Literacy-award nominations sought

Also, a list of literary events, author appearances and meetings

Published: Sunday, September 1, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, August 30, 2013 at 6:51 p.m.

Do you know someone who's been an advocate for adult literacy?

The Alachua County Literacy Network and the Alachua County Library District is seeking nominations of volunteers, professionals, businesses and organizations that have worked toward building a community of strong readers in our county in the past year.

Awards will be presented at the 25th Annual Family Literacy Festival Oct. 12 at the Library Headquarters and the Matheson Museum.

Nominate an individual, organization or business that has supported efforts to decrease Alachua County's population of adults who struggle with reading.

To make a nomination, contact Theresa Sterling, literacy coordinator, Alachua County Library District at by Sept. 13 with the following information (you may attach a Word document if more space is needed): nominee's name, address, phone number, email address and contribution(s). Also, include your name, phone number and email address.


■ Book Fair: Friends of Williston Public Library will hold a book fair, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Williston Public Library, 10 SE First St., Williston.

■ Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Diary of a Wimpy Kid Hard Luck Truck makes a stop to promote Wimpy Kid Book 8 (released Nov. 5), 3:30-6 p.m. Saturday, Book Gallery West, 4121 NW 16th Blvd. Free Wimpy Kid goodies and photos. (371-1234)

■ Jane Austen Society of North America: Group discusses the unique aspects of Jane Austen's most famous novel, “Pride and Prejudice,” 2-4 p.m. Sept. 8, Tower Road Branch Library, Conference Room, 3020 SW 75th St.

Members are asked to re-read the novel, as well as annotated copies of the novel, and secondary sources, commentaries, etc. The discussion is moderated by Dr. Muriel Kay Heimer, JASNA regional director, and is open to all. Bring your own teacup and finger food to share.


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. Saturday, 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.


■ Shelley Fraser Mickle: Author and NPR commentator discusses her new book on the Civil War, “The Occupation of Eliza Goode.” Potluck supper starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday followed by the program at 7:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall, Micanopy United Methodist Church, 201 NW Second Ave. (466-3366)

■ Mary Anna Evans: Local mystery writer discusses her upcoming book; potluck supper is 7 p.m. Thursday with program at 7:30, Fellowship Hall, Micanopy United Methodist Church, 201 NW Second Ave. (466-3366)

■ Reading and Conversation with Stephanie A. Smith: Author of the Warpaint trilogy (“Warpaint,” “Baby Rocket” and “Content Burns”) is the guest speaker, 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Library West Cafe Lounge, First Floor, University of Florida campus. Hosted by The George A. Smathers Libraries Authors@UF series.

Smith is the Waldo W. Neikirk Term Professor (2012-13), and associate chair and undergraduate coordinator for the English department. The three novels are intertwined by love and friendship, and deal with contemporary women who are struggling to balance art, love, illness and trauma.

For more information, contact Barbara Hood at 273-2505, or

■ “Writing the Trilogy ... and more”: Novelist, short-story writer and essayist Stephanie A. Smith signs her books and discusses her work, 2:30 p.m. Sept. 8, Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43rd St. Event is part of the Writers Alliance of Gainesville meeting.

Smith is finishing a new novel, “Strange Grace.” She has written two young adult fantasy novels, “Snow Eyes” and “The Boy Who Was Thrown Away,” and an adult science-fiction novel, “Other Nature.” She has won multiple fiction residencies at Martha's Vineyard Writer's Residency in the Noepe Center for the Arts, Hedgebrook, Norcroft, Provincetown and Dorland.

Her essays appear in such journals as differences, Criticism, Genders, American Literature and American Literary History. A 1998 Visiting NEH Scholar at UCLA, she is the author of “Conceived By Liberty: Maternal Figures and 19th Century American Literature” (Cornell, 1995).

Excerpts from Smith's “Household Words” (University of Minnesota, 2006) appeared in Body Politics and the Fictional Double and The Cambridge Companion to Women's Writing. Her essay “Genetics” appears in Glossalalia: An Alphabet of Critical Keywords (University of Edinburgh Press, 2003).

She is finishing a critical book about aesthetics and the publishing industry in the United States, titled “The Muse and The Marketplace,” a chapter of which, “Union Blues: Melville's Poetic In(ter)ventions,” will appear in the Duke University journal Genre in 2013.

■ Scott Marlowe: Marlowe, the author of “Cryptid Creatures of Florida,” signs his book noon-2 p.m. Sept. 14, Book Gallery West, 4121 NW 16th Blvd. The book explores the cryptid creatures in Florida and opens a new venue of eco-tourism for those seeking adventure in the outdoors. (371-1234)

■ Vicky Matthews: Matthews, the author of “The Goddess Letters,” signs her book, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Sept. 28, Book Gallery West, 4121 NW 16th Blvd. Two old college friends remain connected over the years despite one's stardom and the other's happy marriage to someone else. (371-1234)


■ 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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