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Florida Book News - November 18, 2008

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A Special Announcement: Yes... you saw this announcement before. The concert is this week, so I'll keep this article here until the benefit on November 23... It's such a worthy cause. Even if you're not going to go, send them a donation. It'll make you feel good, too. Thanks, Lou
Concert to Support the Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard, Inc.
The Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded to provide special grants to young and mature artists in the fields of music, dance, and visual arts. To raise funds to help artists, the foundation is presenting "Sunday with the Performing Arts" on November 23rd, 2008, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Gleason Auditorium on the campus of FIT.
The audience will be treated to ten or more of Brevard's best, including a string quartet, ballet, singers, flute, piano, harp, with special performances by the multi-talented Deborah Moyer (violin and voice), Saverio Barbieri (vocalist who has performed at the Met) and prodigy violinist, Esther Muradov who has soloed at Carnegie Hall and who was the first recipient of a grant from the foundation.

Check the November issue of Brevard Florida Live magazine when it comes out for a more in-depth story of how the foundation was formed. For now, suffice it to say that it's providing needed grants to artists. Let's get behind this effort to help our own. You can help in two ways. Buy a ticket for $25.00 (tax deductible) for the concert. If you can't attend, you can still help by sending in a tax-deductible donation.

As a bonus, there will be a silent auction at the beginning of the evening. The silent auction will be filled with paintings and sculpture donated by prominent artists as well as jewelry worth thousands offered by Don Travers of My Private Jeweler in Suntree 321-757-0770.

Let's make sure there's a full house at "Sunday with the Performing Arts." Checks for tickets and for special donations should be made out to Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard, Inc and sent to Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard, Inc.; 1861 S. Patrick Dr. #117; Indian Harbor Beach, FL 32937. For information call (321) 254-3398.

Inside this issue
  • News
  • Author Profile - Kee Briggs
  • Author Prifile - Linda Wagner
  • Featured Books
  • Workshops/Conferences
  • Organizations/Meetings
  • This and That (services and misc. announcements)


Joyce Henderson and Heather Tomasello go International

John Wiley and Sons, Inc. recently released a Thai translation of So You Have to Do A Science Fair Project, (ISBN 0-471-20256-8) by Joyce Henderson and Heather Tomasello. The book is also available in Basura, the language of Indonesia, and English.

The book is uniquely geared to the 1st through 6th grade students to help navigate the process of doing a science fair project from start to finish. It does not have cookie cutter experiments for the student to perform, instead it challenges students to select a project based upon the child’s interests. The book includes:
¨ Brainstorming activities for the student
¨ Examples of grade-appropriate experiments
¨ Tips for making a winning backboard
¨ Helpful hints for writing the final paper
¨ A discussion of what judges expect and how to prepare a presentation

For more information, contact Joyce Henderson at

Marshall Frank's New Book due out this week...
Watch for the Author Profile of him later in the week.

Book Xchg
On Saturday, Nov. 1, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., members of the SCWG listened to Shara Smock and Jim Harris discuss books and the writing industry at the BookXchg.

Shara Smock, Secretary of the Florida Writers Association, is the author and/or contributor to “Living With Big Cats,” “Hooking the Reader, Opening Lines That Sell,” “Calliope’s Mousepad: Women Writers Online,” and “How I Got the Gig.”

According to Shara, her book, “Living With Big Cats,” took four years to write and was published by the National Zoological Society. The idea for this book came when she was watching David Tetzlaff train leopards at Jungle Larry’s at Caribbean Gardens in Naples, Florida. Shara was so impressed with the rapport between the trainer and his animals that she requested permission to write a book so others would know the trainer’s story.

Shara’s book, “Hooking the Reader, Opening Lines That Sell,” is a compilation of opening lines and shared insights about writing them. It boasts more than 100 contributing authors such as Jennifer Blake, Stuart Woods, and Michael Connelly.

Shara has been working on a new project about amusing tales told by garbage collectors and is writing short stories. For more information about Shara and her books, you can access her Website at

Jim Harris spoke to the gathering about Don Argo’s book, Canaveral Light. Jim, a member of the Space Coast Writer’s Guild Board of Directors, has won numerous prizes for his writing and is currently writing a young adult novel, On Anna’s Time. Argo, a founding member and past president of the Space Coast Writers Guild, passed away recently. Canaveral Light, his historical Florida novel, was published by the Florida Historical Society Press in 2001. The novel spotlights the Seminole War while blending accurate Florida history and settings. Canaveral Light, can be purchased online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble or by contacting Jim Harris at scwg-Jim

Book Sale: On December 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., SCWG published authors will be at the BookXchg to participate in the Cocoa Village Holiday Craft Fair, meeting the public and selling books. On January 3, 2009, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., SCWG published authors will be holding a roundtable at the BookXchg to discuss the joys and perils of getting published, marketing, and other related topics. The public is invited to come and hear what the writers have to say. Questions from the audience will be taken. If you are a SCWG member and published author and wish to participate in the roundtable, please contact Holly Fox Vellekoop at (321) 733-9449 or

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