You're Invited to the 2018 Author's Luncheon & Fundraiser

The annual Author’s Luncheon is Words Alive’s signature fundraising event. Celebrating its 15th year, the Author’s Luncheon has featured world renowned authors such as Salman Rushdie, Jodi Picoult, and Isabel Allende. This unique event invites patrons to meet their most beloved authors, while also witnessing an intimate conversation about the author’s life, writing, and featured novel. All while supporting literacy development.    

Integrating both style and intellect, the Author’s Luncheon offers something for everyone with our marketplace, silent auction, and raffle where patrons have the opportunity to win spectacular prizes directly benefitting children and families throughout Southern California.

Taking place each fall, the Author’s Luncheon is attended by over 600 patrons that include book lovers, philanthropists, educators, civic organizations, and people invested in creating a more literate and thriving San Diego. This intellectual, elegant, and fast-paced fundraising event helps Words Alive raise over $200,000 annually. 

Become a 2018 Sponsor

Words Alive is committed to creating a sponsorship experience that best represents your partnership with us. Contact Christina Meeker at (858) 274-9673 to learn about our different packages.

Become a Table Sponsor

Interested in purchasing an entire table at the Author's Luncheon and Fundraiser? Contact Susan Arias at (858) 274-9673 to learn more. 


Are you interested in making a donation to our silent auction? Would you like to be more involved with the Author's Luncheon & Fundraiser? Contact Lindsay Marcil at (858) 274-9673 with any questions.

2017 Author's Luncheon: Our Most Successful Yet!

Thank you for being a part of our 2017 Author’s Luncheon & Fundraiser presented by Gurtin Municipal Bond Management, our most successful yet. Alongside over 500 attendees, you helped us receive $225,000 in support of our mission: to open opportunities for life success by inspiring a commitment to reading.

This event and all our fundraising efforts allow us to serve over 5,000 children and families each year. Through our core programs we provide empowering connections to reading for children, youth, and adults. Our innovative programs help participants discover the joy of reading and how books can add meaning to their lives.

It is literacy which for me opened the mysterious and decisive doors of imagination and understanding. To see the way others see. To think the way others think. And above all, to feel.
— Salman Rushdie

We hope to inspire the same love of reading that Salman Rushdie has with all of our students and you help make that possible.

2017 Event News and Photographs

Click here to see event photographs from the San Diego Union Tribune, Vincent Andrunas.

2018 Author's Luncheon and Fundraiser Sponsors

  Centerpiece Sponsor

Centerpiece Sponsor

  Community Sponsor

Community Sponsor

 Thank you to Warwick's for making the Author presentation possible.

Thank you to Warwick's for making the Author presentation possible.