Book & Author Luncheon

The Annual Book & Author Luncheon is the Foundation’s main fundraiser and will be held at the Civic Center on Friday, May 6th, 2022. Doors open at 11 AM for viewing of silent auction items and seating.

Each year, this is a sell-out event! In addition to getting to personally meet and visit with authors, there will be a silent auction, raffle tickets, book signing, and door prizes.


Meet the 2022 Authors
Chris Barton

Chris Barton

Chris Barton is the author of picture books including bestseller Shark vs. Train, Fire Truck vs. Dragon, Sibert Honor-winning The Day-Glo Brothers, and Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions, which has been included on 21 state reading lists. His new books in 2021 and 2022 include How to Make a Book (About My Dog) and Moving Forward: From Space-Age Rides to Civil Rights Sit-Ins with Airman Alton Yates. Chris and his wife, YA/middle-grade novelist Jennifer Ziegler, live in Austin, Texas, and co-host the children’s literature video series “This One’s Dedicated to…”

photo of Jean Becker

Jean Becker

Jean Becker was chief of staff for George H.W. Bush from March 1, 1994, until his death on Nov. 30, 2018. She previously served as deputy press secretary to First Lady Barbara Bush from 1989 to 1992.  Before joining the Bush White House staff in 1989, Becker was a newspaper reporter for 10 years, including a four-year stint at USA Today, where her duties included covering the 1988 presidential election and a Page One editor.  Her book about Mrs. Bush – Pearls of Wisdom, released on March 3, 2020 – and her book about President Bush –The Man I Knew, released June 1, 2021 – both became New York Times best-sellers.

Mark Pryor

Mark Pryor

Mark Pryor is a former newspaper reporter from England, and now a prosecutor with the Travis County District Attorney’s Office, in Austin, Texas. His upcoming book Die Around Sundown is the first in a new series of historical mysteries set in Paris during WW2. It will be published Aug. 16, 2022, by St. Martin’s/Minotaur. Mark is also the author of the Hugo Marston mystery series, set in Paris, London, and Barcelona. The first in the series, The Bookseller, was a Library Journal Debut of the Month, and called “unputdownable” by Oprah.com, and the series has been featured in the New York Times and was recently optioned for film/TV. Mark also wrote the psychological thriller Hollow Man and its sequel, Dominic. As a prosecutor, he has appeared on CBS News’s 48 Hours and Discovery Channel’s Discovery ID: Cold Blood.

Kirk Walsh

Kirk Walsh

S. Kirk Walsh’s debut novel, The Elephant of Belfast, was published in 2021 by Counterpoint Press and Hodder/Hachette (in the UK, Australia, NZ, and Ireland). The novel has become a national bestseller, and will be translated into Persian, Norwegian, and Romanian. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Texas Monthly, Catapult, StoryQuarterly, and other publications. Over the years, Walsh has been a resident at Yaddo, Ucross, San Ysidro, among other artist residencies. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband. 


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