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A thousand guests attended the 34th annual Authors Luncheon, hosted by the Arizona Women’s Board to support kidney-patient services in Arizona. Guests at the Nov. 9 occasion at the Arizona Biltmore included members of the Board, spouses, patrons, members of the Bombeck family and featured authors.
In recent years, the programs and themes for the annual event have been based on book designs of the featured authors. This year’s theme was chosen by luncheon chair Julie Vogel, based on the end papers of an antique book published in 1888 by the William Morris Publishing Co. Dennis Thompson of White House Design Studio provided table overlays and the beautiful centerpieces.
Both before and after lunch was served, guests had the opportunity to buy books and have them signed by their authors.
The panel of authors was emceed by Meg Wolitzer, whose most recent novel is The Interestings. Other authors included Lisa Scottoline, author of Accused; Linda Fairstein, author of Death Angel; Delia Ephron, author of Sister Mother Husband Dog; Kathy Reichs, author of Bones of the Lost; and Wally Lamb, author of We are Water.
Julie Vogel served as this year’s luncheon chairman.
On Friday evening before the Saturday luncheon, Amy and Tim Louis hosted the Authors Dinner for 100 guests in their home. The first Authors Luncheon chairman of 1980, Harriet Friedland, emceed the dinner, introducing the authors and luncheon chairman Julie Vogel.
Fabulous Food catered the dinner of creamy squash soup, filet of beef and dessert of misconstrued apple pie. Dennis Thompson provided the French Country décor.
Since its inception the Arizona Women’s Board has raised more than $9.5 million for patients suffering from kidney disease in Arizona.