Local Author Series

Our Local Author Series is back this September, and we can't wait to see you again! These authors are members of Writers Alliance of Gainesville, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes, encourages and supports aspiring and experienced regional writers. 


JW Robitaille - Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, 2:30 p.m.
JW RobitailleJulie Robitaille will present Romancing the Crime, the first book in her Gainesville female detective series. Cory Marin, head of homicide, is a strong woman with diverse group of friends and a complicated love life. Her instinct and tenacity make her investigation into the murder of a young college professor a page-turner. Two of the novels in the series are finalists in the Royal Palm Literary Awards. Robitaille is a retired SF College English professor turned mystery writer.


Ann-Marie Magné - Saturday, Feb, 15, 2020, 2:30 p.m.
Ann-Marie MagneAnn~Marie Magné is excited to read from her book Almost Ticked Off, the story of the rare medical condition that put her husband at the brink of death. A love story. A survival story. A memoir.



Elaine Robinson - Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, 2:30 p.m.
Elaine RobinsonElaine Robinson will read from her illustrated poetic story, Uncommon Scents, which tells the tale of Marvin, a polite, but bullied and lonely little muskrat, who lives in a forest where all the other animals are smarter, swifter and more talented than he is. At least that’s what Marvin thinks. But then Marvin meets a brand new friend, who helps Marvin realize just how gifted a modest little muskrat really is. This illustrated story is a tribute to bullied little critters everywhere—those with four feet, or six feet, or even only two feet.




CANCELLED - Gary Steele - Saturday, March 14, 2020, 2:30 p.m.
Gary SteeleWelcome to a world of sneaky elephants, high jumping horses, Indian dancers, and trick ropers, along with a grandson who rides Roman style and a grandmother who tells fortunes, but what goes on behind the scenes is even more intriguing. The author himself is product of a Gypsy heritage and a circus childhood, and he weaves together old family stories of life on the road during the Great Depression, when people yearned for escape from their dreary lives and shelled out nickels and dimes for an annual escape into a circus filled with beauty, danger, comedy, mystery, and delight.



Mary Q. Rogers - Saturday, April 25, 2020, 2:30 p.m.
Mary RogersAuthor Marie Q. Rogers asks you to imagine yourself taken without warning from all you know—family, home, friends—to a distant world where people possess abilities you didn’t know exist. Such is Fern’s experience in Trials by Fire, the first book of The Long Road to NamaiRogers’ two book science fiction series. Among Rogers’ many interests is edible wild plants and herbs. Her knowledge of wild-crafting came in handy in writing Trials by Fire.




Jo Ann Lordahl - Saturday, May 16, 2020, 2:30 p.m.
Jo Ann LordahlJo Ann Lordahl will talk about A Secret Kept in Hawaii, the second in a series about a young woman who moves to the Garden Island of Kaua’i. Samantha embarks on a spiritual quest to face her personal struggles with fidelity, militarism and the care of the ‘aina (land). A worthy sequel to Princess Ruth: Love & Tragedy in Hawai’i, some say.


Past 2020 Author Series speakers

Gail Rose Thompson - Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, 2:30 p.m.
Gail Rose ThompsonGail Rose Thompson will present her non-fiction Iran from Crown to Turban relating tales of life in Iran during the time of the Pahlavi Crown, the revolution and post-revolutionary times. Her images of the country are far different from what the press tells us. She lived there in the 1970’s, visited two years ago and is frequently in contact with friends living there now. Her entertaining stories depict a country of which we are misinformed.



James Williams - Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, 2:30 p.m.
James WilliamsAuthor James F. Williams will discuss and read from his first novel, “The Pedestrians,” a wry, social science-fiction thriller. Set in 2097's Manhattan Island City, a gated community, data hunter Dale Evans tracks evidence to solve a brutal murder on Wall Street, the city’s red light district. A terrifying plunge from a flying taxi forces Evans to reconstruct his identity while working the brutal case. He and partner, Jimmy Ha encounter lab-grown child clones, fleets of self-assembling robots and an industrialist serial killer. Evans also finds love amidst masses of homeless Manhattanites, which the immigrant one-percent now mockingly call “the pedestrians.”



Cindy Bertelsen - Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, 2:30 p.m.
Cindy BertelsenJust in time for Thanksgiving, Cynthia Bertelsen will discuss the challenges of cooking with historic cookbooks, using hands-on instructions from her book A Hastiness of Cooks and examples from the first American cookbook from 1796, Amelia Simmon’s American Cookery. A skilled cook and culinary historian, Bertelsen is also the author of Mushroom: A Global History.




Gary Gordon - Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, 2:30 p.m.
Gary GordonAuthor, musician, and former Mayor-Commissioner Gary Gordon grew up in Gainesville. His first novel, Crossfire Canyon, was published by Zebra Books; his two editions of Southern California Travel were published by John Muir. Set in Gatorville and published last year in paperback, Chief Mican’s Revenge is the satirical tale of the clash between the Mican Indians and the Columbus-DeLeon Construction Company in what might be the first and last Great Mall & Indian War.



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