Bestselling Authors Discussing Their Works

Writers LIVE!, our flagship author event series, returns for another season of bringing the community together with authors and their books. The 2023 line-up of bestselling, critically acclaimed, and award-winning authors will be discussing their work in a combination of in-person and virtual events.

Seating at in-person events is limited. Preregistration is strongly suggested.

Local independent booksellers will have featured titles available for purchase at in-person events. A percentage of each sale will be donated to the Friends of the Palm Beach County Library — directly benefiting library services and activities, supporting local business, and encouraging the love of reading. Whether for your home library or giving a perfect gift, all purchases are greatly appreciated!

Thank you to our Writers LIVE! 2023 retailers. Works from all Writers LIVE! 2023 authors are available for purchase. Support The Friends of the PBC Library and local business by shopping with our bookselling partners. Whether for your personal library or the perfect gift, you’ll be encouraging the love of reading and contributing to library activities and services throughout Palm Beach County.

Authors Preston and Child

Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Preston and Child discuss the tremendous new thriller in their #1 bestselling series featuring FBI Special Agent Pendergast and Constance Greene, “The Cabinet of Dr. Leng.” Books available for purchase. A book signing will follow. (60 min.) Preregister.

The thrillers of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child "stand head and shoulders above their rivals" (Publishers Weekly). Preston and Child's Relic and The Cabinet of Curiosities were chosen by readers in a National Public Radio poll as being among the one hundred greatest thrillers ever written, and Relic was made into a number one box office hit movie. Click here to learn more!
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Instagram:@douglaspreston7

ACTIVITY FULL Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. - Wellington Branch
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Authors Preston and Child

Armando Lucas Correa

Armando Lucas Correa is an award-winning journalist, editor, author, and the recipient of several awards from the National Association of Hispanic Publications and the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the author of the international bestseller The German Girl, which is now being published in thirteen languages. He lives in New York City with his partner and their three children.
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Website:ArmandoLucasCorrea.com

Click here to register for the event! Monday, Feb. 06, 2023 at 2:30 p.m. - Main Library
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Andy Campbell

Andy Campbell, an investigative reporter for HuffPost and an expert on American extremism, is one of the leading reporters covering the Proud Boys, and his new book, “We Are Proud Boys: How a Right-wing Street Gang Ushered in a New Era of American Extremism,” tracks the group’s origins, details its playbookand provides insights on stopping the spread of radicalism in America. He is currently based in New York, where he works on the breaking news desk at HuffPost. Previously, he worked for The Brooklyn Paper and New York Post.
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Twitter:@AndyBCampbell

Click here to register for the event! Tuesday, Feb. 07, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. Via Zoom
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Pam Jenoff

Pam Jenoff is the author of several novels, including, “The Woman with the Blue Star,” “The Lost Girls of Paris” and “The Orphan's Tale,” all instant New York Times bestsellers, and “The Kommandant's Girl,” which received widespread acclaim, earned her a nomination for the Quill Awards and became an international bestseller. She previously served as a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. State Department in Europe, as the Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army at the Pentagon and as a practicing attorney at a large firm and in-house. She received her juris doctor from the University of Pennsylvania, her master’s degree in history from Cambridge University and her bachelor’s degree in international affairs from The George Washington University. Pam Jenoff lives with her husband and three children near Philadelphia where, in addition to writing, she teaches law school at Rutgers. Check out more work from this author
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Click here to register for the event! Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. - Gardens Branch
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Chris Stedman

Chris Stedman is a writer, activist and professor who teaches in the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, MN. He is the author of two books, “IRL: Finding Realness, Meaning, and Belonging in Our Digital Lives” and “Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious,” and the writer and host of Unread, named one of the best podcasts of 2021 by the Guardian, Vulture, HuffPost, Mashable, and the CBC, and honored in the Podcasts -Best Writing category at the 2022 Webby Awards. Additionally, Chris has written popular essays for outlets including the Atlantic, Pitchfork, BuzzFeed, VICE, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the Washington Post. Previously the founding director of the Yale Humanist Communityand a fellow at Yale University, he also served as a humanist chaplain at Harvard University. Learn more at chrisstedmanwriter.com Check out more work from this author
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram: @ChrisDStedman
Click here to register for the event! Thursday, Mar. 09, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. - Gardens Branch
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Debbie Babitt

Debbie Babitt was Copy Director for two major Manhattan publishing companies. She has worked as an actress, playwright, and drama critic. Her first novel, “Saving Grace,” was named One of the Most Anticipated Thrillers of 2021 by She Reads and voted a Best Debut of 2021 by Suspense magazine. “First Victim,” her second novel, was a Buzz Book of 2022, and is currently being adapted for television. Her feature articles have appeared in CrimeReads, Suspense magazine, and Mystery & Suspense magazine. Debbie is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and Sisters in Crime. The Man on the Train, Debbie’s third novel, a Hitchcockian thriller set in New York City and the Hamptons, will bepublished in May2024. Debbie and her husband, a criminal defense attorney, divide their time between New York and Florida.
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Twitter: @DebbieBabitt Instagram: @debbiebabitt Website: www.debbiebabitt.com
Click here to register for the event! Saturday, Mar 18, at 3:00 pm.- Main Library
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James L. Barry

James L. Barry has been involved with a variety of projects while working as an artist. He is the long-running illustrator for the bestselling “Warriors” graphic novel series and exhibited at the Museum of Comic and Cartooning Art. As an editorial cartoonist, James spent two years as staff illustrator for the popular New York City nightlife guide, Next Magazine, contributed dozens of celebrity caricatures to Entertainment Weekly and continues to create art for his community. James is also a busy storyboard artist, sketching commercial concepts and shooting boards for a variety of international brands including Target, Budweiser and Pepsi.
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Instagram: @JamesLBarry
(Registration coming soon) Saturday, Apr. 15, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. - Lantana Branch
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Lynda Cohen Loigman

Lynda Cohen Loigman graduated from Harvard College and Columbia Law School. Her debut novel, “The Two-Family House,” was a USA Today bestseller and a nominee for the Goodreads 2016 Choice Awards in Historical Fiction. Her second novel, “The Wartime Sisters,” was selected as a Woman's World Book Club pick and a Best Book of 2019 by Real Simple Magazine. Her third novel, “The Matchmaker’s Gift,” was named a Best New Book by People Magazine and a Best Book of Fall by the New York Post, Parade Magazine, Buzzfeed, and GoodMorningAmerica.com.
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(Registration coming soon) Tuesday, Apr. 25, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. - Hagen Ranch Road Branch
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Alka Joshi

Alka Joshi was born and raised in India until the age of 9, when her family moved to the United States for her father’s doctorate education. She has a B.A. from Stanford University and an MFA from California College of Arts. At age 62, Joshi published her debut novel, “The Henna Artist,” which immediately became a New York Times bestseller, a Reese Witherspoon Bookclub pick, was Longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, was translated into 26 languages, and is being developed into a Netflix limited series. The sequel released June 2021, “The Secret Keeper of Jaipur,” is also being translated into several languages. The highly anticipated third book of The Jaipur Trilogy, “The Perfumist of Paris,” will be released in March 2023. Alka worked in advertising and marketing for 30 years prior to becoming a full-time author.
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(Registration coming soon) Wednesday, Apr. 26, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. - Hagen Ranch Road Branch
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Deborah Goodrich Royce

Deborah Goodrich Royce began her career as an actress, on the ABC soap, “All My Children.” She went on to star in several feature films, TV movies and series such as “Beverly Hills 90210” and “21 Jump Street.” She worked as a reader for le Studio Canal Plus in Paris as well as the story editor at Miramax Films in New York. There, she oversaw readers, manuscript acquisitions and script development, editing notable screenplays. Deborah won a grant from the Massachusetts Arts Council in 2002 to develop and workshop their original screenplay, “Susan Taft Has Run Amok.”
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(Registration coming soon) Tue, May 16, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. - Glades Road Branch
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Diana Abu-Jaber

Winner of the PEN Center Award for Literary Fiction, the American Book Award, a finalist for the PEN Hemingway Award, and winner of the 2012 Arab American National Book Award, Jordanian American author Diana Abu-Jaber is celebrated for her lush and evocative explorations of place and identity. Her breakthrough novel, “Fencing with the King”, is no exception—it is an intoxicating journey of discovery of family, self and homeland. Learn more at dianaabujaber.com
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(Registration coming soon) Thu, May 25, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. - West Boca Branch