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Authors Luncheon 2019

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 2, 2019
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 650-259-0160.

Your contributions ensure that we have a very successful and record-breaking 28th Annual Authors Luncheon.

Can’t attend?  You can still support the Authors Luncheon by making a donation.

Event Schedule

  • 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.

If you have any questions about the Authors Luncheon please contact or 650-259-0160.

2019 authors and sponsors

David Maraniss

David Maraniss

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist

Featured Book: A Good American Family, tells the story of the 1950s McCarthy era through the lens of his father’s blacklisting.

David Maraniss is an associate editor at the Washington Post and a distinguished visiting professor at Vanderbilt University, David Maraniss has chronicled American life through books about sports figures (Vince Lombardi in When Pride Still Mattered and Clemente), future presidents (Bill Clinton in First in His Class and Barack Obama: The Story), and everyday heroes (They Marched into Sunlight, Rome 1960, and Once in a Great City). He lives in Washington, D.C., and Madison, Wisconsin. .

Cathleen Schine

Cathleen Schine

Best-selling author

Featured Book: The Grammarians, is about word-obsessed twins.

Cathleen Schine is the author of 11 novels. They include the international best-sellers The Love Letter and Rameau’s Niece, both of which were made into movies, and The Three Weissmanns of Westport, Fin & Lady, and They May Not Mean To, But They Do. She’s also written for The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and The New York Times Sunday Magazine. She grew up in Westport, Connecticut, and now lives in Venice, California.

Join these sponsors in support of children and adults with disabilities

Gold Sponsors
  • Goldman Sachs Gives
  • Laurie Jarrett
  • Christina Kenrick
  • Rachel and Simon Segars
  • Stanley E. Hanson Foundation
Silver Sponsors
  • Claudia Claussen
  • Nancy Drapkin
  • El Camino Hospital
  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation


Bronze Sponsors
  • Laura Barton
  • Mary and David Kabakov
  • Hal and Iris Korol
  • Katie and Bryan Neider
  • Mary Weersing
  • Elizabeth and Hans Wolf Fund
Event Partners

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