Palm Beach Rotary Club lecture and multiple lectures on the Queen Mary 2 in December, 2015

We received another complimentary email about Rene’s lecture in Key West last week. This time from Pat Lenny:

“Every time I walk down the street someone comes up to me to tell me how much they loved your talk. You are always a hit! Your book is just beautiful and makes us want to take a trip to Palm Beach.”

This past Sunday our book “Villa Mizner: the house that changed Palm Beach” was once again at the top of the bestseller list at Main Street News ( It is the fourth time our book appears on this list, and the second time it tops the list.

We are now gearing up for the short lecture to the Rotary Club Luncheon this Thursday at noon at the Chesterfield Hotel ( We visited there on Monday to test the equipment, and all seems to be ready to go. And of course the next big lecture will be at the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach on Thursday February 26th at 2 PM.

We are very excited that Rene has been booked by Derek from Pied Piper Travel (, to lecture on the Queen Mary 2 this December when it crosses from Southampton, UK, to New York, US. Pied Piper Travel is the premier agency for gay and lesbian group cruises, serving the LGBT community for over 20 years. Rene will give three lectures in all: one on the Duchess of Windsor, one on Addison Mizner, and he will inaugurate his new lecture on the SS Normandie for the first time on this crossing.

Pied Piper Travel

In the meantime, sales on have been steady, with several orders coming in each week.

Rene Silvin Speaks to Café Con Libros book club

Rene and I just returned from Key West where he presented his lecture on Addison Mizner’s life and work to the Café Con Libros book club at the Monroe County Public Library. Since he has lectured there before on the Duchess of Windsor, he received a hero’s welcome and a packed room with over 80 people. We are very thankful to Betty Darst who made this all happen in a very short period of time. She wrote us the following afterwards:

“Your program took my breath away. The only word that I could use to describe would be awesome. What a gift you share with others by taking us into the world of Mizner and presenting the personalities that played such a role in these extraordinary homes. I find the book has greater meaning because of your introduction. I am ecstatic that you could touch people with your talent.”

We are now looking towards next week, when Rene will give a shortened version of his Mizner lecture to the Rotary Club of Palm Beach at the Chesterfield Hotel in Palm Beach on Thursday the 12th at Noon.

We have a lot of irons in the fire at the moment. We are in discussion with Pied Piper Travel, a gay organization, which charters large blocks of cabins on cruise ships. They are extremely interested in having Rene present on a Queen Mary 2 Westbound trans Atlantic trip this December.

Additionally, we are working on getting some lectures lined up in Rhode Island, Maine and Massachusetts this summer, when we are once again settled back in our beloved Provincetown. If anyone has suggestions for venues in New England, which have architecture and American History as their focus, please let us know!


Rene giving his lecture in Key West