Category Archives: Author’s Luncheon

Authors Luncheon on March 24 by Nancy McCabe

Come to listen and share Hoang Chi Truong’s story of her family’s escape during the fall of South Vietnam and their arrival to the US and adjustment to life in the Sacramento Valley. Their immigrant experience is one of hard work and family sacrifice to enable the younger children to thrive in the new country. Her mother was the family caretaker and her father worked several jobs to support their children and provide the necessities as they acclimated to a very different culture. The author feels that their story is much like that of today’s immigrants.

She started writing her book, Tigerfish, to explain to her young daughter how her life had been so different.  By the time she had finished the memoir, she also had a son with whom to share her story.

Catch up on where her life has led since she finished the book and share lunch with other AAUW readers. This is an important annual meeting as it is election of officers for next year. Either click the orange “Register Now” button on the website to pay by credit card or click here to download and  mail the attached registration form to Dawn Boyd. Reservations are due March 13. See you there!

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Annual Authors Luncheon on April 30, 2016 by Linda Patterson

“The Perils and Pleasures of a Writing Life”
Featuring Guest Speaker Marilyn Reynolds

April 30, 2016, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Frasinetti’s Winery and Restaurant
7395 Frasinetti Road, Sacramento

Wine Tasting & Check-in 11 AM – 11:30 AM
Lunch Served at 11:30 AM
$24.00 per person (additional service fee if registering online here with EventBrite).
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As an English teacher and reading specialist working with teens in crises at a southern California

Writer Marilyn Reynolds

Writer Marilyn Reynolds

alternative high school, Marilyn Reynolds had difficulty finding books that interested her at-risk students. Why not try writing something they might actually want to read? Her efforts ultimately led to the ten popular books of realistic teen fiction that now comprise the “True-to-Life Series from Hamilton High.” Reynolds is also the author of a book for educators, I Won’t Read and You Can’t Make Me: Reaching Reluctant Teen Readers, which is based on her thirty years of classroom experiences. Her most recent book is a collection of essays, Over 70 and I Don’t Mean MPH. She remains actively involved with at-risk teens by writing with incarcerated youth, and through author visits with middle and high school students. She also provides teacher training workshops and is often a featured speaker at education-related conferences. Reynolds lives a quiet life in Sacramento, near the American River. She is currently at work on Til Death or Dementia Do Us Part, and also on Over 80 and I Don’t Mean MPH.

Buffet Lunch includes salad, chicken marsala, rigatoni pasta with red meat sauce, vegetarian penne pasta, seasonal vegetables, fresh fruit, baguettes, rolls, coffee and tea.
Reserve online  via the orange “Register Now” button or by sending a check made out to AAUW Sacramento to Dawn Boyd.  Please contact her at for the address.

Reservations are due April 25, 2016


“Writer Karen Levy Fascinates at Authors Luncheon” by Cherril Peabody

AAUW Sacramento Members Socializing

AAUW Sacramento Members Socializing

You may have thought, as I did, that Karen Levy’s talk at the Authors Luncheon was going to be about gardening. But it wasn’t, at least not for the most part. It was about goodbyes – too many of them in Karen’s life as she and her family moved back and forth between Israel and California too many times. She has struggled with trying to figure out who she is and where she belongs, but it sounds as if she has mostly made peace with her life.

Guest Speaker & Author Karen Levy

Guest Speaker & Author Karen Levy









The gardening comes in because she brings Israeli plants back with her when she visits her father there now, so she has a little bit of Israel transplanted in Davis. Ms. Levy read passages from her book that were full of evocative imagery, and she answered our questions honestly with wry humor – a most satisfying program.

Member Barbara Smith Introducing Karen Levy

Member Barbara Smith Introducing Karen Levy

The election of a new Board of Directors made up most of the business part of the program. The new officers, who will take office in July are Nancy McCabe, President; Linda Patterson, Program Director; Linda Tinker and Shirley Wheeler, Membership Co-Directors; Donna Holmes and Marty McKnew, AAUW Funds Co-Directors; May Ruth Lynch, Finance Director; and Jenny Woltz, Secretary. The President-Elect position remains vacant. Thank you to all of them for their willingness to serve!


Annual Authors Luncheon on April 11. Register by April 3!

Saturday, April 11, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

 Plates Café & Catering

14 Business Park Way, 95822

Free Parking Available

Featuring our guest author, Karen Levy

Israeli American writer Karen Levy spent most of her childhood traveling between her native land and the United States. Commuting between these two countries and having a keen eye for detail afforded Levy the knowledge necessary to recount the immigrant experience in her memoir, In My Father’s Gardens.

It is the story of a young girl who comes of age in two languages, and on two shores, between warring parents and rules that change. Levy will read excerpts as she discusses her writing experience and shares her story. Her book will be available for purchase.

The cost is $26 ($28.29 if paying online), including tax and tip. Registration will begin at 11 a.m., so come early to socialize and renew your dues. Self-service coffee and tea will be available as well as wine ($6) and beer ($5).

During the business meeting, officers for 2015-2016 will be elected. This meeting is open to the public, so please invite friends and prospective members. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet Karen Levy and ask questions.

Click here to bring up the hardcopy pdf registration form

Or choose to register online via Eventbrite:

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Plates Café & Catering is an integral part of an 18-month program designed to move homeless families from the street to self-sustainability.




Attend Authors Lunch and Participate in Voluntary Early AAUW Membership Renewal by Gloria Yost & Sharon Anderson

WHAT:                     AAUW Sacramento branch authors luncheon.

WHEN:                    Saturday, April 11, 11:30 a.m.

WHERE:                 Plates Café & Catering, 14 Business Park Way, Sacramento, 95828.

The reservation form is now available here for the 2015 AAUW Sacramento branch’s authors luncheon.  Please get your reservations in early.  Let’s see which book group gets the highest percentage of members attending.  You can also register using online using Eventbrite. Click the orange button below:

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Local author, Karen Levy, will discuss her memoir, My Father’s Gardens. She will be selling copies that day.  It is available at The Avid Reader in Davis and at Avid Reader Tower, as well as Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Kindle, Kobo, Nook, and through Homebound Publications.

While you enjoy this year’s authors luncheon, take a few minutes to renew your AAUW membership. Early membership renewal offers members an opportunity to complete their forms and submit payment all at one time. A special table will be set up with the renewal forms.

Please remember that the total renewal fee is now $85, up because of a $4 increase in the State’s portion of our fee. AAUW California has increased its fee for membership from $16 to $20. The increase was proposed by the AAUW CA and voted on and passed by the voting State members. Therefore, when you receive your renewal application from us in April, you will see a total fee of $85 for National, State, and the Sacramento Branch. For more information, search for “fees” on the State website:

This is the first state fee increase since 2004. AAUW CA has reduced costs in many ways, such as finding less expensive office space and holding some Board meetings by phone rather than in person. However, costs continue to rise while income from investments and membership has fallen.

If you have questions about membership renewal, please call Sharon Anderson at (916) 594-7650 or email her at



Author’s Luncheon Preview by Gloria Yost


  • Author’Luncheon Coming April 11!
  • Plates Café & Catering
  • 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Hear local author Karen Levy discuss her memoir, My Father’s Gardens.

Levy writes, “My Father’s Gardens is the story of a young girl who comes of age in two languages, and on two shores, between warring parents and rules that change depending on the landscape and the proximity of her mother. Struggling to find her voice and her place in the world as a result of her frequent travels between her native Israel and the United States, she feels that she must choose a place to call home.”

Levy earned a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Davis, and an M.A. in English/Creative Writing from California State University, Sacramento, where she teaches composition and interpretation of literature.

Mark your calendars and plan to attend.