UF grad Norman Gilliland will sign his latest book

Also, here's a list of area literary meetings, activities and events

Norman Gilliland is the author of "Midnight Catch," a Depression-era story of rum-running, politics and murder in Florida's north country.

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Published: Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
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Author Norman Gilliland discusses and signs his latest book, “Midnight Catch,” 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Gainesville Woman's Club, 2809 W. University Ave., and 4-6 p.m. at the Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43rd St.

“Midnight Catch” (Arcadia Books, $21.95) is described as a Depression-era story of rum-running, politics and murder in Florida's north country.

Gilliland grew up in Gainesville, where he began his career in broadcasting and radio. He holds degrees in English and broadcasting from the University of Florida and attended graduate school at Duke University, where he developed an interest in broadcasting. He is host and producer of programs on Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Publc Television.

His historical novel, “Sand Mansions”, was named Best Adult Fiction by the Florida Publishers Association in 2006 and won first prize in the Florida Writer's Association's Royal Palm Literary Award.

Gilliland lives in Middleton, Wisc.


■ “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 Branch 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 or

■ “Writing Your Memoir”: Everyone has a story, and it is waiting to be told. The Rev. Judy Campbell, an ordained Unitarian Univeralist minister and noted national and international author of the Olympia Brown Mission Mysteries, will lead a writing workshop, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. March 8, United Church of Gainesville, 1624 NW Fifth Ave. Tickets: $20 for the day. Registration is required as space is limited. Call Donna Forest at 373-5352 or email Bring a bag lunch, a notebook and pen or pencil (no laptops, please).

In addition to the Olympia Brown Mysteries, Campbell has published children's stories and poetry, as well as essays on the arts and religion, and on spirituality and creativity.


■ “Highway Call”: Author Keith Hauser writes about his adventures hitchhiking and hopping freight trains around the U.S. and Canada in the 1970s in this self-published eBook, available on Amazon and coming soon to Kobo Books.

Hauser lived in Gainesville and attended the University of Florida. He now lives in Germany with his wife and children.

■ “Dear Oprah: How I Beat Cancer and Learned to Love Daytime TV”: Gainesville freelance writer and editor, Wendy Thornton, has published “Dear Oprah: How I Beat Cancer and Learned to Love Daytime TV” (Createspace), her personal story on surviving an unusual form of cancer.

Thornton's work has been published in several literary journals and books. Most recently, she won second prize in New York's Literal Latte essay contest, and her essay on the rock group Sister Hazel was published in New Plains Review: A Journal of Social Commentary.

She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has been an Editor's Pick on multiple times. She is a founding member and former president of the Writers Alliance of Gainesville.

The book, available in e-book or paperback, can be purchased at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other sites.


■ 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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