Season 2 of the Local Author Series gets underway on September 23 with Children's author Karen Porter.
All Local Author Series events are scheduled for 2:30 pm in Meeting Room A of Headquarters Library in downtown Gainesville. (Except for the very first one, which will be in the Storywoods Room in the Youth Services Dept.)
Each month a local author will present his/her latest written work, take questions, and have books available for sale. Many genres of writing will be covered with this year's line-up of speakers. This includes fiction, non-fiction, literary journalism, romance, mystery, satire, and ghost stories.
The schedule for this season:
- Karen Porter- Sunday, Sept. 23, 2:30 pm. Storywoods Room. Porter will present her children's book, Emotatude, a series book that helps children understand and deal with their emotions in a fun read.
- Art Crummer- Sunday, Sept. 30, 2:30 pm. Meeting Room A. Crummer will present his new novel Floating Island and performs songs written by characters in the book.
- J. Elliott- Sunday, Oct. 28, 2:30 pm. Meeting Room A. Elliott will present her second collection of ghost stories, Tales from Kensington & Other Macabre & Unsettling Offerings.
- Frank Fiordalisi- Sunday, Nov. 18, 2:30 pm. Meeting Room A. Fiordalisi will present his novel, Ichabod Wolfe, a page-turner, filled with a deep understanding of the human condition.
- Cassie Dandridge Selleck- Sunday, Dec. 2, 2:30 pm. Meeting Room A. Selleck will present her novel, The Pecan Man, about how the Pecan Man was arrested for murder and what really happened. The novel has been has optioned for a film to be directed by So Yong Kim.
- Jay Hamilton- Saturday, Jan. 19, 2:30 pm. Meeting Room A. Hamilton will present his book HOW TO BUY A CAR Without Losing Your Shirt, which teaches us what to watch out for at a car dealership.
- Kassandra Lamb- Saturday, Feb. 23, 2:30 pm. Meeting Room A. Lamb will present her book, To Kill a Labrador, the first in her cozy mystery series about a woman who trains service dogs for veterans with PTSD.
- Dwight Bennett- Saturday, Mar. 23, 2:30 pm. Meeting Room A. Bennett writes under the name of Sam Berretti and will present his novel Good Girl Gone, about an engineer by day and an on call agent for Seekers Worldwide by night.
- Fran Sweeney- Saturday, Apr. 27, 2:30 pm. Meeting Room A. Sweeny will present The Royal Carpet about Queen Elizabeth's visit to Alachua County to buy horses only to get stranded here.
- D.A. Belmont- Saturday, May 18, 2:30 pm. Meeting Room A. Belmont will present Diamondacious! a sexy, funny, satire of a plain girl born on the wrong side of the tracks who becomes a glamourous, wealthy accounting wiz.
All of these writers are members of the Writers Alliance of Gainesville, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that promotes and supports aspiring and experienced regional writers.