Coleen Grissom, Ph.D., Ms. of ceremonies (far right, in purple), congratulates event supporters and invited authors on the success of the 21st Book & Author Luncheon. Pictured (front row, L-R) are: Sherry McNeil, event co-chair; Chris Bohjalian, author; Joe Nick Patoski, author; Sandra Cisneros, author; Donna Thompson, event co-chair; (back row, L-R) Laurie Kaplan, event co-chair; Nick van Frankenhuyzen, author; H.W. Brands, author; Jack Bishop, author; and Mary Brook, Cancer Center Council president.
The 21st annual San Antonio Express-News Book & Author Luncheon held in October 2012 in San Antonio was attended by more than 1,000 and raised more than $269,000 in net proceeds to support the Phase I Clinical Research Program at the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) at the UT Health Science Center. Over its history, since 1991, the event has raised a total of more than $3 million in gifts.