Bestselling Authors Discussing Their Works

Writers LIVE!, the Library’s flagship author event series, returns for another season of bringing the community together with authors and their books. The 2021 lineup of bestselling, critically acclaimed, and award-winning authors will be discussing their work virtually via Zoom.

Local, independent booksellers will have featured titles available for purchase. A percentage of each sale will be donated to the Friends of the Palm Beach County Library—directly benefiting library services and activities, supporting local business, and encouraging the love of reading. Whether for your home library or giving a perfect gift, all purchases are greatly appreciated!

Thank you to our Writers LIVE! 2021 retailers:

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

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Past Writers LIVE! Events

Missed out on our previous Writers LIVE! author talks? Visit our past events in 2021 section to watch on demand.

Past Events in 2021

Safia Elhillo is the author of the poetry collection, “The January Children,” which received the 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets and a 2018 Arab American Book Award. Sudanese by way of Washington, D.C., she holds an M.F.A. from The New School, a Cave Canem Fellowship and a 2018 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. Safia is a 2019-2021 Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, Pushcart Prize nominee, co-winner of the 2015 Brunel International African Poetry Prize, and listed in Forbes Africa's 2018 "30 Under 30." “Home Is Not a Country,” is Ehillo’s mesmerizing novel in verse about family, identity and finding yourself in the most unexpected places.

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Zara Raheem received her M.F.A. from California State University, Long Beach. She is the recipient of the James I. Murashige Jr. Memorial award in fiction and was selected as one of 2019s Harriet Williams Emerging Writers. In Raheem’s fresh, funny, smart debut, “The Marriage Clock,” a young, Muslim-American woman is given three months to find the right husband or else her traditional Indian parents will find one for her—a universally relatable story about the challenges of falling in love. She resides in Southern California where she teaches English and creative writing.

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Growing up in Washington, D.C., Chris Wilson was surrounded by violence and despair. He watched his family and neighborhood shattered by trauma, and he lost his faith. One night when he was seventeen, defending himself, he killed a man. He was sentenced to life in prison with no hope of parole. But what should have been the end of his story became the beginning. Behind bars, Wilson embarked on a remarkable journey of self-improvement–reading, working out, learning languages, even starting a business.

At nineteen, he sat down and wrote a list of all the things he intended to accomplish, and all the steps he’d have to take to get there. He called it his Master Plan. He revised that plan regularly and followed it religiously. Sixteen years later, it led him to an unlikely opportunity–and to a promise he has been working hard to live up to every day since. Harrowing, heartbreaking, and ultimately triumphant, “The Master Plan: My Journey From a Life in Prison to a Life of Purpose,” is a memoir for this moment, proving that every person is capable of doing great things.

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Maria Kuznetsova was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and moved to the United States as a child. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, her fiction has appeared in numerous publications such as The Southern Review, Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Mississippi Review and the Kenyon Review Online. Her latest sharp, heartfelt novel, “Something Unbelievable,” tells the story of an overwhelmed new mom who asks to hear her grandmother’s story of her family’s desperate escape from the Nazis, causing her to discover unexpected parallels to her own life in America. Kuznetsova lives in Auburn, Alabama, with her husband and daughter, where she is an assistant professor of creative writing at Auburn University, as well as a fiction editor at The Bare Life Review, a journal of immigrant and refugee literature.

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Paul Ortiz is a professor of history and the director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida. He is the author of, “Emancipation Betrayed: The Hidden History of Black Organizing and White Violence in Florida From Reconstruction to the Bloody Election of 1920,” and an associate editor of the oral history, “Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell About Life in the Segregated South.” In, “An African American and Latinx History of the United States,” Ortiz has produced an intersectional history of the shared struggle for African American and Latinx civil rights. The 2018 PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award winner is a bottom-up history, told from the interconnected vantage points of Latinx and African Americans, revealing the radically different ways that people of the diaspora have addressed issues still plaguing the United States today, and it offers a way forward in the continued struggle for universal civil rights.

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Nick Petrie is a nationally bestselling author and creator of the “Peter Ash” series. His debut novel, “The Drifter,” won both the International Thriller Writers Thriller award and the Barry Award for Best First Novel, and was a finalist for the Edgar, Anthony, and Hammett Awards. He won the 2016 Literary Award from the Wisconsin Library Association and was name one of Apple’s 10 Writers to Read in 2017. His novel, “Light It Up,” was named the Best Thriller of 2018 by Apple Books and received a Barry Award nomination. His books in the “Peter Ash” series are “The Drifter,” “Burning Bright,” “Light It Up,” “Tear It Down,” and “The Wild One.” His latest, “The Breaker,” finds Peter Ash wanted by two governments and living a simple, low-profile life. Staying out of trouble is the key to preserving this fragile peace, but when Peter spots a suspicious armed man walking into a crowded market, he knows he can’t stand by and do nothing. Nick Petrie received his MFA in fiction from the University of Washington and resides in Milwaukee.

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