Marjorie Harris Carr’s environmental work discussed June 17

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

Published: Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 13, 2014 at 5:49 p.m.

Peggy Macdonald leads a discussion and signs her new book, “Marjorie Harris Carr: Defender of Florida’s Environment,” 6 p.m. Tuesday, 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.


■ “Why Didn’t My CPA Tell Me That?”: Elizabeth Davies and Pam Burns, co-authors of “Why Didn’t My CPA Tell Me That? Small Business Write Offs Conventional Tax Advisors Miss” (Certified Tax Coach, $19.95), discuss tax tips and sign their book, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Book Gallery West, 4121 NW 16th Blvd. Free.

The talk is geared to helping owners of small businesses get the maximum deductions on their taxes. Davies and Burns are certified public accountants and own ProActive Tax & Accounting in Jonesville.

■ Author visit: Iowa author Larry Baker discusses his most recent book, “The Education of Nancy Adams,” 3 p.m. June 22, Headquarters Library Meeting Room A, 401 E. University Ave. Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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,” the latter of which was adapted for a Hallmark TV movie in 2001. 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.

■ The Ins and Outs of Copyright Law: Attorneys Katharine F. Rowe and Carolyn Herman discuss the complexities of copyright law that writers face, 2:30 p.m. July 20, at at the Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43rd St. Free. Hosted by the Writers Alliance of Gainesville.

Rowe is a partner and section head of the Jacksonville office of Smith, Gambrell & Russell LLP’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, where she advises clients in intellectual property (copyright and trademark), software and Internet technology, marketing, publishing, visual arts and licensing issues. She is an adjunct art law professor at Florida Coastal School of Law and a member of the board of trustees of Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, a University of Florida research institute. Rowe is board-certified in intellectual property law in Florida.

Herman practices almost exclusively in the area of entertainment, intellectual property and small business law at the Jacksonville Beach law firm she established in 1993. Her clients include musicians, record labels, music publishers, filmmakers, actors, authors, illustrators and visual artists. She is a member of the Mayor’s Film Advisory Board in Jacksonville, pro bono counsel to the Jacksonville’s Beaches Hospitality Network and a pro bono mediator for the Fourth Circuit Small Claims Mediation Program.

■ Book signing: Gainesville author Daniel Blumberg signs his recently published science-fiction book, “Harmonizer” (Createspace, $16.79 paperback, or $3.99 e-book on Amazon), the first in a five-book series, 1-3 p.m. July 26, The Book Rack, 4936 NW 39th Ave., Suite A. The event is part of an alien costume contest with prizes for first and second place.

“Harmonizer” is 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 graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and has a State of Florida Law Enforcement Certificate. Blumberg 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.

■ 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, 2-3:30 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.


■ 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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