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Eat, Drink, Read event kicks off South Florida Book Festival

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Food, drink and books take center stage during the 16th annual South Florida Book Festival July 20 and 21 at the African-American Research Library & Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., in Fort Lauderdale.

With the theme “Live the Book Life,” the festival will feature presentations by authors and chefs, workshops and cooking demonstrations.

“Eat, Drink, Read: A Literary Culinary Experience” kicks off the two-day festival from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on July 20. The over-21, ticket-required reception will include literary-inspired culinary selections, craft cocktails and wine, and a chance to meet celebrity chefs and cookbook authors. Tickets are $40 and include food, cocktails, live entertainment, gated parking and a complimentary book of your choice from any of the 2018 South Florida Book Festival authors. Proceeds benefit The Friends of AARLCC, which sponsors programs for children and adults. Tickets are available at the door or online at Eventbrite.com. Visit SoFloBookFest.Broward.org for details.

Author presentations, cooking demonstrations and workshops are 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 21. The line-up includes:

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Inspirational Stories of Faith, Love and Spirituality, with Philbert Lakes, Ezekial Williams, Georgia Bryce.

Publishing 101: Children's Books, with Bobbi Hinman.

State of Public Education, with Susan A. Colton and Esther Tyson.

Noon to 1 p.m.

Living Your Best Financial Life: 8 Steps to Financial Freedom, with Ash Cash.

Great Sex at Any Age, with Dr. Wardine Saunders.

Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Publishing 101: Secrets from authors, with Mary Monroe, Zachary Tate and Kiki Swinson.

1 to 2 p.m.

Chronicles of a Serial Dater, with Ann Marie Sorrell.

How to Land Big Business Contracts: A Blueprint for Success, with Randall Dobbins.

2 to 3 p.m.

Black Girl Baking Cupcake Party, free cupcakes provided by Lykeisha the Baker. (Limited to 50 people)

2 to 3:30 p.m.

So You Want To Be a TV Star? With Martin Amado, Kevin Belton and Calibe Thompson.

3 to 4 p.m.

The Beauty of Positive Thinking: Finding Love, Peace, Health and Prosperity, with Dr. Marion Osborne, Shawntrell Hudson and Michelle Hollinger.

The Caribbean Vegan, with Chef Taymer Mason. (Limited to 50 People)

4 to 5 p.m.

Beauty and Her Chef, with Chef Chad Cherry and his wife, Karen; sample recipes from his new cookbook. (Limited to 50 people)

How to Cook Up a Successful Restaurant Business, with Melba Wilson.

The WOW Factor: Secrets of Styling the Home of Your Dreams, with Martin Amado.

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