Learn to promote your book
Plus, more Gainesville-area literary events and activities
Published: Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 5:11 p.m.
Kathy Dobrony discusses what happens when your book is finally published, and what you can do to promote it, 2:30 p.m. today, Millhopper Library, 3145 NW 43rd St. Part of the Writer's Alliance of Gainesville Speaker Series.
Dobrony, a featured storyteller and presenter at On Top of the World in Ocala, will discuss how to prepare your promotional platform for success. She is in the final editing of “Under the Wings of a Good Luck Phoenix,” her first book, a memoir about her life in Saigon (1963-64) when she was 12.
"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. today at Volta Coffee, Tea and Chocolate, 48 SW Second St.
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.
“Open Mic Night”: The Alachua County Library District invites all aspiring poets, spoken-word artists and rappers to share their work and become inspired by the work of fellow artists, 6 p.m. today, Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Ave. Part of the library's programs designed to highlight poetry's vital place in American culture.
Rhonda Riley, author visit: Gainesville author Rhonda Riley discusses her debut novel, “The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope,” 3 p.m. April 27, Barnes & Noble, 3910 SW Archer Road.
“The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope” (Ecco, $15.99), which goes on sale April 23, 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.
Riley is a graduate of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Florida. She lives in Gainesville.
Jane Austen Society of North America: Presentation by Susan Jones and Kathleen Anderson, authors of “Jane Austen's Guide to Thrift: An Independent Woman's Advice on Living Within One's Means,” 2 p.m. April 27, Tower Road Library, 3020 SW 75th St.
Maggie Anton, author visit: Maggie Anton, bestselling author and leading voice in contemporary Jewish women's fiction, will introduce readers to her newest book trilogy, “Rav Hisda's Daughter,” selected by Library Journal as one of 2012's best historical novels, 7 p.m. May 8, Congregation B'nai Israel, 3830 NW 16th Blvd. Free.
Anton is the winner of the 2012 National Jewish Book Award. “Rav Hisda's Daughter” (Plume Publishing, $16) shows how modern women still face some of the same challenges to reconcile religious traditions and faith with their desire for independence and love. A Sisterhood of Congregation B'nai Israel event.
“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.