Authors and Speakers

Baseball Autographs
Legendary Lumber

Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.


A Conversation with Tom Zappala. 

The 100 Greatest Baseball Autographs showcases the most sought-after signatures in the history of our National Pastime. From Ruth to Jeter and all of the greats in between, the players included in the book represent a cross section of baseball history. 

Legendary Lumber: The Top 100 Player Bats in Baseball History highlights the most desirable game used professional model bats in the history of our National Pastime. For each stick magician featured, there is a narrative highlighting a significant offensive accomplishment along with the story about the bat itself.
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 p.m.

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.