Lit­er­ary Feast, Matlin, ‘Evan Hansen’

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Books - By Oline Cogdill Cor­re­spon­dent Items for the March Lo­cal Books Col­umn should be sub­mit­ted Feb. 20. Email [email protected]

The Broward County Li­brary Foun­da­tion’s an­nual Lit­er­ary Feast has grown since its first event in 1984 to in­clude free pub­lic panel dis­cus­sions; au­thor dis­cus­sions at three venues for high school­ers; din­ners for donors and au­thors; and the LitLunch!, a cur­rently sold-out event on Feb. 9. Pro­ceeds from the Lit­er­ary Feast un­der­write the foun­da­tion’s lit­er­acy pro­grams. The au­thor din­ners kick off at a cock­tail party March 2 at Bahia Mar in Fort Laud­erdale. For more in­for­ma­tion on any of the Lit­er­ary Feast events visit bplfoun­da­­er­ary-feast.

Free panel dis­cus­sions with the au­thors oc­cur from 6 to 8 p.m. March 1. Seats fill up quickly so reser­va­tions are a must. Here’s the sched­ule:

"Fic­tion in Fort Laud­erdale" with mod­er­a­tor Gail Bulfin at Barnes & No­ble, 2051 N. Fed­eral High­way, Fort Laud­erdale,

954-561-3732. Au­thors are: Ron­ald H. Bal­son, “The Girl from Ber­lin”; Pam Jenoff, “The Lost Girls of Paris”; Ly­dia Mil­let, “Fight No More”; Beat­riz Wil­liams, “The Sum­mer Wives.”

“Mys­tery in Plan­ta­tion” with mod­er­a­tor Oline Cogdill at Barnes & No­ble,

591 S. Univer­sity Drive, Plan­ta­tion, 954-723-0489. Au­thors are: James O. Born, “Am­bush”; Peter Hell­man, “In Vino Du­plic­i­tas: The Rise and Fall of a Wine Forger Ex­traor­di­naire”; Shari Lapena, “An Un­wanted Guest”; Lori RaderDay, “Un­der a Dark Sky”; James Swain, “The King Tides.”

“Panel in the Pines” with mod­er­a­tor Mim Har­ri­son at Barnes & No­ble at Pem­broke Cross­ings, 11820 Pines Blvd., Pem­broke Pines, 954-441-0444. Au­thors are: Dave Cullen, “Park­land”; Beck DoreyStein, “From the Corner of the Oval”; Ben Fritz, “The Big Pic­ture: The Fight for the Fu­ture of Movies”; Sen­a­tor Ge­orge LeMieux, “Florida Made: The 25 Most Im­por­tant Fig­ures Who Shaped the State”; Daniel Stone, “The Food Ex­plorer: The True Ad­ven­tures of the Globe-Trot­ting Botanist Who Trans­formed What Amer­ica Eats.”

Play­wright heads Jewish Book Fes­ti­val

The Diane & Barry Wilen Jewish Book Fes­ti­val starts again with a the­ater tie-in. For tick­ets and in­for­ma­tion call 954-434-0499, ext. 336; visit­tur­alarts. Play­wright and TV writer Steven Leven­son, who won the 2017 Tony Award for best book of a mu­si­cal for “Dear Evan Hansen,” dis­cusses his work at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Orlove Au­di­to­rium at the David Pos­nack Jewish Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, 5850 S. Pine Is­land Road, Davie.

Leven­son co-wrote the novel “Dear Evan Hansen,” which is based on the Broad­way mu­si­cal. The com­ing-of-age story plays at the Broward Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts March 26 to April 7. Leven­son’s event will be mod­er­ated by Kel­ley Shan­ley, pres­i­dent/ CEO of the Broward Cen­ter, and in­cludes a per­for­mance by Broward Cen­ter’s Youth Ensem­ble The Spot­lights. Ticket-hold­ers for this pro­gram will have a chance to win two tick­ets to the open­ing night per­for­mance at the Broward Cen­ter or show sou­venirs. Ad­mis­sion is $30 for one ticket and one book; $40 for two tick­ets and one book.

Alyson Rich­man will dis­cuss her novel “The Se­cret of Clouds,” an emo­tional story about the con­nec­tion be­tween a mother, Leven­son

a teacher and a child, at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 21 at a pri­vate res­i­dence. Ad­dress will be given out at time of ticket pur­chase. Tick­ets are $36 and in­clude au­thor pre­sen­ta­tion and a light lunch. Books will be avail­able for pur­chase at the event. An in­ter­na­tional best­selling au­thor, Rich­man is best known for “The Lost Wife” and “The Vel­vet Hours.”

And fash­ion­istas, get ready. De­signer Isaac Mizrahi — and judge on the Life­time net­work show “Project Run­way” — will speak at 7 p.m. March 12 in the Orlove Au­di­to­rium. By then we should know who won the lat­est “Project Run­way All Stars.”

French au­thor in Boca

Con­tro­ver­sial French au­thor and ac­tivist Bernard-Henri Lévy will dis­cuss his work at 2 p.m. Feb. 16 in the Florida At­lantic Univer­sity Theatre,

777 Glades Road, Boca Ra­ton. Tick­ets are $20; visit or call

561-297-6124. FAU and the Palm Beach Book Fes­ti­val are co-pre­sent­ing Lévy’s pre­sen­ta­tion.

Lévy is the au­thor of more than 30 books in­clud­ing “The Ge­nius of Ju­daism,” “Amer­i­can Ver­tigo,” “Who Killed Daniel Pearl?” and his most re­cent, “The Em­pire and the Five Kings: Amer­ica’s Ab­di­ca­tion and the Fate of the World.” His Good­win

opin­ions, po­lit­i­cal ac­tivism and pub­li­ca­tions have stirred sev­eral con­tro­ver­sies over the years. Lévy is co-founder of the an­tiracist group SOS Racisme and has served on diplo­matic mis­sions for the French gov­ern­ment.

Kearns Good­win kicks off Boca arts fest

For the fifth time, Pulitzer Prize-win­ning au­thor and pres­i­den­tial his­to­rian Doris Kearns Good­win will kick off the an­nual Fes­ti­val of the Arts Boca be­gin­ning at 7 p.m. Feb. 28. She will dis­cuss her lat­est book, “Lead­er­ship in Tur­bu­lent Times.” The 13th an­nual fes­ti­val will be Feb. 28 to March 10 at the Mizner Park Am­phithe­ater and Mizner Park Cul­tural Arts Cen­ter in Boca Ra­ton. It fea­tures mu­sic, film, dance, con­certs and au­thors. Tick­ets range from $15 to $150 per per­son and are avail­able at fes­ti­val­ or call 866-571-ARTS (866-571-2787).

The Au­thors and Ideas pro­gram fea­tures con­sti­tu­tional scholar and au­thor Jef­frey Rosen, who will speak about the Con­sti­tu­tion in the 21st cen­tury; a panel dis­cus­sion, “Global Pub­lic Health To­day and To­mor­row,” fea­tur­ing Dr. Agnes Bi­na­gawaho and Tom Bol­lyky; “PoemJazz” with for­mer Poet Lau­re­ate Robert Pin­sky, who will read his poetry while ac­com­pa­nied by a small jazz ensem­ble; and Pulitzer Prize win­ning writer David Sanger who will talk about his lat­est book, “The Per­fect Weapon: War, Sab­o­tage and Fear in the Cy­ber Age.”

Ob­sessed with art

Ob­ses­sions are a fa­vorite theme of B.A. Shapiro — art, mu­sic, gems and more all play into her novels. In “The Col­lec­tor’s Ap­pren­tice,” it’s art. Set in 1922, Paulien Mertens lands in Paris — broke, dis­owned and com­pletely alone at 19 years old. She’s sus­pected of steal­ing mil­lions in a so­phis­ti­cated con game. She changes her name and tries to re­cover her fa­ther’s art col­lec­tion and prove her in­no­cence. Shapiro will dis­cuss “The Col­lec­tor’s Ap­pren­tice” at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 at Mur­der on the Beach, 273 Pineap­ple Grove Way, Del­ray Beach, 561-279-7790, mur­deron­the­

Mar­lee Matlin at speak­ers se­ries

Acad­emy Award-win­ning ac­tress, au­thor and ac­tivist Mar­lee Matlin con­tin­ues the Broward Col­lege’s an­nual Speaker Se­ries with a pre­sen­ta­tion on Feb. 6. Matlin will dis­cuss “No­body's Per­fect: Achiev­ing In­clu­sion, Di­ver­sity and Ac­cess,” a topic close to her heart. Deaf since she was 18 months old, Matlin had a suc­cess­ful Hol­ly­wood ca­reer and has ded­i­cated her­self to rais­ing aware­ness for many hu­man­i­tar­ian causes, in­clud­ing di­ver­sity and LGBT rights. She is a staunch ad­vo­cate for chil­dren and a cham­pion for those struggling against do­mes­tic abuse and ad­dic­tion.

The se­ries will be held at the Broward Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts, Amaturo Theatre, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Laud­erdale. Tick­ets range from $60 to $80 and can be pur­chased at www.BrowardCol­legeS­peak­ Each dis­cus­sion be­gins at 7:30 p.m. The se­ries will con­tinue with sports an­a­lyst and broad­caster Terry Brad­shaw on March 11 and award-win­ning ac­tor and best­selling au­thor Hill Harper on April 24.

Ro­mance, mys­tery writ­ers

Au­thor Jane K. Cle­land’s award-win­ning mys­tery se­ries about an­tiques dealer Josie Prescott com­bines sus­pense with well-de­vel­oped char­ac­ters while giv­ing a mas­ter class about old things. So it’s ap­pro­pri­ate that she will dis­cuss “Mastering Sus­pense, Struc­ture & Plots” in her talk with the Florida Ro­mance Writ­ers from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 9 at Tiger­tail Recre­ational Cen­ter, 580 Gulf Stream Way, Da­nia Beach. Cost is $10 for mem­bers, $15 for non-mem­bers. Pay un­der meet­ings tab at fr­writ­ For more in­for­ma­tion email Rossie Cortes at [email protected]

Writ­ers need to hone their craft whether work­ing on a novel or an ar­ti­cle. Daphne Nikolopou­los will dis­cuss “Writ­ing for Mag­a­zines and Web­sites” be­gin­ning at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 16 at Em­bassy Suites, 661 NW

53rd St., Boca Ra­ton. Cost is

$25 for mem­bers; $30 for non-mem­bers. To re­serve visit or email [email protected] In ad­di­tion to be­ing a writ­ing in­struc­tor, Nikolopou­los is ed­i­tor in chief of Palm Beach Il­lus­trated magazine and ed­i­to­rial direc­tor of Palm Beach Me­dia Group. She also writes his­tor­i­cal mys­ter­ies un­der the pseu­do­nym D.J. Niko.



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