The 23rd Annual Spring Book & Author Luncheon was held today at the Charleston Marriott's Crystal Ballroom. The guest speakers, authors all, were interesting, informative and entertaining. Our only disappointment was that Ron Rash, author of Saints at the River and Serena, was absent due to an airport weather delay. We hope to hear Mr. Rash speak at a future Post and Courier event as it is always nice to hear a speech by a Pen/Faulkner Award finalist.
Produced by Master of Ceremonies Robie Scott, and benefitting local literacy causes, the luncheon featured three authors and co-host Dorothea Benton Frank, the prolific writer of Lowcountry novels and local gal extraordinaire. We enjoyed her introduction of the day's speakers, as well as the treat of an exclusive reading from her newest book, All the Single Ladies, due to be released on June 9, 2015.
Our first speaker was Lisa Green, author of On Your Case.....Legal Guide for Every Stage of a Woman's Life. A lawyer, journalist, author and legal analyst for NBC and MSNBC, Ms. Green gave a witty and enlightening speech.
Following Ms. Green was Rita Mae Brown, the NY Times bestselling author of both the Mrs. Murphy mysteries and the Sister Jane novel series. Ms. Brown was an engaging and enthusiastic speaker, expressing her appreciation for newspapers, journalists and readers. "Books are a roadmap of your inner life," was Ms. Brown's mantra and I think all readers would agree with that.
Jim Defelice, co-author with Chris Kyle of the bestseller American Sniper and more than fifty other titles, regaled us with tales of learning to read in Catholic school, complete with nuns armed with rulers and "Look, look, look" from the Fun with Dick and Jane reading primers. Mr. Defelice also stressed the importance of reading, although in a room of book club members and bibliophiles, he was certainly preaching to the choir. With an easy delivery and an accent like Woody Allen, Mr. Defelice wrapped up the speaking pool nicely.
The food served today was delicious, as usual, and the company at my table was friendly and interesting. I look forward to the next Book & Author luncheon and hope to see a few of my tablemates there.