Thursday Evening Keynote, September 13, 2012
– Carpe Diem with Both Hands
(Dexterously & Sinisterly)
He also worked for comedian Steve Allen for four years, assisting on TV shows such as Meeting of Minds and the books How To Be Funny and The Funny People. Lindsay has authored 22 plays, wrote several TV sitcoms, and many feature films with his cowriter and wife Hilary Hemingway. For five years Jeff wrote “Fatherhood,” a semi-syndicated weekly column on parenting from the male perspective. He hosted several local PBS-TV shows and a documentary, Hemingway In Cuba, which was seen nationally on PBS. More Info
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Diana Abu-Jaber – Birds of Paradise
was named one of the top books of the year by NPR, the
Her novel, Origin,
was named one of the best books of the year by the LA Times
and the Chicago
Her second novel,
won the PEN Center Award for Literary Fiction and the American Book Award.
Her first novel, Arabian
won the Oregon Book Award. The
Language of Baklava,
her memoir, won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award. She teaches at
Portland State University and divides her time between Portland and Miami.
LYNNE BARRETT’s story collection, Magpies, was awarded the Gold Medal for General Fiction in the Florida Book Awards. Her other books are The Secret Names of Women and The Land of Go, and she coedited Birth: A Literary Companion and The James M. Cain Cookbook. Barrett has received the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Mystery Short Story. Her work has appeared in One Year to a Writing Life, Miami Noir, Delta Blues, A Dixie Christmas, The Written Wardrobe, and many other anthologies and magazines. She is a professor in the M.F.A. program at Florida International University in Miami. More Info
STEVE BERRY is the New York Times bestselling author whose new book, The Columbus Affair, looks at Christopher Columbus in ways no previous author has. Berry’s The Jefferson Key, is the seventh book in the bestselling series featuring Cotton Malone. He also wrote three other stand-alone thrillers: The Third Secret, The Romanov Prophecy, and The Amber Room. Berry has 14 million books in print, which have been translated into 40 languages and sold in 51 countries. Steve and his wife, Elizabeth, have started a foundation, History Matters, dedicated to aiding the preservation of our heritage. So it is fitting that they choose to live in St. Augustine. More Info
Adrian Fogelin – Summer on the Moon
ADRIAN FOGELIN is the daughter of a fiction writer. It’s no surprise that before long she began to write stories of her own. She is the author of seven novels for middle grade readers and one young adult novel. Her latest book is Summer on the Moon, a 2012 title. Her books have received two Florida Book Award Gold Medals and numerous other awards in the U.S., as well as second place for the Premio Selezione Bancarellino, the most prestigious children’s book award in Italy. Her books have been included in numerous state lists including Florida’s Sunshine State Young Readers Award. More Info
Senator Bob Graham – Keys to the Kingdom
is the former two-term governor of Florida who also served for 18 years in
the United States Senate. Senator Graham served on the Senate Select
Committee on Intelligence—including eighteen months as chairman in
2001–2002. Graham is the author of Keys to
a novel of suspense which draws on his background in government and
intelligence. His book,
America: The Owner’s Manual,
teaches the skills of civic participation. Senator Graham has a total of
38 years of public service. More Info
Photo by: B.C. McCullough
bestselling debut novel,
The Perfect Assassin,
is in development to become a major motion picture. His latest novel, Fly
By Night, earned him his second medal at the Florida Book Awards. Larsen
also contributed to the Edgar-nominated Thrillers: 100 Must Reads. A
former Air Force fighter pilot, Larsen has served as a federal law
enforcement officer and is also a trained aircraft accident investigator.
A pilot with 18,000 hours of flight time in over twenty different
aircraft, he is a captain with a major airline and lives in southwest
DEBORAH SHARP, a Florida native, was a seasoned reporter for USA Today. She left the news business behind to write her Mace Bauer Mysteries featuring Mace’s wacky Mama. Her books are traditional, with a southern-fried edge: think Agatha Christie with a couple of cousins named Bubba. The debut book was Mama Does Time in 2008. Mama Sees Stars (2011) was the fourth in the series. Deborah has ridden horseback across Florida as research, and been interviewed on The Today Show. She says the six-day trail ride was easier. A board member for Mystery Writers of America, Florida Chapter, she’s married to TV reporter Kerry Sanders. More Info
Caren Umbarger - Coming To: A Midwestern Tale
CAREN UMBARGER’s first novel, Coming To: A Midwestern Tale, won a Bronze Medal at the 2011 Florida Book Awards. The book is set in Mason City, Iowa, where Caren grew up, and was inspired by the lives of her grandmothers. Caren has a BA in violin performance, and has been a professional musician and string teacher since 1983. She taught and performed in Minneapolis for three decades and is now Artistic Director of the Flagler Youth Orchestra in Palm Coast. Caren lives in St. Augustine where she writes, teaches, and performs with her husband in The Island Duet. More Info
– Imperfect Justice:
Prosecuting Casey Anthony
James C. Clark - Presidents in Florida
JIM CLARK’s book, Presidents in Florida, outlines how the presidents have shaped Florida and how Florida has influenced the presidents. It is the latest of his six well-researched and entertaining books on political history. His previous book, Red Pepper and Gorgeous George, chronicled the 1950 election campaign “that changed everything in Florida.” A veteran journalist and historian, he holds a doctorate in Florida history from the University of Florida and a master’s degree from Stetson University. After working on newspapers in Tampa and Orlando, he joined the University of Central Florida history faculty. More Info
SCOTT EYMAN is the author of 11 books on the film industry, including, with veteran actor Robert Wagner, The New York Times bestseller, Pieces of My Heart. His latest offering is Empire of Dreams: The Epic Life of Cecil B. DeMille, which won the 2011 Richard Wall Memorial Book Award. Eyman has lectured extensively around the world, most frequently at the National Film Theater in London and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Eyman is the literary critic for The Palm Beach Post, and also writes book reviews for The Wall Street Journal. He and his wife, Lynn, live in West Palm Beach. More Info
Hilary Hemingway – Hemingway in Cuba
HILARY HEMINGWAY’s book, Hemingway in Cuba, details her uncle Ernest Hemingway’s life on the island from 1939 to 1960. It was the inspiration for a PBS documentary scripted by Hilary and her author husband, Jeff Lindsay. The documentary led to a feature film, Hemingway & Fuentes, about the friendship between Ernest and his Cuban captain. The film is under development, with screenplay by Hilary and actor-director Andy Garcia. In her session, Hilary will share parts of the PBS documentary and comment on its evolution. Since her books are out of print, she will be happy to sign copies of her books brought by attendees.
Gary Libby - Reflections II: Watercolors of Florida 1835-2000
GARY R. LIBBY is an author and art historian whose latest book is Reflections II, Watercolors of Florida 1835–2000. He is a nationally recognized scholar and author of award-winning books on Florida art. His Coast to Coast: The Contemporary Landscape in Florida was awarded the 1999 Gold Medal as the best museum publication in the Southeastern United States. He received the Florida Art Museum Directors Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. Libby is Director Emeritus at the Museum of Art and Sciences in Daytona Beach, Florida. More Info
William McKeen – Mile Marker Zero: The Moveable Feast of Key West
is the author of seven books and the editor of four more.
Mile Marker Zero: The Moveable Feast of Key West,
is a Florida Book Awards Gold Medal winner. Other books by McKeen are
a biography of Hunter S. Thompson;
a memoir of a 6,000-mile road trip with his teenage son; and two
Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay
Literary Journalism: A Reader.
His writing has appeared in
The Saturday Evening Post,
and many other newspapers and magazines. He is professor and chairman of
the Department of Journalism at Boston University.
Irvin D. S.
Freedom Struggle: The Black Experience from Colonial Time
IRVIN D. S. WINSBORO’s Florida’s Freedom Struggle: The Black Experience from Colonial Times to the New Millennium has received the Stetson Kennedy Award. Winsboro has written more than 50 scholarly articles and serves on the Board of Editors of the Florida Historical Quarterly. He is the author or editor of numerous award-winning books including Old South, New South, or Down South?: Florida and the Modern Civil Rights Movement, and the first book in the Florida Historical Society Press Gold Seal Series, Florida’s Civil War: Explorations into Conflict, Interpretations and Memory. Winsboro is a tenured professor of history at Florida Gulf Coast University. More Info
JAY HOPLER’s poetry, essays, and translations have appeared in numerous magazines and journals including American Poetry Review, The New Republic, and The New Yorker. His first book of poems, Green Squall, won the 2005 Yale Series of Younger Poets Award. Green Squall went on to receive the 2007 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, a 2007 National “Best Books” Award from USA Book News, a 2006 Florida Book Award, and a 2006 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award. Hopler teaches Creative Writing/Poetry at the University of South Florida. More Info
Carolee Ackerson Bertisch – Who Waves the Baton?
CAROLEE BERTISCH is the author of Who Waves the Baton? a book of poetry and prose, and is the recipient of North Florida Writers Festival’s poetry prize for Common Ground. In 2010 Bertisch was the recipient of the EVE Award for her work with libraries.
Lynn Skapyak Harlin – Real Women Drive Trucks
LYNN SKAPYAK HARLIN is the author of poetry collections Real Women Drive Trucks and Press One for More Options. She is currently the senior editor of Closet Books. Harlin hosts the Shantyboat Writers Workshop on her boat docked on the Trout River in Jacksonville, Florida. More Info
Sharon Scholl – Unauthorized Biographies
SHARON SCHOLL is the author of three collections of poetry and two scholarly books. Her most recent poetry collection, All Points Bulletin, is about her world travels. She is a Professor Emeritus from Jacksonville University, where she taught humanities for 32 years.
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