BOOK MARKS

Art Crummer will read from his latest book, ‘Wrestling God’


Published: Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 28, 2014 at 6:11 p.m.

Author reading and music: Author Art Crummer intersperses readings from his book “Wrestling God: The All True Misadventures of Small-Town Boy” with songs written by one of the book’s characters, 2:30 p.m. today, Tower Road Branch Library, 3020 SW 75th St. Free.

The book combines a 1950s Huck Finn with Holden Caulfield in a seemingly carefree hero, Paul, whose secret journal, reveals his struggles with truth, sin, lies, church teachings and the unsettling behavior of his preacher-father, whom Paul wishes dead — just days before it comes true.

Crummer is president of Writers Alliance of Gainesville. He has been published in the literary magazine Bacopa and was twice selected in the Hippodrome’s monologue competitions.

MEET THE AUTHOR

■ “The Art of Ansel Adams” and “Uelsmann Untitled: A Retrospective”: Photographer Jerry Uelsmann will speak about his friendship with Adams and how Adams expanded the public’s appreciation of photography and the art of darkroom printing, 2 p.m. today, Harn Museum of Art, 3259 Hull Road University of Florida campus.

The lecture connects with the current installation titled “Masterpiece Series: Ansel Adams,” which consists of three versions of Ansel Adams’ “Moonrise, Hernandez, NM” each printed in a different decade.

A book signing of Uelsmann’s new book “Uelsmann Untitled: A Retrospective” will follow the lecture with books available for purchase in the Harn Museum Store.

■ Book Signing: Nine-year-old author Audrey Allen signs her book, “Tessee and Amos Wonder: How Do Things Fall?” (Wild Onion Press, illustrated by Andre Frattino, $20), 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 5, Harn Museum of Art.

The picture book features wheelchair-bound Tessee, who saves her puppies when they are nearly stolen by hawks interested in a “puppy snack.” Without an understanding of gravity and how it works, the story might have ended much differently. The book, which is suitable for ages 8 and up, explains the complex physics of gravity.

The main character, Tessee, is based on the book’s author, Audrey Allen, who has used a wheelchair since age 2 to make up for the mobility compromised by spina bifida. Audrey’s indomitable spirit inhabits the fictional character Tessee as Tessee saves the day in this delightful picture book.

■ “Written Inspiration: A Children’s Book Signing Event”: Eleven Florida authors and illustrators discuss their most recent publications and the inspiration behind their creations, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 5, Harn Museum of Art, 3259 Hull Road, University of Florida campus.

Visiting authors include Mark Wayne Adams, Audrey Allen, Nikole Brooks Bethea, Carrie Clickard, Gigi Morales David, Ben J. Green, John Sullivan Hayes, Frances Keiser, Ann Lane, Vivian Owens and Jane Wood.

The event is part of Alachua County Library’s International Children’s Book Day Celebration and is open to elementary-aged children and their families and includes book readings, book signings and mingling with authors.

Proceeds from the book sale benefit the authors and Harn Museum programs and exhibitions. Admission to the museum is free. For more information, call 392-9826 or visit www.harn.ufl.edu.

WRITING EVENTS

■ Poetry Month: Mary Bast and Tad Karmazyn 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 in her presentation called “Found Poetry: A Literary Rorschach.”

Karmazyn will read short poems, sing poems/songs accompanied by his wife, Anna, and will share his experience translating poems from English into Polish in a presentation called “Between Tongues.”

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.

NEW RELEASES

■ “Buckingham County”: Patti Gallo, a former sheriff’s detective, has published a new mystery and detective novel, “Buckingham County” (Tate Publishing).

The book presents an interwoven story of seemingly separate events. Inside a holding cell at the U.S. Marshall’s Service, a homeless man awaits an appearance before a magistrate judge.

In Gainesville, a young attorney enters a federal courthouse expecting a routine appointment to represent an indigent man charged with bank robbery. In a small Florida Panhandle town, a beloved sheriff publicly protects the residents who have elected him into office and privately watches over a reclusive and mystical tribe of people.

The book is available at bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, barnesandnoble.com and amazon.com.

Gallo, a former sheriff’s detective, is an investigator for a large law firm in North Central Florida.

■ “The Pirate’s Secret Baby”: Award-winning Gainesville author Darlene Marshall has published her most recent book, “The Pirate’s Secret Baby” (Amber Quill Press). The book, available in print and ebook, including Amazon Kindle, is the follow-up novel to the 2013 Aspen Gold winner “Castaway Dreams” and is Marshall’s seventh historical romance.

■ “Attachment Parenting”: In her book, “Attachment Parenting: Advice, Tips and Solutions for Caring for Your Baby” (Ryland Peters and Small), Lacie Rader focuses on the how-to of attachment parenting and offers solutions that are gentle, natural and straightforward.

Rader, a teacher, reading specialist, and mother living in Gainesville, uses her own experience as the mother of a high-need, highly-sensitive child, to provide down-to-earth, engaging and accessible advice for other child-centered, attachment parents. She writes a blog (attachedtoparenting.com) and directs The Holding Hands Preschool in Athens, Ohio (opening in August 2014).

■ “Ronald Roundworm Is Incompoberate”: Gainesville author Rich Wheeler has published his first book, “Ronald Roundworm Is Incompoberate” (CreateSpace Independent Publishing). The story was inspired by Wheeler’s brother, Ron, who made up the word “incompoberte” in the 1960s and began using it around the house.

In the book, the main character, Ronald Roundworm, loves words; all types of words; words of all lengths, sounds, shapes and sizes. He is obsessed and can’t understand why everyone does not share his obsession. Ronald invents the word “incompoberate” (pronounced in-come-pob-er-et), and when it goes viral, the quest begins to discover who invented the word.

The book is geared to the young adult audience, but anyone with a love of words will enjoy it, according to Rich Wheeler. The book’s illustrations are the work of Wheeler’s father. The book is available online at createspace.com/4520280 or Amazon.com. For an autographed copy, contact Rich Wheeler at snudley0@hotmail.com.

■ “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.

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

MEETINGS

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

■ 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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