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Literary feast brings grand authors to Fort Lauderdale

The 22nd Edition of Literary Feast will be March 19 & 20, 2010 and bring as many as 20 authors to Fort Lauderdale to participate in a weekend celebration of writers and writing, Literary Feast includes three individual events, each offering an exceptional and unparalleled mix of literary, social, and educational elements.

Women, Work & the Art of Savoir Faire

Broward Public Library Foundation

Friday, March 19, 2010

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Hyatt Regency Pier 66’s revolving Pier Top, Fort Lauderdale

2301 S.E. 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33316

A new course has been added to Literary Feast – a luncheon featuring author Mireille Guiliano, the author of Women, Work & the Art of Savoir Faire

Sponsors are Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust and AutoNation

Tickets $65

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Broward Public Library Foundation

Saturday, March 20, 2010

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nova Southeastern University (Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center)

3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Boulevard, Davie, 33314

Free daylong series of author dialogues, panel discussions, book signings and one-on-ones with 21 award-winning authors, including Joy Fielding (Still Life), David Kirby (Little Richard: The Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll), Emily Liebert (Facebook Fairytales) and others.

Lit LIVE! is an event of Literary Feast, an annual celebration of the literary arts benefiting the Broward Public Library Foundation.


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A Night of Literary Feasts

Broward Public Library Foundation

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Cocktail Reception and Book Signing – 6 p.m. / Dinners – 8 p.m.

Cocktail Reception and Book Signing – Hyatt Regency Pier 66

Dinners – Private homes and restaurants in Greater Fort Lauderdale area

Cocktail Reception and Book Signing – Hyatt Regency Pier 66

2301 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, 33316

A Night of Literary Feasts is Broward County’s premier literary fundraising event featuring an exclusive cocktail reception, silent auction and book signings followed by a series of intimate dinner parties with 21 award-winning authors, including Joy Fielding (Still Life), David Kirby (Little Richard: The Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll), Emily Liebert (Facebook Fairytales) and others.

Literary Feast is an annual celebration of the literary arts benefiting the Broward Public Library Foundation.

Ticket packages start at $150 per person

Literary Feast Hotline at (or

Natasha Rogers at (or


Authors attending the Literary Feast

Russell Banks twice has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in literature. His work, often gritty analyses of small-town life, has been translated into 20 languages. His newest work, The Reserve, explores questions of class, politics, art, love, and madness with characters whom he says are loosely based on the flamboyant artist Rockwell Kent and an unstable socialite who figured in several Hemingway stories.

R. B. Bernstein has turned his historian’s eye and graceful style to The Founding Fathers Reconsidered. Google Books says it is ‘’a concise, scholarly, yet accessible overview of the brilliant, flawed, and quarrelsome group of lawyers, politicians, merchants, military men, and clergy known as “the Founding Fathers.’’ A lawyer and constitutional scholar, Bernstein is the author of a number of books, including Thomas Jefferson that seek to make the Constitution, its authors and the issues meaningful to a wide audience.

Deborah Crombie is well known by mystery fans throughout the world for her 13 novels set in England. A Texan, she lived for a number of years in England and Scotland and returns to the UK several times a year from her home near Dallas to research her books. Her latest is Necessary As Blood. In this dazzling addition to her acclaimed mystery series, a disappearance, a murder, and a child in danger lead Scotland Yard detectives Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid into London’s legendary East End—a neighborhood where the rich and the poor, the ambitious and the dangerous, collide—to solve one of the most challenging and disturbing cases they’ve ever faced.

Joy Fielding, New York Times bestselling author delivers a riveting tale of suspense about a young woman caught in a nightmare somewhere between life and death. In Still Life, beautiful, happily married, and the owner of a successful interior design business, Casey Marshall couldn’t be more content with her life until a car slams into her at almost fifty miles an hour, breaking nearly every bone in her body, and plunging her into a coma. Lying in her hospital bed, Casey realizes that although she is unable to see or communicate, she can hear everything.

Mireille Guiliano was for over 20 years the spokesperson for Champagne Veuve Clicquot and a senior executive at LVMH as well as CEO of Clicquot, Inc., the US firm she helped found in 1984 and was its first employee. Her first book, French Women Don’t Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure, became a runaway best seller around the globe in 2005. Her third book, entitled Women, Work & the Art of Savoir Faire: Business Sense & Sensibility, a guide (with plenty of stories) for women in business, based on her experiences and years at Veuve Clicquot.

Anne C. Heller delivers the first complete and impartial biography of the writer and philosopher whose ideas permanently altered the American cultural and political landscape. Ayn Rand’s popularity is inexhaustible. Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead combined have sold more than 12 million copies in the U.S. alone and in 1998 the Modern Library named them number one and two of the 100 greatest books of the 20th century.

David Kirby is a distinguished professor of English at Florida State University, but his oeuvre is hardly stuffy. His new book is Little Richard: The Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll. He is an award-winning poet and author of 22 books on a wide range of subjects. Among those recognitions was a fellowship from the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Jean Hanff Korelitz was educated at Dartmouth College and Clare College Cambridge. She has written four novels, a volume of poetry, and children’s book. Her latest novel, Admission, draws on her experience as an outside reader in the admissions office at Princeton University. The book unravels the personal traumas that have kept the life of a young admissions officer on hold while it sheds light on the mysterious process of getting into an elite school.

Elizabeth Kostova has followed her international bestseller The Historian with Swan Thieves. It follows the efforts of a psychiatrist to help a tormented artist in a journey that takes him through obsession, history and French Impressionism. She graduated from Yale and holds an MFA from the University of Michigan.

Emily Liebert is an award-winning author, writer, and editor who has written for publications from Cottages & Gardens to The Robb Report and interviewed celebrities from Hillary Clinton to Chevy Chase. Her first book is Facebook Fairytales: Modern-Day Miracles to Inspire the Human Spirit, a collection of true stories about how people have used the social networking site. She is working on her first novel.

Ellen Lupton is co-author with her twin, Julie, of Design Your Life: The Pleasures and Perils of Everyday Things. They examine the everyday objects around us and how well they work, or don’t. The book helps readers examine their environment and take control of it. Ellen Lupton is Curator of Contemporary Design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.

Peter Maass brings his investigative skills to Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil. The Washington Post calls it, “a vivid tour of troubled oil frontiers, voyaging to places like Nigeria’s polluted delta, Equatorial Guinea’s dusty capital, Ecuador’s scarred rain forest and Russia’s corporate boardrooms, where corruption is rife and environmental neglect all too common.” A journalist for America’s major newspapers, he has lived in Belgium, South Korea, and Hungary. Maass has reported on the wars in Bosnia and Iraq, affordable housing, the Unification Church and North Korea. He is working on a book on the impacts of war-time photography.

Bob Morris is a fourth-generation Floridian who forsook the family farm to pursue a career in journalism. He is previously known as a columnist for several newspapers and magazines. In the fifth book in the Zack Chasteen series, Baja Florida, Zack embarks on a mission that will take him from one end of the Bahamas to the other.

Achy Obejas is a Havana-born author, poet, and award-winning journalist. Her new book, Ruins, tackles the Special Period in Cuba in the 1990s when the Soviet-supported economy collapsed, forcing those who backed the Revolution to confront the conflicting pressures to stay and to leave. Among her other works are We Came All The Way From Cuba So You Could Dress Like This? and Memory Mambo.

Alexandra Penney, former editor of Self magazine who lost her life savings in Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, has been chronicling the changes in her lifestyle on the Daily Beast since mid-December. The Bag Lady Papers chronicles Penney’s struggle to cope with the devastating financial and emotional fallout of being cheated out of her life savings, and traces her journey back to sanity and security. Her outraged blogs about the Madoff scandal in The Daily Beast and her commentary on CNN have generated millions of hits and earned her a loyal following.

Patricia Powell moved from her native Jamaica while a teen and went on to attend Wellesley College and then Brown University. She is the author of three novels. Her latest, The Fullness of Everything, follows a Jamaican returning home from the United States and trying to heal a reach with his family. Amazon says, “Themes of forgiveness, transcendence, and human possibility are explored as death reverberates through each relationship.’’ She is a visiting professor at MIT.

Lisa See is a Chinese-American novelist and daughter of novelist Carolyn See. Lisa See’s latest book is Shanghai Girls, the story of two sisters who come to Los Angeles in arranged marriages and face, among other things, the pressures put on Chinese-Americans during the anti-Communist mania of the 1950′s. She has also written the Red Princess mystery series and best-selling books, including Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, on the experiences of Chinese women in the 17th and 19th centuries.

Poppy Tooker is in love – with good, slow food and New Orleans. She brings those loves together in Crescent City Farmers Market Cookbook. It tells the story of the historic market against the backdrop of that fabled, troubled city, weaving in the tales of market vendors with more than 125 of their family recipes. She is a culinary activist with a life mission of saving regional foods and recipes.

Jerald Walker has produced an unflinching look at life growing-up in the South Side of Chicago, Street Shadows: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion, and Redemption. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop with a PhD from the University of Iowa, he is a professor at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts, and his fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous international publications.

L. Jon Wertheim is a veteran reporter for Sports Illustrated, covering tennis, the NBA, sports business and mixed martial arts. The title of his latest book, Strokes of Genius: Federer, Nadal, and the Greatest Match Ever Played, previews its story of the 2008 Wimbledon match between two superb players with widely differing styles on and off the courts. It is a book for the die-hard fan and for those who relish a well-told tale.

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