Orange County authors who had books published in 1985 will be honored at the 21st annual Authors Recognition Dinner hosted by the UC Irvine Friends of the Library on Sunday at the Registry Hotel in Irvine.
Among the 50 authors to be honored at the dinner, which begins at 6 p.m. are Gregory Benford, a UCI physics professor and author of the science-fiction novel "Artifact." Other authors include T. Jefferson Parker of Laguna Beach ("Laguna Heat"), Virginia Smith of Laguna Hills ("Inhale, Exhale, Hold and Other Poems"), Jack Rowe of Villa Park ("Brandywine") and Jeanne Warren Lindsay of Buena Park ("Teens Look at Marriage: Rainbows, Roles and Realities").
Los Angeles Times columnist Jack Smith will speak at the dinner and Vick Knight, author and past Friends of the Library president, will serve as master of ceremonies.
Friends of the Library, an organization of about 1,200 members and patrons, raises funds for the acquisition of rare books and promotes the growth of the university library. It began hosting the recognition dinner in order to reward and encourage original writing among county residents.
Tickets to the dinner are $20 and may be obtained by calling the Friends of the Library office on campus weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon, (714) 856-5300.