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PVI is excited to host the  32nd Annual Authors Salon Luncheon. 
The event will take place at PVI’s Little House in the courtyard on Sunday April 23rd. 
Individual tickets are available for $150.
800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025 |  Sunday, April 23, 2023

Day of Event:

10:30 am – Book Signing and Sales

Silent Auction + Field of Foodie Dreams

12:00 pm – Luncheon and Fund Our Future


Meet the Authors

Jan Yanehiro

Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist Yanehiro received the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award from the United Nations of San Francisco and was inducted into the Academy of Television and Radio Hall of Fame in New York. She is the Co-Chair of Diversity and Inclusion at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. She co-authored, with the Hon. Jackie Speier, Michaelene Cristina Risley, and Deborah Collins Stephens, This is Not the Life I Ordered: 60 Ways to Keep Your Head Above Water When Life Keeps Dragging You Down, the story of four friends, a decade of “kitchen table coaching,” and the power of friendship and perseverance.

Kimberly Young

Born in the Midwest and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Kimberly Young received her MFA from Stanford University where she was a Wallace Stegner Creative Writing Fellow. She began her career as an advertising copywriter and marketing consultant and worked with clients ranging from startups to Apple. In the Event of Death is her debut novel, set in the suburbs of Silicon Valley. Kim and her husband have three grown children and split their time between California and the mountains of Idaho.

Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley portrait © Derek Shapton

Jane Smiley, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Missouri.  She graduated from John 
Burroughs School and obtained a BA in literature from Vassar 
College followed by an MA, MFA, and PHD from the University 
of Iowa.  While working toward her doctorate she also spent a year studying in Iceland as a Fulbright Scholar. After teaching as a professor of English at Iowa  State University she relocated to California to teach creative writing at the  University of California, 
Smiley has published more than two dozen books and several short story collections.  She was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2001 along with many other awards.

Vanessa Hua

Vanessa Hua is the author of the national bestsellers A River of Stars and Forbidden City, as well as Deceit and Other Possibilities, a New York Times Editors Pick. A National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow, she has also received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and a Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing, as well as awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Asian American Journalists Association, among others. A former longtime columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, her work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, and The Atlantic. She is a Visiting Writer at Saint Mary’s College of California, and has taught at the Warren Wilson MFA Program, Sewanee Writers Conference, and elsewhere. The daughter of Chinese immigrants, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

Adam Hochschild

Adam Hochschild writes frequently about issues of human rights and social justice. The latest of his eleven books is American Midnight: The Great War, a Violent Peace, and Democracy’s Forgotten Crisis. King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, as was To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918. His Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the PEN USA Literary Award. He has also written for the New Yorker, the Atlantic, the Nation, and many other magazines, and teaches at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism

Proud Sponsors

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Ann Griffiths

Nobel Laureate

Pulitzer Prize

Fran Eastman

Zeni Mallari & Marylue Timpson

National Book Award

JoAnn Connor

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