More than 35 self-published authors and illustrators will showcase their latest works
(Sarasota, FL) Area authors will meet their readers at the second annual Sarasota Book Fair, Oct. 5, 2013, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. This literary festival showcases independent, self-published authors and illustrators of adults’ and children’s books. The fair is being run in collaboration with ABCBooks4Children, Inc., a not-for-profit organization with members from Tampa to Ft Myers. Readers of all ages are invited to meet locally based writers, peruse a variety of their books, and listen to inspired readings by the authors themselves. Admission is free. For more information about this event, call 941-365-2032 or visit www.artsarasota.org.
According to event coordinator, Brenda Spalding, “Sarasota is famed as a visual artists’ colony. People forget that it’s also been a thriving writers’ colony since the days of John D. MacDonald. We’ve got some great living authors here, and they’re anxious to meet their public.” She adds that the upcoming book fair will showcase 35 to 50 regionally based authors and illustrators, some of whom are members of the Florida Writers Association, Peace River Writers, and the National League of American Pen Women.
“The book fair offers the community the opportunity to meet our area’s wealth of talented self-published authors and illustrators,” says Spalding, adding that the event features literature for all ages.
Attendees can meet Boston-born Elinor Rogison, who has lived in many parts of the world. Her book, Chasing Love: A Mother’s Journey, describes the struggle with her past after her youngest child disappeared in India. Or Lucy Beebe Tobias, a former journalist, whose books include 50 Great Walks in Florida, highlighting great, short walks all over Florida; Florida Gardens Gone Wild, proving helpful information about gardening in this sub-tropical paradise; and Mary Margaret Manatee, a picture-book about a young manatee who learns to go with the flow. Siesta Key resident and thriller writer Nick Manolukas will be on hand with his novels, The Coming of a New Millennium and 2004: An Olympic Odyssey. Tom Williams, a former Army lieutenant colonel and finance guru, has six novels under his belt, most notably Final Margin Calls, a murder mystery that was called prophetic in its timeliness of being published before the US financial debacle. And Venice resident Kathi Cellura donates all proceeds from her novel Forever Footprints to non-profits in South Sarasota County through the Kathleen F. Cellura Foundation at The Community Foundation of Sarasota County.
Other authors already confirmed include:
· Brenda Spalding — Just Batty, Hayden’s Garden, and Hayden’s Halloween.
· Carole Stevens Bibisi — “Tails” of American Bronte and My Alphabet.
· Diane Adams Taylor — Circles in Time.
· D.I Havlin — Blue Water, Red Blood, The Cross on Cotton Creek, A Place No One Should Go, The Hangin’ Oak, and September on Echo Creek.
· Clarissa Thomasson — A Lost Trail, Who’s a Friend, Hattie to the Rescue, Jocko Pays a Visit, and Where’s Eddie?
· Julia Mowery — Little Nessie, Kranzweg Castle.
· Kate Nixon — The Heirloom Pearls.
· Jacqueline Paske Gill — The Monster in the Basement, My Childhood Winter, and Summertime Is Here.
· Nancy Buscher — At the Beach, Emma’s Dilemma, Brandon Grows a Vine, Lucky Dog Diner, and Elfwood — the Shiny Silver Steam Engine.
· Caroline McKeon — The Rockstar and the Fan, Own Your Business…Own Your Life!!! and Managing Your Time…Managing Your Staff…Managing Yourself.
Spaces are still available for $25 for a six-foot table or $15 to share. Deadline to apply is September 25, 2013. All authors should be self-published. For more information, email Brenda Spalding at Brenda@artsarasota.org or call (941) 365-2032.
About Art Center Sarasota
Art Center Sarasota was the first arts and cultural institution in Sarasota. It was founded in 1926 as the “Sarasota Art Association” by Marcia Rader, the art supervisor for the Sarasota County schools district. In the early years, the group met monthly and sponsored exhibits in rented facilities. The Association was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1943 and has been in its current location in the Sarasota Bayfront Cultural District since 1949. Art Center Sarasota is now a membership-based organization that offers curated and juried exhibitions, adult and youth education programs, outreach initiatives for underserved youth, and culturally related public programming. Art Center Sarasota’s mission is to inspire individual creative expression, nurture artistic talent and provide the community with accessible and diverse visual art opportunities.