Ladies, Lunch, and Literacy


Our next event is Smart Summer Reads on Sunday, July 16, 2017 

Discover your next favorite author


Smart Summer Reads 2017

This is your favorite event of the summer: Smart Summer Reads (SSR) ... It is also called speed dating with the authors!
It is fast, fun, and guaranteed to supply you with some great reading this summer.

Here's who's coming to SSR:

Donia Bijan and her new novel, The Last Days of Cafe Leila which takes place in her native Iran, both past and present

Jane Green and her next sure-to-be best-seller, The Sunshine Sisters

Victoria Laurie and her latest Abby Cooper adventure, A Panicked Premonition

Maile Meloy and a fast-paced thriller, Do Not Become Alarmed

Taylor Jenkins Reid and her tale of glamour and intrigue, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Abbi Waxman and her touching debut, The Garden of Small Beginnings

Gwendolyn Womack and her latest sweeping historical saga with lots of other world charm, The Fortune Teller

Here's how it works:

  • Our authors will join us on July 16 at 3:00pm. We will mix and chat from 3:00pm to 3:15pm and then the fun begins!
  • There will be seven stations set up around and in my home in Manhattan Beach. One for each author. You will move from station to station in 10 minute intervals giving each author approximately 7 minutes to tell you about their latest book and answer questions.
  • It is tons of fun and you will have an opportunity to visit with authors you want to know more about and get your books signed.
  • The program will wrap up at 4:45pm so you can go home and read a good book!

This not-for-women-only event promises something for everyone!

To make a reservation, call Emilio (310.542.600). He will give you the address for Smart Summer Reads. Alternatively, you can buy your ticket through 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 2017 Non Profit Literacy Partner

Access Books provides quality, high-interest books to inner-city schools where at least 90 percent of students live at or below the proverty line. Most students at the schools that are served are children of color and children of immigrants. Since 1999, Access Books has donated 1.4 million books in California, and each year, approximately 18,000 children participate in thier program. To date, they've refurbished 245 libraries. For more information, about Access Books, visit their website.

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



The Fortune Teller Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250099778
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador USA - June 6th, 2017

The Garden of Small Beginnings Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399583582
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Berkley Books - May 2nd, 2017

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501139239
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atria Books - June 13th, 2017

Do Not Become Alarmed Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735216525
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - June 6th, 2017

A Panicked Premonition Cover Image
ISBN: 9780451473905
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Berkley Books - July 4th, 2017

The Sunshine Sisters Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399583315
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Berkley Books - June 6th, 2017

The Last Days of Cafe Leila Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616205850
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Algonquin Books - April 18th, 2017

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