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Wednesday, September 24, 2014 by The Press in Focus

Your look ahead at Valley Arts

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SOTA benefit: Society of the Arts (SOTA) present its second annual "Luncheon With The Authors" to benefit Allentown Art Museum educational programs and the SOTA Print Fund, Oct. 3, Lehigh Country Club, 2319 Cedar Crest Boulevard, Allentown. Three nationally-acclaimed authors, Becky Aikman, above, Chris Pavone and Amore Towles, will discuss their books, offer insights about their writing and answer questions. "Saturday Night Widows," a memoir, recounts Aikman's experiences as a widow in her forties. Following his bestselling first novel, "The Expats," Pavone has written the spy thriller, "The Accident." Towles' debut novel, "Rules of Civility," reached the bestseller list of The New York Times. The event begins at 11 a.m. with book sales, author signings and cash bar. Luncheon is at noon with the program following. Ticket deadline is Sept. 27: sotapa.org, 610-530-0101.

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Vietnam vet talk: Vietnam veteran Sgt. Clyde Hoch speaks about his wartime experiences and launches his sixth and latest book, "God Help Me! 'Cause No One Else Will," 1 p.m. Sept. 27, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown. Hoch volunteered to join the Marines in 1965, served in Vietnam 1968 - '69, and received numerous military awards. Hoch is active in the veterans' community, including the Lehigh County District Attorney's Office veteran mentoring program. The presentation marks the closing weekend of the museum's exhibition on the Vietnam War. Included are documents, letters, photographs, artifacts and military uniforms. Curators created a display wall to memorialize military personnel from Lehigh and Northampton counties who died in the war. Information: lehighvalleyheritagemuseum.org, 610-435-1074

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