Teen anti-bullying advocate, author to speak March 3

Published: Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 5:34 p.m.

Isabelle “Izzy” Hadala, the teen author of “The First Day Speech” ($20, Wild Onion Press), will speak during the 8:15 a.m. and 9:40 a.m. worship services, and at a reception following at 10:45 a.m. today, Trinity United Methodist Church, 4000 NW 53rd Ave. Free.

Isabelle was born with Ectodermal Dysplasia, a condition that affects the development of teeth, fingers and toes. On her first day of first grade, she stood before her class to give them the opportunity to ask her questions about her condition, an experience she turned into a story, “The First Day Speech.”

Isabelle is an anti-bullying ambassador for Aeropostale, and shares her message about preventing bullying and creating empathy. Her book will be available for purchase.


Book Talk: Local author Sunnie Williams discusses her book, “Heaven Sent Me Kevin,” 6 p.m. Monday, Alachua County Library Headquarters, 401 E. University Ave. Free. (334-3939)

Book Signing: Hawthorne resident Art Adkins discusses and signs his book, “Leadership Basics,” noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Books-A-Million, 6111 Newberry Road. Atkins will offer specific examples and advice on what a leader looks like and the simple steps to get there.

“I Love A Happy Ending — The Allure of Publishing's Most Profitable Genre”: Award-winning author, Darlene Marshall, is the Writers Alliance of Gainesville's guest speaker, 2:30 p.m. March 10, Milhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43rd St. Free.

Marshall's historical romances have won the Beacon and EPIC awards, and placed in the Golden Quill and Lories competitions. Her sixth novel, “Castaway Dreams,” was named a Desert Island Keeper by All About Romance, and Favorite Romance Novel of 2012 by Penelope's Romance Reviews.

Marshall has worked as a broadcast and print journalist, news anchor, radio station owner and obituary writer. Her books are available in print and ebook editions and have been published in English, German and Estonian.

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Book Signing: Gainesville resident and award-winning author, Darlene Marshall, signs her latest historical romance, “Castaway Dreams,” 3-5 p.m. March 17, Book Gallery West, 4121 NW 16th Blvd. Free.


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,

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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