Novel idea Na­tion­ally known au­thors flock to South Florida for ‘Lit­er­ary Feast’

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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

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