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Writers LIVE!, the Library’s flagship author event series, returns for another season of bringing the community together with authors and their books. 2020 boasts a line-up of bestselling, critically acclaimed, award-winning authors from a variety of genres, discussing their work and signing books. Take a look and fill your calendar with literary events from Boca to Jupiter and everywhere in between.
Local, independent booksellers will be providing sales at every event. A percentage of each sale is donated to the Friends of the Palm Beach County Library, directly benefiting library services and activities 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.
James Grippando is a lawyer, educator, and New York Times bestselling author of suspense. His books are enjoyed around the world in twenty-eight languages and his novel, “Gone Again,” won the 2017 Harper Lee Prize in Legal Fiction. His latest, “The Big Lie,” finds Miami attorney Jack Swyteck caught between a corrupt president and his manipulative opponent after an Electoral College battle lands in a Florida courtroom. Grippando lives in South Florida and is an adjunct professor of law and modern literature at the University of Miami.
Mamta Chaudhry’s fiction, poetry and feature articles have been published in the Miami Review, The Illustrated Weekly of India, The Telegraph, The Statesman, Writer’s Digest and The Rotarian, among others. “Haunting Paris,” her debut novel, has received praise from the New York Times Book Review, Jewish Book Council and Publisher’s Weekly. It is a timeless story of love and loss that takes a mysterious turn when a bereaved pianist discovers a letter among her late lover’s possessions, launching her into a decades—old search for a child who vanished in the turbulence of wartime Paris. Chaudhry lives with her husband in Coral Gables, Florida, and they spend part of each year in India and France.
Leslie Gray Streeter is an award-winning pop culture, entertainment, lifestyle and features journalist. The Palm Beach Post columnist, born in “hood-adjacent” Baltimore City, is always looking for new ways to tell stories, both her own and those in her communities. Leslie will be discussing her memoir, “Black Widow: A Sad-Funny Journey Through Grief for People Who Normally Avoid Books with Words Like “Journey” in the Title.” Tender, true, and endearingly hilarious, it is a story about the power of love, and how the only guide book for recovery is the one your write yourself.
Andrew Gross is the New York Times bestselling author of “Button Man,” “The Saboteur,” and “The One Man,” as well as coauthor of five number one bestsellers with James Patterson. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages. In his latest novel, “The Fifth Column,” Gross once again delivers a tense, stirring thriller of a family torn apart set against the backdrop of a nation plunged into war.
Edwidge Danticat, the internationally acclaimed, bestselling author of “Breath, Eyes, Memory,” has released a collection of vividly imagined stories about community, family, and love in, “Everything Inside: Stories.” Set in locales from Miami and Port-au-Prince to a small-unnamed country in the Caribbean and beyond, this is the indelible work of a keen observer of the human heart–a master at her best. Danticat’s memoir, “Brother, I'm Dying,” was a 2007 National Book Award finalist and a 2008 winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography. She is a 2009 MacArthur fellow, a 2018 Ford Foundation “The Art of Change” fellow, and the winner of the 2018 Neustadt International Prize.