BOOKS

Yancey will sign latest book, '5th Wave,' on Thursday

Also, a listing of Gainesville-area literary events and activities


Published: Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 2:45 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 2:45 p.m.

“The 5th Wave,” the highly anticipated Young Adult book by Gainesville native, Rick Yancey, goes on sale Tuesday, and Yancey will sign his book at 7 p.m Thursday at Barnes & Noble, 3910 SW Archer Road.

The alien invasion novel tells the story of a girl, Cassie, who is running from beings that only look human. With her mother and father dead and her little brother captured, Cassie has only one hope for rescuing her brother — the beguiling and mysterious Evan Walker.

Yancey is the author of several adult novels and the memoir “Confessions of a Tax Collector.” His first young-adult novel, “The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp,” was a finalist for the Carnegie Medal.

In 2010, his novel “The Monstrumologist” received a Michael L. Printz honor, and the sequel, “The Curse of the Wendigo,” was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Film rights have been optioned by Tobey Maguire and Academy Award winning producer Graham King.

AT THE LIBRARY

The Alachua County Library District celebrates young people and the joy of reading during Children’s Book Week May 13-19. Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. This year official events are taking place in a record-breaking 50 cities from coast to coast. The Alachua County Library District hosts activities May 14.

Here’s the schedule:

Third Annual Kids Love Books: Booths with crafts, games, trivia, goodies, special treats and favorite children’s books, including “Pete the Cat” by Eric Litwin, “39 Clues” by various authors, “Goosebumps” by R. L. Stine and Superhero comic books by Marvel and D.C., 2 p.m. Millhopper Branch Library.

Third Annual Children’s Open Mic: Children can talk about books, give reviews of their favorite books via an open mic and then have a slice of cake, 3:30 p.m. Headquarters Library.

Kids Love Books: Celebrate Children’s Book Week and favorite book characters with crafts, games, prizes, food and fun! “Fancy Nancy” and comic book superheroes will be featured, plus pony and cart rides provided by Party Animals Pony Rides, 3:30 p.m. the High Springs Branch. Pony rides and food are funded by the High Springs Friends of the Library.

Pajama Party Storytime: Children can come in their PJs and with their favorite teddy to enjoy a bedtime story and to create their own books during this conveniently scheduled Storytime for working parents and caregivers, 6:30 p.m. Tower Road Branch Library.

AUTHOR EVENTS

Book Signing: Authors Rhonda Riley and Laura Lee Smith hold a joint book signing, 7 p.m. May 16 at Books-a-Million, 6111 Newberry Road.

Riley’s recently released debut novel, “The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope” (Ecco, $15.99), mixes literary fiction with elements of fantasy and magic to create a powerful otherworldly love story.

Riley is a graduate of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Florida. She lives in Gainesville.

“Heart of Palm” (Grove Press), Smith’s first novel, is set in Utina, a small, down-at-the-heels southern town once enlivened by the trade in Palm Sunday palms and moonshine. The book tells the story of the Bravo family, which was deserted by the patriarch years ago and whose members are held together in equal measure by love, unspoken blame, and tenuously brokered truces.

Smith’s short fiction was selected for inclusion in New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best, 2010. “Heart of Palm” has been selected by O the Oprah Magazine as “One of Ten Titles to Pick Up Now” and has been chosen as a summer 2013 “Okra Pick” by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance.

Smith lives in St. Augustine. She has taught creative writing at Flagler College and works as an advertising copywriter. (www.lauraleesmith.com)

Author visit: Tampa-based author Jeff Parker reads and signs his work, 2 p.m. May 19, Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Ave.

Parker is the author of the story collection “The Taste of Penny” and the novel “Ovenman,” which is set in Gainesville. His short fiction has appeared in American Short Fiction, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, n+1, Ploughshares and others. His nonfiction book “Igor in Crisis,” which is about fear and loathing on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, will be published in 2014.

Parker teaches at the University of Tampa and will join the faculty of the MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the fall.

Bacopa 2013 Literary Review: Local authors and editors read excerpts from prize-winning poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction published in the 2013 edition of the Bacopa Literary Review, 2:30 p.m. May 12, Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43rd St.

This year’s fourth edition of Bacopa, which is published by the Writers Alliance of Gainesville, received submissions from authors in 33 states, including Hawaii, and 12 countries. Copies of Bacopa 2013 are $10 for nonmembers and free to WAG members.

NEW RELEASES

Florida architecture: “Heart and Soul of Florida: Sacred Sites and Historic Architecture” (University Press of Florida by Elsbeth “Buff” Gordon looks at Florida’s rich architectural heritage and how it shapes and continues to impact the state’s culture.

Photographs, drawings and maps help tell the story of Florida’s human-made environment, including the Spanish mission chapels, frontier houses of worship, Gothic cathedrals, courthouses and post offices, among others.

Gordon is research associate at the Historic St. Augustine Research Institute and serves on the board of directors for the St. Augustine Archaeological Association. She is the author of “Florida’s Colonial Architectural Heritage.”

“The Long Journey Home: A Collection of Short Stories”: Author Lawrence Dorr, the nom de plume of Hungarian-born Janos Shoemyen, has published a collection of short stories, “The Long Journey Home: A Collection of Short Stories” (Hogalid Press, $14.95).

Shoemyen is a former Santa Fe College creative writing professor, who lived through World War II and the Soviet occupation of Hungary. His anthology, “A Slight Momentary Affliciton” (LSU Press, 1988), was nominated for the Pulitzer prize for fiction.

Shoemyen lives in Alachua with his family.

“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 and 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.

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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