Book with Brunch

Held three times yearly as a membership benefit for those at the $50 level and above, Book with Brunch attendees partake in a light brunch while enjoying a presentation made by a local author followed by lively Q&A, book sales and signings. Held at ArtServe (1350 E. Sunrise Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale at 10:30 a.m.), the gallery's colorful artwork provides an ever-changing backdrop for this series. A gallery tour is included with your admission. Guests may attend for $25 on a space-available basis.


We're excited to announce our Book with Brunch 2019-2020 season!

Thursday, April 16, 2020, is with Johanna Neuman

Johanna Neuman is one of the nation’s leading experts on the history of women’s suffrage. An award-winning historian and a scholar in residence at American University, she has written two books and several monographs on the topic.

Her most recent book, And Yet They Persisted: How American Women Won the Right to Vote, is a gripping story of female activism. Most historians begin the story in 1848, when Elizabeth Cady Stanton first stood in public at a women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, N.Y. and demanded the right to vote, and end the story in 1920 when Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment. This book expands our understanding of that history, positioning its origins with the revolutionary fervor in the 1770s and its final triumph two centuries later when African-American women in the South had to fight Jim Crow laws to win the right to vote.

Thursday, December 5, 2019, is with Les Standiford

Les Standiford is the author of twenty-one novels, including the New York Times best-seller Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction That Changed America, critically acclaimed works of nonfiction, a series of John Deal mysteries, and two works adapted into feature films. Standiford has received Fellowships from both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is the Founding Director of the Creative Writing Program at Florida International University in Miami and director of the Writers in Paradise conference at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. Palm Beach, Mar-a-Lago, and the Rise of America's Xanadu (Atlantic Monthly Press) tells the history of the island of Palm Beach. From the Palmettos to the mangroves, there is much to be discovered when Henry Flagler first arrives and eventually builds the Royal Poinciana Hotel (the Breakers). But the most significant figure was the Mar-A-Lago. Read about its beginnings, triumphs, and tragedies in Standiford's latest work. Booklist’s review noted, “this is an enjoyable social voyeurism for those who hanker after tales of the rich and famous, past and present.”


Thursday, October 24, 2019, was with Alyssa Maxwell

Alyssa Maxwell began a love affair with the city of Newport while visiting friends there back in her high school days. On one of her visits, she met the man who would become her husband. Her husband's Newport family opened up an exciting new world of historical discovery. From the graveyards whose earliest markers read from the seventeenth century to original colonial houses still lived in today, to the Newport Artillery Company whose curator for many years was her husband’s grandfather, Newport became a place of fascination and romantic charm.

Murder at Crossways is the seventh in The Guilded Newport Mysteries collection. These mysteries feature Emmaline Cross who is a Vanderbilt by heritage, a Newporter by birth, and the acting editor-in-chief of the Newport Messenger. In her latest adventure, she investigates two stabbings and has to find the murderer before they getaway.



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