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Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314-7796


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Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314-7796

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Meet & Mingle with 24 Renowned Authors at NSU’s Alvin Sherman Library During LitLIVE! – Sat. March 21

Complimentary breakfast lecture with Abraham Lincoln biographer Fred Kaplan kicks off day of multiple free events

FT. LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – LitLIVE!, part of the 21st edition of Literary Feast, will bring 24 acclaimed authors to Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Alvin Sherman Library, Research and Information Technology Center on Saturday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Authors will meet thousands of book lovers throughout the day at panel discussions, lectures, book sales and signings at the Alvin Sherman Library, 3301 College Ave. in Davie. The event is free and open to the public.

“Nova Southeastern University is honored to once again host the annual LitLIVE! event, which will showcase the numerous award-winning authors taking part in Literary Feast 2009,” said NSU President Ray Ferrero, Jr. “Having world-renowned authors come here provides an excellent opportunity to promote literacy and for book-lovers of all ages to come together to support our library system, which is so vital to the community.”

This year’s program features 24 renowned authors, including Meline Kevorkian, Ed.D., Executive Director of Academic Review at NSU. Kevorkian is an expert on bullying, and is the author of several books for parents and educators, including 101 Facts about Bullying: What Everyone Should Know.

Additional featured LitLIVE! and Literary Feast authors include bestseller Vicki Myron (Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World), Stephen Coonts (The Assassin), Joyce Carol Oates (My Sister, My Love), Rita Mae Brown (The Purrfect Murder) and 2008 National Book Award winner for nonfiction Annette Gordon-Reed (The Hemingses of Monticello).

“Literary Feast 2009 offers something for everyone – the history of the Bacardi family, the funny and tragic life of comedian Chris Farley, 101 Facts about Bullying, competing in sports in middle age, the ‘Sex in the City of the 1930s,’ and much more,” said Suzanne Migdall, Literary Feast co-chair along with Diane Brewer, both of Fort Lauderdale.

Sponsored by NSU, Literary Feast 2009 is a two-day event benefiting the Broward Public Library Foundation. In addition to LitLIVE!, Literary Feast 2009 events include a Novel Day for high school students as well as:

  • A Breakfast Lecture with Lincoln Biographer Fred Kaplan,
    8:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 21
    This free breakfast lecture hosted by the Circle of Friends of the Alvin Sherman Library, features award-winning author Fred Kaplan and his most recent book, Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer. The breakfast will be held in NSU’s Alvin Sherman Library’s Second Floor Gallery, and is being co-sponsored by Costco of Davie, and Chartwells NSU Dining Services. It is free and open to the public, but requires registration by calling 954-262-4627 or visiting www.nova.edu/library/main.
  • A Night of Literary Feasts,
    6 p.m. on Saturday, March 21
    This fundraising event begins with a cocktail reception, silent auction, and book signings at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66. Guests will then attend intimate dinner parties with the authors in private homes and restaurants. Ticket packages begin at $150. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.literaryfeastonline.org or call 954-357-5954.

The full list of authors involved in the 2009 Literary Feast events includes:

  • Gioconda Belli, Infinity in the Palm of Her Hand
  • Rita Mae Brown, The Purrfect Murder
  • W. Hodding Carter, Off the Deep End
  • Stephen Coonts, The Assassin
  • John Dufresne, Requiem, Mass.
  • Tom Farley, Jr., The Chris Farley Show
  • Adam Gittlin, The Deal
  • Tom Gjelten, Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba
  • Annette Gordon-Reed, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family
  • Dave Hyde, 1968; The Year that Saved Ohio State Football
  • Fred Kaplan, Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer
  • Dr. Meline Kevorkian, 101 Facts about Bullying: What Everyone Should Know
  • Stephanie Klein, Moose: A Memoir of Fat Camp
  • Deborah Copaken Kogan, Between Here and April
  • Lily Koppel, The Red Leather Diary
  • Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, The Third Chapter: Passion, Risk, and Adventure In the 25 Years After 50
  • Laura Lippman, Another Thing to Fall
  • Tilar J. Mazzeo, The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It
  • Vicki Myron, Dewey: The Small-Town Cat Who Touched the World
  • Joyce Carol Oates, My Sister, My Love
  • Nino Pernetti, Nino Pernetti’s Caffè Abbracci Cookbook: His Life Story and Travels Around the World
  • John Rechy, About My Life and the Kept Woman
  • Esmeralda Santiago, The Turkish Lover
  • Elissa Wall, Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs

For more information about LitLIVE!, please call the Alvin Sherman Library at 954-262-4600.

Media Contact:
Andra Liwag, NSU Office of Public Affairs
954-262-5309 office, 954-873-8494 cell, andrali@nova.edu

Ana Martinez, Broward Public Library Foundation, Special Events Manager
954-357-7384, amartinez@bplfoundation.org