At the upcoming 31st annual Book and Author Luncheon American Association of University Women (AAUW), April 22, 11:15 a.m. at Woodway Country Club, Darien, the authors of three current books will be guest speakers and will sign their books.

Jennifer Burns, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. John Burns of New Canaan, is the author of "Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right," is the daughter of John and Barbara Burns and grew up in New Canaan, attended New Canaan Country School and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University. She earned a Ph.D. at UC Berkeley and is currently an assistant professor of history at the University of Virginia. She has lectured at Harvard, Columbia Business School, Rice University And the Cato Institute and has written articles for the Harvard magazine, Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy and other academic journals.

Her well-researched book on Rand, an author and political theorist, gives insights into one of the most controversial and intriguing figures of the past century whose novels are still widely read. Professor Burns had unprecedented access to Rand's private papers and the original unedited versions of her journals and offers a new evaluation of Rand and her influence on the conservative political movement.

Harlan E. Anderson, author of "Learn, Earn & Return: My Life as a Computer Pioneer," has been a resident of New Canaan for 42 years and a board member of many local non-profit organizations. He has also been a trustee of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His fascinating book tells of his role, as the co-founder of Digital Equipment Corporation in 1957, in the start of and early days of the computer age at the University of Illinois and MIT.

Nancy Goldstone is a writer-historian who lives in Westport. Her latest book is "The Lady Queen: TheNotorious Reign of Joanna I, Queen of Naples, Jerusalem and Sicily," a biography of the only 14th century woman to rule a major European kingdom. It reads like a thriller, except it is a true tale of events of more than 600 years ago. At age 21, Joanna I was accused and acquitted of murdering her husband, then went on to rule Naples for 30 more years as one of the most powerful and influential rulers of her time. In her research Ms. Goldstone uncovered material that indicated who the actual murderer might have been. Goldstone is also the author of "Four Queens: The Provencal Sisters Who Ruled Europe," and co-author with her husband Lawrence of two books of medieval history.

The public is invited to attend the AAUW luncheon. Tickets, which benefit the AAUW Educational Opportunities Fund, cost $60 for the luncheon and talks by the authors. Tickets are available from Sara Hunt at 966-3313 or skhminsk@optonline.net.