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April literary events: Writers LIVE!, Jewish book festivals wrap up

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The Palm Beach Library system’s popular Writers LIVE! program wraps up its season with an array of reader-favorite events and its premier Palm Beach Peril panel. Events are free but reservations are required; visit pbclibrary.org/writers-live-2017.

Events scheduled this month include:

Lantana Road Branch Library, 4020 Lantana Road, Lake Worth, 561-304-4500: Joy Fielding, "She’s Not There,” at 2 p.m. April 3.

Glades Road Branch, 20701 95th Ave. South, Boca Raton, 561-482-4554: Davis Bunn, “Miramar Bay,” 2 p.m. April 5.

West Boca Branch, 18685 State Road 7, Boca Raton, 561-470-1600: Robert Dugoni, "The Trapped Girl,” at 2 p.m. April 12.

Hagen Ranch Road Library, 14350 Hagen Ranch Road, Delray Beach, 561-894-7500: Palm Beach Peril panel begins at 2 p.m. April 15 with Meg Gardiner, “Phantom Instinct”; Ellen Hartwell, “One Dead, Two To Go”; Mark Spivak, “Friend of the Devil”; Kimberley (KJ) Howe, “The Freedom Broker”; Kent Lester, “The Seventh Sun”; Lili Wright, “Dancing With the Tiger.”

West Boynton Beach Library, 9451 Jog Road, Boynton Beach, 561-734-5556: Karen White, "The Night the Lights Went Out,” at 2 p.m. April 18; Wendy Wax, "One Good Thing,” at 2 p.m. May 2.

Palm Beach Gardens Library, 11303 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens, 561- 626-6133: Sharon Weinberger, “The Imagineers of War: The Untold Story of DARPA, the Pentagon Agency That Changed the World,” at 6:30 p.m. April 4.

Wellington Branch, 1951 Royal Fern Drive, 561-790-6070: Julie James, “The Thing About Love,” 6:30 p.m. April 26.

Book With Brunch

Hear about a book, have a bit of brunch and help the Broward Library Foundation with its Book With Brunch series. Fort Lauderdale attorney Robert Buschel discusses his debut novel, “By Silent Majority,” at 10:30 a.m. April 27 at ArtServe, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. “By Silent Majority” is the story of President Dan Carlson's rise to power and the risky decisions made along the way. Cost is free to foundation members at the $50 level and above; $25 for non members. For reservations, call 954-357-7382 or email Pati Rice at price@bplfoundation.org.

Jewish book festivals wind down

Lauren Belfer discusses her novel “And After the Fire” at 7:30 p.m. April 5 as part of the Diane & Barry Wilen Jewish Book Festival at the David Posnack Jewish Community Center, 5850 S. Pine Island Road, Davie. Inspired by historical events, “And After the Fire” revolves around two women, one European and one American, and the mysterious choral masterpiece by Johann Sebastian Bach that changes both their lives. Because of the novel’s musical theme, the evening’s program will begin with musical selections from the Florida Youth Orchestra. Cost is $12 for members; $15 for nonmembers. For information or tickets, visit dpjcc.org/culturalarts, call 954-434-0499, ext. 336.

William Novak will discuss his humor book “Die Laughing: Killer Jokes for Newly Old Folks,” a collection of jokes about growing older that makes fun of memory loss, marriages, medicine and the afterlife, at 10 a.m. April 4 at the Mandel Jewish Community Center, 8500 Jog Road, Boynton Beach, tickets are $12 for Literary Society member; $15 for guests; and at 7 p.m. at the Mandel JCC, 5221 Hood Road, Palm Beach Gardens, tickets are $16 for Literary Society member; $20 for guests. For more information or to register, visit JCCOnline.com.

Palm Beach Book Festival returns

The third annual Palm Beach Book Festival features an array of authors and celebrities discussing their works with discussions and panels from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 22 at the Harriet Himmel Theatre at CityPlace, West Palm Beach. Tickets for panels are $25 each and run approximately every 1 ½ hours with book signings to follow. A full day pass is $100. Visit palmbeachbookfestival.com for information and to register.

Authors who will be featured include James Patterson; Sebastian Junger, “Tribe”; Jeffrey Toobin, “The Run of His Life: The People v O.J. Simpson”; Leslie Bennetts, “Last Girl Before Freeway: The Life, Loves, Losses, and Liberation of Joan Rivers”; Gerri Hirshey, “Not Pretty Enough: The Unlikely Triumph of Helen Gurley Brown”; Dani Shapiro, “Hourglass”; Robert Wagner and Scott Eyman, “I Loved Her in the Movies.”

Celebrate Poetry Month with films

The Palm Beach Poetry Festival continues to celebrate the month with two free film events in the Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall at Lynn University. For information, visit palmbeachpoetryfestival.org. Lynn professor John Childrey will lead a discussion of poetry in Shakespeare during a screening of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at 7 p.m. April 13. Professor Bonnie Boncontrai discusses the poetry of John Keats and his muse Fanny Brawne in the film “Bright Star” at 7 p.m. April 27.

Author series continues

The Holocaust Documentation & Education Center’s Pomerantz-Rose Meet the Author Series has scheduled its final events. Haya Pomrenze will discuss her book “Hook,” a humorous look at the complexities of the Jewish Modern Orthodox female experience, at 6:30 p.m. April 6. Menucha Meinstein will discuss “My Eyes Looking Back at Me” about her life as a Holocaust survivor, at 6:30 p.m. May 4. Cost is $10 for each event at the Holocaust Documentation & Education Center, 303 N. Federal Highway, Dania Beach. Reservations required; call Erin Cohen at 954-929-5690 or by email to assistant@hdec.org.

The Song sisters return

Jenny Han’s well-received young adult novels stress family and sibling love. She returns to her stories about the Song sisters, who are part of a half-Korean family who work hard to support one another after their mother’s death, with her latest novel “Always and Forever, Lara Jean.” Han will talk about her popular series beginning at 7 p.m. May 3 at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, 305-442-4408.

A TV ‘Obsession’

South Florida author Heather Graham discusses her novel “A Perfect Obsession” in front of a studio audience at 2 p.m. April 6 for WXEL’s “Between the Covers” show at the studio, 3401 S. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach, email info@wxel.org or call the reservations hotline at 561-536-1687 to reserve a free spot; audience members must arrive by 1:45 p.m. The half-hour “Between the Covers” airs at 5:30 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. Saturdays on WXEL.

Mystery, Romance Writers meet

Dana Mave of Barnes & Noble will give an insider’s view with the program “Bookstores and You” showing how bookstores select authors for book signings, the benefit of such events and whether self-published authors can find their works sold at bookstores. Mave’s talk will be 10 a.m. April 8 as part of the Florida Romance Writers meeting at Tigertail Lake Recreational Center, 580 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach. Cost is $10 for members; $15 for nonmembers. For reservations, contact Janet Little at janetfrankslittle@gmail.com

Writers, and would-be writers, will hear about “Agents and Authors: the Good, the Bad, and the Vital” from Dianna Collier, owner and literary agent at Collier & Associates, a boutique literary agency based in Palm Beach Gardens, at 11:30 a.m. April 22 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Boca Raton, 661 NW 53rd St., Boca Raton, as part of the Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Meeting. Cost is $25 for members; $30 for non-members. Prepayment by check or PayPal is required; for reservations contact Harriet Ottenheimer at harriet@ottenheimer.com, or visit mwaflorida.org.

Another ‘Brain Storm’

Elaine Viets will discuss Brain Storm, the debut of her series about death investigator Angela Richman, and her Dead-End Job mystery series at 7 p.m. April 19, in the parish hall behind St. Coleman Catholic Church, 1200 S. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach. Viets will donate 10 percent of the book sales that day to the church. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, email Betty O'Connell at bettyoc1818@aol.com. The Fort Lauderdale author has been named the guest of honor during the Malice Domestic writers conference April 28-30 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bethesda, Md.; malicedomestic.org.

 

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