DATE: March 1, 2017
MEDIA CONTACT: Tina Koenig
Broward Public Library Foundation
BROWARD COUNTY, FL - The Broward Public Library Foundation has announced the event schedule for the 2017 Literary Feast, March 31-April 1, 2017. Eighteen international and bestselling authors will be in attendance at the multiple-event celebration that supports library programs. Events include:
• Novel Day for Students, March 31, 2017, authors visit Broward County High Schools
• LitLive! on March 31, 2017, panel discussions with authors at three area Barnes & Noble stores
• A Night of Literary Feasts on April 1, 2017, begins with a Welcome Reception and Silent Auction at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six hotel, followed by private dinners at exclusive locations around the greater Fort Lauderdale area.
Literary Feast 2017 Invited Authors Include:
• Jennifer Keishin Armstrong - Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Change Everything
• Robert Olen Butler - Perfume River
• Linda Fairstein - Killer Look
• Herta Feely - Saving Phoebe Murrow
• Heather Graham - A Perfect Obsession
• Mark Greaney - Gunmetal Gray
• Andrew Gross - The One Man
• Yaa Gyasi - Homegoing
• James Hamblin M.D. - If Our Bodies Could Talk
• Sophie Hannah - Closed Casket
• Debbie Macomber - If Not For You
• Juan Martinez - Conviction: The Untold Story of Putting Jodi Arias Behind Bars
• Joyce Maynard - Under the Influence
• Lawrence Millman - At the End of the World
• Gareth Russell - Young, Damned and Fair: The Life of Catherine Howard, Fifth Wife of King Henry VIII
• Thomas Swick - The Joys of Travel: And Stories That Illuminate Them
• Ron White - American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant
LitLive! will be held at three Barnes & Noble stores on Friday, March 31, 2017, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The event is free to the public but seating must be reserved in advance. Authors will give brief remarks followed by questions from the audience. Participating Barnes & Noble stores are: B&N Fort Lauderdale (2051 N. Federal Highway), B&N Plantation (591 S. University Dr.), and B&N Pembroke Crossings, Pembroke Pines (11820 Pines Boulevard).
The Night of Literary Feasts Welcome Reception and Author Dinners will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, 2017, with a gala cocktail party in the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six Panorama Room, 2301 SE 17th Street Causeway, Fort Lauderdale. The reception includes an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, book sales and signings and an outstanding silent auction. At 7:30 p.m., guests depart for intimate dinners featuring an author hosted in private homes or upscale restaurants.
For tickets or additional information, visit the Broward Public Library Foundation's website, www.bplfoundation.org or call (954) 357-7382. LitLive! tickets are free to the public but must be reserved in advance. A Night of Literary Feast tickets start at $175; for an additional donation of $150, you will be guaranteed your first or second choice of literary dinners.
To learn when tickets become available, join the Foundation's mailing list at: www.bplfoundation.org/contact-us. Follow @LiteraryFeast on Twitter and like us on Facebook: facebook.com/bplfoundation
About the Literary Feast: The "Feast" was established in 1988 to raise funds to support public library programs. This vital community event has raised more than $3 million since its inception, with a mission of supporting Broward County Library literacy programs and services that enrich the entire community. Selected sponsorships are still available. The 2017 Literary Feast Presenting Sponsor is the HI Foundation. Novel Day for Students is sponsored by Bank of America.
About the Broward Public Library Foundation: Founded in 1982, the Broward Public Library Foundation serves as the fundraising arm for the Broward County Library system, which has the distinction of being one of the 10 largest public library systems in the United States and the largest in the state of Florida. Each year, more than nine million walk-in customers visit the system's 38 branch locations and countless others access a wealth of free resources using digital e-technology. Through the generosity of its donors, the Broward Public Library Foundation is able to underwrite numerous programs and events that compliment those already funded by Broward County tax dollars, such as ACT/SAT prep classes for high school students, computer training classes for adults, a summer reading program for both children and adults and the annual Books 'n' Bears at the Holidays program for preschool children.
About Broward County Libraries Division
Broward County Libraries Division, named 2015 Library of the Year by the Florida Library Association, was founded in 1974 and is the largest library system in Florida by square footage and one of the busiest, with more than 7.5 million walk-in customers visiting its 38 locations annually. Broward County Libraries Division provides convenient access to a full range of innovative and cost-effective services that satisfy the changing needs of the people of Broward County for information, education and recreation. Visit our website, Broward.org/Library, or follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter.