Erma Bombeck invited fellow authors to join her for the country’s first Authors Luncheon in 1980. Why? Erma thought it would be a unique way to raise funds for Arizona kidney patients. She was right. The Authors Luncheon was an immediate success and quickly became an annual event.

The Arizona Women’s Board is dedicated to continuing Erma’s tradition of bringing best-selling authors together to help write a brighter future for Arizona kidney patients.

The Friends of Erma Bombeck Authors Luncheon has raised more than $10 million for programs that directly benefit Arizona’s kidney patients and their families.

The Women’s Board is honored to continue Erma’s legacy each Fall at its gathering of best-selling authors who present their latest releases.

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2016 Authors Luncheon Detail

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The 2016 Authors Luncheon is thrilled to announce the return of Adriana Trigiani as Master of Ceremony. The line up of authors, so far, will include:

• Lucy Hawking
• Jeremiah Tower
• Bunny Williams

2015 Emcee and Authors

  • Adriana Trigiani — Emcee Read more »

    Emcee Adriana Trigiani is beloved by millions of readers around the world for 15 bestsellers, including the blockbuster epic The Shoemaker's Wife; The Big Stone Gap series; Lucia, Lucia; the Valentine series, the Viola series for young adults; and the best selling memoir Don't Sing at the Table.  Her latest epic, All the Stars in the Heavens, hits shelves October 13, 2015.  Trigiani wrote and directed the major motion picture Big Stone Gap, to be released nationwide on October 9, 2015.  She lives in Greenwich Village with her family.

  • Jacques Pépin Read more »

    One of the world's most famous cooking teachers, Jacques Pepin has published more than twenty-five cookbooks, including Essential Pepin and his memoir, The Apprentice.  He has also starred in thirteen acclaimed cooking series on public television and is a contributing editor to Food and Wine magazine.  He lives with his wife, Gloria, in Madison, Connecticut.

  • Karen MacNeil Read more »

    Karen MacNeil is the only person in the United States to have won every major wine award in the English language.  She is the author of the award-winning book The Wine Bible, recognized as "the most comprehensive and authoritative book on wine written by an American author."

  • Lela Rose Read more »

    Lela Rose is widely recognized for her unique aesthetic of juxtaposing refined elegance with modern whimsy, through brilliant color, beautiful fabrication and handcrafted details.  Born and raised in Texas, she attended school in Colorado. Lela has long been inspired by nature, surrounding landscapes, and the sublime color palette of the lush outdoors, as well as her passion for food and entertaining.

  • Jason Gay Read more »

    Jason Gay is a sports columnist at The Wall Street Journal.  He has written for publications including GQ, Rolling Stone, Outside, The New York Observer, and Vogue.  He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he plays adequate tennis, dreadful basketball, hideous golf, and races a bicycle very, very slowly.

  • Tess Gerritsen Read more »

    Tess Gerritsen is a former physician and the internationally bestselling author of Last to Die, The Silent Girl, Ice Cold, The Keepsake, The Bone Garden, The Mephisto Club, Vanish, Body Double, The Sinner, The Apprentice, The Surgeon, Life Support, Bloodstream, and Gravity.  Playing with Fire is a historical novel of suspense which combines Tess's other love -- music.

Register For the Event – Patron Levels of Support

For reservations, click on the registration button below to choose your level of support.  For further information, please email us personally at or call 480.951.2950.

Photo Album of 2014 Event

A compelling and entertaining Valley event, the Authors Luncheon abounds with captivating stories, wit and glamour.

Library of Past Authors Read more »

  • 2014
    Jeffrey Kluger
    Valerie Plame
    Ruth Reichl
    Aarti Sequeira
    Jane Smiley
  • 2013
    Delia Ephron
    Linda Fairstein
    Wally Lamb
    Kathy Reichs
    Lisa Scottoline
  • 2012
    Susan Fales-Hill
    Susan Isaacs
    Brad Thor
    Jeffrey Toobin
    Andrew Weil
  • 2011
    Catherine Coulter
    Alice Hoffman
    Anthony Horowitz
    Steven Naifeh & Gregory White Smith
    Jacques Pepin
    Calvin Trillin
  • 2010
    Willie Geist
    Carl Hiaasen
    Walter Mosley
    Jessica Seinfeld
    Adriana Trigiani
  • 2009
    Valerie Bertinelli
    Barbara Taylor Bradford
    A.J. Jacobs
    Larry King
    Ellie Krieger
    John Sandford
  • 2008
    Robert Crais
    Richard Paul Evans
    Gregory Maguire
    Marilyn Carlson Nelson
    Anita Shreve
  • 2007
    Paula Bernstein & Elyse Shein
    Lee Child
    Michael Connelly
    Lisa See
    Susan Vreeland
  • 2006
    Elizabeth Berg
    Barry Eisler
    Erik Larson
    Jim Lehrer
    Adriana Trigiani
  • 2005
    Kenneth C. Davis
    Barbara Pool Fenzl
    Robert Hicks
    Ben Mezrich
    Kate White
  • 2004
    Hugh Downs
    Molly Ivins
    Harvey Mackay
    Senator John McCain
    Arnold Scaasi
    Gloria Vanderbilt
  • 2003
    Mitch Alborn
    Laurence Bergreen
    Sandra Brown
    Peter Straub
  • 2002
    Carol Higgins Clark
    Bruce Feiler
    Patricia Heaton
    Peter Jennings
    Arthur Phillips
  • 2001
    Lawrence Block
    Laurence Leamer
    Bill O’Reilly
    Carolyne Roehm
    Joyce Weatherford
  • 2000
    Bonnie Angelo
    David Baldacci
    Nan Kempner
    Peter Robinson
  • 1999
    Stephen J. Cannell
    Lois Sherr Dubin
    Dominick Dunne
    Sena Jeter Naslund
    Peggy Post
  • 1998
    Walt Becker
    Peter Biskind
    Joy Browne
    Peter Jennings
    Suzanne Slesin
  • 1997
    Barbara Delinsky
    Erica Jong
    James Patterson
    Sally Quinn
    Lynn Sherr
  • 1996
    Michael Blake
    Bill Bombeck
    Jimmy Breslin
    Art Buchwald
    Clive Cussler
  • 1995
    John Hockenberry
    Harvey Mackay
    Stanley Marcus
    John J. Nance
    Hannah Pakula
  • 1994
    Liz Carpenter
    Peter Maas
    Audrey Meadows
    Lynn Sherr
    Neil Steinberg
  • 1993
    Erma Bombeck
    Christopher Cerf
    Maryln Schwartz
    Francesca Stanfill
    Peri Wolfman
  • 1992
    Dave Barry
    Jana Bommersbach
    H. Jackson Brown
    Iris Rainer Dart
    Jack Valenti
  • 1991
    Erma Bombeck
    Georgie Anne Geyer
    Robert K. Massie
    Letty Cottin Pogrebin
    Amy Tan
  • 1990
    Cleveland Amory
    Letitia Baldrige
    Mark Childress
    Kati Marton
    Craig Thomas
  • 1989
    Erma Bombeck
    Stephen Coonts
    Mary Emmerling
    Tony Hillerman
    Martin Cruz Smith
    Lois Wyse
  • 1988
    Neal Gabler
    Kitty Carlisle Hart
    Larry Martz
    Martha Stewart
    Marshall Trimble
  • 1987
    Stephen Birmingham
    Erma Bombeck
    Liz Carpenter
    Fanny Flagg
    Edward Rutherford
    Jill St. John
  • 1986
    Erma Bombeck
    David Eisenhower
    Dr. Sonya Friedman
    Pamela Kaufman
    Ernest M. Mickler
    Ken Stabler
  • 1985
    Erma Bombeck
    Dominique Lapierre
    Irving Stone
  • 1984
    Erma Bombeck
    Mary Higgins Clark
    Arthur Hailey
    Stephen King
    Raquel Welch
  • 1983
    Erma Bombeck
    Allen Drury
    Elizabeth Forsyth Hailey
    Dinah Shore
  • 1982
    Erma Bombeck
    Richard Simmons
    John Toland
    Abigail VanBuren
  • 1981
    Erma Bombeck
    Marabel Morgan
    Rosemary Rogers
    Sidney Sheldon
  • 1980
    Judith Blume
    Erma Bombeck
    Phil Donahue
    Dr. Lendon Smith
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Supporting Arizona’s Kidney Patients — Grants and Donations

The Arizona Women’s Board (AWB) is committed to the prevention of kidney disease through awareness, education and research, and to the improvement of the quality of life for Arizonans with kidney disease.

Annually, the Grant Committee invites non-profit organizations whom it believes uphold the AWB mission to apply for grants. The funds granted are generated by a single event, the Authors Luncheon, hosted each Fall by the Women’s Board. Over the past 35 years, over $10 million has been raised and donated to worthy Arizona recipients.

To make a donation, please contact us.

About the Arizona Women’s Board

The Arizona Women’s Board is committed to the prevention of kidney disease through awareness, education and research, and to the improvement of the quality of life for Arizonans with kidney disease.

Aware of the many needs of kidney patients in Arizona, the Arizona Women’s Board makes grants to organizations that provide patient services ranging from transportation to and from dialysis, kidney transplants, medications, dental care or a mortgage payment, food for the patient and family, and kidney disease research.

The Board received its 501(c)(3) status in 2010.

Board of Directors

  • President: Jan Cacheris
  • Vice President: Margo Shein
  • Recording Secretary: Sydney Dye
  • Corresponding Secretary: Julie Kroot
  • Treasurer: Kathleen McClain
  • Past President: Carrie Hulburd
  • Luncheon Chairman: Lynne K. Love
  • Administrative Officer: Robyn Lee

Board Members

Ann Albers, Elise Bard, Leslie Berry, Irene Bonadurer, Julie Bowe, Shaun Bracken, Jan Cacheris, Jennifer Carmer, Jane Christensen, Susan Doria, Sydney Dye, Gee Gee Entz, Shän Francis, Lisa Ghelfi, Erin Gogolak, Lenni Griego, Christine Gustafson, Carrie Hall, Nadine Hart, Leah Hoffman, Brenda Howard, Nan Howlett, Carrie Hulburd, Sandy Kostis, Julie Kroot, Kathleen Lang, Robyn Lee, Julie Linhart, Amy Louis, Lynne Love, Sandy Magruder, Genny Matteucci, Kathleen McClain, Susan Purtill, Margo Shein, Marci Symington, Candyce Williams, Melani Walton, and Kari Yatkowski. In Memoriam, Honorary Member, Glenna Shapiro.

Sustaining Members List

Sydney Anderson, Jeannette Baker, Mimi Berry, Jan Bohannon, Susan Charlton, Mary Crozier, Robyn DeBell, Ann Denk, Margie Denton, Jacquie Dorrance, Harriet Friedland, Nancy Gaintner, Babs Gordon, Penny Gunning, Nancy Hanley, Mary Hudak, Catherine Jacobson, Dana Jirauch, Dodie Johnes, Rona Kasen, Patti Lau, Jamie Lendrum, Suzanne Lewis, Judy Linhart, Janis Lyon, Brenda Mason, Linda Mattes, Linda Nachman, Virginia Nosky, Susan Palmer-Hunter, Joan Potter, Julie Prusak, Lois Savage, Judy Schubert, Sallye Schumacher, Susan Segal, Judy Shannon, Beverly Shaver, Susie Small, Betsy Stodola, Sue Stuckey, Martha Thomas, JoAnn Tull, Joan Warne, Teresa West, Nancy White, Anne Woudenberg, and Rachel Zemer.

Past Luncheon Chairs

  • 2014: Amy Louis
  • 2013: Julie Vogel
  • 2012: Christine Gustafson
  • 2011: Carrie Hulburd
  • 2010: Lenni Griego
  • 2009: Leah Hoffman
  • 2008: Genny Matteucci
  • 2007: Leslie Berry
  • 2006: Nancy Gaintner
  • 2005: Candyce Williams
  • 2004: Jane Christensen
  • 2003: Kathleen Simmons Lang
  • 2002: Gee Gee Entz
  • 2001: Catherine Jacobson
  • 2000: Robyn Lee
  • 1999: Lois Savage
  • 1998: Jacquie Dorrance, Janis Lyon
  • 1997: Linda Mattes
  • 1996: Dana Jirauch
  • 1995: Shän Francis
  • 1994: Carol Waldrop
  • 1993: Penny Gunning
  • 1992: Judy Shannon
  • 1991: Jeanne Patterson
  • 1990: Sue Stuckey
  • 1989: Judy Linhart
  • 1988: Patti Lau
  • 1987: Jamie Lendrum
  • 1986: Sharon Carlson
  • 1985: Linda Nachman
  • 1984: Babs Gordon
  • 1983: Harriet Friedland
  • 1982: Margie Denton
  • 1981: Betsy Stodola
  • 1980: Harriet Friedland

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