It’s Time to Make Plans for the 67th Book & Author Dinner

The Junior League of Richmond (JLR) and Dominion Virginia Power will welcome seven nationally-acclaimed authors to Richmond on Tuesday, May 1, for the 67th Book & Author Dinner.

The JLR Book & Author Dinner is the oldest event of its kind in the nation. All proceeds directly support JLR’s work to positively impact at-risk women, children, and families through volunteerism and developing the potential of women. The JLR is most grateful to Dominion, Presenting Signature sponsor, as well as to Troutman Sanders and the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Paul Duke sponsors, for their outstanding support of this event.

“We look forward to supporting the JLR’s commitment to helping families in crisis and being advocates for women,” said Virginia M. Board, president of The Dominion Foundation and managing director of community affairs for Dominion Resources, parent company of Dominion Virginia Power. “It is an honor to partner with JLR and these distinguished authors for such a worthy cause.”

Author Bob Deans will serve as Master of Ceremonies for this year’s panel featuring the following distinguished authors and their books along with publication dates:

  1. Wiley Cash – “A Land More Kind than Home” (4/17)
  2. Erin Duffy – “Bond Girl” (1/24)
  3. Margot Livesey – “The Flight of Gemma Hardy” (1/24)
  4. Alice Medrich – “Sinfully Easy Delicious Desserts” (5/1)
  5. Matthew Pearl – “The Technologists” (2/21)
  6. Sally Bedell Smith – “Elizabeth The Queen” (1/10)
  7. Adriana Trigiani – “The Shoemaker’s Wife” (4/24)

The event will take place at The Greater Richmond Convention Center, 300 N. 5th Street, Richmond, beginning at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m. That evening, authors will speak about recently published books and his/her experiences as a writer. An autograph reception will immediately follow the dinner, with books available for purchase. A cash bar will also be available.

“For nearly a century, the Junior League of Richmond has initiated programs for children and families in need throughout Metro Richmond.” said Jennifer Pitts, President of the JLR. “Last year’s Book & Author Dinner raised more than $50,000 and we hope this year to exceed that goal in order to have a greater impact in the Richmond Community.”

Tickets and Information

Individual tickets are $70, and tables of 10 are available for the discounted rate of $650 until March 31, 2012. Patron level sponsor tickets are $85, which includes preferred dinner seating and recognition in the program. Friend level sponsor tickets are $135, which include a cocktail reception with the authors, preferred dinner seating and recognition in the event program. A limited number of non-dining cocktail seats will be available this year for $45 (preferred seating will go to dining guests). Tickets are also available for the Book & Author Luncheon on May 1 at the Country Club of Virginia, 6031 St. Andrews Lane, Richmond. Seating is limited at the luncheon, which will feature an extended book signing session and offer guests the opportunity to dine with visiting authors in a more intimate setting. Tickets are $50.

Fountain Bookstore, Inc. will assist with the advance sale of hard copy and electronic books written by the featured authors, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting JLR community programs. Galley copies of the featured books are also available for review by journalists. To purchase tickets and books, visit www.bookandauthordinner.org and click on 67th Book & Author Dinner.

Any questions regarding tickets may be directed to bookandauthor@jlrichmond.org or 804.643.4886, extension 33.

About The Junior League of Richmond and the Dominion Foundation

The Junior League of Richmond is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The Junior League of Richmond reaches out to women of all races, religions and national origins who demonstrate an interest in, and commitment to voluntarism.

The Dominion Foundation is dedicated to improving the physical, social and economic well being of the communities served by Dominion companies, including Dominion Virginia Power and Dominion North Carolina Power.

For more information about Dominion, visit the company’s website.