Broward County Libraries Division and the Florida Center for the Book Host Special Event featuring Author Libby Hellman
- Hellman to discuss her latest novel, "Havana Lost" on November 26 at Main Library

Book jacket of Havana Lost

DATE: November 1, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Tara Zimmermann
PHONE: 954-357-7386

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - Broward County Libraries Division and the Florida Center for the Book present a special literary event with Libby Hellman, author of the new novel Havana Lost. The event will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, November 26 at Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to 954-357-7386.

Havana Lost is award-winning author Libby Fischer Hellman’s tenth novel, and her third thriller to explore how strife and revolution affect the human spirit. On the eve of the Cuban Revolution, headstrong 18-year-old Francesca Pacelli flees from her ruthless Mafia-boss father in Havana to the arms of her lover, a rebel fighting with Fidel Castro. Her father, desperate to send her to safety in the United States, resorts to torture and blackmail as he searches the island for her.

So begins the first part of a spellbinding saga that spans three generations of the same family. Decades later the Pacelli family is lured back to Cuba by the promise of untold riches. But pursuing those riches brings danger as well as opportunity, and ultimately, Francesca must confront the lethal consequences of her choices. From the troubled streets of Havana to the mean streets of Chicago, Havana Lost reveals the true cost of chasing power instead of love. 

Florida Center for the Book was established in 1984 as the first affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Florida Center for the Book celebrates the literary heritage of Florida, brings readers and writers together and promotes books, reading and libraries. The offices of the Florida Center for the Book are located in Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301.

Books by the author will be available for sale and signing, and light refreshments will be served. For more information on this and other Florida Center for the Book events, please contact Tara Zimmermann,

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