Abilities United hosts annual Authors Luncheon fundraiser Nov. 4

Abilities United’s 26th annual Authors Luncheon fundraiser is scheduled 10:30 a.m. Nov. 4 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real, Mountain View.

The event draws approximately 600 book lovers from throughout the Bay Area and generates nearly $400,000 annually for Abilities United, which serves children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities. Funds are raised through sponsorships, ticket sales and an auction.

Four authors will discuss their literary visions and inspiration. This year’s panel will feature:

• Amy Dickinson. Dickinson is the best-selling author of “Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Coming Home.” Her nationally syndicated advice column, “Ask Amy,” appears in more than 150 newspapers.

• Donia Bijan. The Menlo Park resident is a chef and memoirist. Her debut novel, “The Last Days of Café Leila,” explores the bonds of family and food while tracing four generations of Iranians across Europe, California and Iran.

• Tom Lichtenheld. Lichtenheld is the award-winning author and illustrator of the best-selling children’s book “Mighty, Mighty Construction Site.” He is the illustrator of “Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site” and “Duck! Rabbit!”

• Maile Meloy. Meloy’s novel “Do Not Become Alarmed” is a story about the protective force of innocence and the limits of parental power, and the way a crisis shifts the perceptions of what matters most. Her books have won several awards, including the Paris Review’s Aga Khan Prize for Fiction.

The event also will include an art show, a silent auction and a pop-up bookstore by Books Inc., open for sales and book signings.

Tickets are $195.

For tickets and more information, call 618-3330, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

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