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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Writers Read

The next meeting of Writers Read will be Tuesday August 4th from 11:00 -1:00. In the Punta Gorda Library on West Henry Street.

This is an opportunity for writers to obtain help with ideas, and constructive criticism from their fellow writers.  We are not experts, but I promise that together we will help you improve your work, or at the very least assure you that it's perfect!

The meeting is free and open to everyone, you don't have to join, or be a member of anything, just turn up.

Should you need any further information, e-mail me at

 Paul Holmes. 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Featured Story - The Man by Kari Burgess

The first I noticed about the man across the seating area at the train station was that he could not sit still. His constant motion drew my attention.  First he would cross his legs then put both feet on the floor and sit erect. 

I was supposed to be reading a book; however, I could not take my eyes off of him.  Peaking from behind the pages of my book I took a better look.  He was immaculately dressed in dark pressed trousers and a crisp white dress shirt open at the throat, his dark leather jacket carelessly tossed across the back of the adjoining chair.

His face was dark, with a day’s growth of beard, his salt and pepper hair was tousled where he constantly ran his fingers through it.  His eyes were a startling aqua blue, made more apparent as they were constantly darting across the room.  His face should have been strikingly handsome, but the worry lines, pinched lips and scowling brow nullified any trace of welcome or contemplation of handsome.   He was not approachable.

Suddenly he grabbed a briefcase and his jacket and began to pace through the aisles and around the milling people.  Each time a train arrival or departure was announced, the man would pause to listen then resume his pacing.  He was a tall, over 6’2” or better, broad at the shoulders, narrow hips, slim but not skinny.  He moved with a military erectness.  Pacing with a lithe, smooth movement as the expressions on his face would tense and then smooth out with a shake of his head much like a caged lion.

He constantly looked at the watch on his arm, then pulled out his phone-glance at it and then put it back.   Something was up---but what?


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Marketing Opportunity

Barnes & Noble Sarasota wrote:
As a lover of the arts we thought you might find this upcoming celebration of a literary icon of interest.
As you may all be aware, Harper Lee, the bestselling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, has a new novel being released on July 14th called Go Set a Watchman.
This highly anticipated new book is a historic literary event as it is the earliest known work from Harper Lee.
Go Set a Watchman features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later.
On Monday July 13th, all Barnes & Noble stores across the country will be hosting an all day Read-a-Thon of To Kill a Mockingbird.
To read the novel from start to finish will take about 12 hours.
We are looking for local community members to be guest readers in our store.
We would love for you to take a 30 minute time slot if you are available on that day.
Are you interested? If so, let’s discuss what time of the day would work for your schedule.
I would also welcome any suggestions you may have on getting volunteers to help us with the celebration of this classic novel...
Thank you for your consideration.
Donna DeTeresa
Community Business Development Manager
4010 S. Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL 34231
p 941-923-9907 f 941-923-9510 | |

Englewood Sports Complex - Thanks Linda S.

Englewood Sports Complex

Dec 12

Jan 23

March 19

Table $20 each

All the authors at this craft event will be in one section.  Off the top of my head, they may have been l0 to l5 author tables at the last event I covered.

Marketing Possibilities - Thanks Linda Schell

Thank you Linda, you have a keen eye for opportunities for our members.

46th Annual Christmas in July (Cultural Center of Charlotte County), July 10 & 11 (9a-3p), and July 12, 2015 (11a-3p). For more information, contact Amanda Segur:

Arts and Craft Show, Venice Community Center, 326 S. Nokomis, August 1, 2015, 10 am - 3 pm. Deadline to register: July 20, 2015. $40 for two, 8 foot tables, 2 chairs; electricity $10 extra. We can share. Brenda Spalding is coordinating. Let her know ASAP if you are interested.

Peridia Christmas Arts & Craft Festival – Nov. 14th - Sandy Miles (941)799-7608

Brenda Spalding recalls cost about $35 last year. Inside and outside spaces.

Englewood Sports Complex Craft Shows: Dec 12, 2015, Jan. 23 and March 19, 2016. Contact Kate Nixon for more info. Venue sells out fast. Tables are $20 each per date and you can share. Info, call: (941) 861-1980

Cracker Storytelling Festival- October 9 – 10, 2015. Theme and age-appropriate vendors needed since Friday is the school day. Contact Daniel Gornoski:, Polk County Parks and Natural Resources

Good Ol' Days Festival - April 16, 2016, celebrates Polk County history with local bands, hand-made crafts, historical groups, etc. $25 vendor fee may be waived for a gift drawing donation of the same value. Contact Daniel Gornoski:, Polk County Parks and Natural Resources

 Book Signings and Other Possibilities

 Gulf Coast Bookstore at the Butterfly Estates in downtown Fort Myers puts local authors "on the top shelf." Charge is $60 for three months’ of display time.

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Copperfish Books – 1205 Elizabeth St., Punta Gorda, FL 33950, 941.205.2560

Echo International headquarters (17391 Durrance Road, North Fort Myers) – Gift shop carries books! 239.543.3246, or

 Mercer’s Micro Roastery and Coffee House (Port Charlotte) will host book signings. Contact Valerie 941-661.6983 or

NYE discount books – will take books on consignment and arrange for book signings. 607A Spur St.,

 Venice – 941.416.2411,

 Sarasota’s St. Paul Early Learning Center is seeking children’s book authors to read their stories to promote literary. Contact Lisa McLean at 941-779-7009.

 Sandman Book Store on Burnt Store Road in Punta Gorda will schedule book signings and take books on consignment.

 Spanish Point gift shop carries books. Contact: Kara Pallin, Programs Director, Ext. 2600 or

 Village Voices – Bradenton Village of the Arts First Friday Art Walk Book signings and consignment. Email or call (941) 748-6865