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Bookmark these 2018-2019 literary events

Sally Field

Oct. 22; Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722 or ArshtCenter.org

The Oscar-winning actress will join Miami writer Ana Veciana-Suarez onstage at the Arsht Center to look back on a career that has seen Field play a flying nun, a teenage surfer, Forrest Gump’s mom, the Bandit’s partner in crime, Spider-Man’s aunt and Abraham Lincoln’s wife, among a long and impressive list of dramatic and comedic parts. Field will be promoting her new memoir, “In Pieces,” at this appearance presented by Books and Books and the Miami Book Fair.

Miami Book Fair

Nov. 11-18; Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave., Miami; MiamiBookFair.com

The 35th Miami Book Fair will again bring big numbers (more than 450 authors) and big names (Tina Brown, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor) to the downtown campus of Miami Dade College. And again, the festival will begin with the six-night Evenings With … series of author presentations, this year including the aforementioned magazine veteran Brown, “Big Little Lies” novelist Liane Moriarty, journalist and nonfiction author Lawrence Wright and “An American Marriage” author Tayari Jones. The returning street fair and festival of authors will take place Nov. 16-18, with Michael Ondaatje (“Warlight”), R.O. Kwon (“The Incendiaries”) and Celeste Ng (“Little Fires Everywhere”) among the hundreds of writers participating. Tickets for the Evenings With … series will go on sale Oct. 29. See the festival’s website for additional ticketing information.

Esther B. O’Keeffe Speaker Series

Jan. 8-March 26; Society of the Four Arts, 100 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach; 561-655-7226 or FourArts.org

The 2019 edition of this annual lecture series will present its usual gallery of writers (Walter Isaacson, Richard Russo), journalists (David Brooks), scientists (Joe MacInnis), political types (Eric Motley, Mary Matalin and James Carville) and entertainers (Christopher Plummer). We’re here for Russo, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Empire Falls” and the man who gave us the great Donald “Sully” Sullivan, the cantankerous handyman star of the novels “Nobody’s Fool” and “Everybody’s Fool.” Expect Russo to talk about his latest book, “The Destiny Thief: Essays on Writing, Writers and Life.” Lectures take place 3 p.m. Tuesdays at the Society’s Esther B. O’Keeffe Gallery Building, with tickets costing $35 and going on sale only 30 minutes before each event.

Palm Beach Poetry Festival

Jan. 21-26; Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 561-868-2063 or PalmBeachPoetryFestival.org

Turning 15 in 2019, the poetry festival offers a slate of workshops, craft talks and public readings with poets from near and far. Festival faculty includes, among others, FIU professor and MacArthur “genius” grant winner Campbell McGrath; 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner and memoirist Gregory Pardlo; and former New York poet laureate and 2013 Pulitzer winner Sharon Olds. The festival has designated its first “poet at large,” with 2017 Pulitzer winner Tyehimba Jess filling the role with a public reading and visits to Palm Beach County high schools. Tickets to the craft talks and readings are available on the festival’s website, and cost from $10 to $15. Workshop applications must be submitted by Nov. 12.

Broward Public Library Foundation events

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The foundation hadn’t finalized the lineups for its marquee spring fundraising events LitLunch!, LitLive! and the Night of Literary Feasts at presstime, but expect to find more top-shelf authors conversing and breaking bread with readers in Fort Lauderdale. (The 2018 series brought essayist and novelist Sloane Crosley and romance novelist Elin Hilderbrand, among others, to town.) While we don’t know the names of the participating 2019 authors, we do know where they’ll be. LitLunch! will take place Feb. 8 at the Broward Center for Performing Arts’ Mary N. Porter Riverview Ballroom. LitLive! readings will be held March 1 at Barnes and Noble stores in Fort Lauderdale, Plantation and Pembroke Pines. And, finally, the Night of Literary Feasts, which offers small-group dinners with visiting authors at private homes, will return March 2. Check for updates at the foundation’s website.

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