Ladies, Lunch, and Literacy


Our next lunch is at Dominique's Kitchen in Redondo Beach on Friday, March 20



Join us on Friday, March 20 and you will meet ... 
Alexis Landau  
Friday, March 20, from 11:30am to 1:30pm at  
Dominique's Kitchen in Redondo Beach  

Alexis Landau and The Empire of the Senses is simply the best way to begin the ninth year of Ladies, Lunch, and Literacy.

This lush and beautiful debut will engross and delight readers as they are transported to 1914 Berlin and the Russian Front during WWI. The saga continues in 1927-1928 Berlin and centers on one family of mixed backgrounds and religions ... all of which blends with the complexity of the time.

Meet debut author Alexis Landau for an LLL-hosted buffet lunch at the fabulous Dominique’s Kitchen in Redondo Beach. Attendees will also be introduced to LLL’s 2015 non-profit partner. It all begins at 11:30 AM.

The cost for this event is $60. You will receive a signed first edition of The Empire of the Senses, have a delicious buffet lunch, and meet debut author Alexis Landau. You will also have the opportunity to learn about, and participate in, our 2015 non-profit literacy partner.       

Reservations may be made at   

While The Empire of the Senses does not go on sale until March 17, you are encouraged to make your reservation today as space is limited. If you would like begin reading The Empire of the Senses before the lunch, you can pick up your copy at the Redondo Beach location beginning on March 17 between the hours of 9:00am and 5:00pm. Make arrangements with Emilio via email or phone (310-542-6000). 


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About Ladies, Lunch, and Literacy

Ladies, Lunch, and Literacy is an off-site event program that invites selected authors to lunch in a personalized setting. Join the Ladies, Lunch and Literacy email list (See join our Email list on the sidebar) if you are interested in:

  • Having lunch with new authors. Lunches are held in Los Angeles and San Diego
  • Meeting other readers and building a community that loves to learn about, and talk about new books
  • Receiving a signed first edition from a promising new writer and creating buzz and book group interest for a debut author
  • Supporting a non-profit literacy-based organization with part of the proceeds from our events
  • Eating lunch at local, independently owned venues

Our 2015 Non Profit Literacy Partner

The 2015 non-profit beneficiary of our Ladies, Lunch, and Literacy events will be announced on March 20. 

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

Book List
ISBN-13: 9781101870075
Availability: Not in stock, but can usually be shipped within the week.
Published: Pantheon, 3/2015

A sweeping, gorgeously written debut novel of duty to family and country, passion, and blood ties that unravel in the charged political climate of Berlin between the wars.

Lev Pearlmutter, an assimilated, cultured German Jew, enlists to fight in World War I, leaving behind his gentile wife Josephine and their children, Franz and Vicki. Moving between Lev's and Josephine's viewpoints, Part I of the novel focuses on Lev's experiences on the Eastern Front—both in war and in love—which render his life at home a pale aftermath by comparison. Part II picks up in Berlin in 1927–1928: the Pearlmutter children, now young adults, grapple with their own questions: Franz, drawn into the Brown Shirt movement, struggling with his unexpressed homosexuality; and Vicki, seduced by jazz, bobbed hair, and falling in love with a young man who wants to take her to Palestine. Unlike most historical novels of this kind, The Empire of the Senses is not about the Holocaust but rather about the brew that led to it, and about why it was unimaginable to ordinary people like Lev and his wife. Plotted with meticulous precision and populated by characters who feel and dream to the fullest, it holds us rapt as cultural loss and ethnic hatred come to coexist with love, passion, and the power of the human spirit.

About the Author

ALEXIS LANDAU is a graduate of Vassar College and received her MFA from Emerson College. She is pursuing her Ph.D. in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California, currently finishing a thesis about Irène Némirovsky. The Empire of the Senses is her first novel; her short stories have appeared in journals such as LA CityZine and Amor Fati. Originally from Los Angeles, Alexis lives with her husband and two children in Santa Monica.