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Book & Author Luncheon

The Friends Book and Author Luncheon is a tradition that dates back to 1981. Over the years, we have hosted dozens of celebrated writers, including Isaac Asimov, William F. Buckley, Jr., Gail Sheehy, Frank McCourt and Elizabeth Strout.

In 2013, we changed the concept from a luncheon to a Book & Author Tea. It was a lovely event at the Harry Bennett Branch, featuring a high tea and author progarm, and the beginning of a new tradition.

 

Previous Guest Authors
1981
Roger Caras
Thomas Fleming
Maggie Scarf
1982
William Atwood
Agnes deMille
Fletcher Knebel
1983
Isaac Asimov
Caroline Bird
John Toland
1984
Bella Abzug
Jean Shepard
Paul Zindel
1985
Helen Hayes
Jonathan Kozol
Fred M. Stewart
1986
William F. Buckley, Jr.
Peter Maas
Barbara Tuchman
1987
Betty Ford
Harrison Salisbury
Yevgeny Yevtushenko
1988
Stephen Birmingham
Barbara Gordon
Gail Sheehy
1989
Susan Isaacs
Michael Malone
Michael Moss
1990
Samuel Freedman
John Jakes
Erica Jong
Lois Wyse
1991
Susan Cheever
John O’Donnell
Anna Quindlen
1992
Charles Grodin
Belva Plain
Gay Talese
1993
Barbara Taylor Bradford
Helen Gurley Brown
Whitley Shreiber
1994
Pierre Franey
Roger Rosenblatt
Sarah Shankman
1995
Mary Higgins Clark
Howard Fast
George Plimpton
1996
Bette Bao Lord
Faith Middleton
Peter H. Wyden
1997
Pete Hamill
Rachel Robinson
Judith Kelman
1998
Gwendolyn M. Parker
Ruth Reichl
David Pesci
1999
Jane and Michael Stern
Walter Mosley
Sue Miller
2000
Flora Miller Biddle
John Phillip Santos
Delia Ephron
2001
Tomie dePaola
Bartholomew Gill
Luanne Rice
Elizabeth Strout
2002
Lisa Belkin
Jimmy Breslin
Mary Ann Hoberman
2003
Chris Bohjalian
Susan Borowitz
Carol Gilligan
2004
Jean Fritz
Frank McCourt
Gail Sheehy
2005
Gene Wilder
2006
Christopher Buckley
2008
Frank Delaney
Bernice McFadden
Mickey Sherman
2009
Jack Cavanaugh
Alice Schroeder
Rosemary Wells
2010
Lou Aronica
Lyla Blake Ward
Jerry Zezima
2011
Barbara Delinsky
Oscar Andrew Hammerstein
Rachel Simon