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    Westfair’s Literacy Luncheon

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    Location: 1133 Westchester Ave., White Plains

    “History: Fiction and Nonfiction” is the subject of Westfair Communications Inc.’s first literary lunch, featuring “If a Poem Could Live and Breathe: A Novel of Teddy Roosevelt’s First Love” (St. Martin’s Press, Feb. 14) by WCBS-TV anchor and Yonkers’ first lady Mary Calvi; and “Alfred B. DelBello: His Life and Times” (Atmosphere Press), John A. Lipman’s new biography of the former Yonkers mayor, Westchester County Executive and New York state lieutenant governor.

    With controversy swirling around how historical dramas like “The Crown” use biographical sources, the luncheon – to be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at 1133 Westchester Ave. in White Plains – will consider how novelists treat historical material differently from biographers, who must also create a flowing narrative. The author Q & As will be moderated by Westfair editor/writer Georgette Gouveia, herself the author of the blog and book series “The Games Men Play,” about the power dynamic in culture.

    After the author presentations, there will be questions from the audience and a book signing.

    Mary Calvi is a 12-time New York Emmy Award-winning journalist. Her in-depth research for her debut book, “Dear George, Dear Mary: A Novel of George Washington’s First Love,” is the basis of a Smithsonian Channel documentary. 

    John A. Lipman is a writer and consultant specializing in political communications and public policy. He has written extensively on legislative and environmental issues in newspapers, periodicals and public reports. “Alfred B. DelBello” is his first book.

    Georgette Gouveia is a longtime cultural writer and luxury editor. Her new historical thriller, “Riddle Me This” (JMS Books), explores the creation of the opera “Turandot,” set against the tensions between the sexes and East and West.