Jon Batson, One of Nine North Carolina Authors, Spotlighted at 'Lunch with an Author' in Wilmington, NC

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Last Monday afternoon's "Lunch with an Author" fundraiser at The City Club in Wilmington featured a diverse group of writers from across North Carolina. The periodic literary event, arranged by McColl & Associates, raised over $15,000 for local schools and Cape Fear Community College.

Over 50 attendees came to meet, talk with and purchase the works of award-winning short story author and science fiction novelist Jon Batson ("Adventures of a Space Bum"); young school-age brothers and veteran travel writers Holland and Shark Baynard ("Holland and Shark Take Normandy"); Non-fiction writer and fast trains aficionado Nancy Bolts ("Fast Trains: America's High Speed Future"); political thriller author John S. Budd ("Common 3"); food and spirits writer Joel Finsel ("Cocktails & Conversations from the Astral Plane"); motivational author and career coach Jane High McMurry ("Navigating the Lipstick Jungle"); mystery writer Sabrina Stephens ("Canned Good") and well-known local comedian and Yankee super-fan Steve Melia ("162").

"We are proud to be the only event of its kind," stated Louise McColl, President of McColl & Associates, Inc., a Wilmington, NC, event management and coordination company. "'Lunch with an Author' celebrates local and statewide authors while giving back to our local community. Corporate sponsors play a critical role in supporting 'Lunch with an Author.' We greatly appreciate our event sponsors JB's Diving Instruction & Charters and Hopkins and Associates Real Estate and table sponsors Julia's Florist, Homewood Suites, and the Lea/Schultz Law Firm."

"I'm honored to be in the company of such a unique group of talented authors. My thanks to Louise McColl for the invitation, Dana Cook of Julia's Florist for sponsoring the 'Adventures of a Space Bum' table and to everyone who attended the luncheon," said Jon Batson, who has won the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society's Short Story contest multiple times.

About Jon Batson: Award-winning author Jon Batson is a prolific writer with over a dozen novels to his credit. His most recent "Adventures of a Space Bum" (Ink Smith Publishing) continues his foray into science fiction. "The Trasaron Chronicles", "Mars Quake" and "Doll Bodies" are a few of his tales in this popular genre. His gritty, often irreverent style strikes a chord of contemplation and demands your attention with subtle innuendo and carefully scattered satire. Jon lives with his wife in Raleigh, NC, where he is outlining his next novel. For more information, visit www.TheRealJonBatson.com.




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