Please see below for our Press Release for our Night of Literary Feasts 2019 held on March 2nd. Stay tuned to our social media for announcements about Literary Feast 2020.
Literary Feast Brings International Bestselling Authors to Fort Lauderdale in Support of Library Programming
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 13, 2018 (UPDATED FEB 20, 2019) -- Literary Feast 2019, the 31st annual celebration of books and authors, is a week and a half away. Fourteen bestselling authors will be in attendance at the multiple-event celebration that supports Broward County Library programs. Tickets are selling fast for all associated events. Events include:
Author Day for Students on March 1, 2019 - authors visit Broward County High Schools for two hours where they may speak to hundreds of students, meet and greet with the faculty, be interviewed by the school paper or any other fun events planned by the school
LitLIVE! on March 1, 2019 - panel discussions with authors at three area Barnes & Noble stores that a divided by the fiction, nonfiction and mystery genres
Night of Literary Feasts on March 2, 2019 - begins with a Welcome Reception and Silent Auction at Bahia Mar- Fort Lauderdale Beach, followed by private dinners at exclusive locations around the Greater Fort Lauderdale area.
Literary Feast 2019 authors and the books they are promoting are as follows:
Ronald H. Balson – The Girl from Berlin
James O. Born – Ambush
Dave Cullen – Parkland
Beck Dorey-Stein – From the Corner of the Oval
Ben Fritz – The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies
Peter Hellman – In Vino Duplicitas: The Rise and Fall of a Wine Forger Extraordinaire
Pam Jenoff – The Lost Girls of Paris
Shari Lapena – An Unwanted Guest
Senator George LeMieux – Florida Made: The 25 Most Important Figures Who Shaped the State
Lydia Millet – Fight No More
Lori Rader-Day – Under a Dark Sky
Daniel Stone – The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats
James Swain – The King Tides
Beatriz Williams – The Summer Wives
LitLIVE! will be held at Barnes & Noble bookstores in Broward County from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and is presented by Nova Southeastern University. During the event, there will be opportunity for book purchases and signings, and a percentage of all sales will benefit the Foundation. Authors will give brief remarks followed by questions from the audience. Participating Barnes & Noble stores are: B&N Fort Lauderdale (2051 N. Federal Highway), B&N Plantation (591 S. University Drive), and B&N Pembroke Pines (11820 Pines Boulevard).
Night of Literary Feasts’ Welcome Reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a gala Welcome Reception in the Bahia Mar – Fort Lauderdale Beach Commodore Ballroom (801 Seabreeze Boulevard). The reception includes an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, book sales and signings with all 14 authors and an outstanding silent auction. Give back partner, Kendra Scott, will be selling jewelry and donated 20% back to the Library Foundation and they will be selling “mystery boxes” to raise funds, as well. At 7:30 p.m., guests depart for intimate dinners featuring an author hosted in private homes or upscale restaurants.
For tickets or additional information, visit www.bplfoundation.org/literary-feast-ticket-purchase-2019 or call (954) 357-7382. Everyone is welcome to LitLIVE! but reservations are required. Tickets to Night of Literary Feasts are $175; for an additional donation of $150, you will be guaranteed your first or second choice of literary dinners. To stay up to date on all events, join the Foundation’s mailing list at: www.bplfoundation.org/contact-us.
About Literary Feast
The “Feast” was established in 1988 to raise funds to support public library programs. This vital community event has raised more than $4 million since its inception, with a mission of supporting Broward County Library literacy programs and services that enrich the entire community. Selected sponsorships are still available. The 2019 Literary Feast Presenting Sponsors are Helen Ingham Foundation and The Haller Foundation, the Welcome Reception Sponsor is JM Family Enterprises, Inc., and other sponsors include Ryder System, Inc., Peter S. Mozino Foundation and Bank of America Charitable Foundation.
About the Broward Public Library Foundation
Founded in 1982, the nonprofit Broward Public Library Foundation raises private dollars for the Broward County Library system, which has the distinction of being one of the 10 largest public library systems in the United States and the largest in the state of Florida. Each year, more than nine million walk-in customers visit the system's 38 branch locations and countless others access a wealth of free resources using digital e-technology. Through the generosity of its donors, the Broward Public Library Foundation is able to underwrite numerous programs and events that complement those already funded by Broward County tax dollars, such as ACT/SAT prep classes for high school students, the Summer Learning Program and the annual Books 'n' Bears at the Holidays program for preschool children.