The Brazilian Court Hotel announces its ninth annual 2013 Author Breakfast Series, founded by Parker Ladd, and moderated by Scott Eyman and Jackie Weld.
Six author breakfasts, beginning on January 11th and concluding on March 29th, will comprise the 2013 series. Breakfasts in January and March will feature one author per event, and “Double Feature February”, will spotlight two authors.
Lectures will cover topics spanning memoirs, novels, popular culture, history and current events from award-winning authors spanning Michael Connelly, known for his #1 New York Times bestsellers that include The Lincoln Lawyer; ARGO author Tony Mendez, who was played by actor Ben Affleck in the popular motion picture released this fall; and Rebecca Miller, daughter of playwright Arthur Miller and wife of actor Daniel Day Lewis, herself a film director, screenwriter and actress, among others.
Weld and Eyman will each moderate three breakfasts. Weld, who divides her time between New York and Palm Beach, has been a trustee of Literacy Partners, is a member of the executive committee, and now is its Honorary Chairman. She is also a trustee of PEN, the writers’ organization and with her husband, Rodman Drake, established a PEN prize for excellence in Biography.
Eyman is the author of 11 books including “Empire of Dreams: The Epic Life of Cecil B. DeMille,” which won the 2011 Richard Wall Memorial Book Award. Eyman, with veteran actor, Robert Wagner, authored The New York Times bestseller “Pieces of My Heart.” He is currently working on another book with Robert Wagner, and a biography of John Wayne.
“Since the series was launched, it has been gratifying to see how its popularity has grown, and once again, we are proud to offer a program with much diversity. For decades, The Brazilian Court Hotel has been more than just a traveler’s destination. Our signature Author Breakfast series, which typically attracts guests from Vero Beach to Boca Raton, is an example of how we embrace and support culture, and aim to bring enriching and memorable experiences to the local community and beyond,” Bilotta said
The author breakfasts are held in The Ballroom at Café Boulud at The Brazilian Court Hotel, and begin at 8:45 a.m., and conclude at 10:00 a.m. Reservations are required. Tickets are $100 per person and include breakfast, valet parking and a copy of the featured book, and a choice of one book during Double Feature February. For reservations and information call Sandra Rodriguez at (561) 366-4300. Exclusive overnight hotel accommodations available for guests. Call reservations line and mention the “B&A Rate” (Rooms based on availability). For hotel reservations, call 561.655.7740.
The 2013 Author Breakfast Series Lineup
Friday, Jan 11th (moderated by Scott Eyman)
Michael Connelly- The Black Box- A former newspaper reporter, Michael Connelly has won numerous awards for his journalism and novels. He is the author of #1 New York Times bestsellers that include The Drop, The Fifth Witness, The Reversal, The Scarecrow, The Brass Verdict, and The Lincoln Lawyer, as well as the bestselling Harry Bosch series of novels. His riveting, new crime fiction novel is about a case that spans 20 years, in which Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch’s ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the “black box,” and the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.
Friday, Jan 25th (moderated by Scott Eyman)
Alex Witchel- All Gone: A Memoir of My Mother’s Dementia. With Refreshments – Alex Witchel is a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine who originated the “Feed Me” column for its Dining section. She has also contributed to New York, Vogue, Elle, and Ladies’ Home Journal, among others, is the author of three previous books and is married to Frank Rich, the American essayist and op-ed columnist. Just past seventy, Witchel’s smart, adoring, ultracapable mother began to exhibit undeniable signs of dementia. Witchel reacted as she’d been raised: If something was broken, they would fix it. But as medical reality undid that hope, and her mother continued disappearing in plain sight. Witchel retreated to the kitchen, trying to reclaim her mother at the stove by cooking the comforting foods of her childhood: “Is there any contract tighter than a family recipe?” Reproducing the perfect meat loaf was no panacea, but it helped Witchel come to terms with her predicament, the growing phenomenon of “ambiguous loss.” Gradually she developed a deeper appreciation for all the ways the parent she was losing lived on in her. She was inspired to turn her experience into a frank, bittersweet, and surprisingly funny account that offers true balm for an increasingly familiar form of heartbreak.
“DOUBLE FEATURE FEBRUARY” features two authors per breakfast
Friday, February 1st (moderated by Scott Eyman)
David Nasaw- The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy – An eminent American author, biographer and historian who specializes in the cultural and social history of early 20th Century America, David Nasaw brings to life the story of Joseph Patrick Kennedy, in the first and only biography based on unrestricted and exclusive access to the Joseph P. Kennedy papers. Kennedy, whose life spanned the First World War, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, the Second World War, and the Cold War, was the patriarch of America’s greatest political dynasty. The father of President John F. Kennedy and senators Robert and Edward Kennedy, “Joe” Kennedy was an indomitable and elusive figure whose dreams of advancement for his children were matched only by extraordinary personal ambition and shrewd financial skills. Trained as a banker, Kennedy was also a Hollywood mogul, a stock exchange savant, a shipyard manager, the founding chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and ambassador to London during the Battle of Britain. Though his incredible life encompasses the very heart of the American century, Joseph Kennedy has remained shrouded in rumor and prejudice for decades.
Mary Fisher- Messenger: A Self Portrait – With deep roots in Palm Beach, Mary Fisher is the daughter of beloved philanthropist and Palm Beach resident, Marjorie Fisher. The younger Fisher took America by storm the in1992, when she addressed the Republican National Convention and gave the world a new face of American AIDS: a winsome mother who had contracted the virus from her husband. Fisher had been a television producer and had been named the first woman White House Advancement by President Gerald Ford, but Privilege had not shielded her from the virus.
While she became ”a pilgrim on the road to AIDS,” devoted to advocacy and her children, she prepared to die. Antiretroviral (ARV) therapies that prolonged the lives of persons with AIDS changed Fisher’s life dramatically, and for 15 years, she joined the ranks of those living on ARVs. In a lively voice devoid of self-pity and filled with humor, Fisher tells a story of strength and hope, and demonstrates that a ”novelty” can grow into a woman of strength and wisdom and can emerge from illness and depression with a convincing sense of humor and healing. Fisher’s life story focuses on the promise she made in that 1992 speech: ”I want my children to know that their mother was not a victim. She was a messenger.”
Friday, February 15th (moderated by Jackie Weld)
Tony Mendez – Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History – Many know about the 52 Americans who were held hostage for 444 days in Tehran after militants stormed the embassy in November 1979. But often forgotten are the secret six – six other Americans working for the government who were not taken hostage that day. Until recently, only a handful of people, most with top secret clearances, knew the real story of how those six eventually got out of the country. That fascinating tale is the basis of a book and movie that was released this fall, called “Argo.” Tony Mendez, played in the film by actor director Ben Affleck, is the mastermind behind the plan to set them free, and also the co-author of the book. Argo is the title of the taut, entertaining political thriller, a story based on previously-classified, real-life events that could be titled, “How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran.”
Janet Wallach- The Richest Woman in America: Hetty Green in the Gilded Age – No woman in the Gilded Age made as much money as Hetty Green. When she died in 1916, she was worth at least 100 million dollars, equal to about 2.5 billion dollars today. Abandoned at birth by her neurotic mother, scorned by her misogynist father, Hetty set out to prove her value. Following the simple rules of her wealthy Quaker father, she successfully invested her money and, along the way, proved to herself that she was wealthy and therefore worthy. She ignored the herd mentality and took advantage of panics and crises. Her frugal ways were mocked, but she turned her back and amassed a fortune that supported businesses, churches, municipalities, and even the city of New York itself. Green’s independence, outspokenness, and disdain for the upper crust earned her an enduring reputation for harshness. Yet those who knew her admired her warmth, wisdom, and wit. Acclaimed author Janet Wallach’s engrossing exploration of this complex woman reveals striking parallels between repeated past financial crises and today’s recession woes.
Friday, March 8th (moderated by Jackie Weld)
Susan Isaacs- Goldberg Variations
A novelist, essayist, screenwriter and First Amendment advocate, all of Brooklyn-born Susan Isaacs’s novels have been New York Times bestsellers. This award-winning author’s latest book tells the story of Gloria Garrison (nee Goldberg), who isn’t getting any younger. At seventy-nine, it’s time for her to plan for the future of Glory, Inc., the beauty makeover business she grew from nothing to a multi-million dollar business. Gloria has alienated her former business partner and chosen successor. Who will take over Glory? Gloria was never been big on family and wrote them all out of her will, but suddenly she must contemplate her three grandchildren as possible candidates. When Gloria sends airline tickets to tempt the three for a visit, they couldn’t be more surprised. Stranger still is the revelation that one of them and only one, may be offered the chance to inherit Glory. Always sassy, smart, and wickedly witty, Isaacs is at her formidable best in a novel that is both hilariously funny and a deeply moving tale of family, faith, and reconciliation.
Friday, March 29th (moderated by Jackie Weld)
Rebecca Miller- Jacob’s Folly -Rebecca Miller is an American film director, screenwriter and actress, known for her films that include The Ballad of Jack and Rose, Angela and The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, which she wrote and directed. Miller is also the daughter of playwright Arthur Miller and is married to actor Daniel Day-Lewis, whom she met when he and her father worked on the film version of the elder Miller’s play The Crucible. Jacob’s Folly,Miller’s new novel, is a rollicking, ingenious, saucy book that takes on desire, faith, love, acting—and reincarnation. The book brims with four sparkling, unexpected characters including Jacob, a Jewish peddler living in eighteenth century France and three individuals who find their fates intertwined when Jacob is reincarnated. Miller’s quirky humor and her acute, original intelligence animate a wonderfully memorable protagonist. Through the unique lens of Jacob’s consciousness, she explores transformation in all its guises— personal, spiritual, literal. She considers the hold of the past on the present, the power of private hopes and dreams and the collision of fate and free will. Jacob’s Folly is wildly inventive, and ultimately moving; it will leave the reader, no less than its characters, transformed
The 2013 Author Breakfast Series at a Glance
Friday January 11th with Scott Eyman –MICHAEL CONNELLY- The Black Box
Friday January 25th with Scott Eyman –ALEX WITCHEL – All Gone: A Memoir of My Mother’s Dementia With Refreshments
FEBRUARY (Double Feature February)
Friday, February 1st with Scott Eyman–DAVID NASAW – The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy
MARY FISHER – Messenger: A Self Portrait
Friday, February 15th with Jackie Weld –ANTONIO MENDEZ – ARGO: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History
JANET WALLACH- The Richest Woman in America: Hetty
Green in the Gilded Age
Friday, March 8th with Jackie Weld–SUSAN ISAACS – Perfect Past: A Novel
Friday, March 29th with Jackie Weld– REBECCA MILLER – Jacob’s Folly