The Lake County Library System’s 10th annual Lake BookFest, will be reaching out with the powerful message, Viva Libros! Events will take place from March 11 - 16, 2013. We are honored to include many remarkable authors, a unique and diverse group this year.
2013 BookFest Special Guest Authors
New York Times bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub is the award-winning author of more than seventy-five published novels and has sold more than four million books worldwide. Under her own name, Wendy achieved New York Times bestselling status with her single title psychological suspense novels. Those novels and the women's fiction she writes under the pseudonym Wendy Markham have also frequently appeared on the USA Today, Barnes and Noble Top Ten, and Bookscan bestseller lists.
Wendy’s latest suspense trilogy was launched by Harpercollins in August 2012 with Nightwatcher, followed the next month by Sleepwalker, with Shadowkiller concluding the trilogy in 2013.
Wendy’s thriller Live to Tell (Avon Books) received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and was a finalist at the 2011 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Wards for the prestigious Mary Higgins Clark Award. The sequel, Scared to Death, (Avon Books) was honored with the WLA Washington Irving Prize for Fiction and the trilogy concluded with the bestseller Hell to Pay.
Wendy won the 2008 RT Award for Career Achievement in Suspense and the 2007 RWA-NYC Golden Apple Award for Lifetime Achievement. A proud recipient of the RWA Rita award, she has also been honored four times with the Westchester Library Association's Washington Irving Prize for Fiction and was recognized as one of WLA's Millennial Authors in 2000. Her Wendy Markham novel Slightly Single was named one of Waldenbooks' 100 Best Fiction titles of 2002. Her novels Slightly Suburban, The Last to Know and Ask Me Again were nominated for RT Reviewers Choice awards, and five of her novels, were awarded a month's top pick review by the RT BOOK club magazine.
Her work has been translated into more than a dozen languages worldwide and her titles are regularly selected as features for Mystery Guild, Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, Large Print Book Club, and Rhapsody Book Club.
Early in her writing career, she published in various genres including suspense, horror, historical and contemporary romance, television and movie tie-in, and biography. She also co-authored a mystery series with former New York City mayor Ed Koch and has ghost-written for a number of bestselling authors and celebrities.
Wendy now lives in the New York City suburbs with her husband of twenty years and their two children. A 1986 graduate of the State University of New York at Fredonia, she is serving a three-year appointment to the Dean's Advisory Council for the College of Arts and Sciences.
Allison Taylor MacKenna feels as though she's awakened at last from a nightmare that plagued her and her family for more than a decade. But her darkest hour has yet to come…
Nestled in the warm, domestic cocoon of loving husband and family, Allison finally feels safe—unaware that a stranger's brutal murder on a Caribbean island is the first step in an intricate plan to destroy everything in her life. For seasoned NYPD detective Rocky Manzillo, the signs are clear that something terrible has emerged from the shadows: a murder victim left without a face…a wilted carnation…and a faded photograph that yields a startling connection.
Now, as Allison's murky memories of a troubled childhood creep back to light, a cunning predator who shares her history prepares to enact a horrifying retribution--and won’t stop killing until Allison faces a shocking truth...and pays the ultimate price.
Into the Dark
Alison Gaylin is the author of And She Was, the Edgar®-nominated thriller Hide Your Eyes, as well as its sequel, You Kill Me, and two stand-alone novels, Trashed and Heartless. Her critically acclaimed suspense novels have been published in such countries as the UK, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway and Japan. A graduate of Northwestern University and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, Alison lives with her husband and daughter in upstate New York.
A breathtaking novel of suspense, Gaylin’s And She Was introduces a remarkable new protagonist: Brenna Spector, a missing persons investigator afflicted with Hyperthymestic Syndrome, a rare disorder that enables her to remember every moment of every day of her life. Into the Dark unravels a web of obsession, sex, guilt, and murder that could regain her family . . . or cost her life. "Can a stranger share your memories?" That's the question that haunts Brenna Spector when she first sees footage of missing webcam performer Lula Belle. Naked but hidden in shadow, the "performance artist" shares her deepest, darkest secrets with her unseen male audience . . . secrets that, to Brenna, are chillingly familiar. Discover what Harlan Coben, Lisa Gardener, Laura Lippman, and other masters of suspense and crime fiction have already learned: Alison Gaylin is one of the best!
Into the Dark
An Edgar-award nominee and USA Today bestselling author Alison Gaylin’s latest book Missing Persons Investigator Brenna Spector is back, this time on the case of a performance artist, whereabouts unknown--a case that strikes dangerously close to home.
Lula Belle is a webcam girl/”performance artist.” Naked, but completely in shadow, she tells her “deepest darkest secrets” to a rapt male audience... until she suddenly disappears without a trace. When Brenna is hired by Lula Belle’s manager -- a man with many secrets of his own -- and asked to find Lula Belle while keeping his ties to her under wraps, Brenna discovers that the missing girl may have shocking connections to her own life and family... and comes closer than ever to solving the disappearance of her sister Clea. It’s Brenna’s most deeply personal -- and dangerous -- case yet.
2013 BookFest Featured Authors
Salvaging the Real Florida: Lost and Found in the State of Dreams
Bill Belleville is an award-winning writer and documentary filmmaker specializing in environmental issues. In addition to winning the National Outdoor Book Award (Literature-Natural History), he has also been recently honored with the annual Marjory Stoneman Douglas Media Award from the Florida Lake Management Society. Bill serves on the advisory boards of the St. Johns RiverKeeper, Reef Relief of Key West, and the Board of the Friends of the Wekiva River, Inc. A new collection of his nature and eco-adventure essays has just been released in hardcover by University Press of Florida. It's entitled Salvaging the Real Florida: Lost and Found in the State of Dreams. Most of the stories take place somewhere in nature---swamps, marshes, springs, and reefs.
His critically acclaimed River of Lakes: A Journey on Florida’s St. Johns River won the Michael J. Shaara Award for Excellence in Writing. He is also the author of Deep Cuba: The Inside Story of an American Oceanographic Expedition and Sunken Cities, Sacred Cenotes and Golden Sharks: Travels of a Water-Bound Adventurer. His film making credits include an Emmy award for Wekiva: Legacy or Loss. His book Losing it all to Sprawl was named one of "Best Books of 2006" by the Library Journal; was given the 1000 Friends of Florida's Al Burt Award for Excellence in Journalism; and was a Bronze Medal winner in the 2007 Florida Book Awards.
Mr. Belleville is currently helping to script and co-produce a film about one woman's solo paddling journey on 500 miles of the St. Johns, Alligator Princess of America's Nile via the non-profit Equinox Documentaries, Inc. The PBS documentary, "In Marjorie's Wake: Rediscovering Rawlings, a River & Time", has just completed a two-year national run with broadcast play in major markets, including New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Miami, and many more.
Salvaging the Real Florida: Lost and Found in the State of Dreams
In this collection of narrative essays, nature writer Belleville explores the swamps, beaches, and jungles of Florida, investigates a shipwreck and a historical riverboat town, and searches for native wildlife such as the black bear and the cave-dwelling shrimp. Although the essays incorporate information gleaned from journalistic research, they do not attempt to be objective; instead, they are nonfiction vignettes highlighting conservation topics, pondering spiritual issues, and reflecting on the ideas of nature writers of the past and present. The book includes b&w nature photos and personal photos, plus historical illustrations. Belleville has written and produced environmental documentaries for PBS and NPR. Annotation Â©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Presidents in Florida
Jim Clark was born in Washington, D.C. He began his journalism career with ABC News in Washington as a copyboy before joining United Press International as a reporter. He worked for the Columbia (S.C.) Record, Tampa Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, Raleigh News & Observer and for the Associated Press in Charlotte and Philadelphia. He has been honored with the George Polk Award, Numerous awards from the Florida Society of Newspaper Editor, The Gerald Loeb Award and the Sigma Delta Chi Award. He is a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne College, received his M.A. from Stetson University and holds a doctorate from the University of Florida. He joined the history faculty at the University of Central Florida in 1987. He is the author of six books and has written for The Washington Post, Washington Star, Washington Monthly, The Nation, and Miami Herald.
Presidents in Florida
U.S. Presidents have played a major role in shaping Florida, whether waging wars, protecting the environment, seeking votes, or just drawing media attention to the state attractions. Andrew Jackson came to fight Indians. Abraham Lincoln came up with the plan to get Florida back into the Union in 1864 to help his reelection chances. Ulysses S. Grant came to promote steamships on the St. Johns River. Regular visitors have included Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, and John F. Kennedy. Harry Truman had a house in Key West.
The St. Augustine Trilogy
Doug Dillon earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and then a Master’s from Rollins College. Those little pieces of paper led to many years of working in the public schools of Central Florida, quite a few of which were spent in middle and high school classrooms. He also worked in the administrative division of Orange County Public Schools. This included serving as the Director of Staff Development & Volunteer Services.
Mr. Dillon didn’t start writing for publication until the early 1980’s he and his wife published the nonfiction book An Explosion of Being: An American Family’s Journey into the Psychic. Later on, he wrote mostly for Boys’ Life magazine, the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling, and Mitchell Lane Publishers.
A number of years ago Doug established a regular practice of meditation that has continually given great peace of mind. He has been able to deepen that practice by participating in activities of the Orlando Insight Meditation Group like taking classes and going on meditation retreats.
The St. Augustine Trilogy
The St. Augustine Trilogy is a paranormal/historical work of fiction written with the young adult in mind. The books are a very personal account of fifteen-year-old Jeff Golden’s explosive coming of age in America’s oldest and most historic city.
A new resident of America's oldest and most haunted city, St. Augustine, Florida, Jeff Golden suddenly finds himself up to his eyeballs in frightening paranormal experiences. At the end of his rope in trying to figure out what is happening to him, Jeff decides to rely on his friend Carla Rodriguez, and Lobo, an old Native American shaman, for help.
Despite this guidance, things get even worse. Jeff's spine tingling encounters increase in number and intensity at an alarming rate, scaring him even more. Eventually, he makes the startling discovery that unresolved circumstances involving a bloody event directly out of Florida's distant past threatens his sanity and possibly his life.
Finally, overwhelmed by forces he cannot understand or control, Jeff's world shifts from frightening to downright terrifying. In desperation, and on Lobo's advice, he leaps headlong into the unknown in order to save himself. What Jeff discovers though is that he has entered a level of reality he is completely unprepared to handle while unwittingly dragging Carla with him.
Mary Anna Evans has degrees in physics and engineering, but her heart is in the past. Her series character, Faye Longchamp, lives the exciting life of an archaeologist, and Mary Anna envies her a little. Mary Anna is a recent recipient of the Mississippi Library Association's Mississippi Author Award and Phi Mu Fraternity's Book of the Biennium Award, and her novels have received recognitions including a spot on Voice of Young America's list of "Adult Mysteries with Young Adult Appeal." They have been on the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association's bestseller list and have been designated Notable Books by Booksense and IndieBound. Mary Anna has won the Florida Historical Society's Patrick D. Smith Florida Literature Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award, and a Florida Book Awards Bronze Medal. Her books have been nominated for ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year and for the SIBA Book Award.
Faye Longchamp's growing list of adventures include Artifacts, Relics, Effigies, Findings, Floodgates, Strangers, and Plunder. Several other works of Mary Anna'a fiction are available as ebooks. Wounded Earth is a suspense novel featuring environmental scientist Larabeth McLeod. Several short stories and a story collection called Offerings are also available at smashwords, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo, and most other vendors of electronic media.
Plunder is the eighth in the award-winning Faye Longchamp archaeological mysteries. While researching archaeological sites that may soon succumb to the effects of the Deepwater Horizon spill, Faye Longchamp helps a young teenager who has lost everything but a dilapidated old houseboat left to her by her murdered grandmother and uncle.
Your Novel: Day by Day
Ms. Evans has also written Your Novel: Day by Day, designed to be an all-in-one guide to planning, writing, editing, and publishing a first novel, guiding a new novelist through the day-to-day details of the process. This book of practical advice is a day by day and page by page, explanation of crafting a plot, fleshing out believable characters, organizing a novel’s timeline, crafting believable motivations for your characters, editing objectively, evaluating traditional and independent publishing options, and marketing to agents, publishers, and readers. Because Mary Anna understands the importance of maintaining your own motivation during the arduous process of writing a novel, she has chosen a narrative structure that will provide you with a written companion for a year’s worth of writing.
Images of America: Tavares from Arcadia Publishing chronicles the history of the Seaplane City with photographs collected from the historical society. Mr. Grenier is the author of The Gallant Captain Melton Haynes and Woodlea: Life on the Lake of the Dancing Sunbeams. He is actively involved in the historical community, and belongs to several organizations including the North Lake County Civil War Roundtable, the 17th Connecticut Vol. Inf. Re-enactors, and the Sons of Confederate Veterans, where he was the first recipient of the "Distinguished Legionnaires Award". Bob is the immediate Past President of the Lake County Historical Society and is the current President of the Historical Society of Tavares. He is involved in many historical preservation and restoration projects including the saving of the Capt. Haynes Woodlea house.
Author Bob Grenier currently serves as Councilman for the City of Tavares. He moved to Florida from Chicago in 1985. He is an author, preservationist, public speaker, living historian, and board member of the Lake County Historical Society and Tavares Historical Society. His latest
Images of America: Tavares
In 1875, wealthy attorney and newspaperman Maj. Alexander St. Clair Abrams and his wife, Joanna, journeyed north from their home in Orlando to a bridge of land weaving through a chain of beautiful lakes. It was here, in the heart of the state, where Major St. Clair Abrams envisioned a town that would someday be the seat of a new county. In 1880, he began to lay out his town, calling it after a Spanish ancestor, a grandee named Lopez Para y Tavares. St. Clair Abrams made Tavares a railroad hub, believing railroads and waterways were the key to growth and prosperity. He built hotels, mills, factories, and parks. Despite a destructive fire in 1888 that leveled the business district and the 1894 and 1895 freezes that set back the citrus industry, settlers continued to arrive. Today, Tavares maintains its small-town charm while it prospers as "America's Seaplane City."
Save the Gator Queen
Jeffery Lamb is a Florida native and has a true passion for the Sunshine State. He lives with his wife Sherri in Central Florida with their dog Bits. His son Justin is a Political Science major at the University of Kentucky. He loves to sail Southwind, their sailboat in their free time. Writing has become an outlet for his sense of humor and all proceeds from these efforts go directly to higher education for the son he loves at University of Kentucky, who was born with cerebral palsy in 1964. Fortunately, he has a mild case of the disease. Some children are not as lucky, and he has chosen to do a small part in helping make life better for them. Fifty cents of each book purchased goes to the UCP of Central Florida. In the past all money he raised went to the UCP school in Kissimmee. Most of his books are sold face to face at local schools and festivals. He hopes that through this website he can keep in touch with his readers, and also meet new ones.
Save the Gator Queen
“What a summer! Fourteen year old Kylee was not looking forward to spending time at her grandparent’s house near the Ocala National Forrest. After arriving she makes an unlikely friend and things change quickly. Now Justin and Kylee are trying to outsmart kidnappers and save the quiet forest community from a developer’s bulldozer. An endangered flying frog that no one has seen seems to have the answers to it all. They’re in an exciting adventure up to their elbows and should be scared, but they are having too much fun”.
Robert N. Macomber is an internationally recognized award-winning maritime writer, lecturer, television commentator, and defense consultant. He is a continuing lecturer in the Distinguished Military Author Series at the Center for Army Analysis at Fort Belvoir, near Washington DC, and has presented at the U.S. Southern Command’s Notable Military Author Series, the West Point Society, NATO Headquarters (SHAPE) in Belgium, the U.S. European Command in Germany, and at the Office of Naval Intelligence. Mr. Macomber has been an annual guest author and speaker aboard the Queen Mary 2 since her maiden voyage, as well as aboard Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth, and other ultra-luxury liners. He is also a maritime commentator for Florida PBS documentaries. His lectures span 39 various maritime and literary topics.
Mr. Macomber is the author of the acclaimed Honor Series of Naval Historical Fiction, which covers the life and career of Commander Peter Wake from 1863 to 1908, a time when the United States Navy helped America become a global power. His literary awards include an Outstanding Achievement Award for his non-fiction work on Florida’s maritime history, the Patrick Smith Literary Award for Best Historical Novel of Florida (At the Edge of Honor), the John Esten Cooke Literary Award for Best Work in Southern Fiction (Point of Honor), and the highest national prize in his genre, the American Library Association’s 2008 W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction (A Different Kind of Honor).
For more information about the Robert Macomber and his work, visit www.robertmacomber.com.
Honorable Lies is tenth in the series. “It’s September 1888, and Commander Peter Wake, Office of Naval Intelligence, has five days to rescue his two captured operatives from a dungeon in Spanish colonial Havana. But his plan quickly falls apart on the first day when long-time nemesis Colonel Isidro Marrón, head of Spanish counter-intelligence, springs a deadly trap that Wake can’t avoid. Huguenots, Freemasons, the beautiful actress Sarah Bernhardt, the re-election of President Grover Cleveland, and Cuban patriot José Martí are all part of the desperate action as Peter Wake uses innovation and experience to defy the odds.
Aviation in Florida
Mr. McCarthy earned a bachelor's degree in English from LaSalle College in Philadelphia, PA spent two years teaching English as a Foreign Language in the U.S. Peace Corps in Turkey, earned a master's degree in American Literature and a doctorate in Linguistics, both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For his doctoral research he spent a summer studying Arabic at the American University of Cairo in Egypt. His dissertation dealt with the ways that Modern Turkish has changed loanwords from other languages (Arabic, English, French, German, and Persian) to make them conform to the Turkish linguistic system.
After 37 years of teaching linguistics and writing in the Department of English at the University of Florida, Kevin retired in 2005. During that time he also taught for one year at the Lebanese National University in Beirut, Lebanon as a Fulbright Professor of English and two years at King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as a Fulbright Professor of English. He taught writing workshops twice at Hanoi University in Hanoi, Vietnam, and also served as the executive director of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Society for eighteen years.
Kevin McCarthy has published 54 books , mostly about Florida history, culture, and sports. Several books are in their second edition.
Aviation in Florida
Florida—land of perpetual sunshine, open spaces, and endless blue skies, perfect for flying. Blimps, hot-air balloons, bi-wings, jets, space shuttles—you name it: If you can fly it, you can fly it here, and many aviators have. From the launch of Amelia Earhart's final flight to the world's first scheduled airplane flight, important events in aviation have taken place in Florida.
Filled with gorgeous color paintings by artist William Trotter, this book offers the definitive history of aviation in Florida—from the open-cockpit bi-wing planes used by the barnstormers of the 1920s to the jumbo jets and space shuttles of today.
In 1909, after the Wright Brothers turned down a request from Miami’s mayor to set up a school of aeronautics there, Glenn Hammond Curtiss stepped in and established America’s fourth landing field and the first in the South.
The Man With the Fish on His Foot
Bob Morris is the author of the Zack Chasteen series of mysteries set in Florida and the Caribbean, along with numerous non fiction books and original e-books. He contributes to a number of travel and food magazines including Islands, Caribbean Travel & Life, National Geographic Traveler, Virtuoso Life, Bon Appetit, Harbor Style and Edible Orlando. A fourth-generation Floridian, Bob lives in Winter Park where he teaches creative writing at Rollins College. He is also founder and president of Story Farm, a custom publishing company.
Bob’s travels have inspired his series of mystery novels from St. Martin’s Press, each of which takes place on a different Caribbean island. Bob is a former columnist for the Orlando Sentinel, Fort Myers News Press, and The New York Times regional newspapers, served as editor of Caribbean Travel & Life and Gulfshore Life magazines. Bahamarama, was released to wide acclaim and was a finalist for the 2004 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Mystery Novel and chosen by the Library Journal as one the year’s Top Five Mysteries. Morris’s second novel, Jamaica Me Dead, was a BookSense Pick by the American Booksellers Association. Bermuda Schwartz won a 2007 Florida Book Award, a Bronze Medal for Popular Fiction.
The Man With the Fish on His Foot
In this collection of 25 stories, Morris gives readers his twisted take on everything from the dangers of beach-walking and the joys of sweat to the thrill of landing a tarpon and the agonies of boat lust. Carl Hiaasen, a man who should know, says: “Bob Morris is my favorite writer about all things Florida. He makes me laugh until my teeth hurt.” And Dave Barry says: “Bob Morris is funny as hell.”
Bob is also the author of several collections of nonfiction, including Gut Check, Short Road to Hell, All Over the Map, and The Whole Shebang.
Rattlesnakes & The Moon
Dr. Darlin Neal is a native Mississippian who spent her childhood traveling New Mexico and attending 13 different grade schools. She is the 2011 Taos Summer Writers Conference DH Lawrence Fellow. Her work has been nominated numerous times for the Pushcart Prize and has appeared in The Southern Review, Shenandoah, Puerto del Sol and dozens of other magazines, as well as in anthologies such as Best of The Web 2009, and Southern Poetry Anthology: Volume II, Mississippi (Texas Review Press). Ms. Neal holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from University of Southern Mississippi, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing/Fiction from University of Arizona and an M.A. in English/Creative Writing from New Mexico State University. Her research interests include Native American Literature. Dr. Neal is currently an assistant professor in the MFA program at The University of Central Florida. She is the author of the story collections, Rattlesnakes & The Moon and Elegant Punk.
Rattlesnakes & The Moon
“These are haunting stories of people bearing the burdens of ordinary life a lot more completely than most of us ever do. Wives and mothers of inmates, sisters of sisters killed in motorcycle accidents, that wonderful-but-dreary Louisiana swampishness pervasive in these eloquent and exquisitely rendered tales of hardship. These are dark stories lit by headlights and lightning, fluorescent signs and tall highway lights, tough stories so real that they have the scent of the lived-through about them, which is testament to Darlin' Neal's extraordinary gift for prose and story." - Frederick Barthelme, editor of Mississippi Review and author of Waveland
All of Your Messages Have Been Erased
Vivian Shipley has published five chapbooks and nine books of poetry, most recently, All of Your Messages Have Been Erased. She is a two-time recipient of the Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement, and two of her books—Gleanings: Old Poems, New Poems and When There Is No Shore—were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.
Additional honors include the Library of Congress’s Connecticut Lifetime Achievement Award for Service to the Literary Community, the Connecticut Book Award for Poetry, the Lucille Medwick Prize from the Poetry Society of America, the Robert Frost Foundation Poetry Prize, the Ann Stanford Poetry Prize from the University of Southern California, the Marble Faun Poetry Prize from the William Faulkner Society, the Daniel Varoujan Prize from the New England Poetry Club, the Hart Crane Prize from Kent State, the Connecticut Press Club Prize for Best Creative Writing, and the Binghamton University Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award.
Editor of the award-winning Connecticut Review, she is Connecticut State University Distinguished Professor at Southern Connecticut State University, where she was named Faculty Scholar in 2000, 2005 and 2008. She has a PhD from Vanderbilt University and is a member of the University of Kentucky Hall of Fame for Distinguished Alumni. Vivian lives in North Haven, Connecticut with her husband, Ed Harris.
For more information about Vivian Shipley and her work, visit www.vivianshipley.com.
All of Your Messages Have Been Erased
“In her haunting book of poetry, Vivian Shipley effectively captures the striking voices of many people forgotten by history. All of Your Messages Have Been Erased (Louisiana Literature Press 2010) works to shift the balance of power in the fight between history’s selective ear, and the individuals who struggle to be heard.” Adam Nunez, Blue Mesa Review Her new collection has garnered the 2011 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement and The Connecticut Press Club Prize for Best Creative Writing. “Ms. Shipley’s voice is compelling as she speaks for the women in her book. She gives word to their loss and loneliness, their passion, as well as her own. These poems fill the reader with a sense of wonder at the existence of such ordinary people, their extraordinary struggle and alienation, their grief and rebellious attitudes in the face of life’s tragedy.” Stellasue Lee, RATTLE
Olivia Brophie and the Pearl of Tagelus
Christopher Tozier is the author of Olivia Brophie and the Pearl of Tagelus, the first in a middle-grade fantasy series set in the wilds of central Florida and published by Pineapple Press. He was selected as a 2011 State of Florida Artist Fellowship recipient and his poetry has appeared widely.
Chris was born in Dothan, Alabama but early in his childhood his family moved to moose country in Millinocket, Maine. He also grew up in Ridgebury, CT, Wisconsin Rapids, WI, and Cape Elizabeth, ME and lived a decade in Madison, Wisconsin where he graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BS in English and Creative Writing. After a short stint working in a property appraiser's office, his Information Technology career took off. Today, he is happy living in the unincorporated sandpine scrub between Cassia and Paisley, in Central Florida. He can be seen running barefoot along the roads or surfing at Ponce Inlet.
Olivia Brophie and the Pearl of Tagelus
Olivia Brophie and the Pearl of Tagelus is written for middle-graders. It is fast paced, larger than life and filled with lessons on Florida habitat, above and below the ground. It is the first in a series, and by the end of this initial offering Olivia is in even more trouble than she was throughout the previous 214 pages. Tighten your harness and hold on, the carnival ride is about to crank into overdrive." The Florida Book Review
Olivia Brophie feels betrayed. She hasn’t heard from her mom who’s serving in the army in Iraq. And for no reason, her dad sent her to live with her crazy aunt and uncle in the middle of nowhere—the Florida scrub. It seems boring till bears follow her to school, coral snakes leave her gifts, and tree frogs start writing cryptic messages on her bedroom window
Olivia is fascinated by the giant insect walkingsticks that her uncle tenderly protects. He turns out to be crazier than she thought with wild ideas about magnetic currents, cosmic rays, and a mysterious device that controls the laws of the universe. He doesn’t know the half of it.
Along with Doug, a local eco-nerd genius, and Gnat, her videogame-obsessed little brother, Olivia discovers a vast underworld city that holds the secrets of history as well as the way to the future. With the forces of evil at her heels, she finds a brilliant pearl and must use its power to discover her life's ultimate destiny.
Ryan G. Van Cleave is the author of twenty books, including six poetry anthologies and a textbook on writing poetry. He is a freelancer writer, a writing coach, and the Coordinator of Creative Writing for the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida.
Ryan has taught creative writing and literature at Clemson University, Eckerd College, Florida State University, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as at prisons, community centers, and urban at-risk youth facilities. He was also the 2007-2008 Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Washington at George Washington University.
In a fascinating look at how teens deal with the now constant threat of school violence, debut author Ryan G. Van Cleave provides a unique, emotional perspective on how it feels to be the one who can prevent a tragedy. A 2012 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers from the American Library Association and the 2011 Gold Medal Winner in the Florida Book Awards.
Andy is the janitor's son, an outcast, a nobody. Then the rumor starts-that Blake has a gun in his locker. In a moment of misguided hopefulness, Andy steals the keys from his dad and opens up Blake's locker, hoping that finding the gun will change his own status. But the gun isn't there and Andy remains an outcast. When an unlikely friendship develops between the two loners, Blake shares most of his secrets with Andy, including the gun. But there's one secret that worries Andy more than anything-the date circled on Blake's calendar. Does Blake have something planned? Something that Andy can prevent?
Florida Flavors: 500 Years of Eating Locally
Julie is the Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent for Lake County. Julie holds two Bachelor’s degrees, one in Food and Resource Economics from the University of Florida and one in Environmental Studies from Rollins College. She also has a Masters in Agriculture Education and Communication from the University of Florida.
Florida Flavors: 500 Years of Eating Locally
Julie England’s Florida food heritage program. Ms. England will discuss historical foods from early Floridians including Native Americans and Spaniards through current times as well as demonstrate seasonal dishes.
By the Light of the Lighter Pine, A Cracker Collection of Short Stories
William H. Good is the author of By the Light of the Lighter Pine, A Cracker Collection of Short Stories about Natural Florida. His works promote environmental education and responsible and sustainable development and growth that extoll the beauty and majesty of Florida's heritage and Natural environment. William is an entertaining storyteller and accomplished musician. His songs are written focusing on aspects of, and issues relating to Florida.
Mr. Good founded the Lighter Pine Productions and Publishing which offers literary and multimedia materials and events. These materials and events promote environmental education and responsible and sustainable development and growth that extoll the beauty and majesty of Florida's heritage and Natural environment. The focus on sustainable communities addresses the need for community food security and the integration of multigenerational planning. No one needs to use limited natural resources toward their own, or others' extinction, nor use the varied values and needs to divide the generations.
A former five time mayor and nine time city commissioner of Leesburg, Lovell has a passion for his native Central Florida. He grew up in Pedro, which he says in his autobiography was “about 15 miles and 100 years from Ocala.” Raised mostly by an eccentric grandmother and surrounded by memories of his great-grandfather, a wounded Civil War veteran, Bob grew up in a world that was more typical of 19th than 20th century. His kinfolk according to Lovell were self-reliant, defiant and tenacious, as were most other Florida crackers of the time.
That background had a profound effect on Lovell, and he realized history was too important to ignore. As a result, he became a Civil War re-enactor and found himself contented walking among the shadows and ghosts of the old battlefields. He remains a popular speaker at Civil War memorial services and commemorative events.
Lovell first developed his interest in politics beginning in the 1970s, serving on committees and sometimes running unsuccessfully for state office, before finding his niche in Leesburg. Today, Lovell dabbles in real estate and focuses on his grandchildren. His 2005 autobiography is titled, Cracker Outlaw, and Lovell willingly talks about all the ups and downs of his life.
Florida Public Archaeology Network
Jason Moser is the Outreach Coordinator for the Central Region of the Florida Public Archaeology Network. Dr. Moser is an archaeologist and historian with 18 years of professional experience in the field of archaeology. Jason has a BA in History and Ancient Studies and an MA in History from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Throughout his career Jason has worked as an archaeologist for the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, the Maryland State Highway Administration, Anne Arundel County and a number of private CRM firms. In 2002 Jason and his wife, moved from Maryland to Florida so that he could pursue a PhD in Anthropology at Florida State University. Prior to arriving in Florida Jason worked as a Public Archaeologist for five years for Anne Arundel County government. In this capacity he supervised professionals, volunteers, and students in the excavation of seventeenth and eighteenth century sites. This project integrated the county’s historical archaeology program into the social studies curriculum of the public and private school system.
Jason has maintained a strong research interest and focus on the historical archaeology of the Colonial Period. In addition to this interest he has an interest background in maritime and underwater archaeology. In Maryland, Jason served as volunteer SCUBA diver with the Maryland Maritime Archaeological Program and he has also worked with the Maritime Archaeological and Historical Society. His other archaeological research interests include Geographic Information Systems applications in archaeology, industrial archaeology, prehistoric ceramics, maritime history, historic architecture, video editing, photography, 3D modeling and animation for public outreach.
Florida's Ancient Mysteries program
Jules V. Turcsanyi, an avid amateur archeologist, has BSBA degree from Florida Southern. He retired from the Lockheed Martin Missile Div. where he was employed as an Operations Manager for the Patriot missile program. He has studied Florida’s ancient native cultures and their history for the past 30 years.
Jules began his travels through history many years ago when asked to give a program on Florida’s ancient hunter/gathers. From this first attempt he developed a DVD so that our Florida history could be shared by all. Jules makes presentations to various school groups as well as numerous Civic and social organizations throughout the state.
Thousands of years ago small groups of hunter-gatherers wandered onto the North American continent and changed this pristine paradise forever. The first pottery, finely woven cloth, tempered clay pots and many unique stone points were developed on this new continent. Who were these people and where did they come from? Many of the facts surrounding these questions can be provide by amateur historian and archaeologist, Jules.