Award-winning author Nikki Grimes at the library Feb. 19

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

Published: Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, February 14, 2014 at 6:06 p.m.

Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Nikki Grimes will read from her collection of 45 published books for children and adults, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Ave.

Grimes is the recipient of the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her distinguished works include American Library Association Notable Book (ALA), “What is Goodbye?”; Coretta Scott King Award-winner, “Bronx Masquerade”; Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book, “Jazmin’s Notebook”; novels “Dark Sons” and “The Road to Paris”; and the popular poetry collections “Danitra Brown, Class Clown,” “Danitra Brown Leaves Town” (HarperCollins) and “Meet Danitra Brown” (Lothrop), an ALA Notable Book and Coretta Scott King Honor Book.

Grimes’ book “Words with Wings” was recognized as a 2014 Coretta Scott King Honor Book recently.

In addition to her work for children, Grimes has written articles for such magazines as Essence, Today’s Christian Woman, Book Links and Image, Journal of Arts & Religion.

Grimes has conducted poetry readings and lectures at international schools in Russia, China, Sweden and Tanzania, while short-term mission projects have taken her to such trouble spots as Haiti.

Grimes was born and raised in New York City. She began composing verse at the age of six and has been writing ever since. She now lives in Corona, Calif.

The free event is presented by the Friends of the Library. For more information, visit the Library District’s eBranch at or call 334-3909.


■ “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. Bring a bag lunch, a notebook and pen or pencil (no laptops, please).

Tickets: $20 for the day. Registration is required as space is limited. Call Donna Forest at 373-5352 or email

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.

■ “How to Market Your Book”: Gainesville marketing consultant, David Greenberg, shares tips on how to market a book once it’s published, 2:30 p.m. March 9, Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43rd St. Free. The event is presented by the Writers Alliance of Gainesville.

Greenberg is the owner of David Greenberg Communications Inc., a full-service, marketing, public relations and advertising agency.

He worked as an editor at HOME Magazine and spent 13 years as a newspaper reporter and editor in Miami and Gainesville covering government, community, education, law enforcement, crime and business.

Visit for more information.


■ “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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