Authors and AAUW leaders at the April 28, 2007 luncheonMore than 100 AAUW members and friends gathered at the Cedarwood Country Club to celebrate good reading and raise money for the Charlotte branch Research and Projects grant.

This year’s group of authors included Emyl Jenkins, an antiques’ aficionado whose latest release Stealing With Style is hot off the press. Mark de Castrique, a Charlotte native is the writer of numerous books–the latest is Final Undertaking–in addition to being the proud owner of an Emmy, Clio and all sorts of interesting activities. South Carolinian Cathy Pickens, will also be there. She has just released Hog Wild and some of her other books are Done Gone Wrong and Southern Fried.

Pictured, L-R, are Barbara White, AAUW NC Membership Vice President; Nancy Shoemaker, AAUW NC President; Mr. de Castrique; Diane Johnston, AAUW Charlotte co-president; Ms. Pickens; and Ms. Jenkins.

For more about the Research and Projects program of the AAUW Educational Foundation and its support of Career Development Grants and Community Action Grants, see the fellowships and grants section of To contribute to the fund, go to and designate your gift to fund #1429.