Virtual Gliterary Lunch Hour with Jeanine Cummins

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Virtual Gliterary Lunch Hour with Jeanine Cummins

24th September 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Jeanine Cummins

Treat yourself to a sociable, interactive lunch hour, while Jeanine Cummins tell us the story behind her bestseller, American Dirt. Rustle up a delicious lunch, pour yourself something sparkling and relax in great company.

American Dirt
Jeanine Cummins

The Author

Jeanine Cummins was born in Spain, lived in Belfast and then New York but now calls Maryland home . She studied creative writing at Towson University, spent ten years working in the publishing industry and is the author of bestselling A Rip in Heaven. AMERICAN DIRT has been optioned for film by Imperative Entertainment  with screenwriter, Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond).

Praise for Jeanine Cummins

‘This tough, powerful novel is an eye opener. It made me understand better why someone would give up the home they know and love to survive, and the grit required to cross that border. It is essential reading for our time’.  Tracy Chevalier

The Book

‘Migrants are people. They are people, they are people, they are people’. Jeanine Cummins.

Lydia Quixano Perez runs a bookstore in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She has a delightful son and a wonderful husband who is a journalist and while there are cracks beginning to show in the city because of the drug cartels, her life is comfortable.

But that was yesterday. Today, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca have been forced to flee, leaving behind their middle-class existence. Instantly transformed into migrants, Lydia and Luca join countless people trying to reach el norte riding la bestia―trains that make their way north toward the United States.

A literary page-turner filled with poignancy and drama, American Dirt is a work of fiction inspired by the truth of the hundreds of migrants illegally crossing the US-Mexican border.

About Our Virtual Lunches

At each lunch one compelling award-winning author talks about their book and inspirations, and then answers any questions from the Chair and guests.  Previous virtual lunches have featured the award-winning Sophie Hannah, the fantastically indomitable Ruby Wax, the wise and warm Fern Britton and the prolific best seller Louise Candlish.  We have welcomed guests from all over the UK as well as much further afield including Switzerland, Singapore and South Africa.

Both authors and guest have found our Virtual Lunch Hour platform (Crowdcast) so easy to use:  it allows for lots of chat, questions and social interaction making these virtual events incredibly sociable and interactive. Just click on the Book Now button, pay for your place and we will send you the link.

For those of you looking for corporate entertaining opportunities, why not book several places and then meet up on zoom or a similar platform to chat about the book afterwards.


The Virtual Gliterary Lunch Hour offers special sponsorship opportunities and tailored corporate packages : so can be a great way of keeping your company profile high while meeting in person is more challenging. Contact us for more information.


To book your space for this virtual Gliterary Lunch, just click the Book Now button.  Once payment has been received, we will send you a registration email from Crowdcast which is the platform we use to host our virtual lunches.

Group Bookings: Please note that if you are paying for multiple places, you need to supply email addresses for all attendees.  If you are booking on behalf of an organisation and need an invoice rather than paying by payment card, contact [email protected].

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to call us on 07525 791454 or email [email protected]

What People Say About Gliterary Lunches

Excellent speakers, food and company - great event, not to be missed.

Daniela Gardiner, Panasonic

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