The 2023 Book & Author Luncheon Hosted Doesn’t Disappoint

Chris Erskine, co-author of “What the Bears Know,” was a hit at the La Cañada Flintridge Orthopaedic Guild Luncheon.
Photos by Ruth SOWBY



Each year, book lovers look forward to the LCFOG luncheon where they hear their favorite authors discuss their newly published books. With purchased books in hand, customers get to have the authors sign their books.  

The Book & Author Luncheon, held at the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club, attracted close to 200 book lovers who wanted to meet their favorite authors.

On Oct. 24, this year’s books and their authors were honored at the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club. Featured were “The Love Scribe” author Amy Meyerson, “Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club” author J. Ryan Stradal and “What the Bears Know” authors Steve Searles and longtime Los Angeles Times columnist Chris Erskine. (Erskine has appeared three times at the LCFOG Book & Author Luncheon.) Erskine’s books were sold out during his book signing.

Luskin OIC Foundation Assistant VP Mary Beth Perrin introduces Alison Rentena, a 9-year-old patient of the Luskin Orthopaedic Institute for Children.

Before the authors were presented, a special guest was honored. Alison Rentena, 9, a patient at the Luskin Orthopaedic Institute for Children, was introduced by Luskin OIC Foundation Assistant V.P. Mary Beth Perrine. Alison has had several surgeries, which allow her to not only stand straight but also dance – skills she showed off at the luncheon. 

No stranger to the limelight, Alison said, “Most of all, I like to be on stage dancing.”   

Proud mother Carolina Mejia agreed.    

Sandy Hannozi, first time guest at the luncheon (left), enjoys the company of Guild Membership Chair Jeanne Long.

Author book signings and silent auction bidding followed.

The mission, in part, of the Luskin Orthopaedic Institute for Children: “We provide orthopaedic care for children, regardless of their ability to pay.” The practice was started in 1911. Proceeds from the luncheon were donated to Luskin OIC. Over the years the Guild has donated more than $840,000 to benefit children.