2018 Literary Feast Literary Dinners


 

Please peruse the author and dinner choices listed below; once you have made your decision, click here to purchase your ticket(s).

 

1. DAVID BIANCULLI

In 1999, "The West Wing" and "The Sopranos" made their debuts, and TV hasn't been the same since, TV critic David Bianculli argues persuasively in his book, The Platinum Age of Television. Since then, the quality of writing for TV shows has improved dramatically and the quantity of programming has skyrocketed. Bianculli, who is heard frequently on NPR's Fresh Air with host Terry Gross, traces the evolution of classic TV genres, and interviews such TV giants as Carl Reiner, Matt Groening and Carol Burnett. Booklist says, "Impressively comprehensive...simply a must-read for TV lovers."
Twitter: @TVWorthWatching

FRIENDS OF WLRN – Hosted by MARY and JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN
Lauderdale Yacht Club
1725 SE Twelfth Street | Fort Lauderdale

2. SLOANE CROSLEY

Sloane Crosley, author of the new essay collection Look Alive Out There, is in some good company – her comic writing is included with that of such gifted humorists as David Sedaris, Dave Barry and Mark Twain in The Library of America’s 50 Funniest American Writers. Comedian Steve Martin opines that Crosley “does the impossible. She stays consistently funny and delivers a book that is alive and jumping.”  The author of two other best-selling essay collections and a novel, Crosley is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and has written regularly for The New York Times, GQ and the Village Voice.
Facebook: @SloaneCrosley | Twitter: @AskAnyone | Instagram: @Sloane_Crosley

KAREN and PAUL JONES
2501 Castilla Isle | Fort Lauderdale

3. AMY DICKINSON

Every morning, Amy Dickinson hands out advice to the lovelorn and troubled with candor, wisdom and wit. As the author of the popular syndicated “Ask Amy” column for the past 15 years, she knows plenty about what makes us all tick. Now we have the opportunity to learn more about the consummate advice-giver in her charming, funny and always truthful memoir, Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things. Author Delia Ephron describes the book as “a wonderful memoir of what family and home mean in these complicated times.”
Facebook: @ADickinsonDaily | Twitter: @AskingAmy

BAHIA MAR - Hosted by KENNY and SANDY TATE
Captain’s Quarters, Bahia Mar
801 Seabreeze Boulevard | Fort Lauderdale

4. A.J. FINN

Days after A.J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window made its debut in early January, the thriller landed at No. 1 on the New York Times Bestseller list. The story of a reclusive woman who may or may not have witnessed a murder is a fascinating tale of psychological suspense.   A.J. Finn is the pseudonym for Daniel Mallory, a former publishing executive with a love for classic Agatha Christie mysteries and Alfred Hitchcock movies. Author Gillian Fynn says, “Finn has created a noir for t1he new millennium, packed with mesmerizing characters, stunning twists and beautiful writing.”
Facebook: @AJFinnBooks | Twitter: @AJFinnBooks | Instagram: @AJFinnBooks

MARCELLE and ANDY ROSEN
27 Royal Palm Drive | Fort Lauderdale

5. MERYL GORDON

In Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Legend, Meryl Gordon meticulously explores the life of a fabulously wealthy art collector, talented landscape designer (she designed the White House Rose Garden at JFK’s invitation) and a Best-Dressed list regular who died in 2014 at the age of 103. Her lifestyle was the stuff of legend.  Gordon, an award-winning journalist, specializes in the lives of America’s rich royalty, writing books about the late Brooke Astor and Huguette Clark. She is the director of magazine writing at New York University.

JO ANNE LEWIS with MICHAEL BERRY
Pier Sixty-Six Lobby Restaurant
2301 Southeast 17th Street | Fort Lauderdale

6. MARK GREANEY and CHRISTOPHER J. YATES

MARK GREANEY - Mark Greaney is the #1 New York Times best-selling author known best for his books co-authored with Tom Clancy. In his research for The Gray Man series and the Tom Clancy novels, he has traveled to dozens of countries and trained alongside military and law enforcement in the use of firearms, battlefield medicine and close-range combative tactics. Agent in Place is his latest thriller in the 6-book Gray Man series, featuring covert mercenary Court Gentry. Author Lee Child describes the books as “hard, fast and unflinching…exactly what a thriller should be.”
Facebook: @MarkGreaneyBooks | Twitter: @MarkGreaneyBook | Instagram: @MarkGreaneyBooks

CHRISTOPHER YATES - Following the success of his debut cult hit novel, Black Chalk, British author Christopher J. Yates has written Grist Mill Road, a literary dark thriller full of tension and unexpected twists. It’s about a horrid childhood crime carried secretly to adulthood. “The intensity of the storytelling is exhilarating and unsettling,” says Booklist’s starred review. Goodreads named it one of the best books of January 2018. Yates studied law at Oxford University and worked as a puzzle editor in London before moving to New York City.
Facebook: @WriterYates | Twitter: @CJ_Yates | Instagram: @ChristopherJYates

MERRIE MEYERS with DENISE and DOUG REYNOLDS
The Palms
2110 North Ocean Boulevard | Fort Lauderdale

7. LEAH STEWART

LEAH STEWART - Hollywood fame and insecurity, love and heartbreak - critically acclaimed author Leah Stewart explores it all in her latest literary novel, What You Don't Know About Charlie OutlawThe Boston Globe compared Stewart, the author of five other novels, to Anne Tyler in thoughtful writing style. PureWow included Charlie Outlaw among the "20 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2018."’ The recipient of a NEA Literature Fellowship, Stewart teaches in the University of Cincinnati creative writing program.
Twitter: @LeachCStewart

THE DAVID POSNACK JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER, DEBBIE and JEFFREY HOCHMAN, JANIE and IRA LIBANOFF, ELAINE and ALAN SPITZER
Lago Mar Beach Resort & Club
1700 South Ocean Lane | Fort Lauderdale 

8. RACHEL HERZ and BRENDAN MATHEWS

RACHEL HERZ -Did you know that eating sweets can make you kinder? It's one of the intriguing details about the science behind our relationship with food found in Rachel Herz's book, Why You Eat What You Eat. Herz, a neuroscientist specializing in perception and emotion, presents our relationship to food as a complicated recipe, whose ingredients – taste, personality and emotions – combine to make eating a potent and pleasurable experience. The author of two previous books, The Scent of Desire and That's Disgusting, teaches at Brown University and Boston College.
Twitter: @Rachel_Herz

BRENDAN MATHEWS – In World of Tomorrow, Brendan Mathews' sprawling debut novel set in 1939 New York, he writes of three brothers caught up in a whirlwind week of love, blackmail and betrayal, culminating in an assassination plot. Author Ann Beattie describes the book as a "panoramic tour de force, a huge undertaking peopled with convincing characters." Entertainment Weekly called it one of the “Best Debut Novels of 2017.” Mathews was a Fulbright Scholar to Ireland, and now teaches creative writing and literature at Bard College at Simon’s Rock.
Facebook: @BrendanMathewsWOT| Twitter: @Mathews_with1t | Instagram: @Mathews.Brendan

RIVA
RIVA’S Cucina
1180 North Federal Highway | Fort Lauderdale

9. CARL HOFFMAN

Carl Hoffman, a contributing editor at National Geographic Traveler, has traveled into the furthest corners of the world. He is the author of The New York Times bestseller Savage Harvest, The Lunatic Express and Hunting Warbirds. His latest book, The Last Wild Men of Borneo, a combination of adventure, nature and true crime writing, is the story of two Western men with different missions who left their marks on remote and untouched Borneo. Hoffman has won five Lowell Thomas Awards from the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation.
Facebook: @LunaticCarl | Twitter: @LunaticCarl | Instagram: @LunaticCarl

KRISTEN KLEIN with JAMIE FINIZIO-BASCOMBE and TIM BASCOMBE
Lobster Bar
450 East Las Olas Boulevard | Fort Lauderdale

10. UZODINMA IWEALA and TOM PETERS

UZODINMA IWEALA - Uzodinma Iweala, an American author and physician of Nigerian descent, garnered a host of writing awards, including the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award, for his powerful debut novel, Beasts of No Nation. The 2005 book, which told the story of a child soldier in an unnamed African country, was later made into a critically acclaimed movie. His latest novel, Speak No Evil, is set on the other side of the world - an upper-class Washington, D.C. neighborhood - but its tale of a teen hiding his homosexuality is as heartwrenching and timely as his first book. He is currently the editor of Ventures Africa, a magazine focused on business and entrepreneurship in Africa.
Facebook: @UzoIweala

TOM PETERS - Thirty-five years after his iconic In Search of Excellence, bestselling author and management guru Tom Peters is back with a new road map for today's tech economy. In The Excellence Dividend: Meeting the Tech Tide With Work That Wows and Jobs That Lasts, Peters advocates for hard work, unrelenting development and a culture of excellence that puts people first.  His ideas are illustrated with quotes from more than 300 "Hall of Fame performers," including Richard Branson and Napoleon. In 2017, Peters, the author of 16 business books, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Thinkers50.
Twitter: @Tom_Peters

NORTHERN TRUST, NA – Hosted by THOMAS R. OLIVERI, SENIOR MARKET EXECUTIVE, BROWARD COUNTY
Northern Trust
1100 East Las Olas Boulevard | Fort Lauderdale

11. BRAD MELTZER

In South Florida superstar author Brad Meltzer’s latest thriller, The Escape Artist, he traces a centuries-old secret to the renowned Harry Houdini. Says fellow author Michael Connelly: “The Escape Artist …is a high-stakes, high-tension thriller that never lets you catch your breath.” In addition to his 12 thrillers, he is the best-selling author of the advice books, Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter, children’s books and even graphic novels. He hosted Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel and Brad Meltzer’s Lost History on H2.  We are proud that Meltzer is the Honorary Chair of Literary Feast 2018, our 30th anniversary event.
Facebook: @BradMeltzer | Twitter: @BradMeltzer | Instagram: @BradMeltzer

ANN BURRIS
60 Royal Palm Drive | Fort Lauderdale

12. LIZA MUNDY

In Code Girls, Liza Mundy rescues a piece of forgotten history as she recounts the story of 10,000 American women who served the U.S. Army and Navy as code breakers during World War II. Under vows of secrecy, their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to women. Mundy, the author of three previous books, writes frequently about gender, politics, history and culture for publications including The Atlantic and Politico and is a former staff writer for the Washington Post.
Twitter: @LizaMundy

JEANNE DAWSON LALLI with CINDY BLACK
Blanco Y Blanco Arts
1147 NE Ninth Avenue | Fort Lauderdale

13. LAURIE A. WATKINS

Laurie Watkins knows about stress, having worked on two presidential campaigns, and in the high-presssure world of Washington, D.C.’s Pentagon and Capitol Hill. In her book, Go from Stressed to Strong, she offers practical advice and tools to get on the path to a healthier lifestyle full of energy and strength. She shares stories from such well-known busy people as Bill Nye “the Science Guy,” two-star Michelin-rated chef Jose Andres and former White House staff Phil Larson.  A native Floridian, Watkins grew up in Fort Lauderdale.
Facebook: @LaurieAWatkinsAuthor | Twitter: @LaurieAWatkins | Instagram: @LaurieAWatkins

JANE CASORIA with BENJAMIN DUNN
Pier Sixty-Six Pelican Landing
2301 Southeast 17th Street | Fort Lauderdale