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Literary Feast 2015 Authors

Literary Feast has raised more than $3 million to support Broward County Library literacy and education programs that strengthen and empower families, the workforce and our community. We are pleased to welcome the following authors (as of January 1, 2015) to Literary Feast 2015:

Zac Bissonnette, The Great Beanie Baby Bubble

Personal finance writer Zac Bissonnette's first book, Debt-Free U, which he wrote in 2010 when he was just a senior in college, was described by The Washington Post as "the best and most troubling book ever about the college admissions process." How to Be Richer, Smarter and Better-Looking Than Your Parents, his second book, was a New York Times bestseller. Of his newest book entitled The Great Beanie Baby Bubble, which traces the rise and fall of that 1990s phenomenon, author Susan Orlean calls it "...a smart, engaging book that's as much about the odd saga of these plush toys as it is about the nature of obsession and desire."
Steve Boone, Hotter Than a Match Head

In his memoir, Hotter Than a Match Head: Life on the Run with The Lovin' Spoonful, bassist Steve Boone tells of his years with the iconic '60s folk/rock band that celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, as well as darker days as a marijuana smuggler and addict. The Lovin' Spoonful released an astonishing nine Top 20 singles, including "Summer in the City" and "You Didn't Have to Be So Nice," which Boone co-wrote. The group, which was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, continues to perform in concert across the United States and Canada.
C.J. Box, Endangered

An avid outdoorsman and celebrated mystery writer, C.J. Box is the author of a bestselling series of novels, including his latest, Endangered, set in the Black Hills of Wyoming and featuring game warden Joe Pickett. Box has won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe and Barry awards, as well as the French Prix Calibre .38. Bestselling author Lee Child describes Box as "one of today's solid-gold, A-list, must-read writers."
Kathryn Harrison, Joan of Arc

In her critically acclaimed biography, Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured, Kathryn Harrison tackles the history of the young 15th century French heroine who has captured public imagination for centuries. She deftly weaves historical fact, myth, folklore, art and scholarship into a compelling narrative of the life and death of the Maid of Orleans. Harrison is the author of eight novels, three memoirs, including the controversial The Kiss, a travelogue and a book of true crime. She is a frequent reviewer for The New York Times Book Review.
Nancy Horan, Under the Wide and Starry Sky

Nancy Horan is best known for her 2007 novel Loving Frank, which chronicled the tangled personal life of American legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Her current novel, Under the Wide and Starry Sky, explores the relationship of writer Robert Louis Stevenson and his spirited American wife, Fanny Van deGrift Stevenson. The Washington Post named it one of its Best Books of 2014. A native Midwesterner, Horan was a teacher and journalist before turning to fiction writing.
Leon Logothetis, The Kindness Diaries

Leon Logothetis is a TV host, producer, author and traveler. The host of The Amazing Adventures of a Nobody and author of a book by the same name, he has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, FOX and BBC. His most recent work, The Kindness Diaries, chronicles his adventures as he travels around the globe on a vintage motorbike, determined to survive only on the kindness of strangers. Reader's Digest, which featured an excerpt of the book in its February 2015 issue, says it "will renew your faith in the bonds that connect people, and inspire you to accept and generate kindness in your own life."
Marja Mills, The Mockingbird Next Door

In 2004, former Chicago Tribune reporter Marja Mills moved into the Alabama house next door to Harper Lee, author of one of the best-loved novels of the 20th century, To Kill a Mockingbird. She spent the next 18 months there, and, as their friendship grew, Mills learned more about Lee's love of history, literature and the Southern way of life. Southern Living magazine described the resulting book, The Mockingbird Next Door, as " opening a window into Harper Lee's private world." Publication of the book was not without controversy - the 88-year old Lee protested that she had never authorized Mills to reveal anything about her.
Gerald Posner, God's Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican

Gerald Posner is an investigative journalist and the author of 11 books, including New York Times bestsellers. His latest book, God's Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican, chronicles the secret side of the Vatican Bank, the Catholic Church's completely independent financial institution that became a haven for the loot of mobsters and money launderers. "The book will captivate those who prefer their historical nonfiction spiked with real-life tales of murder, power, and intrigue." (Booklist)
Joanna Rakoff, My Salinger Year

Joanna Rakoff's My Salinger Year, takes us back to a world before computers where Rakoff is tasked with responding to J.D. Salinger's voluminous fan mail. According to The Guardian, which named it as a Best Book of 2014, "Her book is a deft portrait of a vanishing culture...admirably devoted to the dignity of the written word." Her earlier novel, A Fortunate Age, won the Goldberg Prize for Jewish Fiction by Emerging Writers and the Elle Reader's Prize, and was a New York Times Editors' Choice and a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller.
Hank Phillippi Ryan, Truth Be Told

Hank Phillippi Ryan is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston's NBC affiliate and has won 32 Emmys and 12 Edward R. Murrow awards for her ground-breaking journalism. A bestselling author of seven mystery novels, Ryan has won multiple awards for her crime fiction: three Agathas, the Anthony, Daphne, Macavity, and the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. Her latest book, Truth Be Told, is heralded as her most explosive thriller yet. "Mystery enthusiasts will want to drop everything and binge-read until the mind-boggling conclusion." (Library Journal)
Marisa de los Santos, The Precious One

New York Times bestselling author Marisa de los Santos began her writing career as a poet and was heralded for her acclaimed collection entitled From the Bones Out. She has written numerous books for adults and children, including her newest work of fiction, The Precious One, a novel about friendship, family, second chances and the redemptive power of love that Booklist calls "emotionally potent, painfully honest, and, at times, delightfully funny ... a must for fans of intelligent, thoughtful women's fiction."
Julie Schumacher, Dear Committee Members

In her latest novel, Dear Committee Members, Julie Schumacher, a faculty member in the Department of English at the University of Minnesota, writes about what she knows. "Schumacher's satire of the petty rivalries, byzantine hierarchies and committee meetings is spot on - scathing and laugh-out-loud funny," writes a reviewer in The Wichita Eagle newspaper. Her first novel, The Body Is Water, was an American Library Association Notable Book of the Year 1995 and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Minnesota Book Award. Her other books include a short story collection and five books for younger readers.
Ted Spiker, Down Size

Ted Spiker is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Florida, a former articles editor at Men's Health and writer of the Big Guy Blog for Runner's World. His latest work, Down Size: 12 Truths for Turning Pants-Splitting Frustration into Pants-Fitting Success, takes readers on an inspiring, candid and comical journey exploring his experiences in weight loss while providing valuable research about food, exercise and the actual psychology of losing weight, revealing 12 "truths" about successful weight loss along the way.
Matthew Thomas, We Are Not Ourselves

Matthew Thomas' debut novel, We Are Not Ourselves, has the distinguished honor of landing at #32 on Amazon's list of Best Books of 2014 and was Amazon's Best Book of the Month in August. This powerfully moving saga about an Irish-American family living in Queens, N.Y. has been heralded as a literary breakout. It has been shortlisted for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction and long-listed for The Guardian First Book Award. According to The New York Times, "'s one of the best novels you'll read this year."
Norman Van Aken, No Experience Necessary: The Culinary Odyssey of Chef Norman Van Aken

Chef Norman Van Aken, the only Floridian inducted into the prestigious James Beard list of "Who's Who in American Food and Beverage," has been called "the founding father of New World Cuisine." His latest book, No Experience Necessary: The Culinary Odyssey of Chef Norman Van Aken, was nominated for the prestigious IACP/Julia Child Award. He is the founder of Norman's Restaurant in Orlando, the author of five cookbooks including My Key West Kitchen, and the host of A Word on Food, heard on National Public Radio.




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