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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tampa Bay's weekly literary happenings

Posted By on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 10:06 AM

New York Times bestseling author Randy Wayne White is at Inkwood Books Wednesday, Aug. 20.
  • New York Times bestseling author Randy Wayne White is at Inkwood Books Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Elizabeth Phillips Goehringer, an accomplished photographer, graphic artist, poet and author, will speak at the next East Lake Community Library Author Showcase Tuesday, Aug. 19, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Her latest book, Fuel for the Fire: A Photographer Looks at the Psalms, is the first in her Fire Trilogy, which portrays life in a world increasingly ordered by a global government as the planet convulses with earthquakes, disease, corruption and war hurtling ever closer to what appears to be the end of the age. She’s currently working on Blood and Fire, the sequel to Fuel for the Fire.

Wordier Than Thou hosts its next storytelling and prose open mic Tuesday, Aug. 19 at the Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S., St. Pete. Come share your finest prose, or if you’re just in the mood for listening, catch some tales from our area’s talented wordsmiths. The featured readers are Julie Armstrong and Thomas Hallock from USF-St. Pete. They'll be followed by 10-minute long open mic slots. Suggested $5 donation at the door and refreshments available for donation. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Readings begin at 7 p.m.

Inkwood Books' favorite New York Times bestselling author Randy Wayne White is back Wednesday, Aug. 20, 7 p.m. This time he’s discussing and signing copies of Haunted, the third installment in his Hannah Smith series.

Calling all bards! Seminole Community Library at St. Petersburg College hosts Pause for Poetry Wednesday, Aug. 20, 7 p.m. Enjoy a supportive atmosphere where lovers of poetry share their works and/or read favorite selections aloud.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Fluffy family read: The Art of Adapting by Cassandra Dunn

Posted By on Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 10:36 AM

click image Hardcover, 368 pages - Published July 29th 2014 by Touchstone
  • Hardcover, 368 pagesPublished July 29th 2014 by Touchstone
I don't like fluffy reads. When I pick up a book, I want to be gutted, exhilarated, titillated, saved. I want to find myself asking questions I didn't even know to be asking before opening the cover. And once inside, I want my characters to struggle, suffer and endure. I want them to get dirt on their knees and blisters on their thumbs. I don't want their hearts to break, I want those blood-pumps to be ground into a fine powder and blown into the wind.

So when I first glanced at the premise of Cassandra Dunn's The Art of Adapting, I thought it might be right up my alley. 


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Monday, August 11, 2014

Tampa Bay's weekly literary happenings

Posted By on Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Author Mark Powell will discuss his fourth novel, The Sheltering, at Inkwood Books on Tuesday, Aug. 12.
  • Author Mark Powell will discuss his fourth novel, The Sheltering, at Inkwood Books on Tuesday, Aug. 12.

Spark your creativity at Tampa Free Skool’s Writing in the Moment Workshop at the Mermaid Tavern in Tampa Tuesday, Aug. 12, 6:30 p.m. Led by Cole Bellamy, an instructor of English and creative writing at St. Leo University, this free workshop will feature fun activities to build up your literary skills and get you writing. Activities designed to inspire on-the-spot writing include marathon writing, Bouts-Rimes, an Exquisite Corpse and a chain story.

Meet literary agent Evelyn Rainey at McAlister’s Deli in Tampa on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 7 p.m. Rainey is founder of Denouement Literary Agency, LLC.

Local writer Mark Powell will discuss and sign his fourth novel, The Sheltering, on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 7 p.m., at Inkwood Books in Tampa. Powell has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, and in 2009 he received the Chaffin Award for contributions to Appalachian literature.

Work on your blockbuster hit at Tampa Writers Alliance’s Screenplay Focus Group, which meets Tuesday, Aug. 12, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Barnes & Noble in Carrollwood. The group discusses different forms of screenwriting, and the genre’s rules and conventions.

The Tampa Writers Critique Alliance meets on Wed., Aug. 13, 7 p.m., at the Barnes & Noble in Carrollwood. Visitors are welcome, but only members’ works will be discussed, about five pieces per session. Works critiqued are submitted two weeks in advance. If you’re interested in attending, contact the group for copies of the submitted pieces if possible, though it’s not required to attend.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tampa Bay's weekly literary happenings

Posted By on Tue, Aug 5, 2014 at 4:59 AM

'60s ICON: Graham Nash signs his new memoir at the Clearwater Barnes & Noble Saturday, Aug. 9.
  • '60s ICON: Graham Nash signs his new memoir at the Clearwater Barnes & Noble Saturday, Aug. 9.

The Palm Harbor School of the Novel hosts its monthly meet-up at Organic Life Café, 35362 U.S. 19 N., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 6:30 p.m. Bring up to three pages for other members to read and critique.

Bruce Hadburg, author of Wacky, Warped & Wicked, will discuss the process of building a non-fiction book. His Wednesday, Aug. 6 seminar for the Tampa Writers Alliance, held at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, will include topic selection, organization, humor and story.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tampa Bay's weekly literary happenings

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Books and Brews will discuss Lord of the Flies on Wednesday, July 30.
  • Books and Brews will discuss Lord of the Flies on Wednesday, July 30.
The Clearwater Writers Meetup Group gathers at the home of its organizer in Belleair on Tuesday, July 29, 7 p.m. Discuss publishing trends, blogs and websites of interest to writers, and receive constructive criticism of your work.

Join Inkwood Books and the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities for an evening of science and literacy Tuesday, July 29, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Meet two young women, Avalon Theisen and Dani Bowman, who founded projects that hep humanity, animals and/or the planet before they were 18. They were both featured in Kerryn Vaughn’s book Magnificent Kids. The first 30 teachers to register and be present on the day of the event will receive a free copy of the book as well as a copy of the award-winning CD Pacha’s Pajamas - Volume 1. Refreshments will be provided. Inkwood Books is located at 216 S. Armenia Ave., Tampa.

Books and Brews, Tampa FreeSkool’s monthly classic literature book club, will meet Wednesday, July 30, 7 p.m., at Tampa’s Coppertop, 5112 E. Fowler Ave. The group, led by instructor Emily Adkins, will focus on books that are generally considered part of American cultural knowledge and deserve a second look after being read in high school or college. This month’s book is Lord of the Flies.

Share your poetry, stories and songs at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church’s bi-monthly Poetry & Open Mic Night, Wednesday, July 30. The evening kicks off with a potluck at 6:30 p.m. So get there early to sign in and snack; readings and performances begin promptly at 7 p.m. The church is located at 3747 34th St. S, St. Pete. Call (727) 452-2369 for more information.

Felicitous Coffee & Tea House hosts its monthly outdoor open mic for poets, spoken word artists, artists and musicians Wednesday, July 30, 7 to 10 p.m. Sign-up begins at 7 p.m.; readings and performances begin at 7:30 p.m. The open mic will be moved indoors for inclement weather. Felicitous is located at 11706 N. 51st St., Tampa.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Art lit: New ebooks from Pale Horse Design's Chris Parks

The St. Pete artist provides both original and reference works for art lovers.

Posted By on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 9:14 PM

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Chris Parks, the St. Pete artist behind Pale Horse Design's intricate, immaculately detailed imagery, has a few new ebooks of both his work and reference works for artists to use available for download at Illustrated Monthly. 

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tampa Bay's weekly literary happenings

Posted By on Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Krayl Funch teaches authors about crowdfunding at McAlisters Deli on Tuesday, July 22.
  • Krayl Funch teaches authors about crowdfunding at McAlister's Deli on Tuesday, July 22.
Poet Shay Cook reads from her latest collection Black Silk Tuesday, July 22, 6 to 7 p.m., at the C. Blythe Andrews Jr. Public Library. Her poetry crosses all cultural lines and covers all aspects of the human experience — love, grief, forgiveness and more.

Learn how to Kickstart Your Book! in a workshop on Tuesday, July 22, 6 to 8 p.m., at McAlister’s Deli, 4410 W. Boy Scout Blvd., Suite 150. Krayl Funch of An Appealing Plan will share her strategies to raise money to publish. Learn about crowdfunding and how to use ads to drive supporters to your campaign. Tickets are $25 each.

The Tampa Writers Critique Alliance next meets on Wed., July 23, 7 p.m., at the Barnes & Noble in Carrollwood. Visitors are welcome, but only members’ works will be discussed, about five pieces per session. Works critiqued are submitted two weeks in advance. If you’re interested in attending, contact the group for copies of the submitted pieces if possible, though it’s not required to attend. The Tampa Writers Alliance Poetry Group meets the next day, Thursday, July 24, 7 p.m., at the same Barnes & Noble.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Word Play — caught between the covers of Tampa Bay's literary scene

Books, beers, word games, prose wrestlers — Tampa Bay’s literary scene is alive and raging.

Posted By on Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 6:22 PM

SEEN AT ZINE: Valerie Cooper types her thoughts during last weekend’s Zine Fest. - CATHERINE SALUSTRI
  • Catherine Salustri
  • SEEN AT ZINE: Valerie Cooper types her thoughts during last weekend’s Zine Fest.

It’s a spring evening at Cafe Hey. The Rocky theme is blaring, and two 20-something competitors make their big entrance. One is a woman in Day of the Dead makeup and the other is a man in Mexican wrestling gear.

After introductions, they square off for battle. Their arena: one small table. Their weapons: two vintage typewriters. 

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tampa Bay's weekly literary happenings

Posted By on Tue, Jul 15, 2014 at 2:44 PM

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East Lake Community Library’s Author Showcase features author Lynn Combes Tuesday, July 15, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. She’ll discuss and sign copies of her book, A Garden Full of Butterflies. Combes’ first daughter died at the age of 5, which inspired her to write the novel to help others deal with their grief. A Garden Full of Butterflies focuses on the relationship between 10-year-old Marissa, who mother has died, and her neighbor Mrs. Chancey, who has also lost loved ones and takes the girl under wing. The two bond while tending to a flower garden that attracts butterflies.

Wordier Than Thou hosts its next storytelling and prose open mic Tuesday, July 15 at the Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S., St. Pete. Come share your finest prose, or if you’re just in the mood for listening, catch some tales from our area’s talented wordsmiths. The featured reader is Tampa Bay Times writer Jeff Klinkenberg. He’ll be followed by 10-minute long open mic slots. Suggested $5 donation at the door and refreshments available for donation. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Readings begin at 7 p.m.

Author Andrea Brunais stops by Inkwood Books Tuesday, July 15, 7 p.m., with her new book, Mercedes Wore Black. Brunais uses Florida politics and the 2014 election as a backdrop for this fast-paced murder mystery.

Catch Tim Dorsey, the former Tampa Tribune journalist turned novelist, at the Ruskin Library Wednesday, July 16, 2 p.m. He’ll discuss his 15 zany, Florida-based mystery novels, answer questions and sign copies of his books.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Tampa Bay's weekly literary happenings

Posted By on Wed, Jul 9, 2014 at 11:37 AM

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Seasoned sailor and author Linda Petrat will discuss her three-month solo sailing trip from Kittery, Maine to Sarasota on her “Good Little Boat,” a 22-foot Pearson Ensign racing sloop on Wednesday, July 9, 7 to 8 p.m., Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave. Petrat sign copies of her book A Great Big Adventure on a Good Little Boat following the presentation.


Tampa Writers Alliance’s Critique Group meets on Wednesday, July 9, 7 p.m., at Barnes & Noble Carrollwood, 11802 N. Dale Mabry. About 20 TWA members gather and review hard copies of manuscripts previously submitted and scheduled for review. Visitors are welcome to attend, but only members’ work will be discussed, generally five pieces per session.


Safety Harbor Writers and Poets hosts its monthly Open Mic Wednesday, July 9, 7 p.m., at Tapping the Vine, 737 Main St. Spoken word artists, storytellers, fiction writers, comedians and musicians are welcome. Each reader/performer gets five minutes.


Let out your inner vintage nerd. Inkwood Books, 216 S. Armenia Ave., Tampa hosts its Summer Postcard Typewriter Party on Thursday, July 10, 7 to 9 p.m. Write letters or postcards on real vintage typewriters set up throughout the shop.

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