Ladies, Lunch, and Literacy


A Book to Cherish!

Friday, April 11, from 11:30am to 1:30pm at Lido di Manhattan in Manhattan Beach   
Please join us on Friday, April 11, for lunch with Gabrielle Zevin. This fabulous author has created a book near and dear to our hearts ... about a bookseller who lives on an island off the east coast. We know you will be enchanted. We promise that you will love The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry and adore Gabrielle Zevin.
We invite all genders of book lovers to join us for lunch at Lido di Manhattan in Manhattan Beach to talk books with Gabrielle and meet our new non-profit beneficiary, Literally Healing.

Registration and informal discussions with our author begins at 11:30am. Lunch and our formal program begins promptly at noon. Reservations are required and limited.

Make your Reservation Today!

To make your reservation for this not-for-women-only event, please purchase your ticket from Brown Paper Ticket. Alternatively, you may also purchase your ticket to the event by visiting or calling the Redondo Beach store (310-542-6000).

For $70, you will receive a copy of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, lunch at the fabulous Lido di Manhattan and participate in LLL's book contribution  to our 2014 non-profit literacy organization, Literary Healing.








Books are Better Shared!

Please plan to join us for an amazing day of book clubs, readers, authors, and publisher Representatives:


On Sunday, May 18, we have created a day for book groups in partnership with the city of Mission Viejo and my friend Linda Friedman. It is called Books Are Better Shared. A preliminary list of authors and panels is on our website and you can buy tickets now through Brown Paper Ticket.  


Your $25 entrance fee entitles you to all of the panels, morning coffee, lunch, and a book-filled goody bag. This day was designed with book lovers in mind and I know it will be a day to remember.  

For more information, please call or visit Mysterious Galaxy Redondo Beach!


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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
ISBN-13: 9781616203214
Availability: In Stock - Click title for store location.
Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 4/2014
It is not often that I want to sit down and read a book in one sitting, but is also not often that I read a book that so thoroughly speaks to me and my passion as a bookseller and life-long reader. A. J. Fikry is a bookstore owner and passionate reader who lives on a small island off the Northeast coast. He is persnickety and difficult. He drinks too much and is largely a recluse … and let’s face it, he does not sell many books. He owns one book that that may provide him with a way out of life in this town and in this store, which has become unbearable since the death of his wife and partner. What happens next is a surprise – to A. J. and to us – and the many stories that follow are both heartwarming and heartbreaking.

Booksellers across America are embracing this book, and so am I. This is a book for every bookseller and everyone else who has ever loved a book, a person, and life.

– Terry