Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Where Do We Go? by James F Weinsier

Although children cannot be sheltered from death, parents can delicately help them ponder the question of where people or animals go when they die with the help of James F. Weinsier's cheerfully illustrated, award-winning children's book, Where Do We Go?

Weinsier's non-secular exploration of death compatibly blends with any religious, spiritual or nondenominational framework, opening a pathway for parents, caregivers and other adults to approach the subject of death within any given belief system, while at the same time giving children the reassurance they desperately need.

In the words of Laura Duksta, author of the New York Times bestseller I Love You More, Weinsier's book "...is a precious tool that will open the hearts and imagination of its readers to a greater awareness of love, life and beyond!"

A USA Book News Award Winner for the "Parent/Family Reference" and "Children's Mind/Body" categories and second-place winner of Florida Writer's Association: Best Children's Book of 2009, Where Do We Go? was born out of Weinsier's tragic loss of three immediate family members over a nine-month period and his search for an effective, loving response to his young grandchildren's questions about the fate of their loved ones.

"My book unfolds the endless possibilities for the hereafter to children," explains Weinsier. "Furthermore, it is an invaluable tool for adults challenged with the bewildering task of discussing the subject of death."

Where Do We Go? (ISBN: 978-0-61523-805-0), a Wondrous Publications book, retails for $12.95 and can be purchased on http://amazon.com and through Books Plus by calling 877-630-8998. Visit: http://www.GoodGriefBook.com for more information.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Transformations - Article 3


Cindy Michaud provided the following information about the upcoming Transformations event.

Annette Clifford/Steve Lomazzo

Annette Clifford is a poet who also writes for the Florida Today News. She was paired with local artist Steve Lomazzo for collaboration in the TRANSFORMATIONS project which will open in the Brevard Art Museum on April 17. Here are a few of their reactions in tackling a joint effort:

Steve Lomazzo – artist- During my first meeting with my partner, Annette Clifford, I stressed that my immediate artistic instinct was to go as far away from the standard “canvas” painting as possible – and I believe I did!

Annette Clifford – poet- I had been thinking of writing a poem about some homeless people after visiting homeless encampments in Melbourne with the Melbourne police as part of my work at Florida Today. I was also reading Janet Flanner's Paris Journal about the bleak and horrifying years of upheaval in Europe before and after World War II at that time and came across the phrase, "I hunt reasons in a decomposed world." Somehow, I knew that was the heart of my poem.

SL - From the outset of being asked to participate in this project, I knew this would be a great challenge. Within the three months of production there were several times I was mired and overwhelmed, but that generally is part of my Modus Operandi.

AC - When I went to see Steven's early sketches and work on the triptych and looked in art reference books at pictures of famous triptychs, I began to see a potentially useful connection between their rich imagery and homage to saints and the lament of "I hunt reasons."

SL - I knew I wanted to use the symbolic image of the triptych altarpiece as the basis for the work and then, who knew where to go from there? I often find that writers are quite timid upon seeing their words illustrated, often times being forced to realize that there might actually be a deeper meaning within than even they were aware of. In this case, there was quite a lot of inherent imagery waiting to be discovered.

AC - The process of working with Steven stretched my imagination each time I saw the sketches and figures he invented for the triptych, since they were somewhat outre, and darkly comic, even frightening, actualizing my own words. They made me think, am I really this afraid and this anxious for the world?

SL - There is no use creating a piece of work that comes easily. If you haven't put your blood, sweat and tears into the work, how can you expect the viewer to feel anything at all?

AC - In future poems, I think I will visualize my words more keenly, get them off the page and up into an imaginary painting of some sort. I'll think, what would the visual transformation of these lines of words look like? I'm sure it will make for better lines of words.


For more information about the project see: http://411.fit.edu/transformtions

Join us April 17 at 7:00 pm at the Brevard Art Museum as all 12 poets and their artist partners share their Transformations work for the first time. This unique presentation will include readings by the poets as well as discussions from each artist: don't miss it!

Project designers: Fay Picardi, Denette Schweikert and Cindy Michaud.

Listen in - JoAnna O'Keefe


How long has it been since you’ve read a poem—I mean a real poem, not a nursery rhyme or a limerick or a Valentine's Day card? Did you ever write one? JoAnna O’Keefe is a noted Florida poet and author of several published books of poetry. American Broadcast will talk with her this week about her life as a poet, her work and inspirations, and whether this ancient art form can still hang on in the age of reality TV and Twitter. She might even read a few of her best. See more at http://joannaokeefe.com.

American Variety is broadcast on Sundays at 7:30 a.m. Eastern time on WFIT-89.5 FM (Melbourne) and 4:30 p.m. on WMFE-90.7 FM (Orlando), and on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. on WQCS-88.9's digital HD-2 channel (Ft. Pierce), Florida. If you're outside the combined broadcast area and want to listen in, the show is streamed live on the internet. Go to http://www.wfit.org/ and click on "Listen Online," to http://www.wmfe.org/site/PageServer?pagename=radio click on "Listen Live to 90.7FM," or to http://www.wqcs.org/ and click on "Listen HD 2 Live."

You might also want to check out American Variety's website at http://americanvarietyradio.com/. If there was a show you wanted to catch but missed, the past few can be heard at "Play Recent Shows."

Charm Catcher and Dream Weaver by Kee Briggs

Kee Briggs is pleased to announce two items. The first is the publication of his new young adult fantasies, Charm Catcher and Dream Weaver. The second item is that Charm Catcher and Dream Weaver was published by Keescapes Publishing, an entity formed to handle the future writings of Kee. All of his work can be seen and purchased at www.keescapes.com or purchased through Amazon or ordered through any book dealer.

Charm Catcher and Dream Weaver are two Asti fantasies. Astis have humanoid form, but they are descendants of Lemurs instead of the Great Apes. They retain their large orange eyes, big noses, peculiar hair and a few other characteristics. They have long been considered by humans to be sub-human. It has long been thought that Astis use magic.

Charm Catcher: When several hundreds Astis gather for a group wedding, a deputy sheriff's 14 year-old son, Mike, and an Asti boy, Mano, rub together as they get swept up into dangerous adult battles.

Dream Weaver: When the boys are sixteen, they come together again. Something is happening to Mano. He is afraid he is dying. Mano asks that Mike help him get back to his family. He doesn't want to die alone among the Mundanes...those without charms.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Beyond Beat - The Turning Point - A Symposium on Jack Kerouac in Florida

Beyond Beat - The Turning Point
A Symposium on Jack Kerouac in Florida

April 10 & 11, 2010
Orlando, Florida
Free Events, Open to the Public

Panel Discussion: Beyond Beat - The Turning Point
Saturday April 10, 2010, 2 PM to 4 PM
Johann Strauss Ballroom, Grand Bohemian Hotel
325 South Orange Ave., Orlando, FL 32801

Panel Members David Amram, Joyce Johnson, and John & Mellon Tytell will share insights based on their personal relationships with Jack Kerouac and their direct participation in one of the most significant periods of American art and literature development. The panel members’ ability to communicate their firsthand experience is sure to captivate all who attend.

Books, Art and other items will be available with sales to benefit the Jack Kerouac Writers in Residence Project of Orlando, Inc. (The Kerouac Project).

Reception and Film Presentation
Saturday April 10, 2010, 7 PM to 9 PM
Johann Strauss Ballroom, Grand Bohemian Hotel
325 South Orange Ave., Orlando, FL 32801

Filmmaker Alan Saperstein will present two short documentary films made on the occasion of appearances by David Amram and Chris Felver in 2009 at Bellamy Road in Melrose, Florida.

A casual reception to start the evening will allow attendees to meet and mingle with the Symposium presenters, coordinators, artists and other notable guests that may be in attendance.

Hors d’oeuvres will be served. Beer and wine will be available for a small donation.

Jack Kerouac: The Florida/New York Connection
Music by David Amram
Sunday April 11, 2010, 7:30 PM to 9 PM, Reception starts at 7 PM
The Timucua White House
2000 S. Summerlin Ave., Orlando, FL 32806

Musician, Composer, Author David Amram presents a one-of-a-kind program to celebrate the legacy of his good friend Jack Kerouac and Jack’s twelve years in The Sunshine State. David and friends will honor the birth of Jazz Poetry traditions by joining Kerouac’s words with original music. Special guest artist, Frank Messina will present original spoken word pieces flavored by Amram’s compositions. Performances are sure to inspire spontaneous collaborative works including the evening’s Grand Finale.

Featured artists work will be on display. Proceeds from Art sales will benefit the Jack Kerouac Writers in Residence Project of Orlando, Inc. (The Kerouac Project).

Note:
Events are sponsored by Bellamy Road (The David Turner Warner Foundation, Inc.) of Melrose, Florida in cooperation with The Jack Kerouac Writers in Residence Project of Orlando, Inc. (The Kerouac Project). Timucua White House venue is graciously provided by Benoit Glazer and family.

Contact Information:
Kimberly A. Buchheit (kimberlybuchheit@gmail.com), cell 321-689-1057
www.kerouacproject.org, Kerouac House on Facebook, www.bellamyroad.org, www.timucua.com

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Cape Canaveral Pen Women Invite You to an Afternoon of Cartooning and Poetry


SAVE THE DATE:

Cape Canaveral Pen Women Invite You to an Afternoon of Cartooning and Poetry
at Satellite Beach Library Saturday, April 24th at 1:30 pm
Beginning at 1:30, “Cartooning in 15 Minutes” with Carmen Beecher.

A celebration of National Poetry Month to follow with a “Limited Open Mic” forum. Share a favorite poem or one you've written (no profanity or erotica).

The Cape Canaveral Pen Women will also host a raffle with proceeds going to their scholarship fund.

Members will display their books, music, and art.

The Public is invited to this special event.

Cartoon by Carmen Beecher

Monday, March 22, 2010

Atlantic Publishing Company Releases New Book on Nonprofit Volunteer Management by St. Pete Writer


Sunny Fader’s Book, 365 Ideas For Recruiting, Retaining, Motivating And Rewarding Your Volunteers: A Complete Guide For Nonprofit Organizations, is now available on Amazon and from select book sellers in the Tampa Bay area. This new tool to help nonprofit volunteer recruiters and managers hone their skills is published by Atlantic Publishing, Ocala, Florida.

The book draws upon the experience of large, successful nonprofits,such as March of Dimes and the American Cancer Society, and regional and local organizations, such as the Missoula Aging Services in Montana and the Santa Fe Rape Crisis and Trauma Center in New Mexico. Two Tampa Bay organizations featured in the book are Lutheran Services Florida, and Tampa Bay’s Bird Steward Program.

Fader explores how large and small organizations today are utilizing websites and social media to reach, mobilize, and manage volunteers in new ways. She provides up-to-date information and resources, as well as case histories that illustrate concrete, tested approaches to solving many of the challenges recruiters and managers face in today’s highly competitive nonprofit arena.

Sunny Fader can be reached at sunnyfader@tampabay.rr.com

Love...Like Snow In Florida On A Hot Summer Day by Tracy L. Darity


Author, Tracy L. Darity
Releases New Book
Love...Like Snow In Florida On A Hot Summer Day

Best-selling author Tracy L. Darity, finalist for the Multi-Cultural Literature Advocacy Group's, Best New Fiction Author Award, follows-up her debut release He Loves Me He Loves Me Not! with, Love...Like Snow In Florida On A Hot Summer Day.

Fans of Darity's powerful flare for story-telling are set to become engrossed in another great story filled with true-to-life dilemma's dealing with love, betrayal, and commitment.

When LaDamien Bryson takes stock of his life, he realizes he needs someone to share it with. In his late thirties, he is unmarried and childless. He decides it is time to take a wife. In Kim Friar he finds a smart, devoted, and nurturing woman whom he feels is just as good of a candidate as anyone else. The two quickly wed, and a year later their daughter Ariel is born. Fast forward and in walks Mya Blake, a woman LaDamien once desired years earlier. Faced with honoring his commitment to Kim, or pursuing what he believes is a love of a lifetime, LaDamien makes a drastic decision that causes three lives to become intertwined and sets the stage for a dramatic battle for his affection.

Love...Like Snow In Florida On A Hot Summer Day pits wife against mistress and forces a husband into a struggle to maintain control of his home while trying to hold on to the love of both women. Families choose sides, friendships are taken through the fire, but the unsuspecting twist to this phenomenal novel will leave readers speechless.

Tracy L. Darity self-published her debut novel He Loves Me He Loves Me Not! ten years after penning the manuscript. She was inspired to follow her dreams after attending the 1997 Essence Music Festival and meeting authors Michael Baisden, Tananarive Due, and Eric Jerome Dickey.

Books by Ms. Darity are sold under the label, Teganjaz Books Presents....

Reviewers agree, Darity has a knack for drawing readers into a story and extracting emotional responses to her characters. For additional information on the author and her work, visit: http://www.TracyLDarity.com

Love...Like Snow In Florida On A Hot Summer Day...........ISBN: 9781449986360

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A Life Revealed by, Suzi Katz


Young Adult Fiction:

A Life Revealed
by Suzi Katz (www.suzikatzbooks.com)
ISBN: 9780615304984
suzi katz books
330 pp. $14.95
Trade Paper (September 2009)

Synopsis: Tragedy can strike in a split second. But what if that tragedy brings with it both heartache and mystery? After her parents are killed, seventeen-year-old Chloe Jacobs discovers that she's been part of the Witness Security Program her entire life. While enduring twenty-four hour protection from U.S. Marshals, Chloe secretly searches through her tangled family history...and realizes that in order to find the truth, she'll have to fight for her safety, dreams, love...and ultimately her life.

Author: As a working mother, volunteer and passionate youth advocate, Suzi Katz focuses her energy on teens and helping them build positive futures. Her commitment to young people drives her personal and professional lives, and her latest venture as an author is no exception. With the release of her debut novel A Life Revealed, Suzi Katz launches Suzi Katz Books, a
publishing house dedicated to exploring the lives of young adults and the complicated choices they face each day. Following her support of children's causes, a portion of the proceeds from the sales of A Life Revealed will be donated to the International Child Art Foundation. Suzi resides in Orlando, with her husband and daughter.

The Castaway


Romance:

The Castaway
by Piero Rivolta (www.pierorivolta.com)
ISBN 9780979201295
New Chapter Publishers
160pp. $19.95
Hardcover (April 2010)

Synopsis: A man adrift on a broken catamaran in the Gulf of Mexico is rescued and brought to a care facility in the Yucatan run by an unconventional Jesuit. The man seems to remember nothing of his past except his name. To speed his recovery, the priest engages him in searching
conversations and introduces him to a captivating woman who runs a school for children in town. As their three lives intertwine and their secrets come to light, they become entangled in a complex web of emotions. Told in poetic prose, The Castaway, which continues the story begun in Sunset in Sarasota, is a fable-like meditation on the nature of memory, beauty, love and
friendship, and offers a profound affirmation of the healing power of words.

Author: Piero Rivolta comes from a family of Italian automakers and has been a writer all his life. He left his native country for the United States and a climate better suited to his maverick personality in 1980, and became a successful real estate developer and luxury boat builder. Now a resident of Sarasota, he has written three novels and two books of poetry.

Disturbing the Peace by P.D. LaFleur


Mystery/Thriller:

Disturbing the Peace
by P.D. LaFleur (www.pdlafleur.com)
ISBN 97809792597-2-2
330 pp. $15.99
RGI Press
Trade Paper (January 2010)

Synopsis: Sheriff Lawrence Garrison has sworn to protect and to serve the struggling population of fictional Dodge County, far from Florida's towering, condos and gated communities. On the other side of the world lays oil-rich Chechnya, where restless patriots seek to share in the petro riches of its Russian motherland. Accepting one final contract before retirement, Emilio Fortino, professional operative and assassin, develops a kidnap scheme to pressure Russian leadership into granting valuable concessions. When Fortino snatches the jet-setting son of the Russian president during the Super Bowl in Tampa, his path crosses that of Sheriff Garrison, and both hunter and prey learn that they are unlikely foes who share a moral code and sense of honor. Their decisive confrontation leads readers to a dramatic and unexpected conclusion.

Author: P.D. LaFleur is the author of four novels and several short stories. A native of New England, LaFleur has enjoyed a diverse career that includes café owner, business consultant, and president/CEO of a Boston-based financial services firm. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and currently lives on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico where he is a frequent lecturer on writing and continues work on a fifth novel.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Transformations - Article 2


Cindy Michaud provided the following information about the upcoming Transformations event.

These are the thoughts of Ruth Moon Kempher and Nancy Dillon about their experience in collaborating as partners in the Transformations Project.

Ruth Moon Kempher – poet- It was the critters in Nancy Dillen's work that drew me to her. She sent me a disk and her website, and I knew from the images that she was blessed with the gift of putting creatures into painted life.

Nancy Dillon – artist – On May 6, 2009 I was introduced to my poet partner Ruth Moon Kempher. To find out who she was I went on the Internet to find a sample of her poetry. There was a poem entitled “Summer Bummer and the Daisy” posted on a site. After reading it I realized we have interests in nature, animals, and surrealism.

RMK - What Nancy picked up, happily, from reading the poems I sent her, was that most of my work, however surreal, is autobiographical.

ND - … I looked around my studio and saw my sink that dates to the early 1900’s. It reminds me of my Grandmama, so I sketched it with an image of a woman bent over it. This image I liked better than the previous, but felt Ruth should have some say. I shot digital images of them and email Ruth to see which she preferred.

RMK - … when she sent me a sketchy draft of an elderly woman bending over a sink, it wasn't her grandmother I recognized, it was my Dad's mother. It was my Gramma, and her kitchen with the remembered smells that came into the new poem, along with the garden flowers, and all. To tell the truth, it was somewhat frightening, when my familiar images appeared as the picture grew.

ND - Reading poetry does not come easily for me. To understand her surreal work, I needed to approach her poetry as if I were taking a class. I collected a pencil, sheet of paper, and a dictionary, selected one book, and started taking notes.

RMK - I've been asked if I would participate in this sort of project again, and if it has changed my writing. I think I have been writing far too many years to be changed by one poem,….. but if I could be sure I'd be lucky enough to meet up with someone as marvelous as Nancy, yes I'd do it.

ND - What a rich learning experience and delight to work with such a talented poet. Would I do this again? Yes, I feel like I learned a great deal about poetry, about myself as an artist, and got to meet and work with a new friend. I now wonder what other new images and word games we could conceive.

For more information about the project see: http://411.fit.edu/transformtions

Join us April 17 at 7:00 pm at the Brevard Art Museum as all 12 poets and their artist partners share their Transformations work for the first time. This unique presentation will include readings by the poets as well as discussions from each artist: don't miss it!

Project designers: Fay Picardi, Denette Schweikert and Cindy Michaud.

Upcoming Events at the Sanddollar Bookstore in Venice, Florida

Don't miss these March events at the Sanddollar Book Store in Venice, Florida. Become a regular at their events:

Thursday, March 18th @ 2:00 pm: Tom Lowe signs “The 24th Letter.” [isbn# 978-0312379186 ]. us.macmillan.com/the24thletter. A rising star in St. Martin’s stable of suspense authors, Tom Lowe returns with a strong second novel. www.tomlowebooks.com/

Friday, March 26th @ 1:00 pm: Joe Gillan signs “Just Before the Dawn.” [isbn# 978-0982017142]. www. josephagillan.com/

Friday, March 26th @ 3:00pm: LeRoy Salerni addresses his Italian heritage and the debt owed to his Italian immigrant parents in the memoir, “The Youngest Son, Memoirs from the Motherland.” [isbn# 978-1936051052]. www.theyoungestson.com/home.html


Saturday, March 27th @ 1:00 pm: F. Joanne Phillips signs “Short Takes on Life.”

Tuesday, March 30th @ 2:00 pm: Mary Gottschalk discusses and signs her inspirational memoir “Sailing Down the Moonbeam.” [isbn# 978-0979799723 ]. A five-year sailing adventure offers a compelling metaphor for a fascinating journey of self-discovery. www.sailingdownthemoonbeam.com

SANDDOLLAR BOOKSTORE
272 Miami Avenue West
Venice, FL 34285

http://www.sanddollarbookstore.com/

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(941) 480-1930

Friday, March 12, 2010

Silver Telly Award

The prestigious Silver Telly Award, the highest honor of its kind, was won by Alan Gerstel and The Education Network for the video, Laura Woodward: Visionary Artist, based on the book by Deborah C. Pollack, Laura Woodward: The Artist Behind the Innovator Who Developed Palm Beach.

From over 13,000 entries from the U. S. and around the world, Laura Woodward Visionary Artist took first place in three categories: Documentary, Cultural, and Education.

"The Telly Awards honor the very best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions. The Telly is one of the most sought-after awards by industry leaders, from large international firms to local production companies and ad agencies."

To visit The Education Network's website: http://www.palmbeach.k12.fl.us/ten/

Alan Gerstel can be contacted at 561-738-2708

For more information about the Laura Woodward book: www.laurawoodwardartist.com/woodwardbook.html

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Climate of Uncertainty by William Stewart


Oceanview Publishing announces the launch of Ocean Publishing’s new title, Climate of Uncertainty by William Stewart. Ocean Publishing’s focus is on environmentally important books, as evidenced by Climate of Uncertainty.
Why then, is Oceanview Publishing, a premier publisher of mysteries and suspense and thrillers, making this announcement?

The answer is: parental pride. Bill Stewart is one of the Gussin/Stewart “kids”, the son of Patricia (Stewart) Gussin and Bob Gussin, co-founders of Oceanview Publishing.

But Bill’s not really a “kid” anymore. He’s the head of the climate change/global warming division at an international law firm. In Climate of Uncertainty, Bill tackles all of the major climate change issues facing our world today. And he does so with an objectivity seldom seen in an arena so fraught with dissent, distorted information, and extremism.

This is the perfect book for anyone seeking an unbiased examination of all sides of the climate debate. Even though the subject is complex, Bill has made it intriguing and so understandable that readers will feel like experts by the time they finish the book.

You can find out about Bill at www.oceanpublishing.org
Or, www.climateofuncertainty.com
Or, www.cozen.com

And of course, you can buy the book on Amazon and lots of other places.

Seriously, even though we are Bill’s parents, this is a must-read book for everybody.

Climate of Uncertainty by William Stewart

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Ready...Set...Tweet! A Speedy Guide to Twitter by Lou Belcher


Good morning. I just received copies of my book Ready...Set...Tweet! A Speedy Guide to Twitter and it is now available on Amazon.

If you are new to Twitter or know someone who might need some help getting set up and started on Twitter, I've written this book for you. The book is short and to the point. It tells the how-to of it all, complete with screen shots to help you understand what to do.

In addition, it covers the uses of Twitter and particularly how to use it to help market yourself or your book or product.

I hope you enjoy it. To read an excerpt, go to http://readysettweet.com

Monday, March 8, 2010

Jesus My Son by Mary Bailey


Mary Bailey will have a book signing at Sebring Christian Church Friday March 12 &
Saturday March 13 8:00-12:00 to benefit Relay for Life

Enjoy this delightful journal as Jesus’ early life unfolds through the eyes of His mother. Mary’s story offers a fresh perspective of the miraculous birth and other events that may have happened in those thirty years Jesus lived with His earthly family. Mary’s view provides possible answers to questions often asked of Jesus’ early life. Questions such as:

Why did Mary hurry to Elizabeth’s shortly after the angel’s announcement?
Why is the visit from the Magi only mentioned in Matthew?
How did Luke know the intimate details of the birth?
If the shepherds spread the word concerning the birth, why didn’t everyone know who Jesus was?

Mary Bailey retired from the Commonwealth of Kentucky after serving thirty years as a technology professional. She spends winters in Sebring, Florida, where she continues to work on the remaining years of Jesus’ life.

Discover more about Mary and Jesus My Son on her http://www.jesusmyson.com/ website.

Mary’s book is available in paperback, hard cover and e-book downloads at http://www.authorhouse.com, it can also be ordered through your local bookseller or preferred on-line retailer such as http://www.bn.com, http://www.amazon.com

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Congrats to Jennifer Swanson


Jennifer Swanson, Award Winning Author Of The Penny And Rio Series Of Children’s Books, Signs With Mariposa Press Inc. For Distribution Throughout France

Jennifer Swanson’s award winning Penny and Rio early chapter book series features interactive books that lead to exceptional learning. Swanson’s books, already translated into Thai and distributed in Thailand, will now be distributed in France

[March 3, 2010, Jacksonville FL] Jennifer Swanson, author of the highly acclaimed Penny and Rio series of children’s books, recently signed with Mariposa Press Inc. for distribution of her titles in English language bookstores throughout France.

"Children around the world will be delighted with the ingenuity of these two dogs,” stated Ms. Swanson, “as they solve mysteries and go on adventures right from their own backyard. Great for classrooms or home school, these award winning early chapter books will provide engaging entertainment while also creating exceptional learning opportunities. I am very happy to be working with Mariposa Press."

Mariposa Press Inc. will be handling distribution of Ms. Swanson’s titles to English language bookstores throughout France. Mariposa will also be representing Swanson’s titles at France’s main book expo, the Salon du Livre.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Transformations


Cindy Michaud provided the following information about the upcoming Transformations event.

Most artists and writers love signing their name to a finished piece: it symbolizes the end of creation and the presentation of your ideas to the world. Some days we lay the brush or pen down in triumph, some days we clean the brush or dust the keyboard in frustration. But have you ever wondered what it might be like to tackle that “creative project” as part of a team…to end up with a product that was completed in collaboration?

TRANSFORMATIONS set out to challenge some talented folks with just that thought. We paired 12 published poets with 12 established artists, gave them nine months, few restrictions and no rules on how to work. The end goal was that from each pair a totally new poem and a totally new piece of 2D art would emerge.

Our honorary chair was no less than the state poet laureate Dr. Edmund Skellings. Our location for the great “reveal” is the wonderful Brevard Art Museum. And, as a special bonus, for those wondering just how anything at all happened, there will be a 100+page book published detailing the progress of each pair as they felt their way around the challenge.


Mark April 17 on your calendar and join us at the museum as the poets gather from around the state to read their original pieces while their partner artists drop the veils on new art.

For more information go to the web at http://411.fit.edu/transformations . And stay posted at BereavedArtNews.com: we’ll be sharing personal reactions from several of the pairs over the next several months.

Project designers: Fay Picardi, Denette Schweikert and Cindy Michaud.

E. Lynn Wright - upcoming events

E Lynne Wright will join a distinguished panel to discuss "Writing Women Back Into History" at the Women's History Celebration taking place on March 23, 2010 at Florida Institute of Technology.

On March 27, she will join other local authors at the Brevard Central Public Library and Reference Center for the Brevard Authors Book Fair, where she will be available to sell and autograph books.

Enjoy Florida history through author E. Lynne Wright

E. Lynne Wright has published three books of non-fiction. Her most recent one is It Happened in Florida. The new second edition of It Happened in Florida has just been published by the Globe Pequot Publishers and is available in book stores and online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The new edition includes some updated material and two new chapters.

It Happened in Florida.

From 1513, when Ponce de Leon discovered the Land of Flowers, then on into the new millenium, It Happened in Florida takes readers on a tour of some of the characters and episodes in Florida's vibrant past.

Read about the inventions of Gatorade and air conditioning, how The Mouse chose Orlando for his kingdom, and how the Nazis invaded Florida during World War II. A new chapter touches on Dan Marino's legendary football career and celebrates his all-out dedication to the health crisis of autism.

Sometimes inspiring, sometimes zany, always fascinating stories about events that helped make the Sunshine State what it is today. Easy-to-read, informative tales of some captivating moments from Florida's history.
More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Florida Women, Edition 2

A brand new updated and expanded edition of More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Florida Women has just arrived in bookstores and online. This collection of biographies tells the stories of fifteen women who helped make Florida what it is today. With strength and compassion these women broke through social, cultural and political barriers to make lasting contributions to society.