BOOKS

Richard Gartee discusses his latest book, ‘Lancelot’s Grail’

Also, a list of Gainesville-area literary activities and events


Published: Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 7:26 p.m.

Gainesville author Richard Gartee reads from his book, “Lancelot’s Grail,” and presents slides of historical ruins in Britain associated with King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, 2:30 p.m. today, Millhopper Library, 3145 NW 43rd St.

Gartee is a poet, novelist and the author of seven college textbooks. He has published three new collections of poetry this year, “Mountain Breathing,” “Watching Waves” and “Canyon Falls.”

“Lancelot’s Grail,” set after the fall of Camelot, is the Millhopper Library Book Club’s December selection.

MORE EVENTS

■ Holiday Book and Toy Drive: 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.

■ “Following Your Creative Heart in the New Year”: Melissa Lee, artist, author, chef, blogger, agent and now publisher, speaks at the Writers Alliance of Gainesville, 2:30 p.m. Jan. 12, Millhopper Public Library, 3145 NW 43rd St.

Lee, a resident of St. Simon’s Island, Ga., writes the popular blog, The Permanent Tourist, which she said is making money from paid advertising.

The meeting is free and open to anyone interested in the written word. For details, see www.thepermanenttourist.com of www.writersalliance.org.

■ “Making Realistic Goals for Your Writing and Sticking to Them”: Mary Ann de Stefano, editor, writing coach and owner of Mad about Words, speaks at the Writers Alliance of Gainesville, 2:30 p.m. Feb. 9, Millhopper Public Library, 3145 NW 43rd St.

De Stefano develops writing workshops and edits the Florida Writer’s Association magazine and newsletter. She has more than 11 years experience in publishing with Harcourt Brace/Academic Press and 20 years as an independent writing consultant.

WAG meetings are free and open to anyone interested in the written word. For details, see madaboutwords.com or www.writersalliance.org.

NEW RELEASES

■ “A Year in the Life of Dr. Fox”: Gainesville resident Frederick L. Malphurs has published his latest novel, “A Year in the Life of Dr. Fox” (Xlibris), the story of a highly regarded family in the Mexican city of Culiacan, whose daughter is kidnapped, tortured and murdered by criminal associates of the Pacific drug cartel. The book was recently chosen for a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award.

Malphurs, a University of Florida graduate, spent 37 years working for the Department of Veterans Affairs and is the former CEO of the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health Care System.

He has published “My Life in the VA: Lessons in Leadership” and the novels “Meanie Mouse Versus the Orlando Operators: The Adventure Begins,” “Mexia: A Novel,” “The Memoirs of J.C. Mulkey” and “Spies and Lies: The Paradox.” He has also published a play, “The Patio Club.”

■ “The Ghost”: The most recent novel by Navarre author, Mark Conte, was released recently as an ebook. “The Ghost” (Alpha Wolf Publishing), a mystery thriller about a serial killer in Northwest Florida, is based on a true story and is available on Amazon.com for $3.99. The print edition will be available Dec. 15.

Conte, who is a member of the Authors Guild and the Academy of American Poets, was director of the Florida State University Poet Series and was appointed Master Poet by the Florida Arts Council.

Conte has had fiction, poetry, articles and guest columns in 67 publications, including Yankee magazine, Crazy Horse, Southern Poetry Review, Potomac Review, Poetry International, Philadelphia Daily News and The New York Times.

Conte also has two books of poetry, “Walking on Water” (1986) and “The Judas Scroll” (2004), and has published three novels, “In the Arms of Strangers” (2003), “Five Days to Eternity” (2004), “Of Flesh and Stone” (2009) and a collection of stories, “Delilah and Other Stories” (2001).

■ “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 Amazon.com ($9.77 paperback, $3.99 Kindle edition).

■ “The Yardman”: Gainesville novelist Jim McMillen has released “The Yardman” (Telemachus Press Paperback, $14.99) about a man who lives in anonymity working as a yard-care man in a small West Texas town in 1938 until a woman is brutally slain.

The book is available at The Perfect Gift in Haile Plantation Village, or can be purchased in print or eBook from Amazon.

McMillen, a retired daily newspaper publisher, lives in Haile Plantation with his wife, Delorise.

MEETINGS

■ 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 smithdc2@bellsouth.net)

■ 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, 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. Newberry Branch Library, 110 S. Seaboard Drive, Newberry. Open to the public. (472-1135)

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