Express-News Book & Author Luncheon features six writers and their work

The 20th Annual San Antonio Express-News Book & Author Luncheon benefits the Cancer Therapy & Research Center at the UT Health Science Center

Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 – Book sales open at 10 a.m., where authors will be available to sign their work. Lunch is from 11:30 to 1 p.m.

Marriott Rivercenter, 101 Bowie St., San Antonio

Six authors will speak at the luncheon, which raises money for the CTRC’s Phase I Clinical Research Program. San Antonio writer and longtime Trinity English professor Coleen Grissom will lead the program, and Ian M. Thompson Jr., M.D., will give an update on the Cancer Therapy & Research Center with an overview of the Phase I Clinical Research Program.

The authors and their featured books are as follows:

John Besh, “My Family Table: A Passionate Plea for Home Cooking” — The New Orleans chef opened his only eatery outside Louisiana in San Antonio – Lüke — last year. In the new book, he makes a case for the importance of home-cooked meals.

Richard Paul Evans, “Lost December” — Evans’ Christmas novels have dispensed both holiday atmosphere and a Christian message. This year’s “Lost December” is no exception. There are more than 13 million copies of Evans’ books in print.

Elin Hilderbrand, “Silver Girl” — Set against the backdrop of a Nantucket summer, New England author Elin Hilderbrand’s fourth best-selling novel delivers a story of friendship, love and forgiveness.

Robert K. Massie, “Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman” — The 83-year-old historian has specialized in the House of Romanov in books such as the 1981 Pulitzer Prize-winning biography “Peter the Great: His Life and World.” Massie’s latest book is the monumental tale of a pale, thin, unwanted girl born to lesser Prussian nobility, and her rise to the Russian throne.

Candice Millard, “The Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President” — Former National Geographic journalist whose first book “The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey” was named a best book of the year by the New York Times Book Review, returns with another presidential tale about the 1880 shooting of President James Garfield.

Chris Van Dusen, “King Hugo’s Huge Ego” — The children’s book author and illustrator’s popular books for kids include “The Circus Ship,” and the “Mr. Magee” series. In his new book, Hugo is a tiny king with a very large ego.

The Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is one of the elite academic cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Designated Cancer Center, and is one of only four in Texas. A leader in developing new drugs to treat cancer, the CTRC Institute for Drug Development (IDD) conducts one of the largest oncology Phase I clinical drug programs in the world, and participates in development of cancer drugs approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. For more information, visit

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