Meredith May is an award-winning journalist and fifth-generation beekeeper. Her memoir, The Honey Bus, reveals the life lessons she learned in her grandfather’s Big Sur bee yard that rescued her from a difficult childhood. The book has been published in eighteen countries and translated into eleven languages. The following review from a New York Times bestselling author says it all:  “Filled with hope, grace, beauty, and wisdom, this book is like warm honey in the sunshine . . . it’s the kind of book that stays with you long after you’ve finished it—a rare treasure—and you don’t have to be a bee lover to be deeply moved.”


Meredith is a former professor of journalism and podcasting at Mills College in Oakland, CA. During her sixteen-year career at the San Francisco Chronicle, her reporting won the PEN USA Literary Award for Journalism, the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism, and first-place feature-writing awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Associated Press. Her series about an Iraqi boy wounded during the second Gulf War was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize.


Meredith lives in San Francisco, where she rows on the Bay and cares for several beehives in a community garden.

Amy Stewart is the New York Times best-selling author of ten books, including Girl Waits with Gun and the rest of the Kopp Sisters series, which are based on the true story of one of America’s first female deputy sheriffs and her two spirited sisters. The books are in development with Amazon Studios for a television series. Amy's popular nonfiction titles include The Drunken Botanist

Wicked Plants, and Flower Confidential. Her books have sold over a million copies worldwide and have been translated into 17 languages.


Amy travels the country as a highly sought-after public speaker whose engaging lectures have inspired and entertained audiences at college campuses such as Cornell and Harvard, corporate offices like Google, conferences and book festivals, botanical gardens, bookstores, and libraries nationwide. She has also been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition and Fresh Air, as well as on television, including CBS Sunday Morning, Good Morning America, and the PBS documentary The Botany of Desire.

Amy lives in Portland with her husband Scott Brown, a rare book dealer. They own an independent bookstore called Eureka Books, which is so independent that it lives in California while they live in Oregon.




September 11, 2019

5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.



Your choice of:

Grilled Salmon

Short Ribs

Butternut Squash Ravioli


MVCC house salad, artisan bread,

coffee, iced tea, or soda & chef's choice dessert



Mission Viejo Country Club

26200 Country Club Dr.

Mission Viejo, CA 92691



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Call or email to order your books from Mystery Ink

 Phone:  (714) 960-4000



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To ensure an intimate event, seating is limited.

You can reserve a table exclusively for your group of 10 with a $50 club donation.


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LGOC's mission is to celebrate the written word by linking the reading community with women authors. Since May of 1994, we have hosted the Festival of Women Authors and Return Engagement evenings. We are now thrilled to also host Fall and Spring literary salons.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Mesa Verde Country Club, Costa Mesa


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