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Southern Lunch Adventure

January 30, 2020 @ 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

$12.80 – $60.89

About the Event

We are delighted to extend a little Southern California hospitality to welcome three of the South’s beloved bestselling and perennial book club favorite authors Kristin Harmel, Kristy Woodson Harvey, and Mary Alice Monroe for a rare appearance on the West Coast, in conversation with former Emmy® and Ollie award-winning kids’ television host and New York Times bestselling author Kristina McMorris, and you are invited!

Please join us at Claim Jumper La Mesa for a Southern themed lunch, where you can enjoy delicious options like jambalaya pasta, Andouille sausage, or barbeque chicken salad. We can’t think of a more relaxing way to sit back and enjoy a charming conversation between four delightful authors.

Your Adventure includes your choice of three Southern inspired lunch entrees, mouth-watering garlic bread, soft beverage, tax, gratuity, author presentation in conversation, book signing, and the opportunity to engage in meaningful and intimate conversation with four bestselling authors.

About the Authors

Kristin Harmel is a #1 international bestselling novelist whose books have been translated into numerous languages and are sold all over the world. A former reporter for PEOPLE magazine, Kristin has also freelanced for many other publications, including American Baby, Men’s Health, Glamour, Woman’s Day, Travel + Leisure, and more.

Her latest novel, The Winemaker’s Wife, a World War II tale of love, family, and betrayal set in the rolling vineyards of Champagne, France, is out now from Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster. Her previous novels, The Room on Rue Amelie, The Sweetness of Forgetting, The Life Intended, and When We Meet Again–all international bestsellers–are also available wherever books are sold.


Kristy Woodson Harvey is the international bestselling author of Dear Carolina, Lies and Other Acts of Love, Slightly South of Simple, and The Secret to Southern Charm. She is the winner of multiple awards and was a finalist for the Southern Book Prize. In addition, her work has been optioned for film. She blogs with her mom Beth Woodson on Design Chic about how creating a beautiful home can be the catalyst for creating a beautiful life.

In her new book, The Southern Side of Paradise, a secret threatens the tight-knit bond between a trio of sisters and their mother. Told with her signature charm, wit, and heart, it is another masterful novel that proves Kristy is a “Southern writer with staying power” (Booklist).  


New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe found her true calling in environmental fiction when she moved to coastal South Carolina. Already a successful author, she was captivated by the beauty and fragility of her new home. Her experiences living in the midst of a habitat that was quickly changing gave her a strong and important focus for her novels.

Mary Alice Monroe writes richly textured books that delve into the complexities of interpersonal relationships and the parallels between the land and life. Monroe’s novel The Beach House was adapted into a Hallmark Channel Hall of Fame Movie, starring three-time Golden Globe nominee Andie MacDowell.

Her new book, The Summer Guest, is a heartwarming and evocative novel about the bonds and new beginnings that are born from natural disasters and how, even during the worst of circumstances-or perhaps because of them-you discover what is most important in life.

Kristina McMorris is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, whose novels have garnered more than two dozen prestigious awards and nominations, including the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, RWA’s RITA® Award, and a Goodreads Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction.

At age nine, she began creatively expressing herself when she embarked on a five-year stint as the host of an Emmy® and Ollie award-winning kids’ television program.Later, as the owner of a wedding/event planning company, she served as the six-year host of the WB’s weekly program Weddings Portland Style.

Inspired by an actual newspaper photograph that stunned the nation, her newest book, Sold on a Monday is a powerful novel of love, redemption, and the unexpected paths that bring us home.



For Book Clubs

Are you in a book club, seeking fabulous authors who are excited and available to meet with you? Then you will be delighted to know that both Kristy and Kristina are NovelNetwork authors, available to meet with book clubs via video chat or in person if the authors’ schedules and geography align.

NovelNetwork is the nation’s first and only match(dot)com for authors and book clubs to find each other, so check it out today. Book clubs join for free, and can gain access to our database of dozens of authors, from NYT and international bestsellers, to debut authors, cookbook authors, mystery and non-fiction authors, and representing various regions of the United States, and even Alaska and Hawaii, all of whom want to meet with you!

To schedule a visit with Kristy or Kristina or any of our authors, join for free here.