MorseLife Kicked-Off 12th Season of Literary Society Series with New York Times Best Selling Author of Where the Crawdads Sing

Delia Owens, author of Where the Crawdads Sing, wowed a sold-out crowd at the MorseLife Literary Society’s first breakfast of the season on Thursday, January 16 at the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach. The 12th Annual Literary Society series is hosted by MorseLife supporters Cynthia Berenson, Penny Blumenstein and Marlene Strauss.

The MorseLife Literary Society is a benefit to donors and their guests to experience discussions with popular authors while introducing the programs and services MorseLife provides in a personal setting. A not-for-profit organization, MorseLife touches 3,600 seniors and their families every day. MorseLife provides short-term rehabilitation, long-term care, independent and assisted living, hospice and palliative care, home health care, care management, memory care, meals-on-wheels and PACE.

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Keith Myers and Hilarie Morgan (CAPEHART)

Keith Myers, President and CEO of MorseLife Health System, welcomed guests to the series kick-off with an overview of MorseLife’s accomplishments in the past year.

“With the help of donors like you we are able to serve 50,000 meals-on-wheels each year, provide housing for 800 seniors to live on our campus, and care for the 2,800 seniors who are in our home and community-based programs,” said Myers. “Through our 12 years of Literary Society series, we’ve cultivated so many wonderful friends who help us expand our operations with new programs such as the recently State legislature-approved MorseLife Hospice and Palliative Care program.”

Berenson then introduced Delia Owens who shared how her mother’s style of parenting and later, her personal experience living as a wildlife scientist in Africa found their way into the characters and storyline of her novel.

As beautiful a storyteller in person as on paper, Owens detailed her childhood in south Georgia, parented by a proper southern belle who encouraged her to discover nature. She said that passion for nature led her to Africa to study wild animals and their behaviors in their natural habitat. It was there that she discovered humans and animals really aren’t so different.

Where the Crawdads Sing is an intense love story, it’s a mystery and it’s a courtroom drama,” said Owens. “More than anything else, it’s an exploration into our core of human nature. Some of that core can best be seen in the shadows of nature itself. I learned from a book that crawdads don’t really sing, but I learned from my mother that if you go far enough into the wilderness by yourself, you will hear them anyway.”

Thought-provoking and deeply moving, Where the Crawdads Sing reminds the reader that they are forever shaped by the children they once were and that they’re all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps. Where the Crawdads Sing has sold four million copies and has been on the New York Times best seller list for over a year. The book was selected for Reese Witherspoon’s “Hello Sunshine” book club in September 2018 and Owens announced at the MorseLife event that she has been in discussions with Witherspoon to produce the movie version.

For more information about MorseLife Health System and the Literary Society Series please email events@morselife.org or call 561-242-4661.

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