Anaheim is not the only Orange County city hosting big-name authors.
On Tuesday, the Irvine Hilton Hotel will be the scene of The Times Orange County Edition's first "Book and Author Luncheon." But you're out of luck if you haven't already made a reservation to hear Lady Bird Johnson, broadcast veteran David Brinkley and novelist T.C. Boyle. The luncheon is sold out.
Times public relations coordinator Cindy Beyl said 580 people will attend the luncheon, where the guest speakers will also be signing copies of their books: Johnson's "Wildflowers Across America" (Abbeville Press), Brinkley's "Washington Goes to War" (Alfred A. Knopf) and Boyle's epic novel "World's End" (Viking). Despite the sell-out, Beyl said a decision has not been made on whether The Times will host more book and author luncheons. However, she ventured to say that "I think we will because this has so far been successful."
Winners of UC Irvine's 14th annual Chicano Literary Contest were recently presented at an awards ceremony at the Pacific Symphony Concert Hall in Santa Ana. First-place and $400 were presented to Demetria Martinez of Albuquerque, N.M., for her poetry collection "Chimayo, New Mexico"; to Alfonso Pena Ramos of Reading, Pa., for his play "Matachin Dancer"; and to Silviana Wood of Tucson, Ariz., for her short story "And Where was Pancho Villa When You Really Needed Him?" Among the other winners were James Sauceda of Laguna Niguel, who received a third-place award and $150 for his play "Magic Kit." Olivia Davila Flores of Anaheim won an honorable mention for her poetry collection "Twelve Poems."