Mandel book festival begins
Lou Cove’s “Man of the Year” is a humorous memoir about when the author turned 13 years old and launched an unusual campaign to help an actor achieve his odd goal. “Man of the Year” has been called a fresh twist on the comingof-age memoir. Cove is the guest of honor during the kickoff of the 24th annual Mandel JCC Book Festival at 5 p.m. Nov. 14 at The Lake Pavilion, 101 S. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach. Tickets are $100 per person, which includes valet parking. Visit jcconline.com/Mandel or call 877-318-0071.
Poetry for all
The Palm Beach Poetry Festival continues its wellversed events for adults and teens. For more information about the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, visit palmbeachpoetryfestival.org.
The free PoJo Collage Workshop combines art collage, poetry and journaling with teacher and poet Cara Nusinov, who also is a poetry therapy practitioner with the International Academy For Poetry Therapy. The workshop will be 12:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Boca Raton Museum of Art School, 801 W. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, contact drblaiseallen @aol.com.
The non-profit festival and the Old School Square in Delray Beach launches its annual Palm Beach County High School Poetry Contest. It’s open to public and private high school students, who can submit one original poem (30 lines maximum) for consideration. Original poems should be submitted by email before midnight on Dec. 1 to PBPF1@aol.com. For contest rules, visit palmbeachpoetryfestival .org.
The winning poet will receive $200, and the four runner-up high school poets will each receive $100. In addition, all five winning teen poets will read their poems at the festival’s award ceremony on Jan. 21, 2019.
Florida’s waterways make for evocative backdrops for novels, including mysteries. But weaving water into a story can be complicated. Retired police captain, professional dive master and author Micki Browning shares how credible details can enhance underwater scenes. Browning will show the basics of underwater crime scene investigation, evidence collection, and equipment requirements. Browning’s novel “Beached” recently received the Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Literary Award for Best Mystery and Published Book of the Year. She’ll speak during the Mystery Writers of America, Florida chapter meeting at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 17 at Embassy Suites, 661 NW 53rd St., Boca Raton. Cost is $25 for members; $30 for nonmembers. To reserve, visit “monthly meetings” at www.mwaflorida.org.
Point of view explored
Screenwriter, filmmaker and author Alison McMahan discusses “deep point of view,” a technique that puts the reader inside the character’s mind, at 10 a.m. Nov. 10 during the Florida Romance Writers meeting at Broward College, Tigertail Lake Recreational Center, 580 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach. Cost is $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. For details, visit frwriters.org.
Miami Book Fair
The Miami Book Fair has a sterling reputation for its array of authors, read- ings and “evenings with” promoting literature since it began 1984. The fair is Nov. 11 to 18 at the Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami; visit miamibookfair.com for details, directions, etc. One of the cool aspects of the Miami Book Fair is the surprises it offers in addition to authors, films and panels. These include, Laura Lippman, best known for her outstanding crime fiction, discussing her new children’s book “Liza Jane and the Dragon,” about a little girl who thinks she can find better parents at 3 p.m. Nov. 17. The Geek Girl brunch will be 10 a.m. Nov. 18.
Delray Beach resident Jorge E. Goyanes’ second novel “Miami Moon” marks the return of classic car restorer and private eye Jose Castillo. Goyanes will be the guest at “Meet the Author” at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Lake Worth Public Library, 15 North M St., Lake Worth, 561-533-7354.
Nancy J. Cohen and Diane A.S. Stuckart discuss “The Importance of Community in Cozy Mysteries” at 6 p.m. Nov. 10 at Murder on the Beach, 273 Pineapple Grove Way, Delray Beach, 561-279-7790, firstname.lastname@example.org. Cohen’s “Trimmed to Death” is the 15th novel in her series about South Florida hair salon owner Marla Shore; Stuckart’s “Fool’s Moon” is the first in her new Tarot Cats Mys-
Marching to Sleuthfest
March seems so far away — especially since we haven’t even gotten through Thanksgiving. But before we know it, it will be time for SleuthFest 2019, the annual writers’ conference, to be held March 14-17, 2019, at the Embassy Suites, 661 NW 53rd St., Boca Raton. The four-day conference, sponsored by the Florida Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America, features sessions on writing, marketing and promoting your work with an array of writers, editors and agents. Keynote speaker will be multiEdgar Award-winning author T. Jefferson Parker. Among the authors who will be teaching workshops include Alexia Gordon, Alex Segura, Tom Straw and Elaine Viets. For cost and more information, visit sleuthfest.com; a special rate is available for educators and librarians.
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Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead photographed at the Frost Amphitheatre in Palo Alto, Calif., on May 1, 1988