Beatriz WmsBest-selling author Beatriz Williams is the special guest as the local branch of the American Association of University Women presents its annual scholarship fundraiser luncheon at the Molly Pitcher.

Her series of novels includes the breakout best-seller A Hundred Summers – a 1930’s period romance (hailed as the author’s “historic masterpiece”) of beach-house easy living complicated by secrets from a stormy past, as well as by the imminent arrival of a cataclysmic hurricane.

Although Beatriz Williams has managed to take the summer reading lists by storm in recent seasons through her scrupulously researched conjuring of settings that range from First World War Europe to 1960’s New York, the Connecticut-based mother of four famously hid her first attempts at fiction from public view on her company laptop – later honing her skills “as an at-home producer of small persons.”

On Thursday, the author whose works have been translated into a dozen languages returns to the greater Red Bank Green (where she put in a signing session at Fair Haven’s River Road Books several seasons back), as special guest for the annual Gala Scholarship Luncheon of the AAUW NJ Northern Monmouth County Branch – the state’s largest local chapter of the nationwide nonprofit American Association of University Women.

Scheduled for the noon hour, and offering a panoramic view of the Navesink at the Molly Pitcher Inn, the event — a fundraising vehicle for local scholarships and national fellowships for women — features a three-course meal and a talk by Williams. The folks at River Road Books will be on hand, too, selling signed copies of the author’s most recent novel, The Secret Life of Violet Grant.

Reservations are required and tickets are priced at $55; to check on availability of public tickets, call (732) 933-4855 (press option 5) or take it right here. Then go here to pre-order the next Beatriz Williams title, Along the Infinite Sea (coming in November) – and don’t forget the AAUW chapter’s big weekly Booksale, continuing Saturday mornings (except July and August) at Middletown’s Old First Church.