2018 Literary Feast Press Release


30th Literary Feast Brings International Bestselling Authors to Fort Lauderdale in Support of Library Programming


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 3, 2018 -- The Broward Public Library Foundation has announced the event schedule for the 2018 Literary Feast, May 4-5, 2018. Sixteen international bestselling authors will be in attendance at the multiple-event celebration that supports library programs. Events include:

  • Author Day for Students, May 4, 2018, authors visit Broward County High Schools
  • LitLIVE! on May 4, 2018, panel discussions with authors at three area Barnes & Noble stores
  • A Night of Literary Feasts on May 5, 2018, begins with a Welcome Reception and Silent Auction at the Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina, followed by private dinners at exclusive locations around the greater Fort Lauderdale area


Literary Feast 2018 Invited Authors Include:

  1. David Bianculli   - The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific
  2. Sloane Crosley - Look Alive Out There
  3. Amy Dickinson - Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Coming Home
  4. A.J. Finn - The Woman in the Window
  5. Meryl Gordon - Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Legend
  6. Mark Greaney - Agent in Place
  7. Michael Grunwald - The New New Deal
  8. Rachel Herz - Why You Eat What You Eat: The Science behind Our Relationship with Food
  9. Carl Hoffman - The Last Wild Men of Borneo: A True Story of Death and Treasure
  10. Uzodinma Iweala - Speak No Evil
  11. Brendan Mathews - The World of Tomorrow
  12. Brad Meltzer - The Escape Artist
  13. Liza Mundy - Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II
  14. Leah Stewart - What You Don’t Know about Charlie Outlaw
  15. Laurie A. Watkins – Go from Stressed to Strong
  16. Christopher Yates - Grist Mill Road


Author Day for Students, an event of Literary Feast weekend, puts emphasis on literature and the writing process to reach more than 3,500 high school students each year, and is an innovative learning opportunity for Broward County high school students.  Since the program began in 1993, more than 45,000 students have met nationally recognized authors, learned about writing and publishing as career paths, and stretched their creativity through the writing of short stories. This event is generously sponsored by I. Lorriane Thomas and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.

LitLIVE! will be held at three Barnes & Noble stores from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. The event is free to the public but seating must be reserved in advance. 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 Dr.), and B&N Pembroke Crossings, Pembroke Pines (11820 Pines Boulevard). LitLIVE! is generously sponsored by Nova Southeastern University.

The Night of Literary Feasts Welcome Reception and Author Dinners will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a gala cocktail party in the Pier Sixty-Six Panorama Room (2301 SE 17th Street Causeway, Fort Lauderdale). The reception includes an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, book sales and signings and an outstanding silent auction. At 7:30 p.m., guests depart for intimate dinners featuring an author hosted in private homes or upscale restaurants. The 2018 Literary Feast Presenting Sponsor is the Helen Ingham Foundation and the Welcome Reception Sponsor is JM Family Enterprises, Inc.

For tickets or additional information, click here or call (954) 357-7382. LitLIVE! tickets are free to the public but must be reserved in advance. A Night of Literary Feast tickets start at $175; for an additional donation of $150, you will be guaranteed your first or second choice of literary dinners. To learn when tickets become available, join the Foundation’s mailing list at: www.bplfoundation.org/contact-us


About the 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. Gold and Silver Sponsors for the event include: Ryder System, Inc.; Neil Ellenoff; Richard Ingham; Shuham & Shuham, P.A.; Shutts & Bowen, LLP; The Haller Foundation; The Peter S. Mozino Foundation with Joan Readding, Barbara Seegul and Ted Mozino. Click here for a full list of sponsors.


About the Broward Public Library Foundation

Founded in 1982, the Broward Public Library Foundation serves as the fundraising arm 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 compliment those already funded by Broward County tax dollars, such as ACT/SAT prep classes for high school students, computer training classes for adults, a summer reading program for both children and adults and the annual Books 'n' Bears at the Holidays program for preschool children.

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