Award-winning author will speak at writers meeting

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

Patricia Charpentier is the author of “Eating an Elephant: Write Your Life One Bite at a Time.” Charpentier serves as artist in residence at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Orlando.

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Published: Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 4:48 p.m.

Award-winning author Patricia Charpentier is the guest speaker at the Writers Alliance of Gainesville meeting, 2:30 p.m. today, 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.


The VIVA Florida Author Series is one of the state's programs and events highlighting 500 years of Florida history.

Juan Ponce de León: 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 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, 401 E. University Ave.

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


“As Flies to Whatless Boys”: Author Robert Antoni discusses his new novel, “As Flies to Whatless Boys,” a historical novel about a British incursion into the island of Trinidad in 1845, which is based loosely on Antoni's family history, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11, Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Ave. Presented by the University of Florida.


“Coco, The Homeless Labradoodle”: Irvine author Carol Ray Skipper has written a 90-page chapter book for elementary students about a child and her nana visiting an animal shelter and the discovery of a big, sad brown dog who only has two days to live.

Coco, whose story is based on true events, needs love. The book is dedicated to the millions of animals in shelters and to the many people who help the animals. It is a family story and encourages people to help the homeless animals.

Available as paperback at ($7.99) or ebook ($2.99) and by request at

Skipper, originally from North Carolina, is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and the Writer's Alliance of Gainesville. She has published poetry in a regional magazine and in the Writer's Alliance international anthology, Bacopa Literary Review.

“Testaments of the Soul”: Lasheka Lee of Lacrosse has recently published “Testaments of the Soul,” a book of poems that looks at life from different points of view.

The e-book is available at or in hard copy at Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million.

“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, and 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.


The Book Rack Book Club: Meets 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,

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 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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