Authors in Apalach 2016 Forums
Authors in Apalach Forums March 19, 2016
FORUM 1 10:15- 11:00 Fiction Afar
Dawn Lee McKenna & Charley Farley
FORUM 2 11:15 -NOON
FORUM 3 1:00 -1:50
DIANE ROBERTS with Elizabeth Sturckey-French & Faith Eidse
FORUM 4 2:00 2:50
FORUM 5 3:00-3:30
FORUM 6 3:45-4:45 NON-FICTION
Gill Autrey, Jim McClellan, Susan Cerulean, Sara McFerrin & others
AUTHORS IN APALACH – MARCH 19, 2016 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Center for Culture
“Authors in Apalach” is an organically grown event coming from the very small Apalachicola Municipal Library. This city library essentially serves a city population of just over 2200, but holds a reputation of being a serious repository of Southern and literary titles. In its fifth year “Authors” is honoring 27 authors who live in the Forgotten Coast, or write about this wonderful area. The theme this year is “Apalach in Fiction and in Fact”. The one day Saturday event offers forums by special authors, and the opportunity to mingle with authors in the intimate site of the City’s Center for History Culture and Art, an 1830’s cotton warehouse, which dates back to the hayday of this unusual Gulf frontier town.
“Authors’ is blessed with outstanding authors this year including NYT bestselling author Karen White, whose forthcoming book “Flight Patterns” is set in Apalachicola. We can’t believe that Karen has fallen so in love with our “Old Florida” town. She will even be back in June for a reception at one of the Bay Avenue houses, the fictional site of her book (stay tuned for details).
She is joined by a true Florida Southern bestselling author, Michael Morris, a winner of Christie and a Southern Indie Bookstores award, his fiction from “A Place called Wiregrass” and “Man in the Blue Moon” (set in Apalachicola area) are staples for Southern readers. We have been trying to get him to “Authors” for years.
With a large cadre of authors, it is hard to highlight many, but special this year is the inclusion of Diane Roberts from the FSU Creative Writing Program. Her new book is “Tribal” is about college football and if it is anything like “Dream State” it will really be a treat. A co-worker, Elizabeth Stuckey-French will join her.
A new kid on the block is Dawn Lee McKenna, a young Florida-born author has put out five in her series of “Forgotten Coast Suspense Series” which are flying off the shelves at Downtown Books, one of our local bookstores. We look forward to her attendance at “Authors”.
Food authors are always a hit, and we have returning “foodie” Joyce Lafray, a food critic, restaurant reviewer, author and publisher of numerous cookbooks. She is joined by Johnathon Barrett, a Georgian, and former James Beard judge, with “Rise and Shine” his first title, but with another on the way.
There are a number of authors very appropriate to “Authors in Apalach” who represent both the fiction and non-fiction represented at the event. These include Doug Alderson, Charles Farley, James Hargrove, Jin McClellen, Sara McFerrin and Gill Autrey. All of these will be available on Saturday March 19, for attendees to interact with. Special to the event is our own Lois Swoboda, Apalachicola Times reporter, who has recently published two children’s books based in the area.
Part of the staple authors who are special to this event are Susan Cerulean, our beloved environmental writer, editor and blogger; Faith Eidse, who chronicled in “Voices of the Apalachicola” the folklore of this great river area. Mary Jane Ryals, Poet Laureate of the Big Bend, is a force of poetry and literature, and an outstanding personality. Jan Annino, one of the founding members of “Authors” is a treasure in the Tallahassee area. Her book “She Sang Promise” launched her in the world of Florida Prize-winning authors. Adrian Fogelin is similarly a leader in Junior Fiction, in Tallassee and beyond. Her book “Crossing Jordan”, about race relations, was preformed as a play in Apalachicola. She hosts a front porch library in Tallahassee.
Finally, we are honored to have Vivian Sherlock, in her nineties, former head of the Tallahassee Historical Society, whose “The Fever Man” was the first biographer of Dr. John Gorrie, probably the most prominent citizen of this town, from the “olden days” who designed a machine which created “artificial ice”. This was the origination of air conditioning. His statute stands in the US Capital. We honor her and are so excited that she will be back with us.
The Way We Worked
As many of you know, the Apalachicola Municipal Library and the Apalachicola Museum of Art have joined forces to bring a Smithsonian Museum on Main Street exhibit called “THE WAY WE WORKED” to the Museum starting on January 28 thru March 12, 2016. This post is specifically to let you know that docents are needed to man the exhibit, Wednesdays thru Sundays, 1PM to 5PM for the entire six weeks. There is a very good Docent Handbook and training will be provided. If you have an interest or want to learn more, drop by the Library or send an email to email@example.com, or call (850) 653-8436. Your help is needed to make this a success and I am sure you will find it an enthralling display.
Authors in Apalach- 2014
The Apalachicola Municipal Library strives to provide good reading materials for its patron community. The Library also strives to contribute to the cultural life of Apalachicola. One way we do this is with “Authors in Apalach” an annual event which used to happen in the fall, but in 2014 is coming up on Saturday March 15th. Also new this year is that the event will happen at the Fort Coombs Armory, where authors and others will be able to visit with readers throughout the day, while Forums can also span 10AM to 5PM event.
Around thirty authors will participate this year, as well as publishing companies and bookstores. There will even be free collectible book appraisal. Forums will include a presentation by Sharman Burson Ramsey about how to do historical research before writing historical fiction. Also will be a forum on Putting “Place” Into Your Fiction, Writing for Non-Book Formats, and a forum hosted by Adrian Fogelin (of “Crossing Jordan” fame) and Franklin County School teacher, writing mentor, and wonderfully inspirational Lydia Countryman, entitled Writing For and Outreach to Youth Readers.
A mid-afternoon forum will honor two retired professors, whose research has been the basis of much of what we know about the history of Apalachicola and Franklin County – Dr. William Warren Rogers and Dr Harry P. Owens. Many of you may know Dr. Rogers for his “Outposts on the Gulf”, but did you know that Harry P. Owens, his graduate student, wrote the definitive history of Apalachicola before the Civil War for his PhD thesis? Dr Owens went on to become a beloved professor at the University of Mississippi, where the Center for the Study of the Civil War has named its library in his honor.
The library has always felt, as have others, that his research was not only the best on this town of Apalachicola, but it needed to be more available to the average reader. Because of this the Apalachicola Municipal Library and the Apalachicola Area Historical Society have joined together to offer “Apalachicola Before 1861” in print and available for purchase on the day of “Authors in Apalach”, Saturday March 15th.
Other authors participating (in no particular order and not an inclusive list) include James Hargrove, Doug Alderson, Dale Cox, Vivian Sherlock, Tony Simmons, Caron Myers, Charles Farley, Latham Hudson, Bruce Ballister Olivia DeBelle Byrd and Jeff Bauer. More authors are signing up every day.
Please come join us for “Authors in Apalach”, 10am to 5pm on March 15th at the Armory, with a reception to follow. The event is FREE to the public, and sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council and Franklin County TDC.
During the 2014 event, a forum honored two retired professors, Dr. William Warren Rogers and Dr Harry P. Owens, whose research is the basis of much of what we know about the history of Apalachicola and Franklin County. Many of you may know Rogers for his “Outposts on the Gulf,” but did you know Owens, his graduate student, wrote the definitive history of Apalachicola before the Civil War for his doctoral thesis? Owens went on to become a beloved professor at the University of Mississippi, where the Center for the Study of the Civil War named its library in his honor.
Other authors participating have included James Hargrove, Doug Alderson, Dale Cox, Vivian Sherlock, Tony Simmons, Caron Myers, Charles Farley, Latham Hudson, Bruce Ballister, Olivia DeBelle Byrd, Robert Macomber, and Jeff Bauer.