March 8 luncheon to spotlight authors

By Elizabeth Marie Himchak

Three authors — Powegian Susan Meissner, Patti Hawn and Rabbi Zoë Klein — will participate in an annual fundraiser luncheon held in Rancho Bernardo.

The 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 8 event at Bernardo Heights Country Club is organized by the Rancho Bernardo chapter of Brandeis National Committee.

Among those organizing Brandeis National Committee’s annual author luncheon are Rancho Bernardo chapter members, from left, Rhoda Lavine, Renee Bloom, Joan van Dam, Lila Levy and Sharon Gordon.

Luncheon Chairwoman Joan van Dam said the luncheon is the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year, typically attracting more than 100 attendees.

“It is very popular every year because of the wonderful authors and a terrific lunch,” van Dam said, calling this year’s featured authors “a very outstanding group.”

Meissner has published 12 books, most recently “Lady in Waiting,” which came out last year. The fictional book intertwines a present-day storyline with a 16th century plot line surrounding Lady Jane Grey, who briefly reigned as the queen of England.

Hawn, sister of actress Goldie Hawn, has written her first book, “Good Girls Don’t” — a first-hand account of dealing with an unplanned pregnancy several decades ago.

Klein, the spiritual leader of Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles, is also a first-time author. Her book, “Drawing in the Dust” is about an American archaeologist who risks her professional reputation by excavating beneath an Arab couple’s home in Israel. Her discovery there challenges centuries-old interpretations of the prophet Jeremiah’s story.

“All three women authors have written very good books,” van Dam said.

One author will speak about her book and answer audience questions before the luncheon, with the other two speaking in the afternoon, she said. All three will be available to sign books purchased at the event that will be moderated by Marianne Kushi, a news anchor at NBC 7/39.

Due to its popularity last year, van Dam said a purse sale will once again be held as attendees arrive. There will also be door prizes.

Tickets are $45 and should be purchased in advance as space is limited, van Dam said. Call Leslie Goldstein at 760-317-1819.

Money raised will go to Brandeis University, a private research university in Massachusetts and founded by the American Jewish community.

Van Dam said the money will go toward the university’s library and scholarship fund, which helps the 51 percent of students there who receive financial assistance.

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