2019 Literary Feast Authors


 

Ronald H. Balson is an internationally bestselling author whose previous books have been praised as “heart-wrenching [and] triumphant” (The Chicago Tribune) and “page turning reads” (The Jewish Book Council). He is well-known for his poignant novels set during WWII. In his newest novel in a series, The Girl from Berlin, investigators Liam Taggart and Catherine Lockhart come to the aid of an old friend and are drawn into a property dispute in Tuscany that unearths long-buried secrets.
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James O. Born is a former U.S. drug agent and State Law Enforcement agent. He has more than 15 novels published. His third novel, Escape Clause, won the inaugural Florida Book Award for Best Novel. Over the past few years, Born has worked with James Patterson on a number of different projects.  Their most recent novel, Ambush, spent 8 weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list.
Dave Cullen is the author of New York Times bestseller Columbine. He covered Parkland for Vanity Fair since the first weekend, following those impacted by the tragedy around the country and into their rehearsals, their clandestine office and their homes. Cullen offers an intimate, deeply moving account of the extraordinary teenage survivors who became activists and pushed back against the NRA and feckless Congressional leaders--inspiring millions of Americans to join their grassroots #neveragain movement.
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In 2012, Beck Dorey-Stein was just scraping by in DC when a posting on Craigslist landed her, improbably, in the Oval Office as one of Barack Obama's stenographers. The ultimate DC outsider, she joined the elite team who accompanied the president wherever he went, recorder and mic in hand, eventually traveling to 45 countries around the globe. After leaving her post in 2017, she turned her journal into her first book, From the Corner of the Oval.
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His newest book, The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies was named best non-fiction book of the year at the 2018 National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards and was a Los Angeles Times best-seller. Ben Fritz recently became an editor at the Wall Street Journal after many years covering Hollywood for the paper, as well as for the LA Times and Variety. He is co-author of the best-selling book All the President's Spin and a graduate of Swarthmore College.
Peter Hellman is a New York–based journalist and author for more than 40 years and a contributor to Wine Spectator for more than a decade. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York magazine, and many others. His book In Vino Duplicitas: The Rise and Fall of a Wine Forger Extraordinaire is the breathtaking tale of the most unlikely wine forger in history—and the world’s elite ensnared in his web of deceit.
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In her newest novel The Lost Girls of Paris, New York Times bestselling author Pam Jenoff shines a light on the incredible heroics of the brave women of the war, and weaves a mesmerizing tale of courage, sisterhood, and the great strength of women in the hardest of circumstances. Jenoff is the author of many historic fictions including The Kommandant's Girl, which was an international bestseller and nominated for a Quill award.
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Shari Lapena has become a New York Times best-selling author, international bestseller and publishing phenomenon with her first two thrillers, The Couple Next Door and A Stranger in the House. Her newest, An Unwanted Guest, is set in a remote inn deep in the Catskill Mountains. People, NPR.org, and PureWow are just some of the publications already raving about the newest mystery from Lapena.
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Senator George LeMieux is currently the Chairman of the Board and a Shareholder at Gunster. In his book, Florida Made: The 25 Most Important Figures Who Shaped the State, LeMieux explores how Florida is in many ways both the oldest and newest of the megastates. Once an insect-ridden swampland, Florida is now a top destination for tourism, business, agriculture and innovation. In his book, LeMieux writes about the ideas and actions of a colorful cast of characters from beloved cultural icons to political heroes and even a socialist dictator that transformed the peninsula. 
After almost 20 years, there is a sweeping and enchanting new novel from the widely beloved, award-winning author Elizabeth McCracken about three generations of an unconventional New England family who own and operate a candlepin bowling alley. From the day she is discovered unconscious in a New England cemetery at the turn of the twentieth century—nothing but a bowling ball, a candlepin, and fifteen pounds of gold on her person—Bertha Truitt is an enigma to everyone in Salford, Massachusetts.
Lydia Millet, PEN Award–winning author and Pulitzer Prize finalist, is the brilliant mind behind the deft new story collection Fight No More, her first work of short fiction since Love in Infant Monkeys. In these thirteen interlocking pieces, Millet gathers a diverse array of characters and assembles them into an uncanny mosaic of contemporary life in the City of Angels centered around real estate and homes.
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Lori Rader-Day is the critically acclaimed, Mary Higgins Clark and Anthony Award-winning author of The Black Hour, Little Pretty Things, and The Day I Died. Her newest book, Under a Dark Sky, is a dark and terrifying new twist on an Agatha Christie-style locked-room mystery. Aptly set in the mysterious confines of a Michigan dark sky park, she tells the gripping story of a newly widowed young woman who embarks on a solo vacation, only to be thrown into a bewildering and soon deadly situation beyond her worst nightmare.
In The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of a Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats, Daniel Stone tells the little known story of food spy David Fairchild. Stone, a staff writer for National Geographic, observed that the same way immigrants came to America, so did our fruits and vegetables - and we have David Fairchild to thank for many of them.
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James Swain is the bestselling author of twenty mystery novels all of which have ties to Broward County. His books have been named Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews Best Mystery Books of the Year, and he has received three Barry Award nominations and a Florida Book Award for fiction. His newest thriller, The King Tides, introduces us to retired private detective and ex-Navy SEAL Jon Lancaster, who has agreed to help a man protect his daughter from those who become obsessed with her. As a former Feast (2004) author, his dinner guests were awed by his close-up magic.

New York Times bestselling author Beatriz Williams is beloved for complex narratives that are gripping and atmospheric with lush, multilayered historical detail. She has developed a passionate fan base who have fallen into an obsession with her incomparable voice and twentieth century grip of social and cultural transformation. Her newest novel, The Summer Wives, is a story of romance, murder, class, power, and dark secrets set in the 1950s and ’60s among the rarified world of a resort island in the Long Island Sound.
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