Saturday, March 31, 2007

We're Special!

There is only one other Literary Ladies Luncheon in the USA, according to Google, and it meets at the First Presbyterian Church in Ramsey, NJ. I just know that ours is more fun--and not just because some of us have a glass of wine every now and then.

I much prefer this LLL reference, from a review of a revival of the farce, "The Man Who Came to Dinner":
So what's a director to do if he wants people to understand even an inkling of the power wielded by [New York Times critic Alexander] Woollcott over the literary ladies luncheon set of the Depression Era?

Not-so Secret Agents

Two VA LLLers have recently landed literary agents:
  • Fran Slayton signed with Laura Rennert of Andrea Brown Literary, for a young adult novel.
  • Jenny Gardiner signed with Erin Cartwright Niumata of Folio Literary, for her novel-in-progress, right after last weekend's VaBook Festival.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Welcome to the LLL!

The Literary Ladies Luncheon got its start in Charlottesville, VA, in 1996, when Susan Tyler Hitchcock asked Bella Stander, who had just moved from Maine, to lunch. Susan brought along Deborah Sussman Susser, who years previously had lived two doors down from Bella in New York's Little Italy--though neither had ever seen each other. (Their tenements even shared a boiler. Small world, huh?) The three started meeting for lunch more or less monthly. Susan and Deborah started asking other women writers to come.

There were some hiccups: Deborah moved to Arizona, and the lunches stopped for nearly a year because so few people showed up. But Susan and Bella rallied, and the LLL became bigger and better than ever. Under Bella's benevolent dictatorship as Social Secretary (she was the only one willing to organize the lunches and the mailing list), the LLL grew to more than 40.

Bella moved to Denver at the end of 2005 and Janis Jaquith took over as Social Secretary. Now Bella is organizing an LLL chapter in Denver.