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Author Sharon M. Draper discusses her writing Feb. 19


Published: Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 6:20 p.m.

Dr. Sharon M. Draper, professional educator and writer, discusses her life, inspirations and writing, 6 p.m. Feb. 19 at Alachua County Library Headquarters, 401 E. University Ave. Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Draper’s book, “Tears of a Tiger,” won several awards, including the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for outstanding new book, and ALA Best Book for Young Adults honor. The other books in the trilogy, “Forged by Fire” and “Darkness Before Dawn,” have also received numerous recognitions and awards. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

MORE AUTHOR EVENTS

Book Reading: Ted Geltner, the author of “Last King of the Sports Page: The Life and Career of Jim Murray,” reads and signs his book on Murray, the legendary Pulitzer Prize-winning sports columnist for The Los Angeles Times, 7 p.m. Feb. 25, Alachua County Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Ave. Free. His book will be available for sale at the event.

The biography, which takes readers through a history of 20th century sports journalism, is based on thousands of Murray’s articles, memos and other writings.

Geltner spent 17 years as a writer and editor at newspapers in California, Pennsylvania and Florida, including The Ocala Star Banner and The Gainesville Sun, and currently teaches journalism at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Ga.

Book Signing: Author Terence Pollard signs his book “Have You Been Broken Yet?” 5 p.m. Wednesday, The Library Partnership, 1130 NE 16th Ave.

Pollard, a Gainesville resident, draws from his life experiences to offer encouragement to people experiencing one or many of life’s challenges.

For more information, contact Traci Jones Nix at 888-361-9473 or traci@tatepublishing.com

“How I Wrote and Sold My Novel”: Local author Dot Hutchison discusses the process from first draft to signing a contract, 2:30 p.m. today, Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43rd St.

Hutchinson’s debut novel, “A Wounded Name,” written for young adults, will be available in bookstores this fall.

Book Signing: New York Times bestselling author Tim Dorsey signs his new Serge Storms adventure, “The Riptide Ultra-Glide” (William Morrow Hardcover, $25.99), at several Gainesville locations: 4 p.m. Feb. 28, Milhopper Library, 3145 NW 43rd St.; 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28, Headquarters Branch Library, 401 E. University Ave.; and 1:30 p.m. March 1, The Book Rack, 4936 NW 39th Ave.

MEETINGS

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)

Gainesville Poets & Writers: Meets 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Books-A-Million, 2601 NW 13th St.

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.

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