Literary events in Gainesville area
Published: Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, October 12, 2012 at 7:55 p.m.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1": With an introduction by Steve Noll, UF senior lecturer of history, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 26, Communicore Building, Room C1-4. Co-sponsored by the Smathers Libraries' PR&M Committee.
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2": With an introduction by Konstantinos Kapparis, UF associate professor of classics, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 30, Communicore Building, Room C1-7.
"Hemingway's Havana, Reflections on an Era": Artist Raul Villarreal, co-author of "Hemingway's Cuban Son," discusses Ernest Hemingway's life in Cuba and Hemingway's friendship with his family, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, book signing at 6:30 p.m., Fine Arts Hall, Santa Fe College, 3000 NW 83rd St. Free and open to the public.
Remapping Death and Survival — A Talk by Atina Grossman: Atina Grossman, professor of history at Cooper Union University in New York, discusses her recent book, "Jews, Germans, and Allies: Close Encounters in Occupied Germany, 1945-1949," 7 p.m. Thursday, Thomas Center Spanish Court, 302 NE Sixth Ave. The work follows the trail of Grossman's family and other German Jews as they fled the Nazis into Russia and the Near East, regrouping in displaced persons camps in Germany after the war. Free. Sponsored by the University of Florida Center for European Studies, UF Center for Jewish Studies and the city of Gainesville.
Lecture and Book Signing: Joanne Caras, author of "Holocaust Survivor Cookbook," a collection of stories of Jewish survival and 250 recipes from around the world, discusses how her cookbooks are helping feed the poor in Israel, 6 p.m. Oct. 21, The Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center, 716 N. Main St. Tickets: $10 per person, $180 sponsor (includes a signed cookbook). A sampling of cookbook dessert recipes served. Books available for sale. Proceeds benefit the Jewish Council of North Central Florida and Lubavitch-Chabad Jewish Student and Community Center. Call 336-5877 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 371-3846 (email@example.com) for more information.
The Graphic Novel: Tom Hart, the founder and executive editor of Gainesville's Sequential Artists Workshop, is guest speaker, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Millhopper Library, 3145 NW 43rd St. Hart, creator of the Hutch Owen series of graphic novels and books, has been a core instructor at New York City's School of Visual Arts for 10 years teaching cartooning and "sequential art." The "Collected Hutch Owen" was nominated for best graphic novel of 2000, and Hart was an early recipient of a Xeric Grant for self-publishing cartoonists.
October Dante: Mary Watt reads and signs her recently published novel, "The Winds of Avignon," a work of historical fiction about Petrarca and Cola di Rienzo set in Rome and Avignon in the 14th century, 7 p.m. Oct. 22, The Village Tower Club, 2625 NW 77th Blvd. Watt is associate professor of Italian at the University of Florida and chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Refreshments served. RSVP: 378-3939
Gallery Talk: Stephanie A. Smith will discuss and sign "Warpaint" (Thames River Press), the first novel of her trilogy about three American women painters at a crucial juncture, 3 p.m. Oct. 28, Harn Museum of Art, Hull Road. The reading is followed by curator-led tours of art by women currently on view at the Harn. Smith is the author of "Household Words" (2006), "Conceived By Liberty" (1995), "Other Nature" (1995) "Snow-Eyes" and "The-Boy-Who-Was-Thrown-Away" (1985/87). She teaches English at the University of Florida.
Feminist Book Club: Meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month, 6 p.m. for food and drinks at Cafe Colette, Wild Iris Books, 802 W. University Ave. Free and open to the public. (375-7477)
Gainesville Poets & Writers: Meets 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Books-A-Million, 2601 NW 13th St.
Hawthorne Reading Circle: Group meets 11 a.m. the first and third Mondays, Hawthorne Branch Library, 6640 SE 221st St., Hawthorne.
Mystery Reading Group: Bring any mysteries you have, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, High Springs Branch Library, 135 NW First Ave., High Springs. (454-2515)
Weekly Poetry Jam: Gainesville's longest-running open poetry reading, 9 p.m. Thursdays, Civic Media Center, 433 S. Main St. (373-0010, CivicMediaCenter.org)
Writer's Alliance of Gainesville: Anyone interested in the written word is welcome; see www.WritersAlliance.org for exact dates, Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43rd St. Free.
Essay, Poetry, Art Contests: Fall 2012 entries for Creative Communication contests are being accepted.
Essay contest (grades 3-6, 7-9, and 10-12), write 250 words or less on any nonfiction topic. Deadline: Thursday.
Poetry contest (grades K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12), submit one original poem in English, 21 lines or less. Deadline: Dec. 6.
Enter online at www.poeticpower.com or mail entry to: Poetry Contest or Essay Contest, 159 N. Main, Smithfield, Utah 84335. Include the author's name, address, city, state and zip, current grade, school name, school address and teacher's name. Selected entries will be published in an anthology.
Art contest for students in grades K-12. Go to www.celebratingart.com for contest information. Deadline: Nov. 29.
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