Wow, it has really been a long time (five months) since I wrote my last blog! Running a political campaign and some family trips interfered, but we are back to focusing on our passion: Silvin Books and scheduling presentations at important venues.
However, there is no doubt we had a great season, which included 15 lectures. We value every venue which invites René to speak. Some of the highlight were:
The History of Mar-a-Lago at the Historical Society of Palm Beach County. An organization close to our hearts, with big support from Jeremy Johnson and Debbi Murray.
The Life and Work of Addison Mizner at the Lost Tree Club in Palm Beach Gardens. This venue invited us to speak at the beautiful clubhouse after René gave several club members an actual tour through Mar-a-Lago last winter. It is wonderful working with Laura Estes, and we met some other amazing people during the dinner which followed the lecture.
The History of Transatlantic Ocean Liner Travelat the Dixon Education Building of The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach. We worked for the first time with Sofia Maduro, the Dixon’s new education director and we hope to work with her organization again.
We managed to escape the rigorous campaign schedule for a few days to travel to the Oceanreef Club in Key Largo where we spoke about Mar-a-Lago, and on to Key West for a Duchess of Windsor presentation in the Monroe County Library. We have now been invited back to Oceanreef for next season, and in Key West René continues to draw large crowds of fans at the library, as he wintered in Key West for 25 years before moving to Palm Beach. We also thank Leslie Lindsay for putting us up in her lovely home!
We had several high-profile events in Palm Beach, including a Duchess presentation for the Young Professionals Organization (YPO) at the Everglades Club, where we were invited by Lisa Trulaske. That was followed by another Duchess lecture for the charity organization Food for the Poor, organized by Cheryl Whitman at The Colony Hotel. We look forward to continued relationships with both of these amazing women.
I don’t want to forget to mention the 700 people who attended the SS Normandie presentation at the Polo Club of Boca Raton. This was our second time at the lovely club and we enjoy working with Kathleen Kelly, and her entire, very professional staff.
Finally, we returned to the ArtSmart series at the Kravis Center for Performing Arts for the 6thtime. However, this time we were in the much larger Rinker Theater! We are very honored and grateful for the trust Lee Bell and Keena Gumbinner continue to place in us, which has resulted in a return invitation next year. Our brand-new lecture will be presented in Persson Hall on March 31. This fresh lecture, titled All That Glitters Is Not Gold, the perils of being too rich, will be presented at the Kravis, and the Fellowship of Christians and Jews on December 8 at the Wells Fargo Bank in Palm Beach.
This new presentation started out as an extension of René’s book I Survived Swiss Boarding Schoolsand will include numerous glamourous pictures and newsreels about well-known celebrities whose vast fortunes lead to internationally famous dramas, including murders, suicides and excesses in what René refers to as “affluenza.” For more information please follow this link to its own webpage.
We have lined up 9 confirmed presentations for next season, and we have several more in the pipeline. We also have some other Silvin Books projects planned for the summer, including working with other author’s books to bring them to market and create Wikipedia pages for clients. We are getting ready to migrate back to Cape Cod, where we will switch into our creative mode and work on these exciting projects.
We wish everyone a wonderful summer, and I promise I will be more regular with blog updates again.
Robert, Silvin Books