Meet Bryan Brooks at History Fort Lauderdale’s “Florida Scribes & Stories” on October 13

History Fort Lauderdale, celebrating 60 years of stewardship of our community’s past by making our heritage accessible and engaging to residents and visitors, will present “Florida Scribes & Stories,” a free meet the author monthly series beginning Thursday, October 13, at 6 p.m. Literary and history enthusiasts are invited to speak with local authors, purchase their latest releases and have them signed at the New River Inn Museum of History.

The first installment of “Florida Scribes & Stories” will feature Bryan Brooks, author of “PALMETTOS AND SALTWATER: A Love Song for a Place that No Longer Exists, Old Ft Lauderdale.” This fictional story takes place in Fort Lauderdale in the middle of World War II. A decorated Naval officer returns home, now supposedly a disgraced coward, to find his city awash with racial strife, German submarines offshore and the girl he loved questioning his real purpose for returning. Brook is also the author of “Sea Wyfe, Gray Wolf and the Buckskin Coat: A sweeping tale of love and mystery, affecting people from different times and cultures, bound by a gray wolf who travels through time.”

Brooks lives in North Florida and is descended from ancestors that sprang from deep southern roots. Though much of his writing was influenced by a 30-year career in the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, much more of it flows from spending over three thousand hours of his life underwater. Passion for ocean waves slamming onto sandy beaches combined with a lifelong interest in American History helped him insert fictional characters into actual historical events, all while staying faithful to the spirit of the times.

Upcoming authors in the “Florida Scribes & Stories” include Christiana Lilly on November 7, Fred Fejes on December 7 and Donn R. Colee, Jr. in January 2023. Additional novelists and dates will be announced.

History Fort Lauderdale is proud to host a variety of engaging multicultural experiences, year-round. Permanent exhibits include “From Dugouts to Dream Yachts,” a visual narrative weaving the story of the ever-changing use of Fort Lauderdale’s waterways by following the strokes of the first people to today’s sightseers, “The Bryans of Fort Lauderdale” which allows visitors to experience the story of the City of Fort Lauderdale as told through the pioneer family that shaped its development from an agricultural outpost in 1896 to a bustling city in the 1920s to its current status as a leading Metropolis, “Juliette Lange: A Portrait of a Mezzo Soprano,” a fashion and lifestyle glimpse of the socially prominent Fort Lauderdale resident with a lauded career as a star vocalist of musical comedy, plus “Archaeology of the New River” and a multitude of stories and photos sharing the history of other founding families of Fort Lauderdale. The nonprofit museum also hosts an artists’ collective collaborative space.

For more information about History Fort Lauderdale, please call (954) 463-4431 or visit Follow us on Facebook at, on Instagram @ftlhistory and on Twitter @FTLHistory. Subscribe to us on YouTube at

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