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North Florida Writers. . . .Aug. 16, 2005

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AUTHOR('S BOOK) IS HIGH IN THE SKY

David Poyer has often been a New York Times best-seller and has received various recognitions, but itís one thing when an astronaut is reading your book in space. If you want to read what a Virginia newspaper reported about Down to a Sunless Sea and lit in space, click here.

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DOCTOR SCHOLLíS POETRY POWDER A WINNER

Poet Sharon Scholl, professor emeritus from Jacksonville University, won first prize in the Panama City Writer's Festival for rhymed poetry. She sent in a villanelle that she wrote for the Ponte Vedra Book poetry course taught by Lynn Skapyak Harlin this summer.

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Her villanelle started with "Each twig upon my tree has speared a star" and repeats the line at specified places during the poem. (The most famous villanelleís is Dylan Thomasí "Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night.")

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The Panama City Writers Festival has invited her to the gala evening Sept. 20 to read her poem.

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Sharon Scholl has two collections of poetry Unauthorized Biographies and All Points Bulletin (published by Closet Books).

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JUBILATION FOR KELBY

A member of the Mystery Writers of America, N. M. Kelby a/k/a Nicole Kelby has three books to her credit: Company of Angels, Theatre of the Stars, and soon Whale Season. She has been notified that Kathy Minton read "Jubilation, Florida" in the literary magazine, One Story, and wants to use it on "Selected Shorts," a program on National Public Radio (which has famous actors read short stories).

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For more information, go on Ms. Kelbyís website at www.nmwelby.com.

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BOOK-SIGNING FOR "CROWNS" SATURDAY, AUG. 20

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Hereís how a book or work of art evolves: Michael Cunningham noticed the unusual hats worn at African American Churches and took photographs of them to chronicle the wearersí "hattitude" about life, their faith, and their family.

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Next, Craig Marberry asked if he could write text to go with the photographs. They collaborated, and Random House published Crowns, which became a best seller.

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There will be a book-signing from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, in the Ezekiel Bryant Auditorium at North Campus. This event is sponsored by the Jacksonville Chapter of The Links and Stage Aurora.

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Thereís more to the evolution of Crowns. In the next metamorphosis, Regina Taylor loved the book and photographs and asked if she could turn the project into a musical-play. Her musical has been lauded for the performances in St. Louis, Cincinnati, etc.

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Consequently, Stage Aurora is having the Jacksonville premiere of the gospel musical.

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The performances for Aug. 19-21 and Aug. 26-28 will begin at 8 p.m. on Fridays, at 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturdays, and at 3 p.m. on Sundays.

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Ticket prices range from $8 for students (with ID), to $12 for seniors. Call (904) 765-7373 for information about advanced tickets and group rates ($15 to $20).

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Howard Denson - editor

hdenson@fccj.edu