Author creates sassy Southern women
Also, here's a list of literary events and meetings, author appearances and recent releases
Published: Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 4:16 p.m.
New York Times bestselling author Mary Kay Andrews, the pen name for Kathy Hogan Trocheck, discusses the sassy, Southern women she creates in her novels and her latest beach read, “Save the Date,” 2 p.m. July 13, Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43rd St. Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
“Save the Date” (June 2014), set in Savannah, Georgia, is the story of Cara Kryzik, a florist shop owner, who is struggling financially until she lands the biggest wedding of her career. Cara faces a hectic Savannah society wedding season, a competitor bent on seeing her fail and a flight-risk bride — plus her own new love interest.
Andrews is the author of “Hissy Fit,” “Little Bitty Lies,” “Savannah Blues” and The New York Times bestselling “Ladies’ Night” and “Summer Rental.”
After publishing 10 mysteries under her real name, she decided to write a completely new kind of story under the pseudonym Mary Kay Andrews. She is a native of St. Petersburg, and earned a B.A. in journalism from the University of Georgia.
She started her career in Savannah, where she covered the real-life murder trials which were the basis of “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” She left journalism after 10 years as a reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She divides her time between Atlanta and her restored beach cottage on Tybee Island, Georgia.
MEET THE AUTHOR
■ 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, 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.
■ 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 graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and has a State of Florida Law Enforcement Certificate. 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.
■ 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 8½-by-11-inch hardcover or paperback are now available on Amazon.com 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 www.goodreads.com/giveaway.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org)
■ 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 or 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)