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Celebrating more than 30 years of great author luncheons and literary camaraderie!

2018-2019 EVENTS ~ 

We meet at Temple Israel of Greater Miami; please click here to find Temple Israel on the map.

Each author event carries a per-person charge to cover lunch, a signed copy of the speaker’s book, and parking; for Couples and Individuals, the fee is $50, and for Young Professionals, the fee is $30.


Upcoming events

    • January 18, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Temple Israel | 137 NE 19 Street | Miami, FL 33132
    • 236
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    Min Jin Lee

    Min Jin Lee is a recipient of fellowships in Fiction from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard. Her novel Pachinko was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction, and a New York Times 10 Best Books of 2017.

    Her writings have appeared in The New Yorker, NPR’s Selected Shorts, One Story, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, Conde Nast Traveler, The Times of London, and Wall Street Journal. She served three consecutive seasons as a Morning Forum columnist of the Chosun Ilbo of South Korea.

    In 2018, Lee was named as an Adweek Creative 100 for being one of the “10 Writers and Editors Who are Changing the National Conversation” and a Frederick Douglass 200. She received an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Monmouth College.

    She was born in Seoul, South Korea and immigrated to Queens, New York with her family in 1976 when she was seven years old. Lee is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science and was inducted into the Bronx Science Hall of Fame. At Yale College, she majored in History and was awarded the Henry Wright Prize for Nonfiction and the James Ashmun Veech Prize for Fiction. She attended law school at Georgetown University and worked as a lawyer for several years in New York prior to writing full time.

    From 2007 to 2011, Lee lived in Tokyo where she researched and wrote Pachinko. As of the fall of 2018, she will be based in Boston, where she will be working on American Hagwon, the third diaspora novel of “The Koreans” trilogy.


    Pachinko

    A New York Times Bestseller, Pachinko was also a Top 10 Books of the Year for BBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and the New York Public Library. Pachinko was a selection for “Now Read This,” the joint book club of PBS NewsHour and The New York Times. It was on over 75 best books of the year lists, including NPR, PBS, and CNN. Pachinko will be translated into 24 languages.

    A saga about four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family fight to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan, exiled from their home.

    Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan.

    So begins a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, its members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.

    *** Registration closes January 11, 2019. ***


    Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

    Photo credit: MinJinLee.com


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    • February 14, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Temple Israel | 137 NE 19 Street | Miami, FL 33132
    • 271
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    Madeline Miller

    Madeline Miller grew up in New York City and Philadelphia. She attended Brown University, where she earned her BA and MA in Classics. She has taught and tutored Latin, Greek and Shakespeare to high school students for the past twenty years.

    She has also studied at the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought, and in the Dramaturgy department at Yale School of Drama, where she focused on the adaptation of classical texts to modern forms.

    The Song of Achilles, her first novel, was awarded the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction and was a New York Times Bestseller. It has been translated into over twenty-five languages including Dutch, Mandarin, Japanese, Turkish, Arabic and Greek. Madeline was also shortlisted for the 2012 Stonewall Writer of the Year. Her second novel, Circe, was an instant number 1 New York Times bestseller, and won the 2018 Elle Big Book Award. Madeline's essays have appeared in a number of publications including the GuardianWall Street Journal, Washington Post, TelegraphLapham's Quarterly and NPR.org. She currently lives outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


    Circe

    In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child--not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power--the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

    Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

    But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

    With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man's world.

    *** Registration closes Thursday, February 7, 2019. ***

    Publisher: Little, Brown & Company 

    Photo credit: Nina Subin 


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    • March 21, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Temple Israel | 137 NE 19 Street | Miami, FL 33132
    • 268
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    Elliot Ackerman

    Elliot Ackerman is the author of the novels Waiting for Eden, Dark at the Crossing, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and Green on Blue. His writings have appeared in Esquire, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The New York Times Magazine, among other publications, and his stories have been included in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Travel Writing.

    He is both a former White House Fellow and Marine, and served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart. He divides his time between New York City and Washington, D.C.


    Waiting for Eden

    Eden Malcom lies in a bed, unable to move or to speak, imprisoned in his own mind. His wife Mary spends every day on the sofa in his hospital room. He has never even met their young daughter. And he will never again see the friend and fellow soldier who didn't make it back home--and who narrates the novel. But on Christmas, the one day Mary is not at his bedside, Eden's re-ordered consciousness comes flickering alive. As he begins to find a way to communicate, some troubling truths about his marriage--and about his life before he went to war--come to the surface. Is Eden the same man he once was: a husband, a friend, a father-to-be? What makes a life worth living? A piercingly insightful, deeply felt meditation on loyalty and betrayal, love and fear, Waiting for Eden is a tour de force of profound humanity.

    *** Registration closes March 14, 2019. ***

    Publisher: Knopf

    Photo credit: ElliotAckerman.com

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    • April 18, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Temple Israel | 137 NE 19 Street | Miami, FL 33132
    • 270
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    John Burnham Schwartz

    John Burnham Schwartz is the bestselling author of five novels, including Northwest Corner, The Commoner, and Reservation Road, which was made into a film based on his screenplay. His books have been translated into twenty languages, and he has done extensive screen and television writing for the major Hollywood studios, including as screenwriter of HBO Films' The Wizard of Lies starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer, for which he was nominated for a 2018 Writers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Writing. Literary Director of the Sun Valley Writers' Conference.

    He is a recipient of a Lyndhurst Prize for mastery in the art of fiction, and his journalism has appeared widely in such publications as The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, The Boston Globe, and Vogue.

    Schwartz has taught fiction writing at Harvard, The University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, and Sarah Lawrence College, and he is the literary director of the Sun Valley Writers' Conference, one of the leading literary festivals in the United States.

    He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, writer Aleksandra Crapanzano, and their son Garrick.


    The Red Daughter

    In one of the most momentous events of the Cold War, Svetlana Allilyueva, the forty-one-year-old daughter of the notorious tyrannical leader of the USSR, abruptly abandoned her life in Moscow in 1967, arriving in New York to throngs of reporters and a nation hungry to hear her story. By her side is Peter Horvath, a lawyer in his mid-thirties who is sent by the CIA to escort Svetlana to America.

    Rootless, lonely, and bewildered by her adopted country's radically different society, Svetlana takes refuge in Arizona with the widow of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, makes a hasty marriage, and has a child. Floundering, she reaches out to Peter, her first connection in America and, it seems, the only person she can genuinely count on. When their relationship becomes more than just professional, it unfolds under the eyes of her CIA minders, and Svetlana and Peter's private lives are no longer their own.

    The author's father was in fact the young lawyer who escorted the real Svetlana to the United States. Based on his father's reminiscences as well as his own extensive research into Svetlana's life, John Burnham Schwartz recreates this dramatic story of a woman's search for a new life and a place to belong, in the evocative and imaginative prose that have made him a critically acclaimed, bestselling author of literary and historical fiction.

    *** Registration closes April 11, 2019. ***

    Publisher: Random House

    Photo credit: JohnBurnhamSchwartz.com


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Past events

December 18, 2018 Lunch with Sloane Crosley
November 13, 2018 Lunch with Tayari Jones
October 31, 2018 Lunch with Alexander Chee
September 26, 2018 Lunch with Gary Shteyngart
April 25, 2018 Lunch with Aminatta Forna
April 25, 2018 CANCELED | Lunch with Martha Grimes
March 22, 2018 CANCELED | Lunch with Ayad Akhtar
March 07, 2018 A Conversation About Books & Film with Mitchell Kaplan & Dennis Scholl
February 16, 2018 Lunch with Amor Towles
January 18, 2018 Lunch with Dani Shapiro
December 14, 2017 Lunch with Kevin Young
November 16, 2017 Lunch with Edwidge Danticat
October 26, 2017 Lunch with Andre Aciman
September 27, 2017 Lunch with Alice McDermott
April 19, 2017 Lunch with David Rieff
March 16, 2017 Lunch with Chitra Divakaruni
February 16, 2017 Lunch with Maureen Corrigan
January 19, 2017 Lunch with Aaron Thier
December 12, 2016 Lunch with Michael Chabon
November 04, 2016 Lunch with Alexander Maksik
October 21, 2016 Lunch with Patricia Engel
September 15, 2016 Lunch with Jonathan Safran Foer

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