Broward County Libraries Division and the Florida Center for the Book Present a Special Literary Event with Author Laura Lee Smith

Heart of Palm book jacket.

DATE: March 22, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Tara Zimmermann, Libraries Division
PHONE: 954-357-7386

Broward County Libraries Division and the Florida Center for the Book present a special literary event featuring Laura Lee Smith, the author of the new book Heart of Palm, at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2013 at Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. The event is free and light refreshments will be served. Attendees are requested to R.S.V.P. to 954-357-7386. Books will be available for sale or signing.

Smith’s debut novel, Heart of Palm, introduces a captivating new voice in American fiction that is reminiscent of Anne Tyler, Kaye Gibbons and Fannie Flagg. Set in a small Northeast Florida town undergoing rapid development, Heart of Palm tells the story of the dysfunctional Bravo family – son Frank and his mothers and two sisters – who must deal with the impending development of their town while dealing with their own hopes, dreams and tangled family relationships.

Laura Lee Smith’s short fiction has appeared in The Florida Review, Natural Bridge and Bayou. Her work was also selected for inclusion in New Stories from the South in 2010. She has taught creative writing at Flagler College and currently works as an advertising copywriter.

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