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Summer workshops for writers; Unger on mystery 'The Red Hunter' at NSU


Lisa Unger specializes in unconventional mysteries that are strong on psychological twists and the dark forces that can motivate people. The Clearwater author applies those same high standards to her 15th novel “The Red Hunter.” In this novel, her characters are linked by a house full of secrets and a legacy of violence. Unger will discuss “The Red Hunter” at 6 p.m. June 24 at the Alvin Sherman Library at Nova Southeastern University, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd., Davie; call Serena Smith at 954-262-5477 for details.

Writing workshops

Summer brings the annual Authors Academy workshops led by published authors and publishing experts. The workshops are held 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays through Sept. 23 at Murder on the Beach, 273 Pineapple Grove Way, Delray Beach. Each workshop is $25. For reservations, call 561-279-7790, email or visit

Here the upcoming workshops:

June 3: Boot Camp for Writers. A general overview. Instructor: Randy Rawls

June 10: Writing Tight: Less is More. Omit needless words and give your story more impact. Instructor: Eliot Kleinberg

June 17: The Time is Right to Write a Memoir. How to tell your special personal story for ages. Instructor: Brenda Serotte

June 24: Plotting Made Perfect. Character development, plotting techniques, story structure and other writing tools. Instructor: Nancy J. Cohen

Gay novels show pride

Neil Plakcy, Hollywood-based author of more than 30 gay romance and mystery novels, will speak at two libraries as part of Pride Month.

Plakcy, an assistant professor of English at Broward College, and fellow professor Chase Dimock will speak on “Sharing Queer Voices, Then and Now,” a look at the history of gay publishing from its roots in pre-war Germany to contemporary small presses and independent publishing at 6:30 p.m. June 14 at the West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, 954-765-1560.

Plakcy will read from his latest novel, “The Next One Will Kill You,” about an openly gay FBI agent working in Miami, and Miami poet Caridad Moro will discuss his work at 7 p.m. June 22 at the Ethel M. Gordon Oakland Park Library, 1298 NE 37th St., Oakland Park, 954-630-4370.

Self-published authors discuss works

The Indie Experience: Discover New Voices panel will feature self-published authors discussing their works and the industry at 7 p.m. June 21 at Murder on the Beach. Authors include Carol White (“Divided Duty”), Raquel Reyes (“Jeweler's Mark”), Victoria Landis (“Alias: Mitzi & Mack”), Marcia King-Gamble (“Just You”), Joanna Campbell Slan (“Love, Die, Neighbor”), and Kathy Runk (“Murder at the Rectory”). Charles Todd will moderate

How to podcast

The popularity of podcasts can open some opportunities — and challenges for writers. Jaime (“Jemmy”) Legagneur is the co-host of three shows, the organizer of the Palm Beach Podcasters MeetUp group and is launching her own network, the Flint Stone Media Podcast Network. Her discussion “Podcasting: The Publicity Platform for Writers” will show writers how to use this medium to their advantage beginning at 11:30 a.m. June 17 during the meeting of the Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America at the Embassy Suites, 661 NW 53rd St., Boca Raton. Cost is $25 for members; $30 for nonmembers. For reservations, email or visit

Literary Feast raised funds

The Library Foundation’s annual fundraiser, Literary Feast, which celebrates literature and brings well-known national and international authors to Broward County, raised more than $175,000 for 15 Broward County Library programs. This year’s Literary Feast featured 17 authors who attended private dinners and visited 22 local high schools during Novel Day for Students. Author panels at three different Barnes & Noble stores drew more than 350 people.

New works

Gulfstream Park provides the backdrop for “Flamingo Road,” which launches a new mystery by Sasscer Hill. Published by Minotaur Books, “Flamingo Road” introduces Fia McKee, a Baltimore police officer who is sent undercover to work for the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau at Gulfstream Park. Working as an exercise rider, Fia is to watch two racetrack workers who have been suspected of illegal activities. Hill’s first novel, “Full Mortality,” was nominated for the Agatha and Macavity in the best first novel awards.

Former Fort Lauderdale resident Kevin Davis combines true crime, brain science and courtroom drama in his nonfiction book “The Brain Defense: Murder in Manhattan and the Dawn of Neuroscience in America's Courtrooms” (Penguin Press). In his book, Davis looks at the case of Herbert Weinstein who, in 1991, confessed to killing his wife. Weinstein had no history of violence, nor even a bad temper. After Weinstein was arrested, an MRI revealed a cyst the size of an orange on his brain’s frontal lobe, the part of the brain that governs judgment and impulse control. A former Sun Sentinel reporter, Davis delivers a well-researched look at how neuroscience intersected with criminal justice. Weinstein’s case was the first time in the United States that a judge allowed a defendant’s brain scan to be admitted as evidence.



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