Art Adkins writes leadership guidebook

A calendar of Gainesville-area literary events and activities

Published: Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, December 28, 2012 at 2:42 p.m.

New release: Author Art Adkins announces the release of his new leadership guidebook, “Leadership Basics,” which addresses the seven deadly sins — pride, envy, wrath, sloth, greed, gluttony and lust — by using the seven heavenly virtues — humility, kindness, patience, diligence, charity, temperance and chastity. The book offers advice on what a leader should look like and the simple steps to get there. Available at bookstores and at, or by visiting or

Adkins, a 33-year veteran of law enforcement and a lieutenant with the Gainesville Police Department, is a national speaker and consultant on law enforcement concepts, an instructor for the Florida Attorney General’s Office for CPTED and a motivational and leadership speaker through his company, Conceptual Strategies.


Book Signing: Shelby Beckett, a veteran spiritual investigator and channeler, signs her debut paranormal novel, “Between,” on life between this world and the next, noon-2 p.m. Jan. 19, Book Gallery West, 4121 NW 16th Blvd. To read an excerpt, visit

“One for the Road”: David Mather discusses his book, a fictionalized account of a young Peace Corps volunteer living in Cufeo, Chile, and supervising a reforestation project to help save the community, 1:30 p.m. Jan. 22, meeting room A, Headquarters Branch Library, 401 University Ave.

Mather, who served in southern Chile with the Peace Corps from 1968 to 1970, has lived off-grid for more than 40 years. He and his wife divide their time between Lyme, N.H., and Florida’s Gulf Coast. Visit Mather’s website at

Writers Retreats: Sandra Gail Lambert, a fiction writer and memoirist, discusses writers retreats, how to apply, who gets in, what happens there and the effect they have on one’s writing life, 2:30 p.m. Jan. 27, Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43rd St.

Lambert’s work has appeared in The North American Review, Arts & Letters and The Alaska Quarterly Review, as well as in anthologies “Something to Declare” and “First Person Queer.” Visit her blog at


The Book Rack Book Club: Book club meets at 3 p.m. the first Thursday of each month; group collectively chooses each month’s read, The Book Rack, 4936 NW 39th Ave. (224-3945)

Feminist Book Club: Meets 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month, 6 p.m. for food and drinks at 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.

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