Celebrating 75th anniversary of ‘The Yearling’
Also, a listing of author's events, book releases and literary meetings
Published: Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 5:51 p.m.
A free outdoor screening of the Florida movie classic “The Yearling” kicks off a yearlong observance of the 75th anniversary of the publication of the novel that won author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings the Pulitzer Prize in 1939.
The film, which will be shown at 7:30 p.m. April 7 behind the Matheson Museum, is part of “The Year of The Yearling: Celebrating a Literary Classic” and includes an exhibit of memorabilia and photographs of Rawlings, who lived in nearby Cross Creek.
The exhibit will run 7-7:30 p.m., prior to the showing of the film at the Matheson Museum, and features mounted wildlife and photographs of the young boy, Jody Baxter, his pet deer, Flag, and the menacing bear, Old Slewfoot.
On April 12, Flo Turcotte, Anne Pierce and Betty Jean Steinshouer — the latter portraying Rawlings in her own words — present “The Yearling: The Author Creating the Book” at 7 p.m. at the Matheson Museum.
Other events planned for “The Year of The Yearling” include a 5K Yearling Run and Scamper Nov. 16 at M.K. Rawlings Elementary School and a daylong symposium at the University of Florida on Feb. 7, 2014, called “The World of The Yearling: Florida in the 1870s.” Cracker Cuisine, scheduled for March 22, 2014, will explore frontier Florida cooking at the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park. Future public events exploring children’s literature, gardening, pets and Florida history related to Rawlings and her world of rural Florida will be held throughout the year.
The yearlong series of events are sponsored by the Matheson Museum, the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Society, the Friends of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Farm, the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park in Cross Creek, the George A. Smathers Libraries at University of Florida and VisitGainesville.
The Matheson Museum is located at 513 E. University Ave. in downtown Gainesville. For more information, visit www.floridastateparks.org/marjoriekinnanrawlings/events.cfm.
Book reading: Jim Chapin, editor of “Elotchaway, or How It Will Be,” will read from the series of short stories at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Broken Shelves in the Sun Center.
The subject matter varies, but the stories are all set in specific locations in Gainesville and Alachua County, including Bo Diddley Plaza and Boulware Springs.
The book’s title comes from one of the oldest names for the Alachua area, but the setting is in a not-too-distant future-time. The reading is followed by a discussion led by Chapin and other writers on the place of literature in today’s public square.
“Jane’s Stories”: 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,” at 2 p.m. April 14 at 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.” 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 Twitter #janesstories.
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.
“The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope”: Rhonda Riley’s debut novel mixes literary fiction with elements of fantasy and magic to create a powerful otherworldly love story that reveals the exhilarating, terrifying mystery inherent in all relationships.
During World War II, with all of her male relatives at war or working at the cotton mill in her rural North Carolina town, teenager Evelyn Roe is sent to manage her family’s farm alone. While tending her land in the midst of a heavy rain, Evelyn rescues what she believes to be a badly burned soldier, all but buried in the heavy red clay soil.
As the stranger recovers at an alarmingly fast rate, it quickly becomes clear that he is not a man and, perhaps, not even one of us. With equal speed, Evelyn and this being, who becomes known as Addie and then Adam, fall deeply in love.
“The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope” (Ecco Trade Paperback Original, $15.99) goes on sale April 23.
Riley, who lives in Gainesville, is a graduate of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Florida. This is her first novel.
“Florida’s Haunted Hospitality”: Daytona Beach artist and writer Michelle Davidson has investigated the paranormal since 2007 and has recently published “Florida’s Haunted Hospitality” (Schiffer Publishing, $16.99), a guide to 18 of the state’s most haunted inns and locations. The guide includes information on inns, local haunts and ghost tours in Florida.
Davidson works in St. Augustine, said to be the country’s most haunted and historic town, where she displays her art, writes and uses her psychic intuition to shed light on the afterlife.
“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.
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.