38th Annual Friends of Erma Bombeck
Saturday, Oct. 28th 2017
JW Marriott Desert Ridge
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2017 Authors

We are sorry that, due to family emergencies, Roddy McDowell and Trish McEvoy are unable to participate in the Authors Luncheon. We wish them well and hope to host them at a future event. We are happy to welcome Craig Johnson and Rocco DiSpirito to the authors panel.

Wiley Cash

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Wiley Cash is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind Than Home and the acclaimed This Dark Road to Mercy. He won the Southern Independence Booksellers Alliance Book Award, was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize and has been nominated for many more awards. A native of North Carolina, he has held residency positions at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony and is the writer in residence at the University of North Caroline Asheville. Wiley lives in Wilmington, North Carolina with his wife and two young daughters.

Wiley’s eagerly awaited third novel, The Last Ballad, was recently published this October. Heralded by National Book Award finalist Ben Fountain as "gorgeous and gut-wrenching," The Last Ballad, set in the Appalachian foothills in the summer of 1929, is a moving and elegantly told tale of an impoverished, single mother's struggle for survival against insidious forces that have come to bear on her life. Intertwining myriad voices, Wiley brings to life the heartbreak and bravery of the now forgotten struggle of the labor movement in the early twentieth-century America, and pays tribute to the thousands of heroic women and men who risked their lives to win basic rights for all workers. Lyrical, heartbreaking and haunting, this eloquent novel confirms Wiley’s place among our nation’s finest writers.

David Grann

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David Grann is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning staff writer at The New Yorker magazine. His first book, The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, became a #1 New York Times best seller, and was chosen as one of the best books of 2009 by the New York Times, and the Washington Post, among other publications, and it won the Indies Choice award for best nonfiction book of that year. The Lost City of Z has been adapted into a major motion picture which was released in theaters last April. David’s other book, The Devil and Sherlock Holmes, contains many of his New Yorker stories, and was named by Men’s Journal one of the best true crime books ever written. Before joining The New Yorker in 2003, David was a senior editor at The New Republic. He holds master’s degrees in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy as well as in creative writing from Boston University.

David’s latest book, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, was released last April. It is a twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history. In the 1920's, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. In Killers of the Flower Moon, David revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. Based on years of research and startling new evidence, the book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals.

Craig Johnson

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Craig Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve full-length novels in the Walt Longmire mystery series. With 2.8 million Longmire books in print, Craig has stormed the mystery scene to captivate both readers and critics alike with his lively cast of characters, hilarious dialogue, and twisty plots–all set against a ruggedly beautiful Wyoming backdrop. The series is the inspiration behind Longmire, the hit TV show that was picked up by Netflix in 2015, and has been renewed for its sixth and final season, set to air this fall.His acclaimed books have won the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award, the Will Rogers Medallion Award for fiction, the Watson Award for a mystery novel, and the Wyoming Historical Association’s Book of the Year Award. Craig lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five.

Craig returns with his new Longmire novel, The Western Star. Sheriff Walt Longmire is enjoying a celebratory beer after a weapons certification, when a younger sheriff confronts him with a photograph of twenty five armed men standing in front of a Northern steam locomotive. It takes him back to when, fresh from the battlefields of Vietnam, then deputy Walt accompanied his mentor to the annual Wyoming Sheriff’s Association junket held on the excursion train known as the Western Star which ran the length of Wyoming. The photograph–along with an upcoming parole hearing for one of the most dangerous men Walt has encountered in a lifetime of law enforcement–hurtles the sheriff into a head-on collision of past and present, placing him and everyone he cares about squarely on the tracks of runaway revenge. As Walt traverses the sprawling landscape of Wyoming and his own memories, a dark secret unravels that threatens to destroy everything he holds dear.

Rocco DiSpirito

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Rocco DiSpirito is a healthy lifestyle crusader, James Beard award-winning chef, and highly acclaimed author of thirteen books, including five New York Times bestsellers. His newest cookbook, Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious, debuted October 17, 2017, and features more than 200 mostly plant-based recipes for everyday life. He is recognized for his inspiring weight loss journey and has dedicated his life to proving that healthy and delicious are not mutually exclusive.

Driven by a mission to inspire people to eat nutritious real food, he founded The Pound A Day Diet meal delivery service where he cooks for, and coaches clients to achieve their best health. Rocco prepares fresh, delicious meals made in his New York City kitchen and delivers to clients all over the country. Using only the best, local natural and organic ingredients, he creates one-of-a-kind menus and personalized programs designed to help customers reach their weight loss and total health goals.

Rocco makes healthy choices more accessible through his plant-based, all-natural product line, when he launched Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious, featuring an assortment of snacks and meals including chocolate bars, trail mix, hazelnut spread and high-protein shakes.

Rocco’s passion for cooking led him to study at the Culinary Institute of America and Boston University. By the time he turned 20 years old, he was working in the kitchens of legendary chefs around the globe. He was named Food & Wine magazine’s "Best New Chef," People magazine’s "Sexiest Chef" and was the first chef to appear on Gourmet magazine’s cover as "America’s Most Exciting Young Chef." His 3-Star restaurant Union Pacific was a New York City culinary landmark for years.

Adriana Trigiani: Emcee

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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, hit shelves October 13, 2015. Trigiani wrote and directed the major motion picture Big Stone Gap, which was released nationwide on October 9, 2015. She lives in Greenwich Village with her family.

Schedule of Events:

Friday Oct 27th
6:00 pm: Authors Dinner ($5,000+ Patrons)

Saturday Oct 28th
10:30 am: VIPatron Authors Signing Event
11:00 am: General Authors Signing Event
12:00 pm: Luncheon & Program
2:00 pm: Additional Book Sales & Signing



Reservations for Authors Luncheon 2017 are now closed. To make payments for existing reservations, please call 480-951-2950


Patron Levels of Support:

  • Erma's Circle: $25,000 and Above
DETAILS

  • Invitation for ten to Authors Dinner – table host and one guest seated with an author.
  • Premier seating for a table of ten at Authors Luncheon.
  • Ten complete sets of books.
  • Tribute page in luncheon program.
  • VIPatron pre-luncheon book signing for table guests.

  • Author's Circle: $20,000 and Above
DETAILS

  • Invitation for eight to Authors Dinner – table host and one guest seated with an author.
  • Premier seating for a table of ten at Authors Luncheon.
  • Ten complete sets of books.
  • Recognition in luncheon program.
  • VIPatron pre-luncheon book signing for table guests.

  • Publisher's Circle: $15,000 and Above
DETAILS

  • Invitation for six to Authors Dinner – table host and one guest seated with an author.
  • Premier seating for a table of ten at Authors Luncheon.
  • Ten complete sets of books.
  • Recognition in luncheon program.
  • VIPatron pre-luncheon book signing for table guests.

  • Nobel Prize: $10,000
DETAILS

  • Invitation for four to Authors Dinner – table host and one guest seated with an author.
  • Premier seating for table of ten at Authors Luncheon.
  • Ten complete sets of books.
  • Recognition in luncheon program.
  • VIPatron pre-luncheon book signing for table guests.

  • Pulitzer Prize: $5,000
DETAILS

  • Invitation for two to Authors Dinner.
  • Premier seating for table of ten at Authors Luncheon.
  • Two complete sets of books.
  • Recognition in luncheon program.

  • Best Seller: $3,000
DETAILS

  • Preferred seating for table of ten.
  • One complete set of books.
  • Recognition in luncheon program.
  • VIPatron pre-luncheon book signing for one patron.

  • Erma's Special Friend: $2,500
DETAILS

  • Invitation for one to Authors Dinner.
  • Preferred seating for one.
  • One complete set of books.
  • Recognition in luncheon program.
  • VIPatron pre-luncheon book signing for one patron.

  • Ballroom Table for 10: $2,000
DETAILS

  • 10 seats together in the ballroom.

  • First Edition Friend: $1,000
DETAILS

  • Preferred seating for one.
  • One complete set of books.
  • Recognition in luncheon program.
  • VIPatron pre-luncheon book signing for one patron.

  • Book Club: $500
DETAILS

  • Preferred seating for one.
  • Recognition in luncheon program.
  • VIPatron pre-luncheon book signing for one patron.

  • Friend: $300
DETAILS

  • Preferred seating for one.

  • Individual Ballroom Seating: $200
DETAILS

  • One seat in the ballroom.


Thank you to the 2016 Lead Patrons:

Mrs Lee Bowman

Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Legacy

Melani and Rob Walton Foundation

The Bombeck Family

Alexandra Bjorklund

Arizona Biltmore

Discount Tire

Dye Family Foundation

Southwest Kidney Institute

Melani Walton

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Grants & Donations

The Arizona Women’s Board is committed to the prevention of kidney disease through awareness, education and research and to improve the quality of life for Arizonans with kidney disease. Funds are raised through the annual Friends of Erma Bombeck Authors Luncheon and used exclusively for Arizona patients.

Aware of the many needs of kidney patients in Arizona, the Arizona Women’s Board provides funds for patient services ranging from transportation to and from dialysis treatments to kidney transplants, medications, dental care or a rent payment and food for the patient and family.

Last Years Grant Recipients

2016 Photo Album



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.

Contact Us

Tel: 480.951.2950
5921 East Indian Bend Road, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
contact@azwomensboard.org