Local Author Series

Thank you to everyone who joined us for season two of the Local Author Series! 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. We are working on season three and look forward to seeing you all next year.

Karen Porter - Sunday, Sept. 23, 2:30 p.m.
Karen PorterChildren's book author Karen Porter will talk about her book, Emotatude, a series book that helps children understand and deal with their emotions in a fun read. Porter is an educator and has experience working with children going through trauma and change. She has authored many children's books and picture books, and is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher in Language Education.



Art Crummer - Sunday, Sept. 30, 2:30 p.m.
Art CrummerArt Crummer will read from his new novel Floating Island, and perform songs written by characters in the book. Crummer won the 2008 Edward Flemming Jr. award for excellence in and promotion of old-time music.His writing includes published poetry chapbooks, the coming-of-age novel Wrestling God, and numerous songs.



J. Elliott - Sunday, Oct. 28, 2:30 p.m.
Jess ElliottJ. Elliott will discuss her second collection of ghost stories, Tales from Kensington & Other Macabre & Unsettling Offerings. These spooky stories are sometimes amusing and assuredly disquieting.




Frank Fiordalisi - Sunday, Nov. 18, 2:30 p.m.
Frank FiordalisiFrank Fiordalisi will read from his novel Ichabod Wolfe, a page-turner, filled with surprises and a deep understanding of the human condition. It’s a story about a 13-year-old boy, orphaned when his parents and siblings are murdered in the months preceding the War Between the States and the consequences of making powerful enemies as he tries to avenge the death of his family. Wolfe journeys to the Colorado frontier and becomes a deputy then to a Wyoming cow town and becomes chief deputy sheriff as he seeks justice and romance. 

Fiordalisi was born in New York City and received a Bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University. After teaching high school and a brief stint as a retail pharmacist he moved to Miami, where he joined the Miami-Dade County Police Department. He participated in a number of assignments, retiring as a Detective Sergeant after 29 years of service. He currently lives in Gainesville with his wife, Christine.


Cassie Dandridge Selleck - Sunday, Dec. 2, 2:30 p.m.
Cassie SelleckCassie Dandridge Selleck, a native Floridian, will present her book The Pecan Man, about Ora, a widow who hires an old black man called the Pecan Man and who is later arrested for murder. Twenty-five years later, Ora, sets out to tell the truth about the Pecan Man. This Amazon Best Seller has been optioned for a film to be directed by So Yong Kim.




Jay Hamilton - Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, 2:30 p.m.
Jay HamiltonJay Hamilton will talk about his book, HOW TO BUY A CAR Without Losing Your Shirt. He details what to do when you walk into a car dealership, what to watch out for, and how the salesperson is trained to control the customer. Hamilton’s work has been published in national magazines such as Cycle Guide and Modern Cycle.




Kassandra Lamb - Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, 2:30 p.m.
Kassandra LambKassandra Lamb will present To Kill a Labrador, the first book in her cozy mystery series about a young woman who trains service dogs for veterans with PTSD, with the help of her mentor dog, Buddy. When the owner of her first trainee gets accused of murder, she gets pulled into being an amateur sleuth. She is also the author of The Kate Huntington Mysteries featuring a psychotherapist/amateur sleuth. Lamb is a retired psychotherapist/college professor turned mystery writer.




Dwight Bennett - Saturday, March 23, 2019, 2:30 p.m.
Dwight BennettDwight Bennett, who writes under the pen name of Sam Berretti, will present Good Girl Gone, about an engineer by day and an on call agent for Seekers Worldwide, who finds herself on a nightmare mission to find the niece of her boss in New Orleans in the midst of alligators and a Voodoo priestess in this action story of family love versus evil. Bennett is from Texas and came to Florida to attend the University of Florida and ended up staying here.


Fran Sweeney - Saturday, April 27, 2019, 2:30 p.m.
Fran SweeneyFran Sweeney will present her novel, The Royal Carpet, about Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Alachua County to buy horses only to get stranded here. Romance develops between a local resident, Fiona, and a secret service man, and Fiona’s Irish aunt tries to right a wrong dating back to the time of the ‘troubles” between England and Ireland. Sweeney lives on a ‘bit of land’ in Alachua County with her dogs and a murder of crows.




D.A. Belmont - Saturday, May 18, 2019, 2:30 p.m.
D.A. BelmontThe 2018-19 local author series concludes with D.A. Belmont, who will present Diamondacious!, a sexy, funny, gossipy, tongue-in-cheek satire of a plain girl born on the wrong side of the tracks who becomes a glamourous, wealthy, and icy accounting wiz. The story starts out in Fort Lauderdale, an area that Belmont knows intimately having spent his youth in the Venice of America.



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