Alachua County Library District’s Headquarters Library presents season two of its Local Author Series. Children’s book author Karen Porter kicks off the series on Sunday, Sept. 23, at 2:30 p.m. at Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue. Porter will talk about her children’s 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. She has a Master’s degree in Language Education from Rutgers University and is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher in Language Education. Her presentation will be in the Storywoods Room in the children’s area.
The series continues through May 2019 at Headquarters Library in Meeting Room A. 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 nine additional authors.
On Sunday, Sept. 30, 2:30 p.m., Art 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. He was the second president of Writers Alliance, published in its first edition of Bacopa Literary Review, and was twice selected in the Hippodrome’s monologue competitions. His writing includes published poetry chapbooks, the coming-of-age novel Wrestling God, and numerous songs.
On Sunday, Oct. 28, 2:30 p.m., J. 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.
On Sunday, Nov. 18, 2:30 p.m., Frank Fiordalisi will read from his novel Ichabod Wolfe, a wonderful page-turner, filled with surprises and a deep understanding of the human condition.
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 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).