Terri Depue signs debut novel, ‘Blooms,’ Aug. 2
Also, a listing of area literary events and activities, as well as new releases
Published: Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, July 25, 2014 at 3:16 p.m.
Gainesville author Terri Depue introduces and signs her first novel, “Blooms” (Tate Publishing, $12.99), 1-3 p.m. Aug. 2, Book Gallery West, 4121 NW 16th Blvd.
“Blooms,” the first of a series, is the story of Annie Reed, who leaves behind her life in Seattle to move to a rural town in Virginia — a place with many childhood memories.
Depue is a technical consultant and can often be found at Haile Village Bistro working on her next novel.
MEET THE AUTHOR
■ 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.
■ “The Age of Cain”: Frederick J. Long’s latest book takes on the question of what happened to the Bible character Cain after he killed his brother Abel.
“The Age of Cain” (Amazon.com, $2.99) is a work of historical fiction that follows the life of Cain and the family and legacy he creates. Drawing from Biblical, gnostic and historical resources, the Gainesville author gives the reader an unflinching look into an antediluvian world that is at once beautiful and brutal.
“The Age of Cain” takes on the world of giants and archangels, and attempts to answer the question of who Cain married.
Long is the author of “Tall Tales in Short Order” (www.authorhouse.com); the apocalyptic, post-industrial Web comic www.freeops36.com and the comic’s tie-in book “Conscript Corps.”
■ “Snap Decision”: New York Times bestselling author Nathan Whitaker has experienced football life from both on and off the field. Now Whitaker, who has co-authored books with NFL greats Tony Dungy, James Brown and Tim Tebow on their real-life stories, tells the story of an eighth-grader with a talent for football in “Snap Decision” (Zonderkidz, $15.99), the first in his new Game Face fiction series for kids.
“In Snap Decision,” Chase Clark gets the opportunity to play on the high school varsity football team with his best friend, Tripp. But when a hard hit leaves Tripp with a concussion, Chase is the only one who knows what really happened. And telling could have serious consequences, including suspension from the team. Trying to do what he thinks is right turns out very wrong.
Whitaker gives young readers the important example of being both a good friend and a good teammate, even when faced with difficult situations and hard consequences. The book is targeted to middle-schoolers and takes place in North Central Florida.
Whitaker grew up in Gainesville, attending Eastside in the first IB class, and played football for Steve Spurrier at Duke University.
He practiced law in North Carolina, clerked for a U.S. district judge, worked in ministry and was a member of the Player Personnel Departments of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He also holds post-graduate degrees from Harvard Law School and the University of Florida. For more information, visit www.nathanwhitaker.com
■ “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 Amazon.com 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.”
■ “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 and 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 teamfroglogic.com.
■ 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 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.
■ 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)
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