Celebrity Authors’ Luncheon

Join us for a great lunch and hear interesting interviews with best-selling authors. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort

Tickets

Individual tickets are $150
Pulitzer Sponsorship – $10,000
Bestseller Sponsorship – $5,000
First Edition – $3,500
Post Laureate – $1,000

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2018 Interviewed Authors

Rona Barrett

RONA BARRETT began her career at the age of 13 when she conceived and organized the first international fan club. Her earlier efforts helped launch the careers of Eddie Fisher and Steve Lawrence. From the time she became an entertainment columnist for the Bell-McClure newspaper syndicate as the youngest columnist to ever report on Hollywood in 1957 and through her role in inaugurating “Good Morning, America,” Rona has blazed the trail for innovative entertainment reporting and for women in the media industry.  Hollywood’s Variety magazine calls her “the lady who turned entertainment coverage into big biz.” Rona Barrett is a pioneering entertainment reporter, commentator and producer with a career spanning more than 30 years.  In 1972, her novel titled, “The Lovomaniacs,” was published and was followed two years later with her successful autobiography, “Miss Rona.”  Since 2000, in honor of her now deceased father, Rona has used her entrepreneurial acumen to address a challenge close to her heart and an issue that affects us all: providing affordable and dignified housing and care for the fastest growing population on the planet – seniors over 65 years old. With her recently published book, “Gray Matters,” Rona continues to shine a spotlight on the day-to-day issues confronting all seniors and their loved ones who care for them. Peppered with pictures and memories of her Hollywood days, “Gray Matters” is an entertaining and thought-provoking look at aging, or, as Rona refers to it as, phasing.

Lisa See

LISA SEE…In her beloved New York Times bestsellers Snow Flower and the Secret FanPeony in Love, Shanghai Girls, Dreams of Joy, and, most recently, China Dolls, Lisa See has brilliantly illuminated the strong bonds between women. These books have been celebrated for their authentic, deeply researched, lyrical stories about Chinese characters and cultures. Now, in The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane (Scribner, March 2017), See incorporates impressive research on international adoption, the history of the Akha people in China, and Pu’er tea farming and customs to tell a powerful story about a family separated by circumstances, culture, and distance. The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane paints an unforgettable portrait of a little-known region and its people and celebrates the unbreakable connection between mothers and daughters. Booklist has called the novel “an extraordinary homage to unconditional love.”  Ms. See was born in Paris but grew up in Los Angeles. She lived with her mother, but spent a lot of time with her father’s family in Chinatown. Her first book, On Gold Mountain: The One Hundred Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family (1995), was a national bestseller and a New York TimesNotable Book. The book traces the journey of Lisa’s great-grandfather, Fong See, who overcame obstacles at every step to become the 100-year-old godfather of Los Angeles’s Chinatown and the patriarch of a sprawling family.  Ms. See was honored as National Woman of the Year by the Organization of Chinese American Women in 2001, was the recipient of the Chinese American Museum’s History Makers Award in 2003, and will receive the Golden Spike Award from the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California in 2017. Ms. See lives in Los Angeles.

Simon Tolkien

SIMON TOLKIEN was born in England in 1959 and grew up near Oxford. His grandfather was J. R. R. Tolkien. He studied modern history at Trinity College, Oxford, and then went on to become a lawyer specializing in criminal justice. His newest novel, No Man’s Land, set in northern England between 1909 and 1919 and inspired by the real life experiences of the author’s grandfather J.R.R. Tolkien during the first World War, conjures a classic coming of age story against the backdrop of a fascinating and dramatic period— ten chronological and turbulent years of tremendous social and technological change throughout Europe and the world beyond.   His other novels include Final WitnessThe Inheritance, and The King of Diamonds.  He lives with his wife and two children in Southern California.

Master of Ceremonies

Andrew Firestone

Interviewers

Dianne Dixon
Tom Weitzel

Guest Interviewer: Ruta Lee

2018 Non-Interviewed Authors

Danya BelkinTanya’s Tech Troubles

 Melissa BroughtonSleepy Bunny, The Bunny Who Loved Lavender

Dr. Guy ClarkSharkbait

Kent FergusonFIRESONGS-Morning Musings, Evening Embers

Steven GilbarLibrary Book-Writers on Libraries

Walter TompkinsGoleta, The Goodland
Shown and Sold by: Amanda de Lucia, Executive Director of Goleta Valley Historical Society

Betsy J. GreenWay Back When: Santa Barbara in 1917

Gail Kearns, Lindsey Moran, Denise WooleryThe Gourmet Girls Go Camping

Lida Sideris – Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters

Elizabeth Stewart, Ph.D.No Thanks Mom, The Top Ten Objects Your Kids Do Not Want

Howard & Judy WangSailing Around the World, VOLUME I & II

Opportunity Drawing – Chose your favorite prize!

Tickets prices:
1 for $10.00
3 for $20.00
7 for $40.00
12 for $60.00
30 for $100.00
*tickets can only be purchased at the event

Thank you to our media sponsors!

Sponsorships

Pulitzer Prize: $10,000
  • Recognition in the program, the CALM website, newsletter and annual report
  • Personal “thank you” during event
  • On-site presence recognition on screen
  • Exclusive table of ten(10) with premier seating at the luncheon plus six(6) opportunity drawing tickets
  • One complete set of autographed books from interviewed authors
  • Invitation for four(4) to Private Authors’ Cocktail Party, Friday, April 20, 2018

Bestseller: $5,000

  • Recognition in the program, the CALM website, newsletter and annual report
  • Personal “thank you” during event
  • On-site presence recognition on screen
  • Exclusive table of ten(10) with premier seating at luncheon plus four(4) opportunity drawing tickets
  • One complete set of autographed books from interviewed authors
  • Invitation for two(2) to Private Authors’ Cocktail Party, Friday, April 20, 2018

First Edition: $3,500

  • Recognition in the program, the CALM website, newsletter and annual report
  • Personal “thank you” during the event
  • On-site presence recognition on screen
  • Exclusive table of ten(10) with premier seating at luncheon plus two(2) opportunity drawing tickets
  • Invitation for two(2) to Private Authors’ Cocktail Party, Friday, April 20, 2018

Poet Laureate: $1,000

  • Recognition in the program, the CALM website, newsletter and annual report
  • Two(2) patron event tickets

Please send reservations and donations to the CALM Auxiliary at:

P.O. Box 30058
Santa Barbara, CA 93130

Please direct questions to Laura at (805) 969-5590.

 

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