Book marks

Published: Sunday, January 19, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 18, 2003 at 11:15 p.m.

Author writes about a soldier's sacrifices

Keystone Heights author Wayne Bryant knows the frustrations and humiliation of homeless Vietnam veterans. He has shared both their addictive, destructive lifestyles and heart-breaking stories as he traveled across the United States with many of them.

Bryant's debut novel, "The Last Train Home" (Publish America, $19.95) is a heart-gripping recount of the life sacrifices one soldier makes both during war and when he returns home from active duty. In his book, Bryant illustrates how unseen forces can guide and enrich our lives even though it may appear all hope and purpose for living has gone.

Gainesville poet publishes work

Gainesville poet Joan McIntosh has recently published "Walking Amazed" (The Muse Rules, Indianapolis, $9.95). Recently moved from South Bend, Indiana, McIntosh has been writing poetry since the age of seven. She graduated from Beloit College and has a master's degree in botany from the University of Wisconsin.

She was head of the science program at a private school in South Bend before retiring from teaching in order to have more time to write. Her work has been published in several journals, including Cumberland Poetry Review, Cedar Rock, Laurel Review, South Dakota Review, New York Quarterly and Shenandoah. Her work recently placed third in the Robert Penn Warren Poetry Competition.

Florida author ponders spirituality

Florida author Sucarha has recently published "Fibers in the Web" (Whispering Wind Publishing Inc., $14.95), a new look at a more simple facet of spirituality.

These ponderings touch on the living of life, its agonies and ecstasies, and serve as food for thought, imploring no rigid list of 'shoulds' and 'should nots' for attaining enlightenment. A beautiful book filled with gorgeous pictures, poetry, stories, and spirituality for the real world. Sucarha's thoughts express respect for all life and the home we all share.

Raven' author holds signing

Carrie Hunt, author of the recently published "Raven and the Little Buddha" (Writers Showcase Press, $12.95), will be reading and signing her book at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Wild Iris Books, 802 W. University Ave. In the book, murder and a mysteriously entwined past are revealed when a young woman hires a local private eye to investigate the history of a Buddha sculpture.

Hunt has been a resident of Gainesville since 1970. "Raven and the Little Buddha" is her first novel.

Authors on Sundays

Barbara Purdy will be autographing her new book "West of the Papal Line" (Infinity, $19.95) from 2-3:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at Goerings Book Store, 3433 W. University Ave.

"West of the Papal Line" is the story of the Spanish destruction of France's colonizing efforts in Florida. In the book, Purdy, professor emerita in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Florida and curator everita of the Florida Museum of Natural History, examines the events leading up to the slaughter of the Huguenot settlers by Pedor MenÚndez in 1565.

Purdy, who is a well-known archeologist, has written numerous books on Florida Indians.

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