Satchel Raye of Satchel's Pizza shares how he finds time to write

Also, a listing of literary events, activities, meetings and releases

Published: Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 6, 2014 at 5:51 p.m.

Satchel Raye of Satchel's Pizza shares how he finds time to write, 2:30-4 p.m. today, Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43rd St. Free. Hosted by the Writers Alliance of Gainesville.

Raye journals, blogs, and has written 63 stories that he prints on the backs of his menus in addition to running his restaurant, supporting community activities, painting, working with stained glass and participating in family life.

Raye was born in Alachua General Hospital in 1968, attended art school in Atlanta and earned an associate of arts degree from the University of Florida. After working off and on for Leonardo's Pizza, he opened Satchel's Pizza in 2003.


◾ “Marjorie Harris Carr: Florida's Defender of the Environment”: Peggy Macdonald leads a discussion and signs her new book, “Marjorie Harris Carr: Defender of Florida's Environment,” 6 p.m. June 17, Matheson Museum, 513 E. University Ave.

Macdonald, an adjunct professor of history at Stetson University, will explore the lasting impact of Carr's efforts to conserve Florida's wildlife and wild places, including Paynes Prairie, Lake Alice, the Micanopy Historic District and the Ocklawaha River.

The evening concludes with a presentation by Matheson Museum founder, Mark Barrow, who will share historic postcards and take the audience

on a photographic tour of the Ocklawaha River. Free

◾ Book reading: Author Larry Baker will read from his novel, “The Education of Nancy Adams,” 3 p.m. June 22, Headquarters Library Meeting Room A, 401 E. University Ave.

The book tells the story of Nancy Adams, who returns to teach at the Florida high school from which she graduated 20 years earlier. Her new boss, a man she adored, was her teacher in 1976. She was 17 then. He was 27. He is married now; she is a childless widow. Her own education is about to begin again as she enters an adolescent world of hormones, rumors and teenage drama.

Baker is the author of “Love and Other Delusions,” “A Good Man,” “Athens/America” and “Flamingo Rising.” He did his undergraduate work at the University of Oklahoma and has a doctorate in English from the University of Iowa. He currently lives in Iowa City, Iowa.

◾ Book signing: K.E. Mullins, author of “The Friends and Family Connection: Get Unplugged,” will sign her book, 2-4 p.m July 19, Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43rd St.

The book tells the story of a young woman's transition to the workforce after being in the military, who quickly finds out the civilian sector is full of complications and trials.

Mullins is retired from the Navy and works as a Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps instructor in Gainesville. She graduated from National University and the University of Central Florida. The Jacksonville native has enjoyed reading and writing since early childhood.

In addition to writing poetry, Mullins also has performed in spoken word venues, including Urban Grind in Atlanta and Busboys and Poets in Washington, D.C.

Her novel can be purchased online from Barnes & Noble, Amazon or Xlibris in paperback or e-book.

Author visit: Camille Minichino discusses what inspires her writing and takes questions from the audience during a Skype presentation of the author of the Periodic Table Mysteries series, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 9, Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Ave.

The event is part of the Alachua County Library District's Adult Summer Reading Program, “Literary Elements.”


◾ “Woodland Litter Critters ABC”: Gainesville authors Patience Mason and her husband, Robert, have published “Woodland Litter Critters ABC,” an illustrated ABC book for small children and their parents. Written by Patience Mason and illustrated by Robert Mason, the book uses unusual creatures to illustrate the alphabet.

Robert Mason, who designed the book, shot photos of the critters Patience Mason fashioned from acorns, leaves, twigs and thistles. The couple are University of Florida graduates.

The official release date for the book is July 1, but advance copies of the 8-by-11-inch hardcover or paperback are now available on or local book stores.

Soon to be released is an interactive book for the iPad and Mac. A book giveaway on Goodreads can be found at

Patience Mason is the author of “Recovering From The War” (Viking/Penguin, 1990, and Patience Press, 1998). Robert Mason wrote the national best-seller “Chickenhawk,” a memoir about his tour as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam.

◾ “Who Wants to Marry a Doctor?”: Gainesville resident Gayle Shlafer, writing under the name Abigail Sharpe, will release her second romance novel in the With This Ring series, “Who Wants to Marry a Doctor?” (Grand Central), July 1.

Shlafer's books are available for pre-orders at online booksellers and will be available on after July 1. Or go to, where Shlafer is hosting a giveaway for a copy of her latest book and her first release, “Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy?”

Shlafer, a University of Florida graduate, is a member of the Romance Writers of America and served as president of the First Coast Romance Writers chapter for two years.

◾ “Dreams of Perfection”: Gainesville resident and romance author Rebecca Heflin, the pen name for Dianne Farb, released her third novel, “Dreams of Perfection” (Soul Mate Publishing) recently.

The book will be available for purchase as an e-book on through the Kindle Direct Publishing Select program as a promotional offer before it is released through book retailers.

“Dreams of Perfection” is the first of three anticipated novels in Heflin's Dreams Come True series.

Farb is the author of two previous romance novels: “The Promise of Change” and “Rescuing Lacey.” She is currently writing the second book in the Dreams Come True series, “Ship of Dreams.”

“Harmonizer”: Gainesville author Daniel Blumberg has published his first book, “Harmonizer” (Createspace, $16.79 paperback, or $3.99 e-book on Amazon), the first in a five-book series.

◾ “Harmonizer” tells the story of Dan Corden, who, after an earthquake destroys his military school, discovers a beautiful extraterrestrial buried underneath the rubble with him. Aelita Godhes frees them, sparking a series of international incidents.

Blumberg is an avid fan of anime, fantasy and science fiction. He also enjoys reading scientific research. He lives with his wife in Gainesville, where he has gained the rank of master of knowledge in the Santa Fe College Society For NERDS and takes part in a weekly champions role-playing game.

Blumberg graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He also has a State of Florida Law Enforcement Certificate.

◾ “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, and

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

◾ “Doc Frog's Physical Training Manual, Navy SEAL Fitness for Kids”: David B. Rutherford, a former Navy SEAL medic, has published “Doc Frog's Physical Training Manual, Navy SEAL Fitness for Kids” (Kindle, iTunes, $11.99 online, $19.95 paperback) a physical training manual introducing young people to the world of physical fitness.

The book outlines a simple, yet sensible, training regime and offers information about embracing ones fears, building comprehensive self-confidence and living the team life.

The illustrations by Brian Kalt, a local artist, depict the super hero, Doc Frog, in various exercise techniques.

For more information, visit


◾ 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

◾ 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,

◾ 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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