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MorseLife Literary Society Announces 2011 Season of Acclaimed and Celebrated Authors

West Palm Beach, FL (November 15, 2010) - MorseLife is pleased to announce the 2011 season of the MorseLife Literary Society, its series of presentations with celebrated international authors of award-winning and acclaimed books.

According to Mary Alice Pappas, Senior Vice President of MorseLife Foundation and the originator of the MorseLife Literary Society, the cost for the series is $400 per person, which includes breakfast, the books and valet parking. "In our third season, we are ecstatic to include some of the most talked-about authors of the year, including two international authors: Tatiana de Rosnay of Paris, whose movie version of her first English-language novel Sarah's Key opened in Paris on October 13; and Tom Rachman of London, whose debut novel is in a word, 'stunning;" along with Paul Harding, who went from obscurity as a rock drummer to the Pulitzer Prize," she said. "It is wonderful to bring an international flavor to this year Literary Society, and to host some of this world's most accomplished, contemporary authors."

Now in its third season, this year's MorseLife Literary Society begins on Thursday, January 13th with Tom Rachman, author of The Imperfectionists, his debut novel that has received rave reviews worldwide. The Society continues with authors in February and March. All events will be held at The Colony Pavilion, 155 Hammon Avenue in Palm Beach with registration at 8:45 am and breakfast at 9:00 am.

The schedule is as follows:

Tom Rachman
Author of The Imperfectionists
Thursday, January 13, 2011


In his stunning debut novel, Tom Rachman, an international journalist at the ripe old age of 36, writes of the quirky, maddening, endearing reporters and executives at a struggling international newspaper in Rome - from the tough editor-in-chief who experiences betrayal in her open marriage, to the lazy obituary writer who is transformed by tragedy at home, to the veteran Paris reporter who goes to desperate lengths for his next byline - all in the shadows of an isolated young publisher whose actions may determine the future of the newspaper and its employees. Author Christopher Buckley, in his New York Times review of the novel, stated that he "almost feels sorry for Rachman, because a debut of this order sets the bar so high." In her review, Janet Maslin of The New York Times called Rachman's debut as "nothing less than spectacular," and "a splendid original, filled with wit and structured so ingeniously that figuring out where the author is headed is half the reader's fun."


Tatiana de Rosnay
Author of A Secret Kept
Thursday, February 17, 2011


A Secret Kept, which debuted this fall, is the author's follow-up to her first English-language acclaimed novel, Sarah's Key. It tells of a man at a fragile point in his life: holding a job that no longer interests him and being a divorced, single father of two surly teenagers. A birthday trip with his sister to a holiday retreat of their youth in the spectacular Noirmoitier Island off the coast of Western France, opens up forgotten memories and a shocking flashback, as well as a meeting with a woman who will give new meaning to his life. Tatiana de Rosnay was Paris Editor for Vanity Fair and published nine novels in France before the English-language Sarah's Key. The movie version of Sarah's Key opened in Paris on October 13. De Rosnay is one of the top ten best-selling authors in Europe.


Paul Harding
Author of Tinkers
Thursday, March 17, 2011


Paul Harding, first a "rock star" and now winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, is a true Cinderella story. Tinkers, Harding's first novel and his Pulitzer Prize-winner, intertwines the deathbed memories of a New England clock repairer with episodes of the man's father. The book wanders through time and consciousness, describing in detail its rural Maine setting and the epileptic fits of the main character's father, an old-time "tinker" who traveled by wagon. In describing Tinkers, Rebecca Pepper Sinkler, chairwoman for this year's Pulitzer fiction jury, noted that "sentence for sentence, it was the most beautifully written and most gorgeous use of language of any books we looked at." Within an hour of the Pulitzer announcement, Harding signed a two-book deal with Random House and days later, received a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. He has been awarded the PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship for Writers.


For more information, please call (561) 209-6103, or email MorseLife at cindyo@morselife.org. Space is limited.

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