2019 Literary Feast Literary Dinners


 

Thank you to everyone who attended our 2019 Night of Literary Feast Dinners! We hope you had a spectacular evening and hope to see you next year for our 2020 event!

Listed below are our March, 2019 dinners. Please stay tuned on our social media for updates on our Spring 2020 Night of Literary Feasts!

 

1. RONALD BALSON - SOLD OUT

Chicago trial attorney Ronald H. Balson is an internationally best-selling author whose previous historical novels set during the European World Wars have been praised as “heart-wrenching {and} triumphant” (The Chicago Tribune) and “page-turning reads” (The Jewish Book Council). In his latest, The Girl from Berlin, his protagonists, investigator Liam Taggart and lawyer Catherine Lockhart, come to the aid of an old friend and are drawn into a property dispute in Tuscany that unearths long-buried secrets. His book has been selected for the 2019 Illinois Reads statewide literacy project.

Facebook: RonaldBalson

KIP HUNTER-EPSTEIN and JOEY EPSTEIN with DENISE and ANGELO ELIA
Casa D'Angelo Ristorante
1201 North Federal Highway | Fort Lauderdale
 

2. JAMES O. BORN and LORI RADER-DAY

James O. Born is a former U.S. drug agent and State Law Enforcement agent. He has incorporated his years of experience into his 15 thrillers, including his most recent work with publishing mega-star James Patterson. The duo has collaborated on two of the Detective Michael Bennett novels set in New York City. Their most recent novel, Ambush, spent eight weeks on the New York Times bestseller list this fall. Born's third novel, Escape Clause, won the inaugural Florida Book Award for Best Novel.

Facebook: James.O.Born.books

Three-time Mary Higgins Clark Award nominee Lori Rader-Day shares the story of a widow confronting her demons in the Michigan wilderness in her newest book, Under a Dark Sky. This Agatha Christie-like locked-room mystery keeps readers in suspense with dark and terrifying twists. Author Katie Moretti said Rader-Day’s “stories are taut, her characters are real and her plots are endlessly surprising.” Rader-Day is also the author of The Black Hour, winner of the Anthony Award for Best First Novel, and The Day I Died, a finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark, Thriller, Anthony, and Barry Awards.

Facebook: loriraderdaybooks  Twitter: LoriRaderDay    Instagram: loriraderday

YULEINY and MARIO CARTAYA
5 Winona Lane | Sea Ranch Lakes
 

3. DAVE CULLEN

Dave Cullen is the author of New York Times best-seller Columbine, about the Colorado high school shooting that left 13 dead in April 1999. When history unfortunately repeated itself in February 2018, Cullen was quickly dispatched to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland by Vanity Fair magazine. In Parkland (published on the Feb. 14 anniversary of the shootings) Cullen offers an intimate, deeply moving account of the teenage survivors who became activists and pushed back against the NRA, inspiring millions of Americans to join their grassroots #neveragain movement.

Twitter: DaveCullen      Instagram: davecullenwriter 

FRIENDS OF WLRN - Hosted by MARY and JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN
Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille
620 East Las Olas Boulevard | Fort Lauderdale
 

4. BECK DOREY-STEIN and BEATRIZ WILLIAMS - SOLD OUT

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. She recounts the lighter moments - running beside President Obama in a hotel gym – and the sad ones – the responses to the Charleston church shooting and other tragedies that marked her time in the White House.  After leaving her post in 2017, she turned her journal into her first book, From the Corner of the Oval.

Facebook: BeckDoreySteinAuthor     Instagram: beckdoreystein

Beatriz Williams is the New York Times, USA Today and internationally bestselling author of The Summer Wives and eight other works of historical fiction. 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. Author Elin Hilderbrand called the work “an exquisitely rendered novel that tackles two of my favorite topics: love and money.”  Williams has also written two books, most recently, The Glass Ocean, with authors Lauren Willig and Karen White.  Her books have won numerous awards and been translated into more than a dozen languages.

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ANN BURRIS
60 Royal Palm Drive | Fort Lauderdale
 

5. BEN FRITZ - SOLD OUT

Reporter Ben Fritz writes about the collapse of the Hollywood we once knew and the future of the movie business in his latest book, The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies. Fritz’ work was named best non-fiction book of the year at the 2018 National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards.  Publishers Weekly called it “a fascinating behind-the scenes glimpse at the forces that determine what gets played at the local cinema.” Fritz has covered the entertainment industry for the Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal, where he recently became an editor.

Twitter: benfritz

NILA and JOSHUA SIMON, with CONNIE and LEO DEE, AXEL SOTO and VENICE MAGAZINE
DUNE by Auberge Resorts Collection
2200 North Ocean Boulevard | Fort Lauderdale

6. PETER HELLMAN

Journalist Peter Hellman's In Vino Duplicitas: The Rise and Fall of A Wine Forger Extraordinaire is an absorbing true crime story of wine, wealth and incredible fraud. Wine dealers, auction houses and even billionaire Bill Koch were victims of the massive counterfeit operation that played out in the early 2000s. Imbibe magazine called the book “like Law & Order for oenophiles.”  Hellman is a long-time contributor to Wine Spectator, the Wall Street Journal, New York magazine and many others. The New York Times named In Vino Duplicitas its Best Wine Book of 2017.

Facebook: author.peterhellman

NORTHERN TRUST, NA - Hosted by THOMAS R. OLIVERI, SENIOR MARKET EXECUTIVE, BROWARD COUNTY with DENISE and DOUG REYNOLDS
Lobster Bar Sea Grille
450 East Las Olas Boulevard | Fort Lauderdale
 

7. PAM JENOFF - SOLD OUT

In her latest novel, The Lost Girls of Paris, best-selling author Pam Jenoff tells a story of friendship and courage centered around three women and a ring of female spies during World War II. Author Katie Quinn praised Jenoff’s “meticulous research.” Jenoff is the author of historical fiction, including The Orphan's Tale and The Kommandant's Girl, which was nominated for a Quill Award. During the 1990s, she served in the Pentagon and the State Department and was a Foreign Service officer based in Poland. In addition to writing, Jenoff teaches at the Rutgers University School of Law.

Facebook: PamJenoffauthor       Twitter: PamJenoff      Instagram: pamjenoff

JO ANNE LEWIS with MICHAEL BERRY
Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina
2301 Southeast Seventeenth Street | Fort Lauderdale
 

8. SHARI LAPENA

Shari Lapena became a New York Times best-selling author and publishing phenomenon with her first two mystery-thrillers, The Couple Next Door and A Stranger in the House. The late author Sue Grafton described the suspense in Lapena’s books as “unrelenting.” Library Journal said her latest, An Unwanted Guest, set in a remote inn deep in the Catskill Mountains during a raging winter storm, is “a great whodunit, with a delicious (Agatha) Christie-like vibe.”  Well-heeled strangers gather for a weekend getaway at the inn, each with a dangerous secret, and, one by one, the murders begin.  Lapena, who lives in Canada, is a former English teacher and practicing attorney.

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SUNEM BEATON-GARCIA with TANEKA LAWRENCE
15th St. Fisheries
1900 Southeast Fifteenth Street | Fort Lauderdale
 

9. SEN. GEORGE LEMIEUX - SOLD OUT

In Florida Made: The 25 Most Important Figures Who Shaped the State, Sen. George 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 who have had a lasting impact on this peninsula we call home. You’ll know many of the names, but others – Captain Washington Irving Chambers, for instance – will be a fascinating surprise. LeMieux is the chairman of the board at Gunster, a Florida law firm established in 1925. He is the founder of the LeMieux Center for Public Policy at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Facebook: George.lemieuxFL    Twitter: George_LeMieux    Instagram: george_lemieux

JAMIE FINIZIO-BASCOMBE and TIM BASCOMBE with KAREN and PAUL JONES
433 Isle of Palms Drive | Fort Lauderdale
 

10. LYDIA MILLET and DANIEL STONE

In Fight No More, novelist Lydia Millet explores an assortment of California houses and the people who own and sell them. The book’s 13 stories pull back the curtain on the best and worst in human nature, with characters flowing from one story into another. Millet’s writing is rich with dark humor and distinctive characters. Her third novel, My Happy Life, won the 2003 PEN Center USA Award for Fiction, and she has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize as well as a Guggenheim Fellow. She works for the Center for Biological Diversity, which is focused on protecting endangered species.

Facebook: lydiamilletpage     Twitter: lydia_millet

Kale, mangoes and peaches - 19th century botanist David Fairchild introduced them and thousands of other exotic fruits and vegetables to America. 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 the life-changing adventures of Fairchild, for whom Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami is named. Author Susan Orlean said the book "shows you the history and drama hidden in your fruit bowl. It's a delicious piece of writing." Stone is a staff writer for National Geographic.

Twitter: DanEnRoute      Instagram: DanEnRoute

MERRIE MEYERS with CARYL and MARTY SHUHAM
Boatyard
1555 Southeast Seventeenth Street | Fort Lauderdale
 

11. JAMES SWAIN

In King of Tides, James Swain introduces us to Jon Lancaster, an ex-Navy SEAL, current private investigator and no one’s idea of an action hero. But appearances can be deceiving in this fast-paced story of abduction set in the underbelly of Broward County. Swain, the author of 20 mystery novels, has received three Barry Award nominations and a Florida Book Award. In 2006, he was awarded France’s prestigious Prix Calibre .38 for Best American Crime Writing. When he’s not writing, Swain enjoys performing close-up magic.

 

Twitter: JSwainAuthor

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