National Kidney Foundation - 31st Annual San Francisco Author Luncheon (Marriott Marquis San Francisco)

Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 10:00am

San Francisco Marriott Marquis
Tickets: $145 (individual tickets); $1350 (tables)

 The National Kidney Foundation’s 31st Annual Authors Luncheon is the largest literary event of its kind in the Bay Area, bringing together those who are passionate about literature and saving lives through kidney disease research, advocacy, and education.

Welcoming nearly 1,000 guests annually, the event celebrates a group of renowned, bestselling authors, and includes many leading corporate, medical, community, and literary partners.  Attendees have the opportunity to meet each author during book signing sessions.


2019 Presenting Authors (to date)

Pam Jenoff
The author of several novels of historical fiction, including the New York Times bestsellers The Lost Girls of Paris and The Orphan’s Tale. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from George Washington University and a master’s degree in history from Cambridge, and she received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Jenoff’s novels are inspired by her experiences working at the Pentagon and also as a diplomat for the State Department handling Holocaust issues in Poland. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and three children.

Adam Mansbach
A novelist, screenwriter, humorist, and cultural critic (in addition to having built an obscene fake children's book empire). His books include Rage Is Back, the California Book Award-winning The End of the Jews, and the best sellers Angry Black White Boy and For This We Left Egypt?, cowritten with Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel. Mansbach was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for his screenplay for the Netflix Original Barry, and is currently adapting his middle-grade novel Jake the Fake Keeps It Real for the Disney Channel. His forthcoming book is F---, Now There Are Two of You.

Gianna Marino
Born in San Francisco, she spent her early years galloping horses through Golden Gate Park. She's made a living as an apprentice to a muralist, a jewelry designer, a product designer, and a horse carriage driver. Addicted to foreign adventure, Marino has traveled worldwide, including Europe, Asia, Australia, and Central and South America. Between explorations, she lives and works in Northern California and still gallops on horses. Her latest book is Just Like My Brother.

John McReynolds
The author of the Stone Edge Farm Cookbook (2013), winner of the 2014 Cookbook of the Year and Best First Book awards from the International Association of Culinary Professionals (a historic first for a self-published cookbook). He was the founding chef and co-owner of Café La Haye in Sonoma, CA for ten years and is the Executive Chef and Culinary Director of Stone Edge Farm Estate Vineyards and Winery. His recipes have appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, and cookbooks. His latest cookbook is the Stone Edge Farm Kitchen Larder Cookbook.

Julia Flynn Siler
A New York Times best-selling author and journalist, and most recently the author of The White Devil's Daughters. She is also the author of Lost Kingdom: Hawaii's Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America's First Imperial Adventure, and her first book, The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty, was a finalist for a James Beard Award and a Gerald Loeb Award for distinguished reporting. A veteran journalist, Siler is a longtime contributor and former staff writer for The Wall Street Journal and has been a guest commentator on CNBC, CNN, and the BBC.

Tiffany Shlain
Honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century,” she is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker and founder of the Webby Awards. Her films and work have received more than eighty awards and distinctions, including being selected for the Albert Einstein Foundation’s Genius: 100 Visions of the Future. NPR names Shlain’s UC Berkeley address on their list of best commencement speeches, and her films have premiered at top festivals, including Sundance. Find out more on and follow @TiffanyShlain.

Monique Truong
Her first novel, The Book of Salt, was a New York Times Notable Book.  It won the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, the 2003 Bard Fiction Prize, the Stonewall Book Award-Barbara Gittings Literature Award, and the 7th Annual Asian American Literary Award, and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and Britain's Guardian First Book Award. She is the recipient of the PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship, Princeton University's Hodder Fellowship, and a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship. Her latest book is The Sweetest Fruits.

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The Lost Girls of Paris Cover Image
ISBN: 9780778330271
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Published: Park Row - January 29th, 2019

A New York Times Bestseller

Fuck, Now There Are Two of You (Go the Fuck to Sleep #3) Cover Image
By Adam Mansbach, Owen Brozman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781617757600
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Published: Akashic Books - October 1st, 2019

"Adam Mansbach, whose breakout book Go the F**k to Sleep was recorded by Samuel L. Jackson to viral acclaim, has completely shaken up the children's lit space with his profane, candid, and deeply hilarious odes to the trials of parenthood."
--Entertainment Weekly

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ISBN: 9780425290606
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - April 30th, 2019

An entertaining and moving tribute to big brothers by the author/illustrator of Meet Me at the Moon and Following Papa's Song.

Stone Edge Farm Kitchen Larder Cookbook Cover Image
ISBN: 9780847864546
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Published: Rizzoli - March 12th, 2019

Focusing on ten ingredients, this book will enliven and inspire the way you harvest, shop, stock your pantry, and cook for everyday meals and special occasions.

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The White Devil's Daughters: The Women Who Fought Slavery in San Francisco's Chinatown Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101875261
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Published: Knopf - May 14th, 2019

During the first hundred years of Chinese immigration--from 1848 to 1943--San Francisco was home to a shockingly extensive underground slave trade in Asian women, who were exploited as prostitutes and indentured servants.

24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982116866
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Published: Gallery Books - September 24th, 2019

In 24/6, Tiffany Shlain explores how turning off screens one day a week can work wonders on your brain, body, and soul.

Internet pioneer and renowned filmmaker Tiffany Shlain takes us on a provocative and entertaining journey through time and technology, introducing a strategy for living in our 24/7 world: turning off all screens for twenty-four hours each week.

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ISBN: 9780735221017
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Published: Viking - September 3rd, 2019

"A sublime, many-voiced novel of voyage and reinvention" (Anthony Marra)

"[Truong] imagines the extraordinary lives of three women who loved an extraordinary man [and] creates distinct, engaging voices for these women" (Kirkus Reviews)