Mingle with renowned novelists at 20th annual Lunch with the Authors

Over the years, Lunch with the Authors has helped to support the mission of the Junior League of Morristown and the impact that it makes in the community through its program and partner agencies. Photo courtesy of Junior League of Morristown

The longest-running event of its kind in the state, a major fundraiser and a highly anticipated social event is happening soon.

The Junior League of Morristown will hold its 20th annual Lunch with the Authors on Fri., May 6, from 11 am to 3 pm at Hamilton Farm Golf Club in Gladstone. The luncheon features presentations by nationally acclaimed authors who will share their remarks, answer questions from the audience and sign their books. “The event is a great way to mingle, listen to, eat with and purchase books from our author guests,” said Shannon Gausepohl, chair of the event. “It’s also New Jersey’s best-kept secret. What’s a better way to get out, celebrate spring and participate in a great cause! The authors generously share their time and insight with our guests, making it a unique experience.”

The event offers attendees an opportunity to get a glimpse into the lives and work of some of the most prominent and popular authors of our time while supporting the mission of the Junior League of Morristown and the impact that it makes in the community. Attendees also can enjoy a prize raffle and 50-50. “As a voracious reader, like most of our guests, it’s really special to sit and speak with brilliant, interesting minds,” Gausepohl said. “But more than that it’s the benefactors of the event. It’s genuinely great to see.”

Bestselling novelist Martha Hall Kelly, center, is one of countless authors who have mingled with guests at the event. Photo courtesy of Junior League of Morristown

The 2022 authors are:

• Jamie Brenner: Brenner grew up in suburban Philadelphia reading Jackie Collins and Judith Krantz novels. After college, she moved to New York City to live like the heroines of her favorite books. Her next book of hers, “GILT,” will be published in June by Putnam. Brenner has two daughters and divides her time between Philadelphia and New York City.

• Jane Kelly: Kelly is a native Philadelphian. Still, no matter where her career took her, at least once a year she visited the Jersey Shore where the “Meg Daniels” mysteries are set. Kelly is a graduate of Chestnut Hill College, has a master’s degree from Drexel University in Library and Information Science, and a master’s degree in popular literature from Trinity College, Dublin. She lives in the Philadelphia area where her “Writing in Time Mysteries” and “Widow Lady Mysteries” are set.

• Eric Smith: Smith is a literary agent and Young Adult author of Elizabeth. An agent with PS Literary Agency, he’s worked on New York Times bestselling and award-winning books. His recent novels include “Don’t Read the Comments” (Inkyard Press, 2020), “You Can Go Your Own Way” (Inkyard Press, 2021) and the anthology “Battle of the Bands” (Candlewick, 2021), coedited with author Lauren Gibaldi. His other books include the IndieBound bestseller “The Geek’s Guide to Dating” (Quirk), the “Inked” duology (Bloomsbury), and “The Girl and the Grove” (Flux). His writing of him has been sold in eight languages. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Kean University, and a master’s in English from Arcadia University, where he currently mentors MFA students. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and son, and enjoys video games, pop punk and movies.

Proceeds of the event support the JLM Voluntarism Scholarship program, which awards college-bound students who exemplify the spirit of voluntarism, and the Women Moving Forward Scholarship program, which awards women age 40 and over who are returning to school to further their education and future . To date, the Junior League of Morristown has provided over 140 scholarships totaling more than $270,000 in scholarship support. “The opportunity to help educate teens in our community is what drives the league,” Gausepohl said. Visit Junior League of Morristown to learn more about the event and the organization.

Stacey Feintuch is a freelance writer for print and online publications. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from George Washington University and a master’s in magazine journalism from the SI Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She grew up in Morris County and currently lives in Bergen County.

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