The Assistance League of Houston was pleased to reinstate a popular event benefiting its philanthropic programs. Books ‘n Brunch was be held on Thursday, April 8, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at the Houston Racquet Club located at Voss and Memorial. The event provided an opportunity for local authors to make a presentation showcasing their literary works and to offer them for sale. The authors were Katherine Center, Kathryn Casey and Chris Shepherd. A portion of the proceeds for each book purchased went directly to Assistance League of Houston. In addition to the book sale, was both a live and silent auction. It is the only major fundraising event the Assistance League planned for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.
Proceeds benefit the philanthropic programs of Assistance League® of Houston: Operation School Bell®, Scholarship Program, Celebration of Giving and Head Start Readers.
Katherine Center —Katherine Center’s newest novel is WHAT YOU WISH FOR. She’s the New York Times bestselling author of eight novels, including How to Walk Away and Things You Save in a Fire. Her novel The Lost Husband is now a movie starring Josh Duhamel that just hit #1 on Netflix. She writes laugh-and-cry books about how life knocks us down—and how we get back up. BookPage calls her “the reigning queen of comfort reads.” Katherine has been compared to both Jane Austen and Nora Ephron, and the Dallas Morning News calls her stories, “satisfying in the most soul-nourishing way.” Her books have made countless Best-Of lists, incluing RealSimple’s Best Books of 2020, Amazon’s Top 100 Books, Goodreads’ Best Books of the Year, the Indie Next Great Reads List, and many more. Katherine lives in her hometown of Houston, Texas, with her husband, two kids, and their fluffy-but-fierce dog.
Kathryn Casey —A novelist and an award-winning journalist, Kathryn Casey is the creator of the Clara Jefferies and Sarah Armstrong mystery series and the author of eleven highly acclaimed true crime books. Her first novel, SINGULARITY, was one of Booklist’s best crime novel debuts of 2009, and Library Journal chose the third, THE KILLING STORM, as one of the best books of 2010. True crime matriarch Ann Rule has called Casey “one of the best in the true crime genre.” NY Times bestselling author Gregg Olsen describes Casey as “a true crime great.” Casey is a frequent television and radio commentator and has appeared on Dateline, 20/20, Oprah, Oprah Winfrey’s Oxygen Network, Reelz, Court TV, Biography, Nancy Grace, E! Network, TruTv, Investigation Discovery, The Travel Channel and A&E.
Chris Shepherd—Chris, a James Beard Award-winning chef, opened Underbelly in 2012. He was named one of the 10 Best New Chefs in America by Food & Wine in 2013 and received the 2014 James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southwest. He then opened One Fifth, UB Preserv and Georgia James, all earning the No. 1 spot on Texas Monthly‘s list of Best New Restaurants in Texas. Georgia James was on GQ‘s list of the best new restaurants in America. He was a semifinalist for the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef in 2019 and was named Robb Report‘s Chef of the Year. Chris’ first cookbook, Cook Like a Local: Flavors that Will Change the Way You Cook—and See the World, was nominated for a 2020 James Beard Foundation Book Award. His foundation Southern Smoke distributed more than $4.8 million directly to people in the food and beverage industry in need via the Emergency Relief Fund and to organizations representing needs of people in the industry.