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American Association of University Women holds Authors’ Tea to raise funds for scholarships

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Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2011 7:34 am

More than 100 women attended the Lodi Branch American Association of University Women’s Authors’ Tea, which was held on April 9 to raise funds for scholarships for senior girls at all four Lodi Unified School District high schools and for middle school girls to attend Tech Trek science/math summer camp.

Attendees enjoyed tea and cookies while listening to five local authors reveal their personal experiences with the writing process and about how they became published.

The authors included Nancy Claus, who writes children’s books, and true to her name, feature Christmas stories; Danna Smith, also a children’s author, whose most recent work is a counting book featuring zoo animals; Debra Ann Ristau, who has published several non-fiction books with her latest being about Lodi wine and wineries; Susan Crosby, a romance writer, who has four books being published this year; and Robin Burcell, who currently writes contemporary crime novels using her experience as a police officer in the Lodi Police Department as well as her training as a forensic artist and as a hostage negotiator, to make her books realistic as well as entertaining.

Autographed books from all the authors were available for purchase.

The event was co-chaired by Audrey Churhill and Joanne Hildenbrand and tables were decorated by members using their own tea services.

More information about Lodi AAUW can be found at www.aauwlodi.com.

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