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The Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System Present: Writers LIVE! 2018

“10 years of connecting readers and authors”

Writers LIVE!, the library’s flagship author event series, is back for its 10th anniversary of bringing the community together with authors and their books. 2018 boasts an impressive line-up of best-selling, critically acclaimed, award-winning authors from a variety of genres who will discuss their latest works, chat with you, and sign books. The library has strived to make this a memorable year by providing something for nearly every reader in our area. Browse the lineup and mark your calendar with nearly half a year of literary events!

Local, independent booksellers will be selling books at every event. Purchasing a book not only supports our local economy and an author's creative achievement, but a percentage of each sale is donated back to the Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System, directly benefiting library services throughout the county. Your support is greatly appreciated!

This series is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System, Inc.

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Upcoming Events

Edwidge Danticat

Glades Road Branch
Sat, Jan 27, 2:00 pm
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Edwidge Danticat is the author of numerous books, including, “Claire of the Sea Light,” a New York Times notable book; “Brother, I’m Dying,” a National Book Critics Circle award-winner and National Book Award finalist; and “Breath, Eyes, Memory,” an Oprah Book Club selection. Her memoir, “The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story,” is at once a personal account of her mother dying from cancer and a deeply considered reckoning with the ways that other writers have approached death in their own work. Danticat earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Brown University and she currently resides in Miami.

Michael Tougias

Gardens Branch
Mon, Feb 05, 2:00 pm
Preregister beginning Mon, Jan 22

Michael J. Tougias is a New York Times best-selling author and co-author of 24 books. He is best known for his survival at sea books such as, “So Close to Home: A True Story of an American Family’s Fight For Survival During World War II,” and “The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue,” now a major motion picture. Tougias enjoys the challenge of writing across multiple genres and has won awards for his history, humor, and young adult work. His visit promises to bring historic adventures to life.

Tim Dorsey

Jupiter Branch
Mon, Feb 12, 4:00 pm
Preregister beginning Mon, Jan 29

Gardens Branch
Mon, Feb 12, 6:30 pm
Preregister beginning Mon, Jan 29

Tim Dorsey will talk about his latest book in the Serge Storm series, “The Pope of Palm Beach.” The best-selling novelist was raised in Riviera Beach and was the metro editor for “The Tampa Tribune.” A long time library supporter, this is his ninth appearance at Writers LIVE!

J.A. Jance

West Boynton Branch
Tue, Feb 13, 2:00 pm
Preregister beginning Tue, Jan 30

J.A. Jance is the New York Times best-selling author of the “J.P. Beaumont” series, the “Joanna Brady” series, the “Ali Reynolds” series, and five interrelated thrillers about the Walker family, as well as a volume of poetry. “Proof of Life,” chronicles an investigation that strikes too close to home as J.P. Beaumont follows his gut to outwit and survive a killer hellbent on revenge. Jance lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona.

Andrew Gross

Hagen Ranch Road Branch
Thu, Feb 15, 2:00 pm
Preregister beginning Thu, Feb 01.

Andrew Gross is the author of numerous New York Times and internationally best-selling thrillers. His novel, “The Dark Tide,” was nominated for Thriller of the Year by the International Thriller Writers Association. With, “The Saboteur,” Gross delivers a riveting tale based on a true story in which a Norwegian soldier leads a mission to halt Germany’s march across Europe.

Sam Graham-Felsen

Jupiter Branch
Thu, Feb 15, 6:30 pm
Preregister beginning Thu, Feb 01.

Sam Graham-Felsen was born and raised in Boston. He has worked as chief blogger for Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, a journalist for “The Nation,” and a peanut vendor at Fenway Park. His debut, “Green,” is a novel of race and privilege in America that has received starred reviews from Booklist and Publisher’s Weekly.

Palm Beach Peril:
R.L. Stine & the International Thriller Writers Debut Authors

Sun, Feb 18, 2:00 pm
South County Civic Center
16700 Jog Rd,
Delray Beach, 33446
Preregister beginning Fri, Feb 02.

Legendary author R.L. Stine explores the creative process with a panel of up-and-coming young adult (YA) thriller and horror authors, offering an inside look at the craft and business of contemporary fiction.

Moderator: R.L. Stine, best known for his "Goosebumps" series, has sold over 400 million books in 35 languages, making him one of the bestselling authors in history.

Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Murder on the Beach.

More at the Palm Beach Peril website

Kate Alcott

West Boynton Branch
Tue, Feb 27, 2:00 pm
Preregister beginning Tue, Feb 13.

Kate Alcott is the pseudonym for journalist Patricia O’Brien, who has written several books, both fiction and nonfiction. As Kate Alcott, she is the New York Times best-selling author of “The Dressmaker,” “The Daring Ladies of Lowell,” and “A Touch of Stardust.” Her latest, “The Hollywood Daughter,” is a Hollywood coming-of-age novel, in which Ingrid Bergman’s affair with Roberto Rossellini forces her biggest fan to reconsider everything she was raised to believe. Alcott resides in Washington, D.C.

Laura Lippman

Hagen Ranch Road Branch
Fri, Mar 02, 2:00 pm
Preregister beginning Fri, Feb 16.

Best-selling author Laura Lippman has made a critically-acclaimed career writing provocative, timely crime novels set in her beloved hometown of Baltimore. She has been nominated for more than 50 crime fiction awards, winning almost 20, including the Edgar. Her latest, “Sunburn,” is a superb novel of psychological suspense about a pair of lovers with the best intention and the worst luck. Nowadays, Lippman divides her time between Baltimore and New Orleans with her family.

Craig Grossi

Wellington Branch
Sun, Mar 04, 2:00 pm
Preregister beginning Fri, Feb 16.

Craig Grossi is an eight-year Marine Corps veteran and a Purple Heart recipient. In his book, “Craig & Fred,” he tells the uplifting and unforgettable true story of meeting a stray dog on an Afghan battlefield and how they saved each other. The dog became Fred and now they travel together, “spreading the message of stubborn positivity.” When not travelling with Fred, he works intensively with veteran organizations, including the USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program and the Tragedy Assistance Programs for Survivors (TAPS). Craig and Fred live in Washington, D.C.

Mira T. Lee

Lantana Road Branch
Tue, Mar 06, 2:30 pm
Preregister beginning Tue, Feb 20.

Mira T. Lee’s debut novel, “Everything Here Is Beautiful,” was selected as a Winter/Spring 2018 Top 10 Debut title by the American Booksellers Association. The book, told from alternating perspectives, is a heart-wrenching family drama about relationships and tough choices—how much we’re willing to sacrifice for the ones we love, and when it’s time to let go and save ourselves. Mira is a Stanford University alum, and currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Brit Bennett

Gardens Branch
Wed, Mar 07, 6:30 pm
Preregister beginning Wed, Feb 21.

Born and raised in Southern California, Brit Bennett graduated from Stanford University and later earned her MFA in fiction at the University of Michigan. Her New York Times best-selling debut, “The Mothers,” was named a best book of 2016 by numerous outlets including Entertainment Weekly, Buzzfeed and NPR. Set within a contemporary black community in Southern California, “The Mothers,” begins with a secret, then follows that secret through the lives of three different characters — from high school into adulthood — tracing its impact far beyond their hometown. Bennett was selected as one of the National Book Foundation’s 2016 “5 Under 35” honorees.

Ronald H. Balson

Lantana Road Branch
Thu, Mar 08, 2:00 pm
Preregister beginning Thu, Feb 22.
Hagen Ranch Road Branch
Sun, Mar 11, 2:00 pm
Preregister beginning Fri, Feb 23.

Ronald H. Balson is a Chicago trial attorney, an educator, and the international best-selling author of, “Once We Were Brothers,” and, “Karolina’s Twins.” His latest, “The Trust,” finds private investigator Liam Taggart returning to his childhood home in Northern Ireland for an uncle’s funeral, only to discover his death may not have been natural.

Andrea Lawlor

Lantana Road Branch
Mon, Mar 12, 6:00 pm
Preregister beginning Mon, Feb 26.

Andrea Lawlor teaches writing at Mount Holyoke College, edits fiction for the literary journal “Fence”, and has been awarded fellowships by Lambda Literary and Radar Labs. Her debut novel, “Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl,” offers a speculative history of early ‘90s identity politics during the heyday of ACT UP and Queer Nation. It is a riotous, razor-sharp tale whose hero/ine wends his way through a world gutted by loss, pulsing with music, and opening into an array of intimacy and connections. Kirkus calls it, “a groundbreaking, shape- and genre-shifting work from a daring writer.” Lawlor resides in Western Massachusetts.

Brad Parks

West Boca Branch
Tue, Mar 13, 2:00 pm
Preregister beginning Tue, Feb 27.

Brad Parks is the only author to have won the Shamus, Nero, and Lefty Awards, three of crime fiction’s most prestigious prizes. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Parks is a former journalist with The Washington Post and Newark, New Jersey’s The Star-Ledger. “Closer Than You Know,” his latest, is a riveting, emotionally resonant domestic suspense thriller Library Journal calls, “another winning tale.” Parks resides in Virginia with his wife and two children.

Peter Edelman

Mounts Botanical Garden—Auditorium (Front of Garden)
531 North Military Trail,
West Palm Beach 33415
Thu, Mar 29, 2:30 pm
Preregister beginning Thu, Mar 15.

Peter Edelman is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law and Public Policy and the faculty director of the Center on Poverty and Inequality at Georgetown University Law Center. A top advisor to Senator Robert F. Kennedy from 1964 to 1968, he went on to fill various roles in President Bill Clinton’s administration, from which he famously resigned in protest after Clinton signed the 1996 welfare reform legislation. Edelman’s latest book, “Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America,” argues that a combination of policies have created a mean-spirited, retributive system that seals whole communities into inescapable cycles of poverty.

SJ Sindu

Gardens Branch
Sat, Apr 07, 2:30 pm
Preregister beginning Fri, Mar 23.

SJ Sindu was born in Sri Lanka and raised in Massachusetts. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a PhD in Creative Writing from Florida State University. Her work has been published in LitHub and the Los Angeles Review of Books, along with other journals and anthologies. Her debut novel, “Marriage of a Thousand Lies,” offers a vivid exploration of a life lived at a complex intersection of race, sexuality and nationality. The result is a profoundly American novel that Publisher’s Weekly calls, “perceptive, subtle, and provocative.” Sindu currently resides in Tampa and teaches Creative Writing at Ringling College of Art and Design.

M. Evelina Galang

Lantana Road Branch
Fri, Apr 13, 2:00 pm
Preregister beginning Fri, Mar 30.

M. Evelina Galang has been researching and documenting the lives of surviving Filipino “comfort women” since 1999. Her fourth and most powerful book, “Lolas’ House: Filipino Women Living With War,” tells the stories of sixteen survivors kidnapped by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II and their demand for recognition and justice from the Japanese government. Not only a book of testimony and documentation, it is an intensely personal book of witness, survival, and the female body. Galang directs the MFA Creative Writing Program at the University of Miami and is core faculty and board member of Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA).

Carol Goodman

West Boynton Branch
Tue, Apr 17, 2:00 pm
Preregister beginning Tue, Apr 03.

Carol Goodman is the critically-acclaimed, New York Times best-selling author of, “The Lake of Dead Languages,” “The Widow’s House,” and, “The Seduction of Water,” which won the 2003 Hammett Prize. Her latest novel, “The Other Mother,” is a tale of madness, motherhood, love and trust, woven into an unforgettable thriller. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her family, and teaches creative writing at the New School and SUNY New Paltz.

Peter Blauner

West Boca Branch
Wed, Apr 18, 6:30 pm
Preregister beginning Wed, Apr 04.

Peter Blauner is the author of seven novels, including, “Slow Motion Riot,” winner of an Edgar Allan Poe award for best first novel from Mystery Writers of America, and, “The Intruder,” a New York Times best-seller. He began his career as a journalist for New York magazine in the 1980s and segued into writing fiction in the 1990s. For the last ten years, he has written for several television shows, including “Law & Order: SVU” and the CBS series, “Blue Bloods.” His newest novel, “Proving Ground,” is a sweeping crime novel, an intricate story about the quest for redemption, and a vibrant portrait of contemporary New York city that Stephen King has declared a, “must read.” Blauner lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife.

Anita Shreve

Hagen Ranch Road Branch
Thu, Apr 26, 2:30 pm
Preregister beginning Thu, Apr 12.

Anita Shreve was a high school teacher and a freelance magazine journalist before writing fiction full time. She is the author of over fifteen novels including the New York Times best-sellers, “The Pilot’s Wife (An Oprah’s Book Club Selection),” and, “The Weight of Water.” Her latest novel, “The Stars Are Fire,” is an exquisitely suspenseful story of an extraordinary young woman tested by a catastrophic event and its devastating aftermath — based on the true events surrounding the largest fire in Maine’s history. Shreve currently resides in Massachusetts and teaches writing at Amherst College.

Past Events

James O. Born

Glades Road Branch
Fri, Jan 12, 2:00 pm

James O. Born is a former U.S. Drug and State Law Enforcement agent turned Florida Crime Writer. The Barry award-winner’s latest, “Haunted,” co-authored with none other than James Patterson, tells the story of Detective Michael Bennett getting pulled into a shocking case while vacationing in an idyllic Maine town.

CANCELLED: Katherine Hall Page

West Boynton Branch
Tue, Jan 23, 2:00 pm

Agatha award-winning mystery novelist Katherine Hall Page received her BA in English from Wellesley College, her MA in Secondary Education from Tufts University, and her Doctorate in Administration, Public Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard. “The Body in the Casket,” is a chilling New England whodunit, inspired by the best Agatha Christie mysteries, and the 24th installment in the "Faith Fairchild" series. She lives in Massachusetts and Maine with her husband.