National Kidney Foundation - 33rd Annual Author Luncheon (Virtual Event)

Saturday, November 13 • 12:00pm PT/3:00pm ET • Virtual Event
Hosted by Liam Mayclem


The National Kidney Foundation’s Authors Luncheon is the largest literary event of its kind in the Bay Area, allowing those who are passionate about literature to join with NKF in the effort to transform kidney care and improve the lives of millions through education, advocacy, and research.

For 32 years the Authors Luncheon has welcomed nearly 1,000 Bay Area guests to celebrate renowned, bestselling authors. Doing our part to keep our community safe in the face of COVID-19, we will again take the event VIRTUAL; connecting with our guests where they are – from the comfort of their favorite reading nooks all over the GLOBE.  

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2021 Presenting Authors (to date)


Walter Mosley

Walter Mosely is the author of more than fifty critically acclaimed books, including the major bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins. His work has been translated into twenty-five languages and he lives in New York City.

Mary Roach

Mary Roach is the author of five best-selling works of nonfiction, including GruntStiff, and, most recently, Fuzz. Her writing has appeared in National Geographic and the New York Times Magazine, among other publications. She lives in Oakland, California.

Elizabeth Strout

Elizabeth Strout is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Olive, AgainAnything Is Possible, winner of the Story Prize; My Name Is Lucy BartonThe Burgess BoysOlive Kitteridge, for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. She lives in Maine.

Amor Towles

Amor Towles is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Rules of Civility and A Gentleman in Moscow. The two novels have collectively sold more than four million copies and have been translated into more than thirty languages. Towles lives  in Manhattan with his wife and two children.


With Special Appearances By (to date)

Michael Krasny

Michael Krasny is the former host of the award winning KQED Forum, a program discussing news and public affairs, current events, culture, health, business and technology.

Gail Tsukiyama

Gail Tsukiyama was born in San Francisco, California to a Chinese mother from Hong Kong and a Japanese father from Hawaii. She attended San Francisco State University where she received both her Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Master of Arts Degree in English. She is the bestselling author of Women of the Silk and The Samurai's Garden, as well as the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Award and the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award. Gail is also currently the Executive Director of WaterBridge Outreach: Books + Water, a nonprofit organization that provides books and access to water in developing countries. Her latest novel, The Color of Air, was published in July of 2020.



The Awkward Black Man Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802149565
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grove Press - September 15th, 2020

Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law Cover Image
ISBN: 9781324001935
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 14th, 2021

Oh William!: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812989434
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House - October 19th, 2021

The Lincoln Highway: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735222359
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking - October 5th, 2021