Books-A-Million will host book signing for Congressman Paul Ryan on Aug. 23

Also, a listing of area literary events, as well as new releases

Published: Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, August 15, 2014 at 7:11 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., will sign copies of his new book “The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea” (Twelve, $18.18 audible book), 1 p.m. Saturday, Books-A-Million, 6111 W. Newberry Road. Free.

Ryan offers an unvarnished look into the state of the conservative movement today and a clear plan for what needs to be done to save the American idea.


■ “A Dream Job, Talking with Writers”: Hank Conner, host and producer of the radio program “Conner Calling,” discusses his work, 2:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43rd St. Sponsored by the Writers Alliance of Gainesville, the event is free and open to the public.

“Conner Calling,” which airs 1-2 p.m. Fridays on WUFT-FM, is a radio talk show with literary guests. Conner taught courses in radio and journalism in UF’s College of Journalism and Communications until his retirement. Born and raised in Alabama, he graduated from Auburn University.

In addition to producing and hosting his radio program, Conner is active in the University of Florida Retired Faculty organization and is an avid photographer, staying busy creating images using Photoshop and other computer applications.


■ “Read Matthew to Live Your Life, Read John to Save Your Soul”: The title for Douglas Kindred’s first book came from advice his mother gave him when he was 17 years old.

Written in four chapters, Kindred’s 138-page book is organized by topics. In the first chapter, he talks about his own spiritual rise and fall. The second and third chapters focus on verses from the gospel of Matthew and the gospel of John, respectively.

In the fourth chapter, Kindred reveals how the advice of his mother, and the truths expressed in the two gospels, helped change his life.

A native of Illinois, Kindred moved to Ocala from Rochester, New York, where he maintains a business. While multiple agencies reach out to the poor, the imprisoned and the unemployed, Kindred decided to use his book to reach out to successful businessmen.

Kindred’s book is available through, and

■ “The Black Rose”: Gainesville author Sam Berretti recently released his second novel, “The Black Rose.”

The romance thriller, which is set in Gainesville, revolves around an assistant state attorney named Meredith O’Brien, who finds herself the target of street thugs as she uncovers the truth about a serial rapist and killer intent on taunting police and embroiling her in a web of deceit. After years of being alone, O’Brien finds herself being pursued by her ex-boyfriend detective and a mysterious Atlanta billionaire.

The book is the first in the O’Brien’s Law Series and is available in paperback ($13.07) and Kindle format ($2.99) through Amazon (

Sam Berretti, the pen name for Dwight Bennett, is a long-time member of the community and University of Florida graduate. Berretti is retired and enjoys nature photography, graphic arts and writing. His first novel was “Double Mayhem.”

For more information, visit

■ Debut Novel: Sandra Lambert has recently published her debut novel “The River’s Memory” (Twisted Road, $13.95).

“A woman born without legs spends her days swimming with manatees. Two artists, separated by centuries, guide each other’s hands. And a child of the Florida frontier sits on the graves of her siblings to think about race relations and the habits of caterpillars. These are some of the women who live along the banks of a river where water billows from caverns of silent lakes. None of them are famous. None have children.”

Lambert writes memoir and fiction, and her work has appeared in New Letters, Brevity, The Weekly Rumpus, the North American Review, Arts & Letters and a variety of anthologies.

Excerpts from “The River’s Memory” have won prizes from Big Fiction Magazine and the Saints and Sinners Short Fiction Contest. Lambert lives with her partner in Gainesville.

The book is available at Wild Iris Books, other independent bookstores and on in print and e-book versions.

■ “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” (, $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” (; the apocalyptic, post-industrial Web comic and the comic’s tie-in book “Conscript Corps.”


■ 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 or

■ 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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