Novel idea Nationally known authors flock to South Florida for ‘Literary Feast’
Celebrate everything books at the Broward Public Library Foundation’s “Literary Feast 2015.”
The event, running March 28-30, will feature 15 outstanding writers and the signature fundraising event, “A Night of Literary Feasts.”
The authors represent a variety of genres, including mystery, history, memoir, fiction, biography, business and self-help. The lineup includes: Zac Bissonnette, “The Great Beanie Baby Bubble”; Steve Boone, “Hotter Than a Match Head”; C.J. Box, “Endangered”; Marisa de los Santos, “The Precious One”; Kathryn Harrison, “Joan of Arc”; Nancy Horan, “Under the Wide and Starry Sky”; Leon Logothetis, “The Kindness Diaries”; Marja Mills, “The Mockingbird Next Door”; Gerald Posner, “God’s Bankers: A History of Money and Power”; Joanna Rakoff, “My Salinger Year”; Hank Phillippi Ryan, “Truth Be Told”; Julie Schumacher, “Dear Committee Members”; Ted Spiker, “Down Size”; Matthew Thomas, “We Are Not Ourselves”; and Norman Van Aken: “No Experience Necessary: The Culinary Odyssey of Chef Norman Van Aken.”
“Literary Feast” co-chairs Ann Burris and Nila Do Simon are working with 50 volunteers and teachers plus 38 dinner hosts on the three events that make up “Literary Feast.”
On March 28, “A Night of Literary Feasts” starts with a cocktail reception at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six Panorama Ballroom in Fort Lauderdale. The event will feature book signings and a silent auction, followed by a series of gourmet dinners with authors at private homes and upscale restaurants. Tickets are $175.
“LitLIVE!” the free day for the community to meet the authors, will be held at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale on March 29. The afternoon event includes a series of solo and panel presentations, book sales and signings.
On March 30, the Feast authors will travel into Broward public high schools to discuss their work with thousands of students. They will also announce the winners of the annual Novel Day for Students Short Story Contest, in which more than 500 students participate each year.
“This should be a great year for ‘Literary Feast,’" said Joseph Goldstein, chair of the Broward Public Library Foundation Board of Directors. “We’re excited to be bringing ‘LitLIVE!’ back to downtown Fort Lauderdale from NSU’s Davie campus and expect to welcome an even larger group of attendees.”
Last year’s event raised more than $165,000 for adult and children’s literacy programs at the Broward County Library.
Major sponsors include Neil Ellenoff, Nova Southeastern University, Bank of America and JM Family Enterprises. Literary Feast began with “LitLUNCH!” featuring
magazine editor and cookbook author Dana Cowin on Feb. 20.
For more information, visit www.bplfoundation.org or facebook.com/bplfoundation
The Broward Public Library Foundation’s "Literary Feast" takes place March 28-30.
Karen Jones, left, Ralph Rogers and Merrie Meyers
Tim Bascombe, left, and Jamie Finizio-Bascombe