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Author Luncheon Series

Meet & Dine with your favorite author

  • Enjoy a light lunch and drink upon arrival
  • Dessert begins at noon! Chat with the author while you enjoy decadent treats
  • After the luncheon, the Author will give a lecture, followed by a Q&A and ending with a book signing opportunity!

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Neely Tucker

*Luncheon begins at 11:30 AM with author arrival, light meal and drink. 
*Dessert at noon, during which the author dines and chats with attendees. 
*Following dessert, the author speaks and engages in a Q&A session. *Luncheon concludes with a book signing. 

Neely Tucker is a seventh-generation Mississippian, born in Holmes County, then the poorest county in the poorest state in America. His newspaper work includes stops at the Miami Herald, the Detroit Free Press and seventeen years at The Washington Post. As a foreign correspondent, he was based in Poland and Zimbabwe, working in more than sixty countries or territories, covering civil wars or violent uprisings in Europe, the Mid-East and Africa. Elmore Leonard, a longtime friend, used him as the basis and namesake for a character in "Cuba Libre." His memoir, "Love in the Driest Season," was named one of the best 25 Books of 2004 by Publisher's Weekly, the American Bookseller's Association, the New York City Library and won numerous other awards. "Life After Death," a story about his wife's seven-year odyssey to help convict her daughter's killer, was nominated by the Post for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize. "The Ways of the Dead," "Murder, D.C.," and "Only the Hunted Run," the first novels in the Sully Carter series, have earned glowing praise, with Kirkus saying that "There's no more satisfying sight than a writer who knows exactly what he's doing - and only gets better at what he does." 
He lives with his wife, three children, and one Rottweiler in the D.C. area. He's at work on a new novel.

Margaret Bradham Thornton

*Luncheon begins at 11:30 AM with author arrival, light meal and drink. 
*Dessert at noon, during which the author dines and chats with attendees. 
*Following dessert, the author speaks and engages in a Q&A session. *Luncheon concludes with a book signing. 

Margaret Bradham Thornton is the author of Charleston and the editor of Tennessee Williams's Notebooks, for which she received the Bronze ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award in the Autobiography/Memoir Category and the C. Hugh Holman Prize for the best volume of southern literary scholarship published in 2006, given by the Society for the Study of Southern Literature. She is a graduate of Princeton University and lives in Florida.

Tim Dorsey

*Luncheon begins at 11:30 AM with author arrival, light meal and drink. 
*Dessert at noon, during which the author dines and chats with attendees. 
*Following dessert, the author speaks and engages in a Q&A session. *Luncheon concludes with a book signing. 

Tim Dorsey was born in Indiana, moved to Florida at the age of 1, and grew up in Riviera Beach in Palm Beach County. He graduated from Auburn University in 1983 with a B.S. in Transportation. While at Auburn, he was editor of the student newspaper, The Plainsman. From 1983 to 1987, he was a police and courts reporter for The Alabama Journal, the now-defunct evening newspaper in Montgomery. He joined The Tampa Tribune in 1987 as a general assignment reporter. He also worked as a political reporter in the Tribune's Tallahassee bureau and a copy desk editor. From 1994 to 1999, he was the Tribune's night metro editor and night news coordinator. He left the paper in August 1999 and has since had twenty-two novels published in several languages: Florida Roadkill, Hammerhead Ranch Motel, Orange Crush, Triggerfish Twist, The Stingray Shuffle, Cadillac Beach, Torpedo Juice, The Big Bamboo, Hurricane Punch, Atomic Lobster, Nuclear Jellyfish, Gator A-Go-Go, Electric Barracuda, When Elves Attack, Pineapple Grenade, The Rip-Tide Ultra Glide, Tiger Shrimp Tango, Shark Skin Suite, Coconut Cowboy, Clownfish Blues, The Pope of Palm Beach, and No Sunscreen for the Dead. He lives in Tampa with his family.

Susanna Daniel

*Luncheon begins at 11:30 AM with author arrival, light meal and drink. 
*Dessert at noon, during which the author dines and chats with attendees. 
*Following dessert, the author speaks and engages in a Q&A session. *Luncheon concludes with a book signing. 

Susanna Daniel's debut novel, STILTSVILLE, was awarded the PEN/Bingham prize for best debut work published in 2010, and her second novel, SEA CREATURES, was a Target Book Club pick. Susanna is a co-founder, with author Michelle Wildgen, of the Madison Writers' Studio. She was born and raised in Miami, Florida, where she spent much of her childhood at her family's stilt house in Biscayne Bay. Today, she lives in Madison, Wisconsin, where during the long winter she dreams of the sun and the sea, and of jumping off the stilt house porch at high tide. Her third novel, SINKHOLES, is forthcoming.