Two authors will address guests at literacy luncheon in La Jolla

Words Alive believes that reading is a fundamental skill that can be enjoyed for a lifetime. By going into classrooms, meeting with parents, reading aloud to young children, and working with book groups, we bring the written word to children and students who have not been exposed to or who have lost interest in reading.

Words Alive, San Diego’s non-profit literacy/scholarship organization, will hold its annual Authors’ Luncheon Tuesday, Nov.1 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine. The luncheon will include two keynote speakers: authors Hillary Jordon (“Mudbound,” 2008 and “When She Woke” 2011) and Jasmin Darznik (“The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life,” 2011).

KPBS’ “A Way with Words” hosts Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett will emcee the event.

The luncheon will open at 10 a.m. with a marketplace featuring Warwick’s Books and Geppetto’s Toys. Each merchant will donate a percentage of the day’s sales to Words Alive. There will also be a variety of other vendors.

The authors will greet fans and sign books 10-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $100 and include a signed copy of Hillary Jordan’s “When She Woke.” No tickets will be sold at the door. A limited number of table sponsorships are available and start at $1,500.

For more information, contact Patrick Stewart at (858) 274-9673, or