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luncheon with the authors 2022

Society of the Arts (SOTA)  is thrilled to present its tenth annual fundraising event Luncheon With The Authors on Thursday October 6, 2022. The event will be held at Lehigh Country Club in Allentown.

Three nationally-acclaimed authors, Fiona Davis, Stacy Willingham, and Liz Scheier will share remarks, participate in a panel discussion, and sign books for attendees.

Brittany Sweeney, a 2020 Emmy® Award Winner for Video Journalist will emcee for the benefit.


SOTA's Luncheon with the Authors gives the public an excellent opportunity to participate in an engaging discussion by three authors about their books, meet and speak personally with them, and pose questions during the panel discussion.  

The SOTA “Luncheon With The Authors” Committee members spend months reading nearly 30 books before deciding on the three authors, basing their choices not only on the authors' storytelling abilities, but also on how they would be as a panelist in providing a lively discussion with the event attendees.

Luncheon With The Authors benefits educational programs at the Allentown Art Museum, the SOTA Print Fund and the SOTA Education Endowment. Books purchased through SOTA also benefit the Allentown Art Museum.

The Details

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the authors

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FionA Davis

The Magnolia Palace

THE MAGNOLIA PALACE is a tantalizing historical novel about the secrets, betrayal, and murder  within one of New York City’s most impressive Gilded Age mansions. The Frick mansion was  built in 1914 and was the home of Henry Clay Frick, an industrialist who achieved great wealth  and who amassed a stunning art collection including works by Degas, Vermeer, and Rembrandt.  His art collection was so impressive that the house and its contents were left to the city and  became The Frick Collection in 1935. 

Best-Selling author, Fiona Davis pulls readers into a captivating dual narrative exploring the  Frick Mansion both as a private family residence and the public institution it would become.  The novel unwinds through the alternating perspectives of two women, both models, whose  experiences at the Frick are separated by nearly fifty years and are linked across the decades by Helen Frick, the imperious daughter of Henry Clay Frick. 

The result is a page-turning, meticulously researched masterpiece that explores ideas of  beauty, womanhood, resilience, and legacy.

FIONA DAVIS is the New York Times bestselling author of six historical fiction novels set in iconic New York City buildings, including THE MAGNOLIA PALACE, THE ADDRESS, and THE LIONS OF FIFTH AVENUE, which was a Good Morning America book club pick. Her novels have been chosen as “One Book, One Community” reads and her articles have appeared in publications like The Wall Street Journal and the Oprah magazine. She first came to New York as an actress, but fell in love with writing after getting a master's degree at Columbia Journalism School. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and she's based in New York City.

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Stacy Willingham

A Flicker in the Dark

Stacy Willingham’s debut novel, A FLICKER IN THE DARK has it all: psychological suspense,  opaque twists and turns, and an incredible sense of place, within the swampy atmosphere of  small-town Louisiana. 

When Chloe Davis was twelve, six teenage girls went missing in her small Louisiana town. By  the end of the summer, Chloe’s father had been arrested as a serial killer and promptly put in  prison. Chloe and the rest of her family were left to grapple with the truth and try to move  forward while dealing with the aftermath. 

Now twenty years later, Chloe is a psychologist in private practice in Baton Rouge and getting  ready for her wedding. She finally has a fragile grasp on the happiness she’s worked so hard to  get. Then a local teenage girl goes missing, and then another, and that terrifying summer comes  crashing back. Is she paranoid, and seeing parallels that aren’t really there, or for the second  time in her life, is she about to unmask a killer? 

In addition to making the New York Times Best Seller List, A FLICKER IN THE DARK has been optioned for an HBO limited series by actress Emma Stone, the Book of the Month Club named it a  monthly selection, and rights have been sold to a dozen countries around the world.

STACY WILLINGHAM is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of A Flicker in the Dark.

Before turning to fiction, she was a copywriter and brand strategist for various marketing agencies and earned her BA in magazine journalism from the University of Georgia and MFA in writing from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her work has been translated in over 30 countries.

She currently lives in Charleston, South Carolina, with her husband, Britt, and Labradoodle, Mako, where she is always working on her next book.

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Liz scheier

Never Simple

NEVER SIMPLE is Liz Scheier’s darkly funny and touching memoir of growing up in ’90s Manhattan with a brilliant, mendacious single mother. 

Scheier’s mother Judith was a news junkie, a hilarious storyteller, a fast-talking charmer you couldn’t  look away from, a single mother whose devotion crossed the line into obsession, and—when in the  grips of the mental illness that plagued every day of her life—a violent and abusive liar whose hold  on reality was shaky at best. On an uneventful afternoon when Scheier was eighteen, her mother  sauntered into the room to tell her two important things: one, she had been married for most of  Scheier’s life to a man she’d never heard of, and two, the man she’d told Scheier was her father was  entirely fictional. She’d made him up. Those two big lies were the start, but not the end; it took  dozens of smaller lies to support them, and by the time she was done she had built a farcical, half true life for the two of them, from fake social security number to fabricated husband. 

One hot July day twenty years later, Scheier receives a voicemail from Adult Protective Services,  reporting that Judith has stopped paying rent and is refusing all offers of assistance. That call is the  start of a shocking journey that takes the Scheiers, mother and daughter, deep into the cascading  effects of decades of lies and deception. 

NEVER SIMPLE is the story of learning to survive—and, finally, trying to save—a complicated  parent, as feared as she is loved, and as self-destructive as she is adoring.

LIZ SCHEIER is a former Penguin Random House editor who worked in publishing and content development for many years, including at Barnes & Noble.com and Amazon. She writes book reviews and feature articles for Publishers Weekly. She is now a product developer living in Washington, D.C., with her husband, two small children, and an ill-behaved cat. Never Simple is her first book.

Meet the emcee


Brittany Sweeney, a 2020 Emmy® Award Winner for Video Journalist, is passionate about telling compelling stories in her home state of Pennsylvania. Prior to her role with PBS39, Sweeney was the anchor of Eyewitness News at 7 p.m. on WYOU and a general assignment reporter for Eyewitness News at 11 p.m. She also became the host and producer of the area's only lifestyle show, PA Live at 4 p.m. daily. Her most memorable and intense experience in northeast Pennsylvania was covering the Eric Frein manhunt after an ambush-style attack on a state police barracks. Sweeney is a proud Temple University graduate who is always looking for intriguing story ideas in Berks County.

Questions? Contact
Diane MacConnell 610-597-6986 dianermac@gmail.com or
Maryann Dattilio 610-442-6880 mdt8244@gmail.com

To arrange for delivery of your purchase(s) please contact:

Sera Duffy (610-730-4169 / duffcrew@aol.com)