August 17, 2022

Event: 28th Book and Author – March 12

Join us on March 12th for the 28th annual Book and Author Event! We have a wonderful lineup of authors for our panel, in addition to the chance to buy the books at the event, and a boutique which start at 9:00 and personalized book signings at 9:30. Lindsey Reiser of CBS 5 News will act as our moderator as the authors speak before and after lunch. This years featured authors are New York Times Bestsellers Kristin Hannah, Tina Brown, A. J. Finn (aka Dan Mallory), Tayari Jones, and Steven Ross.

Kristin Hannah’s new novel revolves the Allbright family as they struggle with the realities of PTSD, mental health, and lack of homesteading knowledge in the face of an Alaskan winter. Shot through with significant events and cultural phenomena of the 1970s Hannah weaves the gripping tale of a family pushed to the edge of the world, sanity, and survival.

Tina Brown’s book The Vanity Fair Diaries is a nonfiction account of Brown’s eight years at Vanity Fair spent revitalizing the struggling magazine. We get a glimpse at the life of a wheeler and dealer in New York’s cutthroat media scene, filled with office politics, innovation, and backstabbing. We follow Brown not only through the behind the scenes stories of Vanity Fair’s coverage and covers, but through her personal journey of settling in a new country and juggling work life and family life.

A. J. Finn (AKA Dan Mallory)’s debut novel The Woman in the Window has set the publishing world buzzing. Long before it’s publication date of January 2018, the book had been flagged as a hot new title with plans to publish in 36 languages with a film adaption by Fox. This dark, psychological, thriller fills the reader with Hitchcockian foreboding as we follow NYC resident and agoraphobe Anna Fox’s decline into paranoia after witnessing a crime.

Tayari Jones’ An American Marriage is the combination of a love story and the American dream, but gone wrong. The unexpected and uncontrollable separation of a happy couple and the rekindling of an old friendship are set against the backdrop of the New South and a failed justice system. Jones’ intimate novel examines the complexities of emotional security and love.

Steven Ross’ new history book uncovers the true little-known history of the Nazis’ foothold in Los Angeles, California. With a plot involving a terror campaign and the take over Hollywood, the biggest propaganda machine in the world, the hope was inciting pogroms across the country. The harrowing story of the plot exposure by Leon Lewis and his Jewish spy ring of veterans and their wives shines light on just how close America came to succumbed to Nazi influence.

Event: University on Wheels 2018 – January 5th

Join BNC Phoenix on January 5th for the much anticipated University on Wheels event! Once again, Brandeis professors are back to give us a taste of a Brandeis education. This year’s speakers are Professor Eileen McNamara and Assistant Professor Maura Jane Farrelly, both from the American Studies Department.

The presentation, From Election to Investigation and All the “Fake News” in Between: Media Coverage of this Presidency, will be a non-partisan examination of the role media plays in modern politics. With expertise and extensive experience as both lecturers and journalists Professor McNamara and Asst. Professor Farrelly promise an outstanding program.

Professor Eileen McNamara is a journalist and former Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe columnist, in addition to chairing the Brandeis University Journalism Program and teaching in the American Studies department. Her  reporting career has focused on a range of social issues earning her awards from the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the Robert F. Kennedy Foundation, and the highest individual honor from the Academy of New England Journalists, among others. She also contributed to the Boston Globe’s coverage of the clergy sexual abuse scandal by pointing the Spotlight Team in the direction of stories she’d previously covered. She is played by Maureen Keiller in the 2015 film.

Asst. Professor Maura Jane Farrelly is a journalist, director of the Brandeis University Journalism Program and teaches in the American Studies department. She has previously worked with Georgia Public Radio, Voice of America in Washington, D.C., and New York, Public Radio International, and the British Broadcasting Corporation.

Event: BNC Phoenix Golf Classic – December 10th

Come enjoy a day on the green with the BNC Phoenix chapter! On December 10th BNC Phoenix will host the fist annual Golf Classic Tournament and Luncheon at the beautiful McCormick Ranch Golf Club. Come test your skills in the golf tournament, putt against our celebrity guest and MC Buddy Schultz, or just enjoy the sunshine, auction, and luncheon!

There will be many opportunities to attain fame and glory with prizes for tournament winners, closest to pin, longest putt, and hole in one.

Take part in the silent Auction of Experiences, where all of the prizes are once in a life time opportunities ranging from fine dining to Opera.

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Contact Lori Roth at 480-310-1605 with further questions.


Fall Luncheon – November 3rd

Join us on Friday, November 3rd in welcoming Beverly Gray, author of Seduced by Mrs. Robinson: How ‘The Graduate’ Became the Touchstone of a Generation, to our chapter’s event.

Beverly Gray has spent her life with one foot planted in the world of Hollywood film, and one in academia. This is reflected in her career ranging from journalism, and teaching at UCLA, to editing scripts, working casting calls, and rubbing elbows with directors and producers at New World Pictures. In her presentation about her book, she will uncover the inside story of how The Graduate came to fruition, how it became such a cultural phenomenon, and how it continues to influence us today.

This event requires a reservation which must be received by October 25th. The reservation form and further details can be found in the bulletin. All proceeds from this event will go towards BNC’s Sustaining the Mind Fund.

September Bulletin

BNC Phoenix’s September Bulletin is finally here! If you haven’t checked it out already we recommend you do, so as to not miss any events. We’ve packed this season with tons of exciting events for our members including:

  • Luncheons
  • A golf tournament
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • University on Wheels
  • Study Groups (including a men’s group)
  • Important contact information and forms

We can’t wait to have another wonderful season together.

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