Ladies, Lunch, and Literacy


Let's Get Summer Started! 
With Emma Straub, Kemper Donovan and, Michelle Latiolais 
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Sausal in El Segundo
The fun begins at 5:00 pm 

We will kick off the last LLL event of the season with a stunning author line up, fantastic food, surprises, friends, and conversation. This is one event you won't want to miss.

Emma Straub made her mark a few years ago with one my favorite books of 2014, The Vacationers. With Modern Lovers, she has done it again ... and I may even love this book more! Once again Straub explores family and relationships and the different ways that love manifests in our lives. Modern Lovers is sure to hit all of the best seller lists as soon as it publishes on May 31.

Joining Emma are two local authors who's books I fell in love with earlier this year. Kemper Donovan has written a love story for our time set in locales and venues you are familiar with in and around Los Angeles. The Decent Proposal had me turning the pages as fast as I could to discover all of the hidden secrets of this gem of a debut.

Michelle Latiolais has written an unique and fascinating look at Los Angeles through the eyes of a 15-year-old runaway who has escaped her abusive family and landed in Los Angeles. Her journey through the streets of Santa Monica is interspersed with a set of short stories that will take your breath away. This is a writer to watch.

The price for this event is $60 and includes a signed first edition of Modern Lovers, a cocktail reception with your choice of drink and delicious passed tastes from Sausal's amazing menu, and other surprises and treats.

Make your reservation by
calling the office (310-542-6010). If you would prefer to make your reservation on-line, you may do so at Brown Paper Ticket

About Ladies, Lunch, and Literacy

Ladies, Lunch, and Literacy was founded in 2008 with the goal of encouraging readers to interact with selected authors in a personalized setting, meet other readers and build a community of fellow book lovers. Mysterious Galaxy is proud to introduce talented debut authors of literary fiction, and support some special organizations doing important work in our community in the process. We pride ourselves on identifying the authors and novel whose work you will want to be reading and whose careers you will be reading about!

Since the program’s start, Ladies, Lunch and Literacy has hosted lunches for an impressive slate of authors, including Emma Donoghue (Room), Katherine Stockett (The Help), Lauren Groff (Monsters of Templeton, Fates and Furies), Jojo Moyes (Me Before You), Sue Grafton (U is for Undertow) and many more.

All attendees receive a signed first edition from a promising new writer, helping to create buzz and book group interest in the process. Lunches are held at independently-owned local venues, and proceeds from the event go to support a literacy-related non-profit doing important work in our communities.


Our 2016 Non Profit Literacy Partner

The 2016 non-profit beneficiary of our Ladies, Lunch, and Literacy events is Richstone Family Center. 

The Richstone Family Center, founded in 1973, is dedicated to preventing and treating child abuse and trauma; strengthening and educating families; and eliminating violence in families, schools and communities.  

Each year, Richstone serves thousands of children and families in need with programs that include individual, group and family counseling; parenting and anger management classes; domestic violence support groups; case management; after-school programs; transitional living for young women emancipated from foster care; and counseling, crisis intervention and violence prevention services in collaboration with local school districts. Richstone remains committed to protecting children and preventing abuse by building stable and healthy families. The agency continues to invest 83%-90% of all revenue directly to serving high need communities.

Come to any of our events and find out how you can help make a difference!

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Modern Lovers Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594634673
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - May 31st, 2016

The Decent Proposal Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062391629
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper - April 5th, 2016

She Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393285055
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 3rd, 2016