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Ladies, Lunch, and Literacy

As the current environment will not allow us to gather for lunch, we are temporarily suspending our LLL program for 2021. Our virtual events from 2020 are available on our YouTube channel. These are the authors we hosted:

Thursday, August 13:  David Goodwillie talked about his new novel, Kings County with his publisher and editor. I loved this book even more after listening to this lively conversation! We have a limited number of first editions with signed book plates in the bookstore.

Thursday, September 24: We were entraced by the author of the #1 Indie Pick for August, Migrations. Australian author Charlotte McConaghy was in conversation with her editor for a thoughtful discussion about climate change and more... We have a limited number of first editions with signed book plates in the bookstore.

Thursday, October 15: Anna Bruno has written a thoughtful and thought-provoking book about love and family called Ordinary Hazards. In conversaton with her editor, we learned more about why this is such a complelling read. We have copies in store and custom signed book plates with every purchase. 

More about these books are further down this page.


About Ladies, Lunch, and Literacy

Ladies, Lunch, and Literacy (LLL) was founded in 2008 with the goal of introducing readers to selected authors in a personalized setting while meeting other readers in order to build a community of fellow book lovers. We have been proud to introduce talented debut authors of literary fiction and nonfiction to our community. LLL also supports local nonprofit literary organizations doing important work in our community.

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 TempletonFates and Furies), Jojo Moyes (Me Before You), Sue Grafton (U is for Undertow), Meg Wolitzer (The Female Persuasion, Belzhar), Madeline Miller (Circe, The Song of Achilles) and many more. Though we sometimes host established authors, we pride ourselves on identifying debut authors whose work is outstanding and whose careers we will all be reading about in the future!

All attendees receive a signed first edition, 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 2020 Non Profit Literacy Partner

Wise Readers to Leaders is a not for profit organization that is dedicated to closing the achievement gap for students from low income communities and to nurturing leaders for a diverse world. Wise Readers to Leaders achieves its mission through a free, six-week summer literacy and enrichment program coupled with year-round literacy activities and mentoring.

Ladies, Lunch & Literacy will be buying books for this summer program to enable them to give books to students so they can begin to create their own libriaries at home.

Visit to learn more! Then join us for lunch to support this amazing program.

Kings County Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501192135
Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - July 28th, 2020

This is the story of four friends. Three of them meet in the early 2000s in Brooklyn. Their friendship and their lives direct the narrative, but it is an event from their past that binds them. Masterfully told, and structurally perfect, these four embody a generation and time we remember, but perhaps only at a distance, until now.

Audrey Benton represents Indie Bands and has become well known in these circles despite coming from a dysfunctional family in desperate circumstances. Her boyfrined Theo Gorski came to NYC from middle America, the first person in his family to go to college. He was a football star, but is currently works (or is trying to) in the indie publishing world. Sarah and Chris have been together for years. He comes from privledge and works on wall street. She has a job at Sotheby’s helping her well-to-do clients buy priceless art. You will fall in love with these four characters as they come of age in a time of confusion and work towards reconciliation of their true best selves.

Migrations: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250204028
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Flatiron Books - August 4th, 2020

This is a masterful book that takes on the both the climate crises of the future and the crisis of the soul of the main character, Fanny Stone. Fanny has a dark history and an even darker outlook on the world and her own future in it. She is passionate about saving wildlife on our planet, which is almost entirely extinct when the book begins. She is determined to follow three Arctic terns she marked when they were nesting in Greenland and finds the one captain that will allow her to board and follow their migration. In an alternate narrative, Fanny’s history is revealed slowly, introducing us to her family and to her husband and how she discovered them. Her internal battles with loneliness, despair and attachment make up the rest of this narrative. What I loved about Migrations is not only the many meanings of this word for this novel, but the haunting themes that make this a unique and original work.  – Terry

Ordinary Hazards: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982126957
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atria Books - August 18th, 2020

This exceptional debut takes place over a single night at a bar called The Final Final, the last bar on the edge of a small town in upstate New York. We know we are in for heartbreak, that is clear from the beginning, but what we don’t know is how much we will come to care about Emma and Lucas, their history and their present lives. Ordinary Hazards begins when Emma sits down at her local bar at 5 PM and introduces us to the other bar regulars, interweaving their backstories in a flawlessly told narrative.  Emma is the only Final Final regular who is not from this town … Her upbringing ensured that she would have a first-class education and a successful career. The puzzle of how she finds herself here, alone and unwilling to leave the bar, begins to unwind as the hours tick by. You will be mesmerized by her story and by Bruno’s writing which draws you in and never lets you go, even after you turn the last page.