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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.

Un­der­wa­ter de­tec­tion

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.

Au­thor events

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, mur­dermb@gate.net. 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.

To sub­mit to December’s Lo­cal Books News, email olinecog@aol.com by Nov. 20.

JAY BLAKES­BERG

Jerry Gar­cia of the Grate­ful Dead pho­tographed at the Frost Am­phithe­atre in Palo Alto, Calif., on May 1, 1988

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