Join holiday book and toy drive

Also, a listing of area literary events and activities

Published: Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, November 15, 2013 at 7:18 p.m.

Gainesville Books-A-Million stores are partnering with the Children’s Home Society of Mid-Florida to donate books and toys through Dec. 21 for disadvantaged children in the Mid-Florida region that includes Alachua County.

Books-A-Million customers can purchase books and toys at either location, 2601 NW 13th St. or 6111 W. Newberry Road. All gift items and books will be collected and distributed by the Children’s Home Society at the end of the drive.


■ “The Murder of JFK, 50 Years On”: A lecture comparing the autopsies of John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy and the revelations of Paul K. O’Connor, JFK autopsy technician, 1 p.m. today and Friday, Headquarters Library, Meeting Room B, 401 E. University Ave. Presented by Dr. William H. Warrick III and based on an article published by Dr. Thomas Noguchi, Robert F.Kennedy autopsy physician.


■ “Cousin Raymond”: Alachua author Gene Cowell has released “Cousin Raymond,” a crime thriller set in New York’s Greenwich Village and Florida’s Big Bend Wilderness.

Cowell’s fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories and other literary publications and has contributed articles to magazines including Islands and Diversion.

“Cousin Raymond” is available on ($9.77 paperback, $3.99 Kindle edition).

■ “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 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” can be ordered through Cinderic Documentaries at


■ Talking Service: A reading and discussion program for veterans, their family and friends meets 7-8:30 p.m. the third Monday of the month, Beltram

Peace Center, 1236 NW 18th Ave. (376-0044 or

■ The Book Rack Book Club: Meets 3 p.m. the first Thursday of every month. 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. Newberry Branch Library, 110 S. Seaboard Drive, Newberry. Open to the public. (472-1135)

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