"We are excited to welcome Alice Hoffman for this year's Junior League of Lancaster author's luncheon because she is a very well-known author whose books are familiar to a wide range of people," said event chair Laura McGarry. "In addition, her newest novel, 'The Rules of Magic,' has received a lot of praise. It is exciting to welcome an author who has recently released such a great book, especially one that is tied to as familiar a story as 'Practical Magic.'"
Fans of Hoffman's novels are invited to meet the author at the luncheon, which will be held on Friday, Nov. 30, at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square, 25 S. Queen St., Lancaster. Doors will open at 11 a.m., and the program will begin at noon. Attendees may purchase beverages and place bids in a silent auction prior to the sit-down meal.
Hoffman will be available to sign her books and take photos before lunch, and she will answer questions after her presentation. A local bookseller will be on-site with many of Hoffman's titles for sale. Beginning in 1977 with the publication of her first novel, "Property Of," Hoffman has published nearly 40 books for readers in a range of ages. "Practical Magic" was published in 1995 and was made into a feature film starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman in 1998. The story's prequel, "The Rules of Magic," was released in 2017.
"We hope to hear Ms. Hoffman speak about her experience as an author, the differences between writing adult and Young Adult books, and the role that libraries have had in her life," McGarry remarked.
McGarry noted that this is the 16th annual author's luncheon and one of the Junior League's fundraisers. The proceeds from the event will support the mission and vision of the Junior League of Lancaster by helping to promote volunteerism, develop the potential of women, and improve the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Current and past projects include Girls + STEM, the Rain Garden Initiative, Wheatland and Rock Ford Plantation restorations, the Children's Room at Lancaster County Library, and the Hands-on House Children's Museum of Lancaster outdoor classroom.
In addition, this year the Junior League has partnered with Reach Out and Read, which is a program that provides new books to children from birth to age 5 during well-child pediatrician visits at various local doctor's offices. Luncheon guests are invited to bring new, age-appropriate books to donate to Reach Out and Read. Each book may be traded for a free entry in a prize drawing, up to three entries per person.
For more information and to purchase tickets for the luncheon, readers may visit http://www.jllancaster.org/authors-luncheon.