Gainesville-area literary events and activities for Jan. 20-26
Published: Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 18, 2013 at 5:12 p.m.
Brenda Jackson: The Alachua County Library District hosts “Opinionated Afternoon” with best-selling romance author Brenda Jackson, 3 p.m. Saturday, Headquarters Branch, 401 E. University Ave. Free.
The New York Times and USA Today best-selling romance author has written more than 90 novels and has 3 million books in print. This past year, she collaborated with her son’s production company, Five Alive Films, to turn one of her books, “Truly Everlasting,” into a feature film.
Jackson (brendajackson.net) was the first African-American author to have a book published under the Harlequin/Silhouette Desire line, and also the first African-American romance author to make USA Today’s Best Seller’s list and the New York Times Best Seller’s list for the series romance genre.
For more information, visit the Library District’s eBranch at www.aclib.us or contact Nickie Kortus at 334-3909, email@example.com.
“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. Tuesday, 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 www.onefortheroad-mather.com.
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 www.sandragaillambert.com.
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, 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.