Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times best-selling author Jon Meacham’s new book, “The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels,” gives surprising portraits of Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lyndon B. Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and Eleanor Roosevelt, among others. Meacham will discuss his book at 1:30 p.m. May 22, as part of the Diane and Barry Wilen Jewish Book Festival at the Orlove Auditorium, David Posnack Jewish Community Center, 5850 S. Pine Island Road, in Davie. Cost tiers are $36 per person, includes one book, program and signing after presentation; $54 per couple includes one book, program for two people and signing after the program with no photos permitted; $72 VIP per person includes one book, a book signing and photo before the program from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., and a reserved seat at the program. For information, call 954-434-0499, ext. 336, or go to JCCBooks.com.
SELF-HELP BOOK A STORY OF HOPE
Myrna Bernadette Trotman turned her story of being an abused child and living in poverty into the best-selling self-help book “Out of the Snares: A Story of Hope and Encouragement.” Trotman will discuss her book and her 10 principles for achieving success 2 p.m. May 12 at the Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-357-7443.
AUTHORS ACADEMY HEATS UP AGAIN
Summer brings the annual Authors Academy with workshops led by published authors and publishing experts. The workshops are held 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays through Sept. 29 at Murder on the Beach, 273 Pineapple Grove Way, in Delray Beach. Each workshop costs$25. For reservations, call 561-279-7790, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit FLAuthorsAcademy.com.
Upcoming workshops are:
May 19: Boot Camp for Writers. A general overview of being a writer for more than 30 years. Instructor: Randy Rawls
June 2: The Relationship Between Scenery and Place; Storytelling and Character Development. These two narrative techniques root the story in a particular setting. Instructor: Nina Romano.
ANOTHER CASE FOR FBI EXPERT
As a lawyer in Southern California, Solange Ritchie became known as “The Case Saver” for handling intense legal motions, especially in the areas of business, labor, and employment law. When she was 37 years old, her first husband died suddenly. To deal with the stress and grief of his death, Ritchie began writing in every spare moment, creating the character Dr. Catherine Powers, an FBI forensics pathologist. Ritchie’s second novel, “Firestorm,” brings back the FBI expert who is on the trail of a murderer as fires rage through Southern California neighborhoods. Ritchie will discuss “Firestorm” 7 p.m. May 17 at Barnes and Noble, Shops at Pembroke Gardens, 14572 SW Fifth St., in Pembroke Pines, 954-437-7078; and 7 p.m. May 19 at Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore, 273 Pineapple Grove Way, in Delray Beach, 561-279-7790, MurderOnTheBeach.com. Ritchie also will participate in the summer writing workshop 2 p.m. June 16 at the Alvin Sherman Library, Nova Southeastern University, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd., in Fort Lauderdale. Email email@example.com.
A LOOK AT A TAMPA CRIME
The story of Cutter Wood’s true-crime book “Love and Death in the Sunshine State: The Story of a Crime” begins when the author was newly graduated from college and taking a family vacation to the island of Anna Maria, near Tampa Bay. Later, he learns that the co-owner of the motel where the family stayed disappeared. The mystery stays with him through graduate school, and his fascination turns into “Love and Death in the Sunshine State,” part true crime, part memoir. Wood will discuss his book 8 p.m. May 8 at Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave., in Coral Gables. Call 305-442-4408.
SHORTS STORIES NOW IN COLLECTION
Fort Lauderdale author Elaine Viets’ latest work is a collection of short stories that include her two most popular characters: Helen Hawthorne from the “Dead-End Jobs” series and St. Louis reporter Francesca Vierling. In “Deal With the Devil and 13 Short Stories,” Viets’ clever stories include a woman who meets a devil in a bank line, high-stakes gambling on the high seas, a cheating bridegroom, a restless 1950s wife who wants to work and a man who gets an unusual gift from his wife. Viets will discuss “Deal With the Devil and 13 Short Stories” 7 p.m. May 18 at Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore in Delray Beach. The cover of Viets’ collection is by Gail Cross, who does Stephen King's covers.
BOOK FESTIVAL STILL ACCEPTING AUTHORS
The South Florida Book Festival is still seeking published authors of nonfiction titles for the 2018 South Florida Book Festival, scheduled for July 20-21 at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center. Authors interested in being considered should email a digital copy of their book to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail a copy of the published book to Tray Fitzpatrick, African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311. For information, go to SoFloBookFest.Broward.org.
Authors know how important research is to make a story authentic. Elizabeth Sims will offer techniques on research, including tips on finding experts, practical advice, and a lot of humor, in her discussion “Perils and Payoffs: The Risky Business of Researching for Fiction” at the Florida chapter of the Mystery Writers of America meeting 11:30 a.m. May 19 at the Embassy Suites, 661 NW 53rd St., in Boca Raton. Cost is $25 for members; $30 for nonmembers. For reservations, email email@example.com.
The author of three mystery series, Joanna Campbell Slan knows about keeping oneself motivated. Slan will lead the workshop “Write Like a Pro: Motivation for Authors” as part of the Florida Romance Writers meeting from 10 a.m. to noon May 12 at the Tigertail Lake Recreational Center, 580 Gulf Stream Way, in Dania Beach. Cost is $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. For reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for June events is May 20. Email email@example.com.