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Library event celebrates life and work of James Baldwin

... and a list of area literary events and activities


Published: Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 5:03 p.m.

THIS WEEK

An Afternoon of James Baldwin: Patricia Hilliard-Nunn of the University of Florida’s African-American Studies Department is among the speakers at a celebration of James Baldwin’s life and work, 1:30 p.m. Friday at Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Ave.

The event, in honor of Baldwin’s 89th birthday, includes readings from his works and discussion of the impact the author continues to have on today’s society, 25 years after his death.

Joy Castro: Florida author Joy Castro will sign her recent thriller, “Nearer Home,” 7 p.m. Friday, Books-A-Million, 6111 W. Newberry Road.

“Nearer Home” (St. Martin’s), a sequel to “Hell or High Water,” follows crime reporter Nola CÚspedes, who finds herself at the scene of a crime during her morning run. The victim: her former journalism professor. As Nola connects the death with a recent murder, she realizes she can become the next target.

Born in Miami, Castro is the author of “The Truth Book: A Memoir” (University of Nebraska), and the essay collection “Island of Bones” (University of Nebraska). She teaches creative writing, literature and Latino studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she also serves as the associate director of the Institute for Ethnic Studies.

BATTLE OF THE BOOKS

4th Annual Battle of the Books: The Alachua County Library District’s 4th Annual Battle of the Books competition is underway with teen teams preparing at these library branches: Alachua, Cone Park, Hawthorne, Headquarters, High Springs, Millhopper and Tower Road.

Teens read three selected books and then come up with detailed questions about events and characters to test their familiarity with the books. This year’s book selections are “Paper Towns” by John Green, “Code Named Verity” by Elizabeth Wein and “Ship Breaker” by Paolo Bacigalupi.

The final Battle of the Books competition with teams from participating library branches is at 1 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Ave. Refreshments provided by Willy’s Mexicana Grill. For more information, contact your local library or visit www.aclib.us/teens.

Patricia Charpentier: Award-winning author Patricia Charpentier is the guest speaker at the Writers Alliance of Gainesville meeting, 2:30 p.m. Aug. 11, Millhopper Branch Library, 1345 NW 43rd St.

Charpentier, author of “Eating an Elephant: Write Your Life One Bite at a Time,” has motivated and guided hundreds of people in leaving written legacies for their families.

Charpentier’s experience in memoir writing includes ghostwriting memoirs on behalf of others, co-authoring, editing, teaching and speaking.

Charpentier serves as artist in residence at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Orlando through a grant from Lance Armstrong’s

LiveSTRONG Foundation in cooperation with the United Arts Council of Central Florida.

NEW RELEASES

“The Letters, The Art of Life, Love, and Opera”: Gainesville resident Mary Ellen Cipolla Grasso shares the story of her life growing up in early 20th century Pittsburgh as a daughter of an Italian immigrant, her subsequent world travels and life lessons.

Cippolla Grasso’s book includes personal stories of raising a family, teaching in Florida, travels to Italy and her life with her husband, Orazio, a former and much-loved soccer coach in Plantation.

MEETINGS

The Book Rack Book Club: Group meets at 3 p.m. the first Thursday of every 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, 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.

Tempting Reads Book Club: Group meets at 6 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of every 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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