BOOK MARKS

Area venues host Jane’s Stories authors


Published: Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 22, 2013 at 6:39 p.m.

Gainesville author Sandra Gail Lambert is joined by three other Florida authors for a reading from the fourth Jane’s Stories anthology by women writers, “Jane’s Stories IV: Bridges and Borders,” 2 p.m. April 14, Volta Coffee, Tea and Chocolate, 48 SW Second St.

The four are among the 31 authors chosen for the anthology, which includes poetry, fiction and nonfiction about conflicts, dilemmas, harrowing adventures and other problems, and how they were resolved — or not.

Lambert will read from her story, “The Chassahowitzka,” for the event. Her work has appeared in The North American Review, The Alaska Quarterly Review and Arts & Letters. She received a Yaddo Fellowship and blogs regularly about her writing life at www.sandragaillambert.com.

Also reading are Tallahassee author Pat Spears, whose fiction has appeared in The North American Review and other journals; Katherine Riegel, a University of South Florida professor whose poetry book, “What the Mouth Was Made For,” is just out from Future Cycle Press; and Leny Kaltenekker, a retired nurse who writes in both English and Dutch.

The reading will be moderated by Tricia Booker, a self-styled writer-fighter mother who writes about adoption, kickboxing and other aspects of her life at the popular blog www.mylefthook.com. Booker will share some of her nonfiction work.

Beginning April 1, interviews with the authors can be found on Jane Book Chats at http://tinyurl.com/c7o8zbo. Details about the reading and authors can be found on the website at www.janesstories.org or at the Twitter hashtag @janeestories. Volta Coffee’s website is www.voltacoffee.com.

Jane’s Stories Press Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that brings readers’ attention to emerging and established writers, focusing on women under 25, over 50 and women of color.

MORE AUTHOR EVENTS

Book-signing fundraiser: Nikolas Wong, a University of Florida student and author of “The Coffee House,” will sell and sign his book, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, UF Reitz Union Colonnade. Proceeds from donations support the American Cancer Society. The event includes live music featuring the band Revision and photography by Project-Legacy Photography.

Shell Elementary School Presents: One book, One School, One Community: Parents, family and community members are encouraged to purchase the novel “Jason and Elihu” by local author Shelley Frasier Mickle, and read along with Shell Elementary School students as part of the book study, One Book, One School, One Community.

The book features art by renowned painter Tom Sadler and photographer Richard Sexton. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Florida’s foster care system. The book study starts April 10.

RECENT RELEASES

“If a Frog Had Wings”: In his new book, The Villages author Paul D. Jackson Jr. reflects on how his life experiences from childhood to adulthood prepared him for the fight of his life when he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in July 2008. Readers share in the humor, heartbreak and steadfast stubbornness in Jackson’s love of life that have helped him overcome great adversity. Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, barnesandnoble.com and amazon.com.

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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