Have dinner with one of 62 authors

November 04, 1999|By Los Angeles Daily News

If you've got a yen to quiz attorney Christopher Darden about the O.J. Simpson trial or to talk fiction with writers Barbara Taylor Bradford and Jackie Collins, you can do it -- if you can write a big enough check.

It costs $300 just for a chance to hobnob with any author, or $2,500 to chow down with the author of your choice, but the money is going to a good cause: children's reading programs throughout the Los Angeles County library system. Volunteer hosts will each welcome well-known authors and 10 to 24 paying guests for an evening. Seats for the Monday dinners are going fast, but about 100 spots are still unfilled, said Jane Ackerman, president of the Council of the Library Foundation.

Actor and author Gregory Peck has agreed to mingle with book fans over dinner. Others include Betsy Bloomingdale, Fannie Flagg, Larry Gelbart, David Halberstam, Arianna Huffington, Bill Maher, Leonard Maltin, Gail Sheehy and George Takei.

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