Literary events for Oct. 21, 2012

Published: Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 4:39 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. Friday, 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.


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. today, 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 ( or 371-3846 ( 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. today 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. Monday, 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.

"Written Inspiration: A Children's Book-Signing Event": The Harn Museum of Art hosts event showcasing more than 20 Florida authors and illustrators, includes book readings, hands-on activities, booths, meet the authors, 1-5 p.m. Nov. 4, Harn Museum of Art, Hull Road. For children 5 to 13. Organized through the Harn Museum of Art Store and sponsored by Wild Onion Press of Gainesville and Friesens Printing. Free and open to the public. (392-9826 or


Feminist Book Club: Meets 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,

Writer's Alliance of Gainesville: Anyone interested in the written word is welcome; see 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 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 for contest information. Deadline: Nov. 29.

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