Ladies, Lunch, and Literacy


Our next lunch is at Tin Roof Bistro in Manhattan Beach on Friday, September 19



Join us on Friday, September 19 and you will meet ... 
Julie Lawson Timmer  
Friday, September 19, from 11:30am to 1:30pm at  
Tin Roof Bistro in Manhattan Beach  
Join us on September 19 at Tin Roof Bistro in Manhattan Beach for a delicious lunch and an introduction to Julie Lawson Timmer, who has written a debut novel that will stay with you long after you turn the last page.

Five Days Left is currently available at Mysterious Galaxy. You can pick up a copy during the week from the Redondo Beach store simply by emailing ( or calling (310-542-6000) Emilio. He is typically onsite from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

If you would prefer to make your reservation on-line, you may do so at Brown Paper Ticket. In either case, please make your reservation no later than Wednesday, September 17.

The cost for this event is $60. You will receive a signed first edition of Five Days Left, have a delicious buffet lunch, and meet debut author Julie Lawson Timmer. You will also have the opportunity to learn about, and participate in, our 2014 non-profit literacy organization, Literary Healing. We will tell you about our upcoming visit to Children's Hospital LA where you can visit the Literally Healing Library.

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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 2014 Non Profit Literacy Partner

The 2014 non-profit beneficiary of our Ladies, Lunch, and Literacy events is Literally Healing at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, an innovative reading program dedicated to advocating literacy and supporting strengthening patient families. Their Gifting Library offers patients staying in the hospital and their visiting siblings the opportunity to choose and keep one brand new book every day during their hospital stay.   

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

Book List

Five Days Left (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780399167348
Availability: Not in stock, but can usually be shipped within the week.
Published: Putnam Adult, 9/2014

In theory, this could be a tough book to sell. This is the set-up. Maya is a brilliant lawyer, partner in her firm, wife to loving husband Sam, and mother to 8-year-old Lakshmi. Maya is also dying from Huntington’s disease; the degenerative illness means she can barely hold on to a cup of coffee, much less continue her work as a successful and ambitious lawyer. And her condition will only continue to get worse. Scott is a middle school teacher and an expectant husband. He and his wife Laurie are foster parents to Curtis, whose mother has been in jail for the last year serving a term for drug possession.

Both Maya and Curtis have five days until their lives as they know it come to an end. Maya because she has decided to take her own life on her birthday (in 5 days) so that her disease does not continue to humiliate her, to release the burden for her care from her family, and to eliminate one day of future sadness for her family (by combining the date of her birthday and her death). In 5 days, Curtis will be returned to his mother and this fact is breaking Scott’s heart. He loves this boy as if he was his own son, and sees no way for Curtis to thrive in the world when he moves back in with his mother who lives in a significantly depressed part of Detroit in dire circumstances.

A tough sell? Maybe. An incredible voice, a story that will resonate in many multiples of ways, unforgettable characters, and an author to watch. Absolutely!  – Terry