The Cultural Arts Department at the David Posnack Jewish Community Center in Davie is taking a different approach with its book events. Instead of clustering them all during November and December, with a few in January, the book events will be spread throughout the year. Most of the Diane & Barry Wilen Jewish Book Festival events will be at the JCC, 5850 S. Pine Island Road, Davie. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 954-434-0499, ext. 336, or visit jccbooks.com.
Gabrielle Zevin, bestselling author of “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry,” will discuss her newest book, “Young Jane Young,” about women and life-altering choices, at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 19. The event will be at a private residence; address will be given upon registration.
Zevin’s novel is about an ambitious Congressional intern who has an affair with her boss, a revered and much married politician, and the double standards that exist. Tickets cost $15 for members, $18 for nonmembers.
April Ryan on ‘fake news’ panel
White House correspondent and CNN contributor April Ryan will participate in a panel discussing “Fake News and the Modern Presidency” at 2 p.m. Sept. 19 at Florida Atlantic University’s University Theatre, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton. Other panelists include Rosemary O’Hara, Sun Sentinel editorial page editor; Rick Christie, Palm Beach Post editorial page editor; Frank Cerabino, Palm Beach Post metro columnist; and Tom O’Hara, former managing editor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Palm Beach Post. The panel is part of the university’s fifth annual Robert J. Bailyn Symposium on the First Amendment, which takes place each year to commemorate Constitution Day.
Tickets are $25; visit fauevents.com or call 561-297-6124; parking is free in Garage II.
Ryan, Washington bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks, has covered three U.S. presidents. Her books include “The Presidency in Black and White” and “At Mama’s Knee: Mothers and Race in Black and White.” Books will be for sale and a signing will follow.
Mystery Writers marks 25 years
The Florida chapter of Mystery Writers of America is celebrating its 25th birthday beginning at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 16 at the Embassy Suites, 661 NW 53rd St., Boca Raton. Cost is $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members.
Back in 1992, a group of mystery writers and fans launched a Florida chapter of the national Mystery Writers of America with about 60 members. It now has a little more than 300 members throughout Florida. In 1994, the chapter sponsored its first Sleuthfest, now considered to be one of the top writers’ conferences in the country.
The celebration will include a birthday cake, a mystery writers’ trivia competition and raffle drawings. Registration is due Sept. 13. To register, visit mwaflorida.org and click on the “Monthly Meeting” tab under “events” or email Harriet at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The party isn’t limited to chapter members. Readers will be able to mingle with South Florida mystery writers including Charles Todd, Ali Brandon, Nancy Cohen, Sharon Potts, Deborah Sharp, Mel Taylor, S.L. Menear, Randy Rawls and Elaine Viets.
The chapter also is sponsoring mini workshops for writers interested in mystery, romance, young adult or memoir from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 23 at the North Regional Broward County Library, 1100 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek. The event is free, but rsvp is required due to limited space. For details, visit mwaflorida.org/events/special-events.
Each workshop will include writing exercises led by published authors: Neil Plakcy (mystery), Marcia King-Gamble (romance), Debbie Reed Fischer (young adult) and Anita Mitchell (memoir).
The 24th annual Sleuthfest will be held March 1-4, 2018, at Embassy Suites, 661 NW 53rd St., Boca Raton. Keynote speaker will be Andrew Gross and Forensic Guest of Honor is Katherine Ramsland. Guest authors who will teach workshops include Hallie Ephron, Kristy Montee (PJ Parrish), Hank Phillippi Ryan and James R. Benn. Neil Nyren of G.P. Putnam's Sons returns as the Editor in Chief. An early bird rate of $360 for the Friday through Sunday conference and $85 for the 3rd Degree Thursday on March 1 will be available trough Sept. 30. To register, visit sleuthfest.com or email SleuthFestinfo@gmail.com.
Miami Book Fair writing classes
The Miami Book Fair has scheduled new creative writing courses for September. To register and for more information, call 305-237-3940, or visit miamibookfair.com.
Character Development, taught by Fabienne Josaphat, 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 19 – Oct. 24, at Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave., Miami. Fee is $100. Josaphat, the author of “Dancing in the Baron’s Shadow,” will show the creation of three-dimensional characters through a set of writing exercises, readings, discussions and workshops. The course will touch on crafting unsympathetic characters and anti-hero types, and avoiding stereotypes and clichés.
Writing Bootcamp: Formats, Genres and Storytelling Devices with Anjanette Delgado, noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 23-24 at the Coral Gables Museum (Perrin International Hall), 285 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Fee is $75. Delgado is the award-winning author of “The Clairvoyant of Calle Ocho,” set in Little Havana. Students should have writing experience, and an idea of the book or piece they want to shape.
Authors Academy continues
The annual Authors Academy with workshops led by published authors and publishing experts winds down this month. 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 email@example.com or visit FLauthorsacademy.com.
Sept. 9: Everyone Judges a Book by its Cover. Learn what attracts readers, including the basics of images, layouts, good vs. bad photo-editing, fonts, etc. Instructor: Victoria Landis.
Sept. 16: The Road to Independent Publishing in Simple Steps. The pros and cons of self-publishing and how to do so economically, including cover art, copy editing, formatting and marketing. Instructor: Marcia King-Gamble.
Sept. 23: Authors Academy Has Talent. The final workshop will feature an open mic for attendees to read from their work in progress and get feedback from three author judges. Simon Cowell can’t make it but subbing for him will be Randy Rawls, Deborah Sharp and Prudy Taylor Board.
Serious subject for novel
Plantation author Nancy J. Cohen tackles heatstroke, a leading cause of non-crash related vehicular death for young children in Florida, in “Hair Brained,” her latest Bad Hair mystery. The plot is jump-started when hairstylist Marla Vail assumes guardianship of her best friend’s infant son following a suspicious car accident. Cohen will discuss “Hair Brained” along with Alyssa Maxwell, author of “Murder at Chateau sur Mer” at 4 p.m. Sept. 23 at Murder on the Beach, 273 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach, 561-279-7790, murderonthebeach.com.
Cohen also will be the guest speaker for the Friends of the Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library, 501 N. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation, at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 9; call 954-797-2140.
Upcoming author events at Murder on the Beach include Victoria Landis, “A Little Bit Sideways,” at 7 p.m. Sept. 15; Prudy Taylor Board and Ruth Hartman Berge, “101+ Tips on Writing Fiction,” 6 p.m. Sept. 16.
Items for the October column due Sept. 20.