Author, poet and artist give talks at Headquarters Library
Also, here's a list of literary events and meetings, author appearances and recent releases
Published: Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, October 18, 2013 at 7:36 p.m.
Alachua County Library District presents a medley of author, poet and artist talks this month at the Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Ave. Free.
For more information, visit the Library District’s eBranch at www.aclib.us or contact Nickie Kortus at (352) 334-3909, firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ Antony Vitale: The author of “Stay Safe” discusses his book, 2 p.m. today.
“Stay Safe” covers a period when Vitale was in law enforcement and tells of what he encountered from day to day: death, shootings, stabbings, robberies and police corruption. The book describes the effects all of this had on the author’s personal and professional life.
The book includes graphic descriptions. The names have been changed to avoid identifying any persons living or deceased.
■ Maxine Bethea: Local author Maxine Bethea discusses her book, “The Blessings of a Single Parent,” 7 p.m. Tuesday.
After marrying and having four children, Bethea soon found herself thrown into the role of a single parent. Financial struggles, schooling options and work choices were just some of the challenges and opportunities that Maxine had to face. Her book shares how her faith in God helped her turn lemons into lemonade.
■ T. Edward Bak: Comics artist T. Edward Bak brings his “Island of Memory” book tour to Gainesville, 2 p.m. Saturday.
Bak will show his art and drawings from the book as well as answer questions about his graphic novel on the Russian exploration of the Northwest. For a sneak preview of his work visit www.antizerogravity.com/.
■ Teen Comics Class: Sally Cantirino and Anna Mack guide students through character designs, storytelling, dialogue and backgrounds in this 6-week course, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 16. For more information, visit bit.ly/16m6kbK.
Meet the author
■ “Lancelot’s Grail” Book Signing: Gainesville author Richard Gartee signs his debut novel, “Lancelot’s Grail” (Lake & Emerald), noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Book Gallery West, 4121 NW 16th Blvd.
The book tells the story of two Arthurian-era siblings and their journey to enlightmenent and self-awareness.
The author of several college textbooks and nine short volumes of poetry, Gartee researched English ruins associated with King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table in preparation for the novel, which is available at Book Gallery West and online on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. It also is available as an e-book and by special order at other book stores.
For more information, visit LancelotsGrail.com
■ Authors@UF: A Conversation with Lillian Guerra: The Smathers Libraries Campus Conversations hosts Lillian Guerra, an associate professor of Cuban and Caribbean History at the University of Florida, who discusses her most recent book, “Visions of Power in Cuba: Revolution, Resistance and Redemption, 1959-1971,” 3 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Latin American Collection Reference Room, fourth floor Smathers Library (East).
The book examines internal struggles among pro-revolutionary sectors and a centralizing Cuban state to define the practice and meaning of Communism in everyday culture and economic practice.
Her previous books are “Popular Expression and National Identity in Puerto Rico” and “The Myth of José Martí: Conflicting Nationalisms in Early Twentieth-Century Cuba.” Light refreshments provided.
■ “Florida Soup”: Favorite tales of family meals, a hard-work ethic, the importance of food and a waste-not-want-not mentality are featured in a new book called “Florida Soup: Putting History On the Table” ($19.95) by DeLand photographer and author, Eric Dusenbery.
Dusenbery spent more than three years traveling the back roads of Florida, from the state’s Panhandle to the Everglades, photographing and interviewing cattle ranchers (one of Florida’s oldest industries) and self-sustained farmers, among others.
Dusenbery was a commercial and editorial photographer for several years before forming Cinderic Documentaries Inc., a nonprofit organization.
The Foreword to “Florida Soup” was provided by Adam Putnam, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture, and the book project received partial underwriting support from The Florida Dairy Farmers.
“Florida Soup: Putting History On the Table” can be ordered through Cinderic Documentaries at www.cinderic.org
■ “Phantom Mesa”: Gainesville author Jim McMillen has released “Phantom Mesa” (Telemachus Press Paperback, $13.99) a suspense thriller.
McMillen, a retired daily newspaper publisher, is a native of Oklahoma who was raised in Texas. His 4l-year newspaper career began in Texas and took him to Indiana and Florida. He lives in Haile Plantation with his wife, Delorise.
“Phantom Mesa” is available at The Perfect Gift in Haile Plantation Village. It also can be purchased in print or eBook from Amazon or ordered through most book sellers.
■ My Grandma Lives in Florida”: Author Ed Shankman and illustrator Dave O’Neill pay tribute to the unique relationship between child and grandmother with this book for children ages 2-7.
The book uses Seussian rhymes and rhythms, affectionate humor and illustrations to present a child’s-eye view of the grandmother/grandson relationship.
Available online and in bookstores and gift shops across Florida, the 32-page book retails for $14.95.
■ 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, 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 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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