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Literary Feast 2014 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 November 27, 2013) to Literary Feast 2014:

Arthur Agatston MD
Cardiologist Dr. Arthur Agatston is the creator and author of The South Beach Diet, which has become a lifestyle approach to healthy eating for millions of people, with more than 23 million copies of The South Beach Diet and its companion books in print worldwide. His new book, The South Beach Diet Gluten Solution, focuses on helping people understand what it means to be gluten-sensitive as opposed to gluten-intolerant. Dr. Agatston maintains a cardiology practice and research foundation in Miami Beach.
T.D. Allman - In Finding Florida: The True History of the Sunshine State, T.D. Allman masterfully traces the discovery, exploration, and settlement of Florida, and its transformation from swamp to "paradise." The product of a decade of research and writing, the book is a Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of the Year. Allman, author of Miami: City of the Future, is a freelance journalist best known for his exposé of the CIA's "secret war" in Laos and for his interviews with world figures as foreign correspondent for Vanity Fair.
Nicholas Basbanes - Nicholas Basbanes' ninth book, On Paper: The Everything of its Two Thousand-Year History, is a mesmerizing read about paper's sweeping influence on society - from blueprints and origami to ultra-secret documents and even toilet paper. It was named one of the best books of the year by Kirkus Reviews, Mother Jones and Bloomberg. Basbanes, who returns to Literary Feast for the third time, is well known for writing about books and bibliophiles.
Andrew Carroll - Here Is Where: Discovering America's Great Forgotten History chronicles The New York Times bestselling author Andrew Carroll's eye-opening - and at times hilarious - journey across America to find unmarked historic sites where extraordinary moments occurred and remarkable individuals once lived. A talented playwright, Carroll's If All the Sky Were Paper, based on his earlier bestseller, War Letters, has been performed nationwide and received critical acclaim.
Robin Cook - The New York Times bestselling author and master of the medical thriller returns with a fusion of groundbreaking medical science and edge-of-your-seat suspense. In Cell, the smartphone is no longer a mere medical app, but a fully customizable personal physician - the iDoc. Author David McCullough describes Cell as a "vivid lesson in just how momentous are the advances being made in medicine - and how highly unsettling are some of the possible consequences." Cook, a physician who has taught at Harvard Medical School, has written 28 bestsellers, including his breakthrough novel, Coma.
Jane Green - A feature writer for London's Daily Express, Jane Green took a leap of faith when she left in 1996 to work on a novel. Seven months later, a bidding war for her first book, Straight Talking, the saga of a single career girl looking for love, made Green an overnight success. Together with Helen Fielding, she is considered a founder of chick lit. Green has graduated to more complex novels that explore the concerns of real women's lives, including her latest, Tempting Fate, a powerful portrayal of a marriage rocked by betrayal.
Martha Grimes - Like Agatha Christie, Martha Grimes, a long-time Anglophile, has been named a Mystery Writers of America "Grand Master." She has written 22 Richard Jury mystery novels featuring the Scotland Yard inspector and his friend Melrose Plant, a British aristocrat who gave up his titles. Many of her books - including the last two in that series - have been international bestsellers. The New York Times hails her latest, The Way of All Fish, the sequel to her bestselling satire of the publishing industry, Foul Matter, as "wickedly funny."
John Grogan - In the 1980s when journalist John Grogan worked at the Sun-Sentinel, he never imagined the phenomenon that came to be known as Marley. His 2005 memoir, Marley and Me, is the heartwarming story of his family and the neurotic dog that teaches them what really matters in life. The book - which sold five million copies - was made into a movie starring Jennifer Anniston and Owen Wilson. Grogan also has written a series of children's books based on the Marley character.
Rupert Holmes - this true Renaissance man is the first person to win Tony® awards as an author, composer and lyricist. Twice an "Edgar" award recipient, his first mystery novel Where the Truth Lies became a film starring Colin Firth and Kevin Bacon, followed by Swing, which reached #24 of all books at Amazon. His theatrical smash, The Mystery of Edwin Drood won the Tony® for Best Musical and had an acclaimed 2012-13 Broadway revival. For Curtains he earned the Drama Desk Award while his George Burns play Say Goodnight, Gracie earned him his sixth Tony® nomination. He most recently adapted John Grisham's classic A Time to Kill for Broadway. His upcoming series for Simon and Schuster is The McMasters Guide to Homicide, Volume 1: Murder Your Employer. He's written songs for many legendary vocalists, particularly Barbra Streisand and the Golden Globe-winning score of A Star is Born, and had several Top Ten hits himself, including his #1 smash: "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)."
Brian Jay Jones - In Jim Henson: The Biography, Brian Jay Jones, a self-described "pop culture junkie," delves into the life of the Muppets' creator who over the years became a beloved household name. Puppeteer Frank Oz said the book "captures the layers of Jim's genius and humanity as well as the flaws that made Jim... so delightfully imperfect." Jones' earlier biography of Washington Irving won the St. Nicholas Society of New York's Medal for Literary Excellence.
Archer Mayor - The Joe Gunther detective series, 24 books in all, is one of the most enduring and critically acclaimed police procedural series being written today. Archer Mayor has integrated actual police methodology with intricately detailed plot lines in all of his books, including his latest, Three Can Keep a Secret, set in Vermont in the wake of Hurricane Irene. Over the years, Mayor has worked as a death investigator for Vermont's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and a detective for the Windham County Sheriff's Office.
Chris Rahn - Which Way Now? offers a fascinating fictional look at the life and treatment of German prisoners of war in America during World War II. Chris Rahn, who grew up in Minnesota, sets her story of conflicted loyalties, ill-fated love, and eventual reconciliation in a rural community in that state, where a POW camp had once been located. Her short stories have been published in two anthologies.
John Searles - In Help for the Haunted, his third novel of suspense, John Searles has crafted a supernatural ghost story about a young girl haunted by the murder of her parents. The book was named one of Amazon's 2013 Best Books of the Year. Searles, who is returning to Literary Feast, is no stranger to the spotlight, having worked 15 years at Cosmopolitan where he serves as the magazine's editor-at-large. He also is a book critic on NBC's TODAY show.
Michael Sears - Following the Edgar-nominated financial thriller Black Fridays (2012), Michael Sears' Mortal Bonds is a story of financial corruption, murder, and redemption focusing on the failure of a massive Ponzi scheme. A Columbia Business School graduate, Sears is no stranger to Wall Street's intrigue, having worked in the thick of it for 25 years. He was Managing Director in the bond trading and underwriting divisions of Paine Webber, and, for a time, pursued a career as a professional actor.
Dani Shapiro - "Everything you need to know about life can be learned from a genuine and ongoing attempt to write." With these words, Dani Shapiro begins Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life, a witty, heartfelt and practical look at the process of storytelling. Author Susan Orlean describes it as "one of those rare books that is both beautiful and useful." Last fall, Shapiro, the author of the bestselling Devotion and Slow Motion memoirs, shared her path to discovering a fuller, more joyful life with Oprah on OWN's Super Soul Sunday.
John T. Shaw - In JFK in the Senate: Pathway to the Presidency, the first book to deal exclusively with John F. Kennedy's Senate years (1952-1960), John T. Shaw looks at how the young senator was able to catapult himself onto the national stage. Relying on archives, memoirs, and interviews with key players, Shaw, a senior congressional correspondent for Market News International, deftly balances anecdote and analysis, making his book valuable for those interested in either JFK the politician or JFK the man.
Vivien Shotwell - Set in Vienna, London and Italy, Vienna Nocturne is a debut novel that brings to life two extraordinary figures: thirty-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and young English soprano, Anna Storace, who was his muse. Vivien Shotwell is a classically trained singer. As an undergraduate voice student at Williams College, Shotwell first sang the aria "Non temer, amato bene" ("Don't fear, greatly beloved"), which Mozart wrote for and performed with the young soprano Anna Storace, and knew she had to tell their story.
Karin Slaughter - In Unseen, the 13th novel in best-selling author Karin Slaughter's Will Trent series, two investigations collide with a conspiracy straddling both sides of the law. Slaughter's latest is both an electrifying thriller and a piercing study of human nature: what happens when good people face the unseen evils in their lives. Publishers Weekly said, "The twisted plot and shocking reveals remind readers why Slaughter remains a dominant voice in crime fiction." A fervent supporter of libraries, Slaughter founded the Save the Libraries Foundation, which raises money for libraries around the country.
Rebecca Walker - Chosen as one of Time magazine's 50 future leaders of America, Rebecca Walker has written two memoirs, the best-selling Black, White and Jewish and the critically acclaimed Baby Love: Choosing Motherhood After a Lifetime of Ambivalence, edited anthologies and contributed to many magazines. Adé: A Love Story is her stunning debut novel, set on an island off of Kenya, which explores the power of love and the limitations of the human heart. Madonna praised the novel, saying "An incredible journey! A beautiful love story."
Victoria Wilson - Publishing executive Victoria Wilson spent 15 years researching the life and times of sexy, tough and talented movie star Barbara Stanwyck. Her new biography, A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel-True, 1907-1940, is, according to The New York Times, "not about the actress alone. It's bigger and splashier. Stanwyck knew the most notable directors, writers, actors, studio chiefs and Broadway impresarios of her day..." Wilson, stepdaughter of acclaimed acting teacher Stella Adler, served on the Executive Board of the PEN American Center and the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.
Brenda Wineapple - Selected as a New York Times Notable Book of 2013, Brenda Wineapple's Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis and Compromise, 1848-1877 is a "masterly Civil War-era history, full of foiled schemes, misfired plans and less-than-happy endings." Award-winning historian Wineapple teaches at Columbia University and the New School. A Guggenheim Fellow for Creative Arts, she also is the author of White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award in 2009.




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