A Day of Authors 2015 | March 21, 2015

23rd Annual A Day of Authors to Feature
Craig Allen Johnson and Julia Glass

Popular “Longmire” TV series author, Craig Allen Johnson, and 2002 National Book Award Winner, Julia Glass are the featured main speakers at the 23rd Annual A Day of Authors event to be held on March 21, 2015, at Cal-State Fullerton.

The typically sold-out, day-long event, sponsored by the Assistance League Professional Humanitarian Auxiliary-Fullerton ( ALPHA ), will feature authors Maggie Shipstead, April Smith, Héctor Tobar, Susan Vreeland, Salina Yoon and Gabrielle Zevin in breakout sessions available to the more than 550 guests at this annual homage to writers and book lovers.

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, runs from 9:00 am through 3:00 pm and includes a continental breakfast, lunch, the opportunity to purchase the authors’ books and have them signed. Tickets for a chance at one of more than 15 valuable raffle baskets will also be available for purchase.

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.

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

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

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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.

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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2015 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 Julia Glass
Author Cover Image Craig Allen Johnson
Author Cover Image Maggie Shipstead
Author Cover Image April Smith

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Author Cover Image Salina Yoon
Author Cover Image Susan Vreeland
Author Cover Image Gabrielle Zevin
Author Cover Image Héctor Tobar
  • Winner of the 2002 National Book Award for Three Junes, Glass says, “I see life as increasingly complex, vivid, colorful, crazy, and chaotic. That’s the world I write about…the world I live in.”

    Her latest novel, And the Dark Sacred Night, is “A masterful exploration of the secret places of the human heart…scenes and ideas return to the reader’s mind at quiet times after the last page is turned (as we) return to this place we call real life, enriched with new understanding.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch

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    Craig Allen Johnson


    Craig Allen Johnson is the author of the contemporary Walt Longmire mystery series set in the austere west where “The characters talk straight from the hip and the landscape is its own kind of eloquence.” (The New York Times) “(He) combines a vivid sense of… the way human relationships take root in (daily) life with a sure-handed touch for jolting both characters and readers out of their comfort zones. It’s hard to ask for more in a literary mystery. (Booklist)

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    Maggie Shipstead


    Maggie Shipstead’s classic romantic comedy, “Seating Arrangements, (is a) wickedly clever tragicomedy of manners…with the plotting of a juicy mystery.” (Slate) “In the first five sentences, Shipstead hints at the sexual tension that holds taut the novel’s three-day span…” (New York Times) Astonish Me is “a supple, daring, and vivid portrait of desire and betrayal.” (Booklist) It is a gripping, thoughtful and tightly-written novel, where ballet acts as an effective metaphor for all aspirations and disappointments.

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    April Smith


    April Smith’s A Star for Mrs. Blake is a beautiful and unforgettable novel about five Gold Star Mothers whose stories, both personal and universal, bring life to a wrongly forgotten historical footnote. Everyone serving or who has served in the military, their families, and friends needs to read this book. Smith’s FBI Special Agent Ana Grey series include four successful novels of suspense. She “…writes in the forceful style of a true literary maverick.” (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Salina Yoon


    Salina Yoon creates unique interactive books for children. Named the Best Board Book of 2013 by Parents Magazine, Pinwheel combines “lyrical writing and smart interactive design.” (Publishers Weekly) In Penguin and Pinecone, “Crisp illustrations…capture a genuinely loving heart. (Kirkus Reviews) “…it proves that love comes in many forms.” (Booklist)
    “Penguin on Vacation presents “…friendship…with an exotic tropical crab. The magic of friendship does not depend on where you are or what you are doing—it is about being together and learning from each other.” (Kirkus Reviews) “Yoon’s story of an unlikely interspecies friendship is both funny and sweet.” (Horn Book)

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    Susan Vreeland


    In Lisette’s List, Susan Vreeland’s latest novel, you are invited into a beautiful village in the south of France along with three artists, a woman awakening to the power of art, the beauty of provincial life, and love in the midst of war. Readers will enjoy lingering in the sun-dappled, fruit-scented Provençal landscape that (she) brings to life.” (The Boston Globe) Vreeland is the bestselling author of Girl in Hyacinth Blue, Luncheon of the Boating Party and Clara and Mr. Tiffany

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    Gabrielle Zevin


    Gabrielle Zevin’s The Storied Life of AJ Fikry takes you into a world you will love.” (The Boston Globe)) “Filled with interesting characters…and very funny depictions of book clubs, Fikry (will prove) irresistible to book lovers everywhere.” (Booklist) With challenging insights into American spending habits and adult children removing themselves from parental influence, The Hole We’re In combines humor with grace. Zevin’s successful books for young adults include Elsewhere, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac and the “Birthright” trilogy.

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    Héctor Tobar


    Author and journalist Héctor Tobar brings us his latest book–Deep Down Dark. A masterwork of narrative journalism, the incredible story of 33 trapped miners is a riveting, emotionally textured account of a real-life event. Life stood still as the miners experienced imprisonment inside a mountain of stone while families waited above.

    NPR: “On the first day of their entombment, supervisor Urzua took off his distinctive white helmet and announced to his workers, ‘We are all equal now. There are no bosses and employees.’”

    LA Times: “Only the most determined recluse could have remained unaware of the drama that played out four years ago on the deserts of northern Chile. Readers will recall the incredible story of 33 miners trapped deep underground after a massive explosion blocked their escape. For more than two weeks in August 2010, no one aboveground knew if any of the miners had survived the catastrophe.”


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2015 Agenda

  • 8:15 – 9:00 Registration
  • 9:00 – 9:15 Welcome and Introductions
  • 9:15 – 10:05 Craig Allen Johnson
  • 10:05 – 10:40 First Breakout Session
  • 10:40 – 11:30 Book Sales and Author Signings
  • 11:30 – 12:05 Second Breakout Session
  • 12:05 – 12:30 Book Sales and Author Signings
  • 12:30 – 1:30 Lunch and Basket Raffle
  • 1:30 – 2:20 Julia Glass
  • 2:20 – 3:00 Author Signings

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