Local Author Series presents Frank Fiordalisi at Headquarters Library on November 18

November 5, 2018


Alachua County Library District’s Headquarters Library continues season two of its Local Author Series on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2:30 p.m., with Frank Fiordalisi. He 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.

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 Local Author Series runs through May 2019 at Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue, in Meeting Room A.

It continues on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2:30 p.m., Cassie 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.

On Saturday, Jan. 29, 2:30 p.m., Jay 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.

On Saturday, Feb. 23, 2:30 p.m., Kassandra 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.

On Saturday, March 23, 2:30 p.m., Dwight 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.

On Saturday, April 27, 2:30 p.m., Fran 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.

This series concludes on Saturday, May 18, 2:30 p.m., with D.A. Belmont. He 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.

For more information about the Local Author Series 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). 



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