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Florida Book News - April 19, 2009

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Autism Talk: In honor of Autism Awareness Month, Judith Mammay, author of Knowing Joseph and It's Time, will be presenting, "What Does Autism Look Like" at the Melbourne Library on Fee Avenue on Tuesday, April 21, at 3:30 p.m. This presentation will be based on her book Knowing Joseph and is intended for children, but will also be good for adults who wish to know more about autism.

Judy will also be at the Autism Awareness Festival at Wickham Park on Saturday, April 25, representing the Space Coast Writers' Guild and will have her books on display.

Congratulations to Deborah and Joel Shlian. Their latest novel just won the Gold Medal for Genre Fiction for the Florida Book Award. Rabbit in the Moon is an international thriller that takes place primarily in China during the short-lived student democracy movement of 1989 that ended with the Tiananmen massacre. The book is also a finalis for Book of the Year from ForeWord Magazine.

Deboarah and Joel will be honored on May 7th at a banquet and book signing sponsored by the Florida Library Association for all the winners in all categories of the book award. For more information about their book, the website is

Rita Milios recently released Dream Share from Rose Heart Publishers. It's a paranormal novel for middle graders (8 - 12) with a non-fiction section at the end.

It's the story of a twelve-year-old who accidentially enters the comatose state of his older brother and the two begin exploring the mystical realms between life and death. Fun soon turns to fear as the boys find themselves fighting for their lives. Each is forced to confront their own demons in order to survive.

In addition to being a psychotherapist with a spiritual bent, Rita Milios has been an educational writer for more than 20 years with more than two dozen non-fiction/curriculum children's books published. Flor more information, visit the upcoming website (May 09) at

Congratulations to Annette Clifford on Her New Book

Book launching of World's Toughest Job by Florida Today writer Annette Clifford.
Satellite Beach resident Annette Clifford announces the birth of World's Toughest Job, a collection of her best columns about motherhood and family life published in Florida Today since 1998.

Clifford will sign books on Saturday, May 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Patrick Paperbacks at 1680 Highway A1A in Satellite Beach.

She'll also take part in an event in celebration of National Poetry Month on Saturday, April 25 at 1:30 p.m. at the Satellite Beach Public Library sponsored by the Cape Canaveral Branch of the National League of American Pen Women. The event spotlights Melbourne poet JoAnna O'Keefe and is free and open to the public.

Clifford's columns have appeared in newspapers nationwide and capture the joys, trials and endless absurdities of parenthood today. Her hilarious yet thoughtful writings draw laughter from readers and smiles of recognition from moms and dads glad to know they're not alone in the chaos of raising young kids.
The Florida Society of Newspaper Editors and the Florida Press Club have both honored Clifford's work.

World's Toughest Job, according to Clifford, will renew your energy to meet the challenges of parenthood and running a house full of children and makes a great Mother's Day present for the mom in your life.

Clifford is also an editorial writer and author of travel guides. Her fiction has appeared in magazines and journals. Her award-winning story "We eat our peas for the souls in purgatory" was included in Microfiction:An Anthology of Really Short Stories, from W.W. Norton, Inc.

She is available to speak for club and group meetings.

For more information or to order a copy of World's Toughest Job, go to Clifford can also be contacted at or at 321-779-0664.

JoAnna O'Keefe to speak. In celebration of National Poetry Month, poet JoAnna O'Keefe will speak about Embraced, her new collection of poems, at the National League of American Pen Women's meeting on April 25 at 1:30 p.m. at the Satellite Beach Public Library. The event is free and open to the public. Light rrefreshments will be served.

O'Keefe's poetry reaches a wide and diverse audience. Senator Bill Nelson's wife, Grace, read "Come to the Garden" at the 51st National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C.

In 2007, for the commissioning of the USS Mesa Verde in Panama City, Florida, O'Keefe's poem "courage" was emblazoned on parchment along with a quote by Andrew Carnegie and a statement by President George Washington to represent the ship's motto "Courage, Teamwork, Tradition." The parchment was presented to the ship's captain, officers, and dignitaries as a momento of the occasion.

O'Keefe has been a member of Pen Women since the early eighties. Pen Women is an organization of professional writers, artists, and musicians who support the arts and charitable works around the Space Coast.

They include Florida Today writer Annette Clifford, who recently published World's Toughest Job, a collection of her best columns on family life, and who will also be present at the April 25th meeting.

Contest: Pulse Magazine and Writers One Flight Up are sponsoring a writing contest. The winner's story will be published in the July issue of Pulse Magazine. It's a flash fiction contest. Submit fiction prose of no longer than 650 words written to the prompt "Firecrackers..." All submissions must be submitted electronically to The deadline is May 31st, 2009.

May Book Xchg Event. The next Book Xchg event is scheduled for Saturday, May 2nd at 1:00 p.m. The presenter for that event is Manish Chary, a new member of the Space Coast Writer's Guild. Manish is the author of India: Nation on the Move. It's a fascinating, comprehensive look at India, the Indian culture , and it's impact on the United States and the rest of the world.

Manish Chary was born in India. He arrived in the United States to pursue a master's degree in engineering. He worked for Ford Motor Company for 7 years, then went on to pursue his MBA. He has been working at General Electric Company and currently lives in the Suntree area of Melbourne, Florida, with his wife and two children.
Since arriving in the United States, Manish has watched with interest the developments in India as it embarked on its new journey as a market economy. Two years ago, he decided to organize his thoughts and research into a book.

His debut book, India: Nation on the Move, presents insights into India, which is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. This book is an all-in-one reference manual with facts, figures, and a practical introduction to India's people, culture, history, economy, foreign relations, and myriad of other topics like India's unique arranged marriage system and it's emergence as an IT powerhouse.

Come on May 1st to the Book Xchg and hear more about his fascinating book. The Book Xchg is located at 604 Brevard Avenue in Cocoa Village, Florida. (321) 639-5624.

Nicholas Hopkins author of The Sunshine Dream Resort spoke at the last meeting at the Book Xchg. His book is about Odin Hobbs who has a heart attack and dies for a few minutes. As a result, Odin has vivid dreams for the rest of his life. When Oden and his wife visit the Sunshine Dream Resort in an effort to patch up their marriage, he learns the truth about his dreams.

Hopkins entertained the audience at the Book Xchg with the story of writing The Sunshine Dream Resort. He is currently writing a second novel. To read more about Hopkins and his books, go to

Orlando Writer's Workshops announces a "Fast Track to Getting Published" series.
Each one-day writing intensive has a unique focus, so choose the ones that interest you -- and receive a discount when you register for multiple workshops. Sharpen your craft and learn the secrets of what it takes to get published in today's competitive market. Enrollment is limited and pre-registration is required. Reserve your seat today.

Workshops take place at either Swoope Studios in Maitland or the Maitland Garden Club at Lake Lily Park. There is breakfast/coffee and a meet and mingle beginning at 9:15 a.m. Classes begin at 10 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. A delicious, chef-prepared lunch with vegetarian options will be served as well as late afternoon refreshments. Go to and click on Weekend Intensives for complete information.

Topics include:

April 26th - Literary Magazines and Contests Publishing Panel

May 17th - Imagery I: Sensory Detail as the Writer's Building Block

May 31st - Imagery II: the Magic of Misfit Details

June 7th - Revision Strategies: Point-of-View

June 14th - Writing about Place: The Spatial Gaze

Florida Tech is hosting a Creative Writing Institute.

Florida Institute of Technology's Creative Writing Institute is scheduled for May 17 through 22, 2009. Classes will be held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of that week from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday are days for writing.

Published authors and professors will provide a place where writers can express themselves. It will include a variety of classes for beginners and advanced writers of fiction, poetry, performance poetry, writing for mass media, scriptwriting, role playing writing, science fiction, writing for children and mystery writing.

For more information, contact, or There is also a website with the schedule. It is

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