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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- Les Standiford, the Miami-based bestselling author, historian and professor, will present his latest book, "Desperate Sons: Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, John Hancock, and the Secret Bands of Radicals Who Led the Colonies to War," at the 31st annual book-author luncheon of the American Association of University Women, Vero Beach Branch, on Feb. 16.
Tickets are $50 for the luncheon, which will be held at noon at the Vero Beach Country Club. The event is open to the public and all proceeds will go to college scholarships for women, both nationally and at Indian River State College.
Mr. Standiford is an historian and author of more than 20 books. His most recent works have been narrative, non-fiction historical pieces, including "Last Train to Paradise: Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad that Crossed an Ocean."
He has been awarded the Frank O'Connor award for short fiction, a Florida individual artist fellowship in fiction, and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in fiction.
His short stories, essays and articles have appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies, and he has been a regular reviewer for The Miami Herald, The Chicago Tribune, New York Newsday and The New York Daily News.
The book will be on sale and the author will be available for signing before and after the luncheon. Doors open at 11 a.m. The Vero Beach Country Club is located at 800 30th St.
Reservation checks for $50 should include a menu choice of chicken Francaise or par three salad (tuna, egg, and shrimp). Checks should be made payable to AAUW Vero Beach Branch, and sent to AAUW Treasurer, P.O. Box 2143, Vero Beach FL 32961.
For more information, call (772) 226-5380.