How often do you get to have a great time, raise money for a good cause, and actually improve your mind at the same time?
It was my favorite event last Saturday – the Night of Literary Feasts in Fort Lauderdale which brings together sixteen published authors of all genres – history, thrillers, fiction, wellness – for a night of conversation, mingling and dining under the stars at a gorgeous private waterfront home.
That’s me in the photo with A.J. Finn, whose blockbuster thriller The Woman in the Window, is already being turned into a film.
I also had the chance to chat with Amy Dickinson, two-time author and creator of the “Ask Amy” advice column (which I still read every day in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel); Liza Mundy, author of Code Girls, the WWII tale of American women codebreakers who helped turn the tides of war; Brad Meltzer, South Florida’s prolific author and historian, whose talents range from thrillers, to children’s books and graphic novels; and Meryl Gordon, whose Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Legend is next on my must-read list.
It’s all for a good cause, raising funds for the Broward Public Library Foundation’s extensive reading outreach programs for kids and adults (including the absolutely delightful Books ‘n’ Bears at the Holidays event).
The most amazing thing? These authors – many of whom are celebrities in their own right – could not be more patient, approachable and accommodating, signing book after book, and chatting with many dozens (hundreds?) of attendees. Thank you so much to all the authors who graciously volunteered their time, the event organizers, hosts and sponsors. It was a fabulous event for all of us book lovers in South Florida!