August 31, 2014

An Afternoon with Authors

Victoria, our Development Associate and Events Planner shares United Through Reading’s most recent successful event.

Part of our hope at United Through Reading is that the shared read-aloud experience will help children develop a love of reading that will create life-long readers. As reading role models, we teach our children to love books by the very act of reading – reading to them, reading with them, and reading on our own, to satisfy our desire to get lost in a good book. It comes as no surprise then, that friends and supporters of United Through Reading are in fact avid readers themselves.  And do you know who, besides us, loves readers?  Writers!  Lucky for us, we have a few writer friends right here in San Diego, where our HQ is located.

Laurel Corona, author of 22 books including her most recent novels Penelope’s Daughter and The Four Seasons, has been an especially gracious friend to United Through Reading. Laurel donated an author’s discussion dinner with her to our Storybook Ball auction in 2009 and 2010. These dinners have been such a hit, that she and past Storybook Ball Chair, Carol Raiter, thought it would be fun to expand on the idea by putting together an author’s luncheon featuring several San Diego authors to benefit United Through Reading.

Author Laurel Corona

And fun it was! Carol went to work on organizing a luncheon at the Coronado Marriott Island Resort, complete with San Diego Bay views and delightful food, while Laurel reached out to colleagues through her local writing group, San Diego Writing Women. The sold out luncheon brought together United Through Reading friends, old and new, and nine fantastic authors to discuss the writing experience.

Topics ranged from drawing on professional passions and life experience for inspiration, to creating a story for history’s otherwise silent women, to paying homage to family history through literature. Accounts of perseverance in spite of rejection by publishers and recognition by national award honors regaled the pendulum of an author’s experience, and gave guests an insight into the life of a working writer.

Author Caitlin Rother

Guests and authors engaged more personally both before and after the luncheon as authors manned tables stocked with their works, and chatted with guests.

Author Laura McNeal

One guest, who attends at least two dozen such events each year, told us that this was the best one she had been to in 10 years. High praise for the event and its organizers, higher praise still for the participating authors, and, lest we disclose our proud bias, highest praise of all for the love of reading!

Thanks to all who participated. If you know a local author who would be interested in what we do, please contact us – we’d love to hear from you. In fact, you can comment right here in the blog, or send your ideas to READourblog@unitedthroughreading.org.

For more information on authors Laurel Corona, Caitlin Rother, Kathi Diamant, Sharon Vanderlip, Jennifer Coburn, Georgeanne Irvine, and Judith Liu, please visit San Diego Writing Women online. Find out more about these guest authors here:  Carolyn Marsden  and  Laura McNeal.