Words Alive’s 15th Annual Author’s Luncheon and Fundraiser to feature bestselling author Mary Kubica


Words Alive, San Diego’s leading nonprofit literacy organization, recently announced that bestselling author Mary Kubica will be the featured guest at the 15th annual Author’s Luncheon and Fundraiser on Oct. 19 at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina.

Kubica will discuss her life, writing and forthcoming novel, “When the Lights Go Out,” in conversation with Seth Lerer, distinguished professor of literature at UC San Diego. “When the Lights Go Out” is a riveting psychological thriller about a woman forced to question her own identity. Publishers Weekly has called Kubica “a master of suspenseful manipulation.”

The Author's Luncheon is Words Alive's signature fundraising event, benefiting the nonprofit’s groundbreaking literacy and scholarship programs. Celebrating its 15th year, the annual event has featured world-renowned authors such as Salman Rushdie, Jodi Picoult and Isabel Allende. Event proceeds from the Author’s Luncheon support the organization’s mission to open opportunities for life success by inspiring a commitment to reading.

Words Alive currently serves more than 5,000 children and families annually, with the goal to bring vital programs to new students and families across the region.

“Our mission is to help underserved children, teens and families use reading to change their lives,” said Patrick Stewart, executive director of Words Alive. “Proceeds from the Author’s Luncheon support our innovative Read Aloud, Teen Services and Family Literacy programs, and will help us enhance our reach and impact.”

Kubica is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of four novels, including “The Good Girl,” “Pretty Baby,” “Don't You Cry” and “Every Last Lie.” Her first novel, “The Good Girl,” was an Indie Next pick in August 2014, received a Strand Critics Nomination for Best First Novel, and was a nominee in the Goodreads Choice Awards in Debut Goodreads Author and in Mystery & Thriller for 2014.

The Author’s Luncheon and Fundraiser opens at 10 a.m. with a marketplace of local vendors, a silent auction and raffle prizes. The luncheon and program will run from noon to 2 p.m. Each guest will receive a copy of Kubica's novel, “When the Lights Go Out.”

Individual tickets are available for $175. Because the event is expected to sell out, advance reservations are required. Tickets will not be available at the door.

Table sponsorships are $2,500 and include a post-event reception and toast with Kubica for a table of 10. Reserved tables are $2,000 and include preferred seating.

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