National Kidney Foundation – 32nd Annual Author Luncheon (Virtual Event)
December 5 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm PST
The National Kidney Foundation’s Authors Luncheon is the largest literary event of its kind in the Bay Area, allowing those who are passionate about literature to join with NKF in the effort to transform kidney care and improve the lives of millions through education, advocacy, and research,
For 32 years the Authors Luncheon has welcomed nearly 1,000 Bay Area guests to celebrate renowned, bestselling authors. Doing our part to keep our community safe in the face of COVID-19,on December 5, 2020 we are taking the event VIRTUAL; connecting with our guests where they are—from the comfort of their favorite reading nooks all over the GLOBE.
2020 Presenting Authors (to date)
Born and raised in Southern California, Brit Bennett graduated from Stanford University and later earned her MFA in fiction at the University of Michigan, where she won a Hopwood Award in Graduate Short Fiction. In 2014, she received the Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers. She is a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree, and her debut novel The Mothers was a New York Times bestseller. Her second novel The Vanishing Half was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller and was longlisted for the National Book Award. Her essays have been featured in The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, and Jezebel.
Marcia Goldman has her Masters Degree in Special Education and has spent the last 25 years focusing on providing therapeutic-based programs for children with autism and their families.
Lola is a five-pound Yorkshire Terrier who lives in California with her adoring owners. She is a proudly certified therapy dog who makes weekly visits to elder care centers, bookstores, and classrooms. She happily participated in making her books, and hopes you enjoy reading them!
John Grisham is the #1 New York Times bestselling author whose forthcoming release, A Time for Mercy, returns to the world of Jake Brigance in a thrilling courtroom drama. Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, John has written one novel a year and all of them have become international bestsellers. There are currently over 300 million John Grisham books in print worldwide, which have been translated into 40 languages. Nine of his novels have been turned into films, including The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Rainmaker, The Chamber, A Painted House, and Skipping Christmas, as was an original screenplay, The Gingerbread Man.
Erik Larson is the author of six New York Times bestsellers, including Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, which hit no. 1 on the Times list soon after launch, and his newest book, The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz. The latter is in large part a domestic drama that examines how Winston Churchill and his “Secret Circle” really went about surviving the German air campaign of 1940-41. Erik’s The Devil in the White City is set to be a Hulu limited series; his In the Garden of Beasts is under option by Tom Hanks, for a feature film. Erik lives in Manhattan with his wife, who is a writer and retired neonatologist; they have three grown daughters.
Jason B. Rosenthal is an author, foundation Board Chair, public speaker and lawyer. He is also the subject of an essay written by his wife, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, called “You May Want to Marry My Husband” that went viral and was read by millions of readers worldwide. His first book, written in collaboration with his daughter Paris called Dear Boy, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list at #1. He is the author of the memoir My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me, published in 2020. Amy died of ovarian cancer just 10 days after her article appeared in the Modern Love column of the New York Times. When his bride died of ovarian cancer after 26 years of marriage, Jason got in touch with real pain. He immediately reevaluated his life’s work. Now, he speaks publicly and writes about issues related to processing grief and finding hope and joy amongst the pain.
Gail Tsukiyama was born in San Francisco, California to a Chinese mother from Hong Kong and a Japanese father from Hawaii. She attended San Francisco State University where she received both her Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Master of Arts Degree in English. She is the bestselling author of Women of the Silk and The Samurai’s Garden, as well as the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Award and the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award. Gail is also currently the Executive Director of WaterBridge Outreach: Books + Water, a nonprofit organization that provides books and access to water in developing countries. Her latest novel, The Color of Air, was published in July of 2020.