6 writers to attend luncheon


The Post and Courier will celebrate the crossroads of news, advice, adventure and good storytelling afforded by books on Friday when it hosts its 21st annual Book & Author Luncheon, a fundraiser for Lowcountry literacy.

The event, one of the most popular and well-attended of the year, is scheduled 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Drive.

It’s expected that about 750 will show up to the most prominent book luncheon in the Southeast to hear six established writers discuss their work.

Slated to appear are:

Judith Martin is the pioneer mother of today’s civility movement. Her “Miss Manners” column, carried in more than 200 newspapers, has chronicled the rise and fall of American manners since 1978. Martin also is a novelist, travel writer (on Venice) and frequent lecturer and guest on national television and radio shows. She spent 25 years at The Washington Post as a reporter, feature writer, and drama and film critic.

Bob Dotson is an NBC News correspondent who has been crisscrossing the country for 40 years searching for people who change lives. His long-running series, “The American Story with Bob Dotson,” is a regular feature on the “Today” show and other NBC News programs. He has received more than 100 awards for his work in broadcast journalism, including eight National Emmys, and has written three books, including the recently published “American Story.”

Linda Greenlaw is America’s only female swordfishing captain and the author of three New York Times best-selling books about life as a commercial fisherman. She has won the U.S. Maritime Literature Award and the New England Book Award for nonfiction. Time Magazine called her “Recipes From a Very Small Island,” co-authored with her mother, Martha Greenlaw, a “must-have cookbook.” She’s written two mysteries and the just-published “Lifesaving Lessons.”

Charles and Caroline Todd are a New York Times best-selling mother-and-son writing team who leverage a rich family storytelling heritage. They have written 21 books, including a number of stand-alone novels and two series set in England during the World War I era, the first featuring Scotland Yard inspector Ian Rutledge, and the second about battlefield nurse Bess Crawford.

Deborah Crombie began a lifelong passion for Britain during a post-university trip and wrote her award-winning Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid/Sergeant Gemma James novel, “A Share in Death,” in 1993. It received both Agatha and Macavity nominations for Best First Novel. Her subsequent books have received critical acclaim. The latest, “The Sound of Broken Glass,” was published in February.

Past Book & Author Luncheons have featured such luminaries as Roy Blount, Michael Connelly, Tony Earley, Elizabeth Gilbert, Ron Rash, Cokie Roberts, Scott Turow, Daniel Wallace and others.

Tickets are $50; a reserved table for eight is $400. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Call 937-4831 to order tickets by phone until noon Tuesday and pay with a credit card.