Alachua County Library District’s Headquarters Library presents its inaugural Local Author Series. Mallory M. O’Connor kicks off the series on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 2:30 p.m. at Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue. O’Connor will discuss American River: Tributaries, Book One of the American River Trilogy. Her book follows the entwined lives of three immigrant families as they settle along this river in Northern California during the turbulent 1960s. Set against the natural beauty of Northern California, O’Connor weaves a complex tapestry of interrelationships and betrayals that capture the mood and resonance of a decade that began in innocence and ended in dismay.
O’Connor grew up in Northern California. She has degrees in art, art history and American history and taught art history at the University of Florida and Santa Fe College. She is the author of two non-fiction books published by the University Press of Florida. She resides in Micanopy with her husband, artist John O’Connor.
The series continues through May 2018 at Headquarters Library in Meeting Room A, except December 9, will be in the Storywoods Room. Each month a local author will read and explain his/her latest written work, take questions and have books available for sale. 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. The lineup includes 10 additional authors.
On Sunday, Oct. 22, 2:30 p.m., Gene Cowell will talk about his devotion to crime fiction and how it inspired his new novel Bring Me the Gypsy, set in motion on the Florida Gulf Coast and inspired by true events. His writing has appeared in several literary publications including Best American Short Stories.
On Sunday, Nov. 19, 2:30 p.m., Susie H. Baxter will discuss Pumping Sunshine, a memoir that provides a portrait of rural life in old Florida when kids ran barefoot, saved their pennies to buy bubblegum, and could hardly wait for warm cracklings on hog-killing day.
On Sunday, Dec. 3, 2:30 p.m., Richard Gartee will present Lancelot’s Disciple, his book about Frith, a student of Sir Lancelot that leaves the Christian abbey he has always called home to join a caravan on the ancient Silk Road. Once back in Britain, he must sort out his confusion, attain the Holy Grail and find his sister. Gartee is the author of college textbooks, novels and poetry. Ragtime Dudes In a Thin Place won the 2016 Royal Palm Literary Award for unpublished book-length fiction.
On Saturday, Dec. 9, 2:30 p.m. in the Storywoods Room two children’s authors will discuss their books. Bonnie T. Ogle will present Arthur the Arthropod, her book about a young centipede who overcomes his feelings of inferiority by bragging, and discovers he is part of a large family that includes his neighbors, a mosquito, a dragonfly and a crawfish. She will also talk about The Sounds and Smells of Christmas that tells why Jesus didn’t come to sit on a fancy throne. He came to be with ordinary people. Ogle is a retired first grade teacher, now teaching children at a natural history museum.
Also, Judith A. Barrett will discuss her book, Pink Baby Alligator. A lone pink alligator in a family of green ones, Rose stands out when she’d rather blend in. With help, she discovers how to use her special gift to create a place where everyone is included. It’s a story she told her young granddaughter, who then requested the story be written down.
On Sunday, Jan. 21, 2:30 p.m., meet Darlene Marshall, the author of The Bride and the Buccaneer. Marshall writes award winning historical romance, mostly about pirates, privateers, smugglers and the occasional possum. She lives in North Central Florida.
On Sunday, Feb. 18, 2:30 p.m., Robert Crow will discuss Nudge & Boost for Better Living: A Semi-Autobiographical Novel on Using the ABCs of Human Behavior. In the book, Frasier and friends explore uses of principles of human behavior to improve people’s lives. Their discussions of successes for better living and tools called nudge and boost are described in engaging stories.
On Saturday, March 17, 2:30 p.m. Wendy Thornton will explore the past 50 years of music in the Sounding The Depths with humorous essays and remembrances. Thornton’s mystery, Bear-Trapped: In a Trashy Hollywood Novel, was published in 2015. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and has been Editor’s Pick on Salon.com multiple times. Her work is published in England, Ireland, Scotland, Australia and India. She was the organizer and first president of the Writers Alliance of Gainesville.
On Saturday, April 21, 2:30 p.m., Daniel Blumberg will talk about his second published book, The Rise and Fall of Mechanikalle, and what happens when a 16-year old decides to create her own power armor suit to finally obtain super powers. Blumberg has lived in this area since 1980 and enjoys fantasy and sci-fi.
This series concludes on Saturday, May 12, 2:30 p.m., with K.E. Mullins. She will talk about her current novel, In the Company of Strangers. It follows Detective Anita Jones’ pursuit of the mastermind of a criminal operation. Mullins has published a book of poetry, Thinking Aloud: Dimensions of Free-Verse, and another novel. She has a MBA from National University and a degree the University of Central Florida, and currently works as a Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Instructor in Gainesville.
For more information about the Local Author Series or other library programs visit www.aclib.us or call (352) 334-3900.
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).