The Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System Present: Writers LIVE! 2019

“Connecting readers and authors throughout Palm Beach County”

Writers LIVE!, the library’s flagship author event series, returns for another season of bringing the community together with authors and their books. 2019 boasts a line-up of best-selling, critically acclaimed, award-winning authors from a variety of genres, who will discuss their work, chat with you, and sign books. The library has strived to make this a memorable year by providing something for nearly every reader in our area. Browse the booklet and fill your calendar with plenty of literary events!

This series is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System, Inc.



Past Events

Lisa Black

West Boca Branch
Wed, Jan 09, 2:30 pm

Lisa Black is a New York Times bestselling author and forensic specialist, currently working as a latent print examiner for the City of Cape Coral police department. Prior to her relocation to South Florida, she lived in Cleveland, where she worked in the trace evidence lab for the coroner's office. In, “Suffer the Children,” Black’s latest thriller and fourth book of her Gardiner and Renner Series, Maggie Gardiner, a forensic investigator for the Cleveland Police Department and Jack Renner, a killer who kills to make the world a safer place, return as they confront the darkest threat yet to their careers—and their lives.

Chris Bohjalian

Hagen Ranch Road Branch
Fri, Jan 11, 2:00 pm

Chris Bohjalian is the bestselling author of twenty books, including, “The Guest Room,” “Close Your Eyes,” “A Light in the Ruins,” and “Midwives,” an Oprah Book Club selection. His work has been translated into more than thirty and languages, and three of his novels have become movies. In his latest novel, “The Flight Attendant,” set amid the captivating world of those whose lives unfold at forty thousand feet, a flight attendant wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man—and no idea what happened. It is a spellbinding story that has been called a, “Master Class in fiction.”

Larry Loftis

Gardens Branch
Fri, Jan 18, 2:00 pm

Larry Loftis is the international bestselling author of the nonfiction spy thriller, “Into the Lion’s Mouth: The True Story of Dusko Popov—World War II Spy, Patriot, and the Real-Life Inspiration for James Bond,” which has been translated into multiple languages around the world. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Mr. Loftis was a corporate attorney and adjunct professor of law. “Code Name: Lise: The True Story of the Woman who became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy,” released in early 2019 tells the extraordinary true story of Odette Sansom, the British spy who operated in occupied France and fell in love with her commanding officer.

Tim Dorsey

Jupiter Branch
Mon, Jan 28, 4:00 pm

Gardens Branch
Mon, Jan 28, 6:30 pm

Bestselling author Tim Dorsey talks about the latest book in his Serge Storm series, “No Sunscreen for the Dead.” This time, Serge’s interest is drawn to one of the largest retirement villages in the world—also known as the site of an infamous sex scandal between a retiree and her younger beau that rocked the community. Dorsey was raised in Riviera Beach and was the metro editor for “The Tampa Tribune.” A long time library supporter, this is his tenth appearance at Writers LIVE!

Lynda Cohen Loigman

Lantana Road Branch
Tue, Jan 29, 6:30 pm

Acclaimed historical fiction author Lynda Cohen Loigman received a B.A. in English and American Literature from Harvard College and a law degree from Columbia Law School. Her heartfelt debut, “The Two-Family House,” written while a student of the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College, tells a multigenerational family saga woven around long buried secrets. The book was an instant hit, receiving praise from the Jewish Book Council, Redbook, and Buzzfeed. “The Wartime Sisters,” her fiercely anticipated second novel, is a mesmerizing tale of sisterhood, sacrifices, and identity set against the backdrop of 1930s Brooklyn and the Springfield Armory during World War II. Cohen resides with her husband and two children in Chappaqua, NY.

Andrew Gross

Hagen Ranch Road Branch
Tue, Feb 05, 2:00 pm

Andrew Gross is the author of numerous New York Times and internationally bestselling thrillers including, “The One Man,” and, “The Saboteur.” His novel, “The Dark Tide,” was nominated for Thriller of the Year by the International Thriller Writers Association. In, “Button Man,” Gross delivers a stirring story of a Jewish family brought together in the dawn of the women’s garment business and torn apart by the birth of organized crime in New York City in the 1930s.

Andrew Nagorski

Hagen Ranch Road Branch
Tue, Feb 12, 10:00 am

Glades Road Branch
Tue, Feb 12, 2:00 pm

Andrew Nagorski is an award-winning journalist and author who spent more than three decades as a foreign correspondent and editor for Newsweek. His most recent book, “The Nazi Hunters” focuses on the band of men and women who refused to allow lower-ranking Nazi’s crimes to be forgotten. From 2008 to April 2014, he was vice president and director of public policy for the EastWest Institute, an international affairs think tank. Nagorski resides in St. Augustine, Florida but continues to travel extensively, writing for numerous publications.

Carla Neggers

West Boca Branch
Wed, Feb 13, 2:00 pm

Carla Neggers is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 75 novels. Whether creating stories of friendship, family, and love or razor-sharp suspense, Carla always takes readers on a captivating journey. “Imposter’s Lure,” the latest installment in the Sharpe & Donovan series, is an exhilarating page-turner where the disappearance of a federal prosecutor launches the latest high-stakes case for FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan.

Jane Heller

Wellington Branch
Tue, Feb 19, 2:00 pm

Gardens Branch
Tue, Feb 19, 6:30 pm

Jane Heller started her career promoting many bestselling authors before becoming a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author herself. “Three Blonde Mice” is one of her fourteen novels of romantic comedy and suspense. She has also written two nonfiction books and is an in-demand speaker about caregiving. Currently, she and her husband reside in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Gina Apostol

Lantana Road Branch
Wed, Feb 20, 2:30 pm

Gina Apostol is an educator and acclaimed author. Her third book, “Gun Dealers’ Daughter,” was awarded the 2013 PEN/Open Book Award and was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize. Publisher’s Weekly named her fourth novel, “Insurrecto,” one of the Ten Best Books of 2018 before it hit the shelves, making her the cover author of its Best Books Issue. The book tells the story of a Filipino translator and an American filmmaker, embarking on a road trip in Duterte’s Philippines, collaborating and clashing in the writing of a film script about a massacre during the Philippine-American War. Apostol pushes up against the limits of fiction in order to recover the atrocity in Balangiga, and in so doing, shows us the dark heart of an untold and forgotten war that would shape the next century of Philippine and American history. She grew up in Tacloban, Philippines and now resides in New York City and Western Massachusetts.

Harriet Alida Lye

Gardens Branch
Wed, Feb 27, 6:30 pm

Harriet Alida Lye is a Toronto-based writer and the founder of the international literary magazine “Her Royal Majesty.” She studied Philosophy and English at the University of King’s College and lived in Paris for the better part of eight years, working for the famous bookstore Shakespeare & Company, eventually becoming a writer-in-residence. Her fiction, essays, and reporting have been published by numerous outlets including VICE, Hazlitt, Happy Reader, and The Guardian. Her debut novel, “The Honey Farm,” a dark, seductive, and threatening tale, set on a remote honey farm teeming with secrets. The book has received praise from the New York Times and was selected as a 2018 Barnes & Noble Discover Pick.

Kelsey Miller

Main Library
Sat, Mar 02, 2:30 pm

Kelsey Miller is a senior contributor to Refinery29, the founder of The Anti-Diet project, and author of the memoir, “Big Girl: How I Gave Up Dieting and Got a Life.” She has been featured on Good Morning America and The View, and published in Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Women’s Health, People, the Rumpus, and the Huffington Post. 2019 sees the release of, “I’ll Be There For You: The Enduring Legacy of Friends,” an in-depth exploration of the groundbreaking TV show, 25 years after its launch.

Glory Edim

Lantana Road Branch
Sat, Mar 09, 2:30 pm

Glory Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl, a Brooklyn-based book club and digital platform that celebrates the uniqueness of Black literature and sisterhood. The book club’s popularity led to the founding of the Well-Read Black Girl Festival, and the recently released essay collection, “Well-Read Black Girl: Finding our Stories, Discovering Ourselves.” Curated by Edim, the anthology includes inspiring contributions from black women writers including Jesmyn Ward, Tayari Jones, and Jacqueline Woodson. These timely original essays shine a light on how important it is that well all—regardless of gender, race, religion, or ability—have the opportunity to find ourselves in literature.

David R. Gillham

West Boynton Branch
Thu, Mar 14, 2:00 pm

David R. Gillham is the New York Times bestselling author of “City of Women.” He studied screenwriting at the University of Southern California before transitioning into fiction. For his latest novel, “Annelies,” he spent six years researching Anne Frank and her world, immersing himself in the available material and traveling to important landmarks of her life. The result is a powerful and deeply human novel that asks the question: What if Anne Frank survived the Holocaust? Gillham currently resides in Western Massachusetts.

Ronald Balson

Lantana Road Branch
Tue, Mar 19, 2:00 pm

Hagen Ranch Road Branch
Wed, Mar 20, 10:00 am

Ronald Balson is a Chicago trial attorney, an educator, and the international bestselling author of, “Once We Were Brothers,” “Karolina’s Twins,” and, “The Trust.” His latest, “The Girl From Berlin,” finds Liam Taggart and Catherine Lockhart unexpectedly drawn into a property dispute in Tuscany that unearths long-buried secrets.

Robert Macomber

Historical Society of Palm Beach County
300 N. Dixie Highway
Tue, Mar 26, 7:00 pm

Robert Macomber is an internationally recognized historian, lecturer, and author of maritime fiction. “Honoring the Enemy,” the 14th book in his Florida Book Award winning Honor Series, is set during the Spanish-American War and serves as the backdrop for his lecture, “Florida’s Crucial Role in the Spanish-American War.” This war was crucial in America’s transition from a continental country to a global power. Marvel at the fascinating personalities within that conflict, the related places of interest you can visit today, and the nuances of Macomber’s on-site research in Cuba.

John Leland

West Boynton Branch
Tue, Apr 02, 2:00 pm

John Leland is an award-winning New York Times journalist and bestselling author. In 2015, Leland set out to meet members of America’s fastest-growing age group with the anticipation of learning about the challenges related to loneliness and the deterioration of body, mind, and quality of life. The reality Leland encountered upended contemporary notions of aging, revealing the late stages of life as unexpectedly rich. “Happiness is a Choice You Make: Lessons From a Year Among the Oldest Old,” is an enduring collection of lessons that emphasizes the extraordinary influence we wield over the quality of our lives—informed by those who have mastered the art.

Mary Kubica

Gardens Branch
Sat, Apr 06, 2:30 pm
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Mary Kubica is a former high school history teacher turned New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Her novels have been translated into over thirty languages and have sold over two million copies worldwide. “When the Lights Go Out,” her latest work of psychological suspense, is the chilling story of two women connected by a stolen identity and decades of deceit. She currently resides outside of Chicago with her husband and two children.

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Glades Road Branch
Wed, Apr 17, 2:00 pm

Hank Phillippi Ryan is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s NBC affiliate and bestselling author of ten mysteries. Her work in both fields has resulted in numerous awards including 34 EMMYs, 5 Agatha Awards, and the highly coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. Hank’s newest book is the acclaimed psychological suspense thriller, “Trust Me,” which aims to answer, “Who can you trust when you can’t trust yourself?” A Booklist starred review calls it, “a knockout!,” and the New York Post, BOOK BUB, Real Simple Magazine and CrimeReads named it one of the Best Thrillers of Summer 2018.

Maria Kuznetzova

Jupiter Branch
Mon, Apr 22, 2:00 pm

Maria Kuznetsova was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and moved to the United States as a child. A recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, her fiction has appeared in numerous publications such as “The Southern Review,” “Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern,” “Mississippi Review,” and the “Kenyon Review Online.” “Oksana, Behave!,” is her irresistible debut novel that follows a Russian American girls bumpy path to adulthood as she longs for a homeland she never knew. She lives in Iowa City with her family.