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Book Lovers' Lunch features Bestselling Author Lisa Genova

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  • Cover of Lisa Genova's Bestselling novel, Love Anthony

    Cover of Lisa Genova's Bestselling novel, Love Anthony
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Melissa Jarmel & Jill Rosenberg

CHICAGO, April 22, 2013 - Renowned best-selling novelist Lisa Genova, author of Love Anthony, Left Neglected and Still Alice, will lead an engaging discussion about her work at Bernie's Book Bank's second annual Book Lovers' Lunch on Friday, May 3. Funds raised by the event will benefit Bernie's Book Bank, which works to increase book ownership by distributing new and used books to at-risk children throughout the Chicago area.

The Book Lovers' Brunch will take place at Shoreacres Golf Club in Lake Bluff, Illinois, at 11:30 a.m., with Genova's presentation and book signing to be the highlight of the event. Genova's three novels have spent more than 40 weeks on The New York Times' best-seller list, and a play based on her first book, Still Alice, is currently onstage at Chicago's Lookingglass Theatre.

Genova is passionate about Bernie's Book Bank's efforts to collect, process and redistribute quality new and used children's books in order to increase book ownership among infants, toddlers and school-age children.

"Bernie's Book Bank is doing incredibly important work, helping tens of thousands of at-risk children experience the pure delight of reading at home," Genova said. "I am thrilled to support this growing organization through the Book Lovers' Brunch, an event where attendees are certain to be inspired by Bernie's Book Bank's mission."

"We are very fortunate that an author as talented and acclaimed as Lisa is participating in the Book Lovers' Lunch, familiarizing more members of the Chicago-area community with what we're working to accomplish," said Brian Floriani, Executive Director of Bernie's Book Bank. "We recently distributed our millionth book, and in 2013, we intend to distribute another million books to more than 60,000 children. With events like the Book Lover's Lunch and the help of our dedicated volunteers, donors and sponsors, we will accomplish our goal."

Book Lovers' Lunch attendees have the unique opportunity to participate in an intimate gathering with Genova prior to the lunch in an "author exclusive," for which a limited number of tickets are available. For event tickets, and the chance to win two tickets to Still Alice at the Lookingglass Theatre, an overnight at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago and dinner for two at deca RESTAURANT, please visit