Noted novelists to speak at ‘Words Alive’ luncheon

Best-selling authors Christopher Bohjalian and Kylie Jones will be the guest speakers at the 10th annual Words Alive Authors’ Luncheon, Oct. 20 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine.

The benefit will open at 10 a.m. with shopping from Warwick’s Books, Geppetto’s Toys, and other shops. Merchants will donate a percentage of the sales to Words Alive. Both authors will greet fans and sign books from 10 to 11:30 a.m., and from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Bohjalian is best-known for his novel, “Midwives,” a No. 1 New York Times bestseller, film, and Oprah’s Book Club selection. He is the author of 10 other novels including “Skeletons at the Feast,” “The Double Bind,” “Before You Know Kindness,” and “The Law of Similars.” His next book, “Secrets of Eden,” will be published in February.

Jones is the author of six novels; “A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries,” “As Soon As It Rains,” “Celeste Ascending,” “Speak Now,” and “Quite the Other Way.” Her new memoir, “Lies My Mother Never Told Me,” came out in August. Born in Paris, she is the daughter of author James Jones, whose work includes “From Here to Eternity” and “The Thin Red Line.”

The luncheon will honor Words Alive founder Leslye Lyons, who served as its director from 1999-2006. Words Alive is a San Diego nonprofit organization that develops shared reading experiences for children, youth and adults.

Tickets are $100 and include a signed copy of “Skeletons at the Feast.”

For more details, call (858) 274-9673 or visit