2017 Literary Feast Authors

Dinner Pairings To Be Announced


This event will be held on April 1, 2017.  Click HERE to purchase tickets. 


Jennifer Keishin Armstrong – Pop culture writer, Jennifer Keishin Armstrong delivers a solid history of the famously quotable show about nothing, Seinfeld. Her book Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind the scenes of the show with tales of comic writers, actors who auditioned for the show and were not hired (hint: Nathan Lane), and the person who taught Elaine her dance moves.





Robert Olen Butler – Described as one of America’s most important writers, this Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s latest book Perfume River examines many weighty themes—family relationships torn asunder by the lingering effects of the Vietnam War; a long-term marriage that bears the splinters of time and the psychic toll of aging. Perfume River continues Butler’s exploration of America, war and family that he began in A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain and A Small Hotel. The author of 16 novels, Butler also teaches creative writing at Florida State University.






Linda Fairstein – High fashion becomes high stakes when a famous designer is found dead at the start of New York fashion week. The case becomes a media sensation as detectives weed out the model citizens from those with a motive. Killer Look is the latest Alexandra Cooper crime novel from this New York Times bestselling author and former prosecutor who focused on crimes of violence against women and children and served as head of the Sex Crimes Unit of the Manhattan District Attorney’s office from 1976 until 2002.





Herta Feely – Inspired by a true story about cyberbullying, Saving Phoebe Murrow is the story of a flawed mother who tries to protect her young daughter from the perilous world of online bullies. Herta Feely is the co-editor and publisher of Confessions: Fact or Fiction?, which explores the fuzzy edges of true stories and fictional ones. Saving Phoebe Murrow is her fiction debut. In 1988, she co-founded the National Safe Kids Campaign (now Safe Kids Worldwide) with pediatric trauma surgeon, Martin Eichelberger, MD.






Heather Graham – Originally from Dade County, Florida, this USA Today and New York Times bestselling author has written over 100 books running the gamut from romance to historical fiction, suspense and time travel. A theater major in college, she toured Europe and parts of Asia and Africa as part of her studies. She’s a winner of the RWA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Thriller Writers’ Silver Bullet. Her latest book is A Perfect Obsession. An author with many talents, Heather was the founding member and lead singer of the Slushpile Band comprised of other bestselling authors. We don’t guarantee she will sing at your supper but one never knows.






Charles Todd - The pseudonymous mystery authors, Caroline and Charles Todd are a dynamic mother-and-son writing team. Best known for a series of detective novels, this duo dives into post World War I England and the mysterious cases of Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge, a World War I veteran burdened with a heavy secret. Racing The Devil is the most recent book and the nineteenth installment of this acclaimed bestselling series in which Inspector Rutledge is caught in a twisted web of vengeance, old grievances, and secrets that lead back to the war. The books have been nominated for Agatha, Anthony and Edgar Awards for outstanding mysteries. Charles Todd (son) credits his rich knowledge of British history and love for England to the many books he has read along the way and the countless visits to England’s countryside with his mother. 





Andrew Gross – Andrew Gross is the author of thriller novels including four New York Times bestsellers and is known for his collaborations with suspense writer James Patterson. His latest book is The One Man, a historical thriller about the one man who can ensure the Allies a victory in WWII, after he escapes Nazi-occupied Poland. Prior to beginning his career as a writer Gross led several companies including Lesley Fay, which at the time had close to a billion dollars in sales.






Yaa Gyasi will appear at LitLIVE! only. She will not be attending a Literary Feast dinner.


Yaa Gyasi – This debut author’s book Homegoing: A novel is an account of slavery’s legacy, stretched over eight generations and two countries. The story was inspired by her personal journey as a Ghanaian-American. The book tells the stories of two sisters, one who married a British officer and lived in a Cape Coast castle, and the other who made her way through the dungeons below. Yaa Gyasi is a graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. The Daily Show host Trevor Noah said of the book: “One of the most fantastic books I’ve read in a long time…you cry and you laugh as you’re reading it…a beautiful story.”




James Hamblin M.D. – In his book If Our Bodies Could Talk, Dr. James Hamblin explores the human stories behind health questions that never seem to go away. After attending medical school at Indiana University on a scholarship, Hamblin studied internal medicine at Harvard for a year. He specialized in radiology but became a “media doctor” when he found writing reports isolating. A stint learning improv at the Upright Citizens’ Brigade training center in Los Angeles led to writing and videos, which have been featured in/on The New York TimesPolitico magazine, Bon Appétit, Comedy Central, NPR, BBC, MSNBC, New York, and The Awl, among others. He is presently senior editor for The Atlantic and his health segments are the most popular videos on the site.






Sophie Hannah – As guests arrive for a party, Lady Athelinda Playford announces that she will leave her vast fortune to an invalid with only four weeks to live. Among the guests are two strangers. One turns up dead. The other is the famous detective Hercule Poirot, who is called upon to use “the little gray cells.” Even though Dame Agatha Christie is gone, her beloved Inspector Poirot carries on through the deft pen of Sophie Hannah. This popular British author was hand-picked by the estate of Agatha Christie to continue the beloved detective series. Hannah’s second book in the series is Closed Casket.






Debbie Macomber – This #1 New York Times bestselling romance author has more than 200 copies of her books in print. Debbie Macomber brings to life uplifting stories of family and friendships. Four of her novels have been made into television movies. The author’s latest book is If Not For You. An avid knitter, the author owned a store called A Good Yarn Shop in Port Orchard, Washington. She closed the store in November 2016 to focus on benevolent efforts that include giving hand-knit blankets to refugee children.






Juan Martinez – Attorney Juan Martinez rose to prominence as the prosecutor who put notorious murderess Jody Arias behind bars. Arias was convicted of first degree murder in May 2013 for the brutal stabbing and shooting of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander. The salacious case was widely covered in the media because of its sexually explicit content.  In his new book, Conviction: The Untold Story of Putting Jodi Arias Behind Bars Book, Martinez shares his trial strategies and how he dealt with Arias’ sparing wordplay and changing stories. Martinez worked for 27 years at the Maricopa County Attorney’s office. He is currently an Arizona state prosecutor.





Joyce Maynard – Joyce Maynard first came to national attention with the publication of her New York Times’ cover story “An Eighteen-Year-Old Looks Back on Life” in 1973, when she was a freshman at Yale.

Since that time she has been a reporter and columnist for The New York Times and more than 50 national magazines. She has written 15 books including Labor Day which became a motion picture released in January 2014. Her latest book is Under the Influence, a poignant story about the true meaning—and true price—of friendship. The book has been optioned for a film for which she is writing the screenplay.






Lawrence Millman – Lawrence Millman is an adventure travel writer and mycologist—a person who finds the study of fungi fascinating. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he has made over 40 trips to Arctic and Subarctic. His latest book, At the End of the World, centers around the Inuit people and is the story of a series of murders that occurred in an extremely remote corner of the Arctic in 1941. His articles have appeared in National GeographicOutsideSmithsonianAtlantic Monthly, and Sports Illustrated





Gareth Russell – A native of Belfast, Northern Ireland, Gareth Russell is an author and historian who specializes in Royal history. His latest book, Young and Damned and Fair: The Life of Catherine Howard, Fifth Wife of King Henry VIII breaks new ground in the understanding of the woman who became queen at a time of unprecedented social and political tension and includes forgotten text of Catherine’s confession. Russell is originally from Belfast. He is a graduate of Saint Peter's College, Oxford, where he read Modern History. He received his master’s degree in medieval history from Queen's University in Belfast.






Thomas Swick – For nearly two decades Thomas Swick was the travel editor of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. He has visited more than 60 countries, chronicling his experiences in several books and magazines.  In his latest book, The Joys of Travel: And Stories That Illuminate Them, Swick identifies what he calls the seven joys: anticipation, movement, break from routine, novelty, discovery, emotional connection, and the heightened appreciation of home. Through personal essays and true stories, the author provides strategies on how to prepare for, and get the most out of travel.






Ron White – In his new book American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant, author Ronald C. White takes a new look at this commander-in-chief who was once grouped with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln in the “Trinity of Great American Leaders” but fell out of favor in the 20th Century.  Previously unexamined documents reveal Grant to be generous, introspective and a leader with a natural gift for managing his fellow officers. He was also a passionate defender of equal rights. General David H. Petraeus (Ret.) wrote, “Certain to be recognized as the classic work on Ulysses S. Grant.” White is also the author of three books on Abraham Lincoln.  A. Lincoln: A Biography, was a New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times bestseller.