A Day Of Authors - April 6, 2024

Thank you for visiting our website.  We are ALPHA – the Professional Auxiliary of the Fullerton Assistance League. Fullerton is part of the National Assistance League which has over 22,000 members in 120 chapters nationwide focused on making our communities a better place to live.  Our Fullerton Chapter supports the local communities of Fullerton, Brea, Placentia, Yorba Linda, La Habra and Buena Park.

Transforming Lives • Strengthening Community

We appreciate your continuing support of ALPHA and are happy to share that our annual A Day of Authors event is set for April 6th, 2024 with registration starting on January 25th.  This will be our 31st year of hosting this wonderful, local event.

We have finalized our authors for our event and know you will be as excited to hear them speak as we are to have them.  Keynote speakers are NYT bestselling author, Robert Dugoni, who writes the acclaimed Tracy Crosswhite police series and NYT and Edgar award winning author, Lee Goldberg known for both his novels and for producing and writing of many TV shows, including Diagnosis Murder.

Breakout authors, from whom attendees choose two, include Lian Dolan, writer and producer/host of the Satellite Sisters podcast, Shilpi Somaya Gowda, NYT bestselling fiction author, Sarah James, international bestselling “twisty” historical fiction writer, Autumn Krause, Fullerton young adult author and Andrea Lankford, former National Park Service Ranger and non-fiction writer.

This will be our 31st year of holding our A Day of Authors event.  We continue to attract authors of distinction.  Our past authors include Elizabeth George, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Gregg Hurwitz, Craig Johnson, Laura Lippman, Lisa See and many more.   Please see the full list here.

ALPHA members both give back to our local communities and know how to have fun!  We even have our own book club!  We’d love to hear from you. Whether you are a supporter or would like to join us, please do not hesitate to communicate with us via email at alpha.fullerton@yahoo.com or on our Facebook pages, A Day of Authors or Alpha of Fullerton.   

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Each spring for over 30 years, ALPHA has hosted “A Day of Authors,” where prominent authors inform and entertain more than 400 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 30 years, ALPHA has hosted “A Day of Authors,” where prominent authors inform and entertain more than 400 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 Neighborhood Health Centers, with our Tiny Togs Program, providing layettes, blankets and diapers to needy newborns as well as preschool books; Operation School Bell (a national program) providing clothes, backpacks and books for school children; McKinney – Vento providing personal care kits and birthday gift books to low-income elementary school students; Tara’s Chance providing sponsorship for equine therapy for children with disabilities; and we also provide other scholarship programs. Please see our Philanthropy tab for more information.

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Our Communities are in Need and Together We Can Make a Difference!

Assistance League Professional Humanitarian Auxiliary (ALPHA) is a nonprofit organization that positively impacts the communities of Fullerton, Brea, Buena Park, La Habra, Placentia and Yorba Linda. ALPHA provides backpacks, books, and school clothing through Assistance League’s Operation School Bell©; scholarships to graduating seniors preparing to attend post-secondary schools; personal care kits and birthday gift books to low-income elementary school students; and baby clothes, layettes, diapers, blankets and preschool books in support of St. Jude Neighborhood Clinic.

Professional and Business Women Making a Difference.

ALPHA is comprised of professional or business women who wish to contribute to the community in a meaningful way. ALPHA volunteers commit to financially support and invest their time and varied talents in transforming lives through community programs that meet essential needs, especially those of children and youth. As essential needs are met, families are able to flourish.

Your Partnership Allows Us To Do More!

Financial support goes wholly towards providing less fortunate children, youth and adults in our communities with continued hope toward achieving a better quality of life even during such difficult times as these.

Donations are tax deductible.

ALPHA is a 501(c)(3) Corporation; Tax ID #95-6054959, and all contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law in your particular tax situation. If you are willing, in some way to financially support our efforts to make a difference in our communities, please make your check out to ALPHA and mail it to the above address, or you may give online.

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 2024 Authors  

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Author Cover Image Robert Dugoni (Keynote)
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    Robert Dugoni (Keynote)

    Robert Dugoni is the critically acclaimed New York TimesWall Street Journal, Washington Post and #1 Amazon bestselling author of the Tracy Crosswhite police series set in Seattle, which has sold more than 8 million books worldwide. He is also the author of the Keera Duggan legal thriller series, the Charles Jenkins espionage series, the David Sloane legal thriller series, and the literary novels The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell and The World Played Chess, as well as the nonfiction exposé The Cyanide Canary, which was a Washington Post Best Book of the Year. His books are sold in more than twenty-five countries and have been translated into more than thirty languages.

    His next book, A KILLING ON THE HILL, a historical true crime thriller, will be published by Thomas & Mercer on April 9, 2024. Visit his website at www.robertdugoni.com

    X: @robertdugoni | Facebook: @AuthorRobertDugoni | Instagram: @robertdugoni

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    Lee Goldberg (Keynote)

    Lee Goldberg is a two-time Edgar Award, two-time Shamus Award nominee, and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 30 novels. His newest novel, Calico, takes his masterful storytelling in a new direction.  Author James Reasoner writes that Calico succeeds in combining a “Southern California police procedural and an epic Western historical saga.”  Goldberg’s forthcoming novel, Dream Town, is due in early 2024. This will be his 5th riveting Eve Ronin thriller.   He also has written and/or produced many television mystery series including Monk and Diagnosis Murder.

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    Lian Dolan

    Lian Dolan is a writer, producer, and podcaster.  She has published four novels,  with her latest, The Marriage Sabbatical, due out next spring.  Her novel, Lost and Found in Paris (2022), was a Los Angeles Times bestseller that incorporated mystery, romance, and redemption.  In addition to writing novels, Dolan has authored regular columns for Pasadena Magazine, O Magazine, and Working Mother.  She is the creator, producer, and host of Satellite Sisters, originally a syndicated radio show beginning in 2000, featuring Dolan and her four sisters.  Since 2009, it has been a top-rated podcast.

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    Shilpi Somaya Gowda

    Shilpi Somaya Gowda’s fourth book, A Great Country, will be released in spring, 2024.  The novel describes the lives of the Shah family, whose immigrant parents were committed to achieving the American dream.  When a son is arrested by the police, the family’s perception of success is shaken to its foundation.  This book has been named “most anticipated” read on Zibby Owen’s Most Anticipated Books list.  Gowda’s first novel, Secret Daughter, is in feature film production with Amazon Studios.  Her novels are New York Times and international bestsellers and have been translated into thirty languages.

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    Sarah James

    Sarah James’s debut novel, The Woman with Two Shadows, garnered excellent reviews for her WWII-era story incorporating romance, and suspense. The book presents a character attempting to uncover what happened to her twin sister, who disappeared from a Tennessee military base. James followed up with Last Night at the Hollywood Canteen, a Booklist starred review, which applauds the “relentlessly twisty-turny plot” that captures “Hollywood’s golden era . . . with movie stars, scandal, and the allure of fame.”  This is a must- read for lovers of whodunit and suspense novels.

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    Autumn Krause

    Autumn Krause is a young adult novelist living in Fullerton, CA.  She notes that she revised her first book, A Dress for the Wicked, and wrote her second book, Before the Devil Knows You’re Here at two local coffee houses.  Krause’s second novel received three starred reviews from Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, and Shelf Awareness. Her morbid imagination worried her parents and they urged her to stop writing stories in which everyone dies at the end.  Krause is unlikely to stop; she is a “gothic romantic” who loves imagining “stories full of macabre magic.”

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    Andrea Lankford

    Andrea Lankford, an accomplished outdoorswoman, is a former National Park Service ranger. She served in parks including Yosemite and Grand Canyon, where she performed as a firefighter, a law enforcement officer, and a wilderness medicine specialist. She became a nurse after her NPS career. Lankford has written five nonfiction books. National Geographic calls Ranger Confidential a “Top Ten Book about U. S. Parks.”  Her most recent book, a New York Times bestseller, Trail of the Lost, has been called by Publisher’s Weekly “a gripping real-life mystery” about searches to bring lost hikers home.

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