JF Library Foundation's Literary Series

Friday, January 8, 2016

4 pm
Johann Fust Community Library

David Andelman
A Shattered Peace:  
Versailles 1919 and the Price We Pay Today

David A. Andelman serves as editor-in-chief of World Policy Journal. He is formerly an executive editor at Forbes.com and was a New York Times and a CBS News reporter. In addition, he has been with The New York Daily News as its business editor and CNBC as a Washington correspondent.

Andelman co-wrote The Fourth World War: Diplomacy and Espionage in the Age of Terrorism, centered on Alexandre de Marenches, a former head of French intelligence.

He is also a member of the Board of Contributors of USA Today, writing columns dealing with international affairs, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Leadership Council of the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Century Association of New York, the Grolier Club and the Harvard Club of New York City. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016
4 pm
Johann Fust Community Library

 The Honorable James W. Symington
Heard and Overheard:
Words Wise (and Otherwise) with Politicians, Statesmen, and Real People

James W. Symington entered Yale College where he studied history and sang in the Glee Club. In 1958 Ambassador John Hay Whitney engaged him as his assistant at the embassy in London. He was deputy director of President Kennedy’s Food For Peace program, administrative assistant to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, and director of the President’s Committee on Juvenile Delinquency. Named by President Lyndon Johnson to be Chief of Protocol, in 1968, he was elected to represent Missouri’s Second Congressional District. After four terms in Congress, he co-founded the law firm Smathers, Symington & Herlong.

He helped found the American-Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation (ARCCF), served as director of the Atlantic Council and as director of the Library of Congress’s Russian Leadership Program.

He and Sylvia, parents of two grown children and grandparents of five, live in Washington, D.C., and Middleburg, Virginia



Mark Your Calendar
Save the Dates

Elephant Company is the
2016 One Big Grande Boca Book!

The votes are in, and the next ONE BIG GRANDE BOCA BOOK will be Elephant Company!

This inspiring, true story of an unlikely hero and the animals who helped him save lives
in World War II was the clear favorite in the community balloting that concluded on April 22.

For the second year, the JF Library Foundation, the Friends of Boca Grande Community Center,
and the Gasparilla Inn & Club are joining to sponsor this free, community-wide reading event.

They are pleased to announce that the author, Vicki Croke, will be the featured speaker
at the OBGBBC event, scheduled for the afternoon of January 31, 2016 at the Beach Club. 

According to the OBGBBC Steering Committee, other parts of the program may include a talk
by experts from an elephant sanctuary in Florida, children's programs,
movies and music.  Some members of the committee have already been
heard humming Henry Mancini's "Elephant Walk."

Attendance at the event will be free to the public, but tickets will be required.
Details on the program and on how to get tickets will be announced later this fall.

Sunday, January 31, 2016
Start Time TBA
Gasparilla Inn Beach Club
450 Gilchrist Ave
Boca Grande, FL 33921


2016 Annual Fund Benefit Event

Thursday, February 25, 2016

The JF Library Foundation is honored to announce
New York Times best-selling author Hampton Sides
will headline its Annual Benefit on February 25, 2016.

Sides is a native of Memphis, Tennessee, a Yale graduate, and winner of a 2002 PEN Center USA Award. An acclaimed journalist and author, his best sellers include Ghost Soldiers, Blood and Thunder, Hellhound on His Trail, and most recently, the book he will present on Boca Grande, In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette.

In the Kingdom of Ice
is the gripping, historical account of the last major attempt to reach the North Pole in the Age of Sail. This little-known story of American history reads like a psychological thriller - a great tale of the late nineteenth century, set in a "howling, deadly wilderness."

Lt. Commander George Washington DeLong left San Francisco in 1879 with thirty-two men on what became a 1,000-mile trek across the Arctic Ocean.  Launched with international fanfare, the expedition was terribly deceived by the imperfect geographic knowledge of the era.  When the ship became trapped in ice, fiercely determined Captain DeLong and his men faced ferocious storms, polar bears and starvation as they resolutely pursued their goal.

The presentation will be at the Boca Grande Community Center Auditorium and a book-signing will follow in the Woman's Club Room.

Please save the date for an entertaining and exciting evening.  Sponsors will be invited to continue the conversation with Hampton at a reception on the Isles.

Tickets and sponsorship information will be available later this year, but mark 4:30 pm on February 25 on your calendar today!


March 4, 2016
3 pm
BG Community Center Auditorium

Dr. Jane Fortune
When the World Answered, Florence, Women Artists and the 1966 Flood

The Johann Fust Library Foundation and the Boca Grande Art Alliance are partnering to present Dr. Jane Fortune and her book When the World Answered, Florence, Women Artists and the 1966 Flood. The PBS documentary by the same name will be presented in the United States this November. The documentary will be shown and Dr. Fortune will add her comments and answer questions. A reception and book signing will follow in the Houghton Room. Dr. Fortune also on the Johann Fust Library Foundation's Literary Advisory Committee.