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Literary Feast May 4-5 features panel discussions, author events

Correspondent

Christopher J. Yates is among the authors participating in the 30th annual Literary Feast, May 4 and 5, sponsored by the Broward County Library Foundation. With sponsors, dinner hosts and guests, Literary Feast has raised $4 million for literacy programs and services.

LitLIVE! features authors in a series of free panels from 6 to 8 p.m. May 4 at three Barnes & Noble stores in Broward County. The authors will discuss their work, answer audience questions and sign books. A portion of all purchases in the store that night will be donated to the Library Foundation. Books must be purchased in the store for signing. The panels are free but ticketing is required.

“Fiction in Fort Lauderdale” panel at Barnes & Noble, 2051 N. Federal Highway, 954-561-3732, will feature David Bianculli (“The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific”); Sloane Crosley (“Look Alive Out There”); Elin Hilderbrand (“Winter Solstice”); Leah Stewart (“What You Don’t Know about Charlie Outlaw”); Uzodinma Iweala (“Speak No Evil”); Brendan Mathews (“The World of Tomorrow”).

“The Mystery Panel in Plantation” at Barnes & Noble, 591 S. University Drive, 954-723-0489, includes A.J. Finn (“The Woman in the Window”); Brad Meltzer ("The Escape Artist"); Mark Greaney (“Agent in Place”); Carl Hoffman (“The Last Wild Men of Borneo: A True Story of Death and Treasure”); Christopher Yates (“Grist Mill Road”).

“The Panel in the Pines” at Barnes & Noble, 11820 Pines Blvd. (Pembroke Crossings), Pembroke Pines, 954-441-0444 includes Vin Baker (“God and Starbucks: An NBA Star Loses Everything, Starts Over, and Achieves Success”); Amy Dickinson (“Strangers Tend To Tell Me Things: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Coming Home”); Meryl Gordon (“Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Legend”); Rachel Herz (“Why You Eat What You Eat: The Science behind Our Relationship with Food”); Liza Mundy (“Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II”).

A Night of Literary Feasts begins at 6 p.m. May 5, with a reception featuring all the authors at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six in Fort Lauderdale, to be followed by individual dinners with authors in private homes and upscale restaurants. Tickets are $175 and are available at bplfoundation.org or 954-357-7382.

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