Summer events at library in full swing

Also, literary news about author appearances, new book releases and meetings

Graphic novel artist Andre Frattino will talk about why our culture is so fascinated with supernatural beings on Thursday at Alachua County Library Headquarters. Frattino is the author of “The Reaper of St. George Street” and “Lost Souls of Savannah.”

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Published: Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 14, 2013 at 6:31 p.m.

The Alachua County Library District is offering a variety of summer programs for all ages. For a calendar of events as well as more information and updates, visit or contact Nickie Kortus at 334-3909 or

■ Teen Battle of the Books meeting: The Millhopper Branch Battle of the Books team is looking for participants; teens are invited to join all summer to prepare for the final battle in August, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Mondays through Aug. 12, Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43rd St. Free. (334-1272)

■ I Love Vampires and Zombies: What Makes the Paranormal So Hot?: Andre Frattino, graphic novel artist and paranormal expert, will discuss the reasons why our culture is so fascinated with supernatural beings, 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Alachua County Library Headquarters, 401 E. University Ave. Free. (334-3941)


The Viva Florida Author Series is just one of the many programs and events highlighting 500 years of Florida history.

■ Mary Anna Evans: Award-winning writer Mary Anna Evans discusses her Faye Longchamp series, which includes “Artifacts” (2003), “Relics” (2005), “Effigies” (2006), “Findings” (2008), “Floodgates” (2009), “Strangers” (2010) and “Plunder” (2012).

This mystery series featuring Florida history, archaeology and intrigue continues with Evans' newest release, “Rituals,” (2013).

Meet Evans in person at one of these events: 10 a.m. June 22, Millhopper Branch Library; 1 p.m. June 22, High Springs Branch Library; 5:30 p.m. June 26, Newberry Branch Library with Tempting Reads Book Club; 7 p.m. June 26, Archer Branch Library.

Florida's Modern History, Environmental Politics & Megatrends: Historians Dr. David Colburn, author of “Florida Megatrends: Critical Issues in Florida,” and Dr. Steven Noll, author of “Ditch of Dreams: the Cross Florida Barge Canal and the Struggle for Florida's Future,” will discuss Florida's modern history including the state's fragile eco-system, environmental concerns, demographics, race, politics, megatrends and Florida's future, 2 p.m. Aug. 3, Tower Road Branch Library.

■ NASA Expert Peter Chitko: The History of Space: Zoom to the moon, Mars, the stars and beyond with NASA expert Peter Chitko, 3 p.m. Aug. 7, Headquarters Library in Gainesville, and 6 p.m. Aug. 7, Newberry Branch Library.

Discover Florida's rich history of space travel. Learn about the Mars rovers, the International Space Station, Curiosity and more. Hear about the latest launches from Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral.

■ Juan Ponce de León: Dr. William Marquardt speaks on Ponce de León's 1513 and 1521 contacts with the Calusa Indians of Southwest Florida, the only documented contact that describes interactions with Native Floridian Indian people, and Dr. James Cusick will talk about his latest volume on the voyages of Juan Ponce de León and P.K. Yonge Library's major new digital project, 2 p.m. Sept. 7, Headquarters Library.

Also, author Harvey E. Oyer III discusses his children's book, “The Last Calusa,” one in a series called The Adventures of Charlie Pierce.

Author events

■ The Elotchaway Project — Final Reading: Jim Chapin will read stories from “Elotchaway, or How It Will Be,” a fiction series based in Gainesville, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Headquarters Branch Library, meeting room A, 401 E. University Ave. Free.

Chapin is the editor of “Elotchaway,” a series of post-apocalyptic stories centered on Alachua County and distributed in local businesses.

The event marks the end of the series and the release of a one-volume collected version of the stories. Author Tom Sims will not be in attendance.

■ Angela Y. Hodge: Award-winning Florida author and motivational speaker Angela Y. Hodge will read from her poetry and sign her books at 2 p.m. June 22, Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Ave. She will have books available for purchase.

Hodge's first book of poetry released in November 2011, “Daybreak: Gaining Strength Through Our Pain,” is about her journey to inspiration. Her second book, “Daybreak: Rising Above It All With Praise,” was published last month.

Hodge is a Florida native and former Early Head Start teacher with 10 years of experience in teaching.


■ “Wanted”: From Shantina Wilson, author of the novel “Think Before You React,” comes an intricate, deeply layered story that explores the subtle interplays of desire and true love.

“Wanted: Never Mix Business With Pleasure” (Xlibris) is a tale of souls on an unrelenting journey to find love, happiness and, ultimately, themselves.

Wilson was born and raised in White Springs and lives in Lake City with her husband and two children. She is currently working on “A Dysfunctional Loving Family” and “The Switch.”


■ The Book Rack Book Club: Group meets at 3 p.m. the first Thursday of each month; members choose 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.

■ Tempting Reads Book Club: Group meets at 6 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month to discuss popular and recently published books. Newberry Branch Library, 110 S. Seaboard Drive, Newberry. Open to the public. (472-1135)

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