Who would have thought that a basketball player would be the highlight of the two-day South Florida Book Festival on Friday and Saturday, but this legendary baller is Earl "The Pearl" Monroe, and he's written a memoir he wants to share with you. Monroe, star of the New York Knicks and prior to that the now-defunct Baltimore Bullets, was known for his unorthodox "playground" style; observers noted that "watching him play was like listening to jazz, his moves resembling free-floating improvisations." He'll chat you up about Earl the Pearl: My Story on Saturday at the event's host, the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC). If you've always wanted to write a mystery, noted mystery writer Angela Henry will share the chills and thrills of writing a whodunit at a Friday workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. And from 6 to 9 p.m., there'll be a meet and greet at the Urban League of Broward County (next door to the library), including food, drink, jazz, and literary repartee with all of the authors. The morning session will feature a trio of Christian fiction authors whose theme is "Scandalous: Meet the Villains, Heroes and Heroines of Contemporary African-American Fiction." We're not sure if they're for it or against it, but they'll be followed in the afternoon by urban fiction authors Wahida Clark and Mary "HoneyB" Morrison.
All these events and more will take place at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (2650 Sistrunk Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale), a branch of the Broward County Libraries Division, with the exception of the Friday-night party at the Urban League (560 NW 27th Ave., Fort Lauderdale). Call 954-357-6210.
Fri., July 26; Sat., July 27, 2013