Authors and Speakers

Monday, November 27, 2017 at 4:00 pm


19th Century frontier life in palm beach county: a photographic essay.

A conversation with Josh Liller, Historian and Collections Manager for the Loxahatchee River Historical Society.

Melville Spencer was an early pioneer resident of the Lake Worth area who took up photography while assistant keeper of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, usually selling the photos as stereoviews.   Spencer’s stereoviews are possibly the only photos of the Jupiter and Lake Worth areas taken prior to 1890.  These rare images depict the lighthouse, Seminoles, pioneer residents, early homes and agriculture, and wilderness scenes that would be unrecognizable to many modern residents of the area.  Learn about Spencer and his less known fellow photographer, Fred Whitehead, and see many examples of their work.

About the speaker:  Josh Liller is the Historian and Collections Manager for the Loxahatchee River Historical Society which operates Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum.  He graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2013 with a History BA. Josh was nationally published for the first time in the November 2016 issue of Keeper’s Log, the quarterly magazine of the US Lighthouse Society. He also contributed articles to several local newsletters and magazines and has been giving history presentations since 2011. He is currently working on his first book, a biographical history of Jupiter’s lighthouse keepers.

Legendary Lumber

Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 1:30 pm

Legendary Lumber:


The Top 100 Player Bats in Baseball History.

A Conversation with Tom Zappala. 

Tom Zappala is a businessman in the greater Boston area who is extremely proud of his Italian heritage and passionate about maintaining the traditions and historical significance of our National Pastime. His keen interest in baseball history inspired him to co-author the award-winning nonfiction books, The T206 Collection: The Players & Their Stories (IPPY Award 2010), The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players (Ben Franklin Award 2013), and The 100 Greatest Baseball Autographs (Peter E. Randall Publisher, 2016). He is actively involved in several Italian cultural organizations, and is also the co-host of a popular Italian-themed radio show in northern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. He has recently authored a humorous look back at his years in Catholic Grammar School entitled Bless Me Sister. He loves spending time with his grandchildren and enjoys an occasional Grey Goose martini to accompany his soppressata and imported cheese.

Notice of Release Book
Stephanie Cassatly
A Conversation with Stephanie Cassatly
Notice of Release: 
A Daughter's Journey to Forgive her Mother's Killer

by Stephanie Cassatly
Thursday, February 15, 2018
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

When I was 18 years old, my mother was shot and killed in a convenience store robbery in New Orleans, changing every preconceived notion I had about the world and what it meant to feel safe.  Twenty years later, I found my mother’s killer and forgave him, just before he died in the notorious Angola State Penitentiary. It was then that I realized that I had been as much of a prisoner as he was.
With a searing honesty that will make readers’ hearts both ache and sing, Notice of Release chronicles my traumatic and at times dangerous childhood as an expatriate in South America, my shift from grieving college student to high powered ad-executive, and how I reconciled my deep connection to my own children, with my fear of being taken away prematurely from them.  In this memoir, I prove that
 shedding the weight of the past can unlock a brave and beautiful future, and come to see that finding and forgiving my mother’s killer is as much a journey of finding myself.

Shakespeare, Astrology, and Love: 
Are Men Really From Mars and Women From Venus? 
A Conversation with Priscilla Costello, independent researcher

Thursday, January 21, 2018 at 5:00 P.M.

Astrology, the exploration of relationships between human beings and both nature and the cosmos, is a rich and complex language of symbols that encompasses all aspects of human experience.  It continues to fascinate the public, who seek enlightening information about themselves and their destiny.
Studying astrological symbols or experiencing a reading with a gifted interpreter can be immensely useful and emotionally affirming.  Either can validate your intuitive sense of your life’s purposes and patterns.  Either may enable you to understand others more compassionately and to discover the dynamics of your relationships: partner to partner, parent to child, employee to boss.

Astrology’s essential idea is “connectedness” or “correspondence”.  In the ancient worldview from which astrology emerged, everything in the universe is linked in ”the great chain of being,” originating in the Divine and unfolding through the realms of the fixed stars and planets into the mundane world.  Human beings reflect this cosmic order, with every aspect of our physical and psychic selves resonating with the cosmos.
Modern scientists now tell us our bodies are literally made of stardust; the ancient worldview tells us our souls come from the stars.  Such a perspective, revealing our profound connection to the whole and enabling us to see recurrent and connected patterns in our lives, can restore psychic balance and integrity in a time of great turmoil and transformation both locally and globally.


Monday, February 26, 2018 at 4:00 pm

Jane Austen Still Has Great Advice for Us Today

A Conversation with Kathleen Anderson. 

Dr. Kathleen Anderson is a Professor of English at Palm Beach Atlantic University, where she has taught since 1996 and received the Corts Award for Outstanding Teaching. Her over twenty published essays, some co-authored with students, have appeared in such journals as Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, European Romantic Review, Victorian PoetryPersuasions: The Jane Austen Journal, Persuasions On-Line, Renascence, Victorians: A Journal of Culture and Literature, and The Gaskell Journal. Anderson was selected as the Jane Austen Scholar-in-Residence at Goucher College for 2015-2016. Her popular nonfiction has appeared in such diverse venues as The Huffington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Commonweal, and Teen Magazine. She and colleague Dr. Susan Jones co-authored the whimsical book, Jane Austen’s Guide to Thrift (Berkley Books, 2013).  Anderson’s scholarly book, Understanding Jane Austen’s Women: An Introduction, is forthcoming from SUNY Press.