On Thursday, May 12, the American Association of University Women will honor Patricia Brooks as its "Woman of the Year" during their award ceremony tea at 2 p.m. in the Grand Hall, Waveny.

Brooks received a bachelor's degree in drama from Vassar College, a master's degree from the University of Minnesota in English and subsequently did advanced studies in English at the University of London, England. She met Lester Brooks while there and they married a year later. The Brooks family moved to New Canaan in 1959, where Patricia became active in local politics through the League of Women Voters and as Chairman of the Democratic Town Committee. She served as Justice of the Peace, although she never managed to perform one of the functions of the job (according to the job description) of "quelling riots on bridges." She served on the AAUW Program Committee as chairman as well as on the publicity committee for the book-author's lunch.

She is perhaps best known as the restaurant reviewer for the Connecticut edition of the New York Times since 1977 and has written many articles for Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Travel and Leisure, Harper's Bazaar, Newsweek and many others. She has co-authored 25 books, including three cookbooks, nine travel guides and three books on burial sites of famous people (including "Where the Bodies Are" for which she received a Lowell Thomas "Best Travel Book" Award). She and her late husband Lester, also a writer, co-authored travel guides to Spain, Britain, Portugal, New York State and New England. Her best known cookbook is "The Presidents' Cookbook," co-authored with Poppy Cannon, while her most recent book is "The Food Lovers' Guide to Connecticut," now in its third edition.

Sandra Arnold, outgoing President of AAUW, will also be named "Branch Named Gift Honoree" for the Branch's donation to the AAUW Educational Fund at this ceremony.

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All members and their guests are invited to attend this event.

For more information on the New Canaan Branch of AAUW, call Janet Congdon at 203-966-6116 or Lois Sandberg at 203-966-2848.