boston Globe

  • Reporter and columnist Lisa Napoli’s first book, Radio Shangri-La, is set at the dawn of democratic rule in Bhutan, “one of the happiest places on earth.” Her latest book, Ray & Joan, a tale of corporate intrigue and private passion, tells the story of Ray Kroc, a struggling salesman with a vision for a fast-food franchise (McDonald’s), and his beautiful wife, Joan, willing to risk everything to promote controversial causes. A captivating twentieth century portrait of big love, big business, and big giving.

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    Walter Borneman


    MacArthur at War: World War II in the Pacific is Walter Borneman’s latest book. General MacArthur, the architect of stunning triumphs and enigmatic defeats, is the most intriguing military leader of the twentieth century. This in-depth study of the most critical period of his career shows how MacArthur’s influence spread far beyond the war-torn Pacific. “An excellent account of its subject and history of the less-known half of the Pacific experience.” – The Wall Street Journal “…a feast for World War II aficionados.” – Kirkus Reviews

  • James Burks began working in the animation industry on various movies and television shows. His first graphic novel for kids, Gabby and Gator, was a Junior Library Guild selection. Children and Parents alike love his Bird and Squirrel graphic novel series. “The character design is astounding.” – Kirkus Reviews “Burks’ comic-strip-like panels utilize zesty colors, bold compositions, and varying perspectives to create plenty of visual interest.” – The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Burks’ delightful books range from picture books to the 5th grade.

  • Laurie Frankel, author of three novels, moves seamlessly between humor and domestic drama. Readers feel deeply for her characters. Her novels have different and interesting story lines, but retain an emotional core. “Laurie Frankel writes with more heart than anyone I can think of…with emotional acuity, admirable bravery, utter compassion, and complete understanding.” (Elizabeth George) This Is How It Always Is, Laurie Frankel’s latest novel, is about “A big, brave, messy modern family (facing) the challenges of raising a transgender child.” (Kirkus Reviews) As change is always hard, then miraculous, then hard again; parenting is always a leap into the unknown with crossed fingers and full hearts; children grow but not always according to plan. Frankel “…addresses thorny questions with both thought and care.” (Publishers’ Weekly) (129)

  • In seven novels – from her debut, Women of the Silk, which examines the lives of Chinese silk workers a century ago, to her latest book, A Hundred Flowers, the gripping story of a family at the start of the Chinese Cultural Revolution – bestselling author Gail Tsukiyama transports her readers across eras and cultures with lyricism and refinement. “Her writing flows with the grace of calligraphy, revealing the thoughts, motivations, and emotions of her characters with just the right strokes.” – The Washington Post

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    Midge Raymond


    Midge Raymond’s novel, My Last Continent, is an atmospheric tale of love discovered, and losses endured, in Antarctica. (This) “love story unfolds against the forbidding, but eerily gorgeous, backdrop of the most desolate continent.” – Kirkus Reviews “All of her stories are heartbreakingly honest…I wouldn’t be surprised if she started getting compared to Alice Munro.” – Seattle Books Examiner She has also published two books for writers, Everyday Writing and Everyday Book Marketing.

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    Wendy Hornsby


    To celebrate our 25th year, we welcome back Edgar-award winner mystery writer Wendy Hornsby, a speaker at our inaugural Day of Authors. Hornsby is the author of the popular Maggie MacGowen mystery series. Critics have described her work as “refreshing [and] real” – NY Times with “powerful writing and… equally thought-provoking stories.” – Publisher’s Weekly. “No mystery novelist since Raymond Chandler may have captured downtown Los Angeles as Hornsby does.” – The Cleveland Plain Dealer.


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2017 Agenda

AUTHOR UPDATE: Laurie Frankel will be replacing Katherine Taylor.
8:15 – 9:00 a.m. Registration
9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
9:15 – 10:05 a.m. T.J. Stiles
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. Lisa Napoli
2:20 – 3:00 p.m. Author Signings



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