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October 26, 2005

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Publication Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Four authors at benefit luncheon Four authors at benefit luncheon (October 26, 2005)

Four well-known Bay Area authors will be guests of honor at the annual Authors' Luncheon on Saturday, November 5, at the Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real in Palo Alto.

Authors Anne Lamott, Adam Hochschild, Elizabeth Partridge and Lisa See will make presentations.

A sold-out audience of 600 is expected for the event, sponsored by the Community Association for Rehabilitation Inc. (CAR).

The book salon will open at 10:30 a.m. for book sales and book signings. The ballroom will open for luncheon seating at 11:30 a.m. The authors' presentations will be given after lunch.

Co-chairs are mother and daughter, Ellen Ehrlich of Palo Alto and Elizabeth Dumanian of Los Altos. The honorary chairman is Dr. Harry Hartzell, former head of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation's Department of Pediatrics.

Janice Edwards, NBC-11 host and producer of "Community Focus" and "Bay Area Vista," will be master of ceremonies.

Fifteen percent of the day's book sales will be donated to CAR by Books Inc. The event is expected to raise $160,000 through tickets sales, sponsorship and donations.

Tickets to the Authors' Luncheon are $85. For more information, call 618-3328 or e-mail for tickets.
About the authors

Anne Lamott, who lives in Marin, is the author of six novels. Her most recent novel, "Blue Shoe," has been on the New York Times' bestseller list. She is a past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and has taught as the University of California at Davis.

Adam Hochschild's book, "Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves," is featured at this year's luncheon. A former commentator on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered," Mr. Hochschild teaches writing at the Graduate School of Journalism at U.C. Berkeley. A former Fulbright lecturer in India, he lives in San Francisco.

Elizabeth Partridge's most recent book is "John Lennon: All I Want is the Truth." Her first book was "Dorothea Lange: A Visual Life." In the field of children's books, she writes biographies, historical fiction and picture books. She lives in the Bay Area.

Lisa See was born in Paris and grew up in Los Angeles. She is the author of "Flower Net," "The Interior," and the memoir "On Gold Mountain." She was named national woman of the year in 2001 by the Organization of Chinese American Woman.

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