Between the Covers … A Literary Luncheon – Our Fall Fundraiser


Don't miss the best conversation of the year!

Join us for lunch with 4 best-selling local authors


Friday October 20, 2023


Palos Verdes Golf Club - 3301 Via Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates

Net Proceeds to Benefit:

Boys & Girls Club of the LA Harbor
Community's Child
Manes for Movement
Marine Mammal Care Center - LA
South Bay Children's Health Center
South Coast Botanic Garden

We are honored to feature these exceptional writers:

Rebecca Forster - USA Today and Amazon Best Selling Author.

Rebecca started writing on a crazy dare and found her passion. Laurie Levenson, CBS Legal Correspondent calls Forster’s legal and police thrillers “perfect…impossible to put down.” The Witness Series, set in Hermosa Beach, is published worldwide and has over three million readers. Rebecca’s Finn O’Brien series takes inspiration from the micro-communities in Los Angeles. Her fast-paced tales are known for deep characterization and never-see-it-coming endings. READ MORE

Dr. Marilou Ryder -Professor. Speaker. Women and Girls' Advocate.

Marilou Ryder offers readers and audiences compelling research and tools to lead a more confident and empowered life. An educator with over a decade of CEO experience leading large school districts, Dr. Ryder has been on the front line of the changing nature of women in the workplace. An Amazon best-seller, Marilou uses personal stories from women and girls to provide insight on how females can access their personal power to become more confident and influential both at home and work. READ MORE

Ruth F. Stevens – Author and Playwright

Her debut novel, Stage Seven, was inspired in part by real-life experiences. It is based on Ruth’s theatrical play of the same title, produced in 2018. The novel was honored as a Book of the Month by, a global online platform reaching 50,000 book groups. It was also a selection for the Summer Reads program presented by HFC (originally Hilarity for Charity), an Alzheimer’s awareness organization... READ MORE

Wendall Thomas – Author. Screenwriter. Lecturer. Consultant.

Wendall Thomas teaches in the Graduate Film School at UCLA, lectures internationally on screenwriting, and has worked as an entertainment reporter, development executive, script consultant, and film and television writer. Her first Cyd Redondo novel, Lost Luggage, was nominated for the Lefty and Macavity Awards for Best Debut Mystery of 2017. Her second, Drowned Under... READ MORE

And our Host:

James T. Bartlett – Writer. Journalist. Researcher. True Crime Expert.

Born in England, James is the author of the Anthony Award-nominated true crime book, The Alaskan Blonde: Sex, Secrets, and the Hollywood Story that Shocked America, which examines a sensational 1953 murder that began in Fairbanks, ended with a suicide in Hollywood, and hit the pages of Life, Newsweek, Ebony, Jet, and the pulp detective magazines. His short story “Under the Stars” was selected….. READ MORE

Your day will also include:

  • A welcome glass of sparkling wine
  • Tray passed hors d'oeuvres
  • A plated 3-course lunch (indoors) with a beautiful view of the Palos Verdes Golf Course
  • Cash bar
  • Boutique Vendors
  • Silent Auction

Shop the Las Candalistas member marketplace:

  • Creations/Garden Shop
  • Jams & Gourmet Foods
  • Sweet Shoppe
  • Found Treasures
And more!


$125 a person

*price increases to $150 on October 5th

Reservations only - No walk-ins

Ticket Sales Close October 10th

unless we sell out

Our Last 2 Fall Fundraising Events Sold Out Quickly

*All Sales Final*

Questions? Email us at

Is Africa On Your Bucket List?

Your chance for a once in a lifetime African photo safari at an incredible price! Under $4000 for 2 people. Includes 6 days and nights in a 4 1/2-star colonial Zulu Nyala Heritage Hotel or Hemingway style tent huts. Enjoy sparkling swimming pools, lounges, tennis, 3 meals a day, while in "camp". Be amazed on your 2 guided safari excursions daily in one of the largest private game reserves in South Africa where the animals roam freely.

Be sure to check out this one-of-a-kind opportunity at our Fall Fundraiser. The number of trips we are allowed to sell is limited. A percent of each sale goes to the charities supported by Las Candalistas.