Headquarters Library presents a medley of author, poet and artist talks in October

October 4, 2013

The Alachua County Library District invites the community to enjoy a diverse line up of local authors, a poet and a comics artist as they share their work and bring their stories to life at Headquarters Library, During October, six talks will showcase the work of local authors David Leavitt, Antony Vitale and Maxine Bethea plus parapsychologist Dr. Andrew Nichols, poet Patricia Lockwood and comics artist T. Edward Bak. Author David Leavitt and poet Patricia Lockwood are part of the Florida Writer’s Festival presented by MFA@ FLA (Master of Fine Arts at the University of Florida).

The line up starts on October 12, at 1 p.m., when Dr. Andrew Nichols talks about parapsychological subjects. Nichols is a psychologist, parapsychologist, and investigator of alleged poltergeist cases and other paranormal phenomena. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Parapsychological Association, and the Society for Psychological Hypnosis. He has been a psychology professor for many years and is adjunct faculty (parapsychology) at Santa Fe College.  Nichols is listed in Who’s Who in American Teachers. He is the author of Ghost Detective: Adventures of a Parapsychologist, and his work has been featured in many books on paranormal topics.

October 16, at 7 p.m., local author and University of Florida (UF) English professor David Leavitt will read from his new novel The Two Hotel Francforts, published by Bloomsbury in October 2013. Leavitt graduated from Yale University in 1983 with a BA in English. He is the author of the short story collections Family Dancing (finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Prize and the National Book Critics’ Circle Award), A Place I’ve Never Been, Arkansas, and The Marble Quilt, as well as the novels The Lost Language of Cranes, Equal Affections and While England Sleeps (Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Fiction Prize) Professor Leavitt is also the editor of Subtropics, UF’s literary magazine.  His work has appeared in many newspapers and magazines, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Harper’s, Esquire, Vogue, The Paris Review, DoubleTake, The Southwest Review, Tin House, Food & Wine and Travel and Leisure. He has also taught at Princeton University.

October 17, at 7:30 p.m., poet Patricia Lockwood will read from her work and field questions. Her poems have appeared in Gulf Coast, Poetry, Agni, Denver Quarterly, the New Yorker and American Letters & Commentary. Her first book of poetry is Balloon Pop Outlaw Black (2012). A former Floridian, Lockwood now lives in Kansas.

October 20, at 2 p.m., local author Antony Vitale will talk about his book - Stay Safe. The book covers a period in time when Vitale was in law enforcement. It tells of his time on the streets and what he encountered from day to day - deaths, shootings, stabbings, robberies and police corruption. The book describes the effects all of this had on the author's personal and professional life. Graphic descriptions are throughout the book. The names have been changed as to not identify any persons living or deceased.

October 22, at 7 p.m., local author Maxine Bethea will talk about her book - The Blessings of a Single Parent. Her book provides a unique glimpse into her life as a single parent. After getting married and having four children, Bethea soon found herself thrown into the role of a single parent. Financial struggles, schooling options and work choices were just some of the challenges and opportunities that Maxine had to face. Her book shares how her faith in God helped her turn lemons into lemonade.

Finishing the month on October 26, at 2 p.m., comics artist T. Edward Bak will bring his Island of Memory book tour to Headquarters. Cartoonist Bak will show his art and drawings from the book as well as answer questions about his graphic novel on the Russian exploration of the Northwest. For a sneak preview of his work visit http://www.antizerogravity.com/p/light.html

These free events are at Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue, Gainesville. Many of these library programs are made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Library. For additional information, please visit the Library District’s eBranch at www.aclib.us or contact Nickie Kortus at (352) 334-3909, nkortus@aclib.us.

If a person with a disability needs an accommodation in order to participate in this event he or she is entitled, at no cost to him or her, to the provision of certain assistance.  Please contact the Alachua County Library District at 352-334-3910 at least three (3) days prior to the event.  TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service). 


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