Authors Luncheon 2018
Join us for our 27th Annual Authors Luncheon!
Meet four fabulous authors at the annual Abilities United Authors Luncheon. Over 500 book lovers gather to hear renowned authors discuss their latest works and share their literary inspiration. Hear for yourself what has made this one of the most anticipated and beloved fundraising events.
The Authors Luncheon sells out each year! You won’t want to miss this entertaining and dynamic fundraiser for Abilities United!
Saturday, November 3
10:30 am – 3:00 pm
Crowne Plaza Cabaña Hotel
4290 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA
Proceeds from sponsorship, ticket, and book sales benefit the thousands of individuals and families who receive therapeutic, educational, and support services at Abilities United. To learn more about the benefits you, your company or book club will receive as a sponsor of the event, or to purchase tickets, contact us via email or call 650-494-0550.
Your contributions ensure that we have a very successful and record-breaking 27th Annual Authors Luncheon.
- 10:30 am – Book sales, espresso and no-host drinks, live music, art silent auction
- 11:00 am – Author Signing
- 11:30 am – Ballroom seating opens
- 12:00 pm – Welcome and luncheon
- 12:30 pm – Abilities United presentation
- 12:45 pm – Fund-a-future
- 1:00 pm – Author presentations
- 2:00 pm – *Book sales, signing, and art silent auction continues
*Book sales benefit Abilities United and are managed by Books Inc.
All book purchases made from this Books Inc. link will benefit Abilities United all year long.
Meet our authors
Award-winning author and San Francisco Chronicle columnist
Featured Book: A River of Stars, her powerful and entertaining debut novel about a pregnant Chinese woman’s life as an undocumented California immigrant
The first novel by San Francisco Chronicle columnist Vanessa Hua, A River of Stars follows the adventures of the pregnant mistress of a Chinese crime boss who escapes a secret maternity home in Los Angeles and heads to San Francisco’s Chinatown. Publisher’s Weekly calls it “heartbreaking and, at turns, hilarious,” while Booklist says it “confronts identity, privilege, freedom, and a twenty-first-century rendering of the American dream with poignancy, insight, humor, and plenty of savvy charm.”
Hua’s 2016 short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities, was hailed as a searing debut by O, The Oprah Magazine, and received an Asian/Pacific American Award in Literature. Her work as a journalist, which began two decades ago at the Los Angeles Times, has earned numerous honors while taking Hua across the globe. A Bay Area native, Hua graduated from Stanford University and UC Riverside’s MFA Program.
More authors will be announced soon!
Get a taste of the luncheon…watch our video
Join these sponsors in support of children and adults with disabilities
Award Winner Sponsors ($20,000)
- Goldman, Sachs & Co.
- Stanley E. Hanson Foundation
Best Seller Sponsors ($10,000 – $19,999)
- Laurie T. Jarrett
- Christina Kenrick
- Rachel and Simon Segars
First Edition Sponsors ($5,000 - $9,999)
- Claudia Claussen
- Nancy Drapkin
- El Camino Hospital
- Ellen Jones
- Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati Foundation
- Patty and Jim White
- Brenda and Bill Younger
Choice Chapter Sponsors ($3,000 - $4,999)
- Thomas and Wallace Brunner
- Julie Johnson Davis
- Ellen and Tom Ehrlich
- Sara and Mike Hammond
- David and Mary Kabakov
- Hal and Iris Korol
- Ginger and Doug Levick, III
- Carol and Mike Shealy
- Mary Weersing
- Elizabeth Wolf
Last year’s authors
Best-selling author and nationally syndicated advice columnistFeatured Book: Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Coming Home, her best-selling memoir about finding your way home again.
Award-winning author and illustrator of best-selling children’s booksFeatured Book: Mighty, Mighty Construction Site, a rhyming story featuring children’s favorite construction characters.
One of the best young American novelists writing todayFeatured Book: Do Not Become Alarmed, a story about the protective force of innocence and the limits of parental power, and the way a crisis shifts our perceptions of what matters most.