Jane Austen Society to host Regency dance performance
And more: a list of area literary events and activities, and book releases
Published: Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:21 p.m.
The Gainesville Chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America hosts a performance by the Gainesville English Country Dancers featuring English Regency dances, 2-4 p.m. March 2, Tower Road Branch Library, 3020 NW Tower Road.
These are the dances — or balls — seen in “Pride and Prejudice,” “Sense and Sensibility” and other Austen novels. If time allows, there will be a discussion on the role dancing played in Austen novels. A suggested study guide is Susannah Fullerton’s “A Dance with Jane Austen.”
Refreshments will be served. Bring your own teacup.
■ “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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.writersalliance.org for more information.
■ Poetry Month: Mary Bast, author of “Found Poetry: A Literary Rorschach” and Tad Karmazyn, author of “Between Tongues,” will share their writing experiences, 2:30 p.m. April 13, Millhopper Library, 1345 NW 43rd St. The free event is sponsored by the Writers Alliance of Gainesville.
Bast will share examples of how to find poetry in anything from a soup label to a political manifesto. Karmazyn will read short poems, sing poems/songs accompanied by his wife Anna, and will share his experience of translating poems from English into Polish.
Bast writes poetry, memoir and flash fiction, and she was one of 85 poets from seven countries to write a poem a day in 2013 from one of 85 Pulitzer Prize-winning works of fiction for Pulitzer Remix, a National Poetry Month initiative. Her poetry has been published in Bukowski on Wry, The Found Poetry Review, right hand pointing and Pea River Journal’s “Remaking Moby Dick.”
Karmazyn moved to the U.S. in 1982 from his native Poland, where he was recognized by the Ministry of Culture and Art for his work. His Polish-English book of poems, “Powroty/Returns,” was published by the Polish Agency Marpress in Gdansk in 2013.
■ “Nell’s Tavern”: Larry Brasington recently published “Nell’s Tavern,” a science-fiction novel about an alien invasion on a frontier planet. The novel is available on Amazon in trade paperback and Kindle formats.
This is Brasington’s second science-fiction novel. The first, “Alien Madness,” is an alternative history of World War II.
Brasington, a member of the Writer’s Alliance of Gainesville, also has published “Brandenburgers Invasion of Russia” and “Beyond the Wall,” a historical adventure set in 168 A.D. in Scotland. His other works include “Sum Yung Guy” and “The Case of the Missing Husband,” available on Kindle.
■ “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 Salon.com 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 email@example.com)
■ 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)