Writing News for the Sunshine State & the Solar System
www. northfloridawriters. org * Editor: Howard Denson * Apr. 2013
NFW to hear writer-editor-Pirate Brad Hall
on Apr. 13 at Webb Wesconnett
The North Florida Writers will hear the freelancer-editor-and Pirate advocate Brad Hall speak on Apr. 13 at 2 p.m. Saturday, at the Webb Wesconnett Library (corner of 103rd Street and Harlow Boulevard, to the east of I-295). The public is welcome to attend.
A native of Jacksonville, Hall is a graduate of the University of North Florida and, while in his freshman and sophomore years at the community college, was an editorial assistant and key volunteer with the Florida First Coast Writers’ Festival and its contests. At UNF, he had his own radio show to discuss issues important to students. Besides being a leader of the Pirate Party in Florida and being concerned with copyright issues, he also edited "No Safe Harbor" as a member of the Pirate Party. The book was translated into Russian by a volunteer group of bi-lingual Russians and has spread around Russia under the title Опасная гавань (“Dangerous Harbor”).
He assists writers through the intricacies of Amazon’s Create Space and Kindle publishing programs. His most recent Kindle conversion was “My Mother is a Tractor” by Nicholas Klar. He is currently working on several books for Debito Arudou.
In his spare time he is working to create an English translation of Karl Alberti's 1912 German-language collection of Japanese fairy tales.
For the critiques that follow the speaker, someone other than the author of respective works will read aloud the submissions (up to 10 double-spaced TYPED pages of prose, and reasonable amounts of poetry or lyrics). Authors may not defend their work, but they may attach questions they would like answered (e.g., “Is the scene on the beach convincing?”). Authors should listen to the words and rhythms of their creations.
Meet Davidson, Brown, Orth, and Whittington
Apr. 25 at OP’s Black Horse Winery
A “Meet the Authors” session will be held Wednesday, Apr. 25, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Black Horse Winery, 420 Kingsley Avenue, a block west of Park Ave. (Hwy. 17) on the south side of the street. Owner and winemaker Kiyoko Fiedler sponsors this and other cultural events featuring local artists and writers. Guests are welcome at the sessions. It will feature novelists Joyce Davidson and Ron Whittington, along with memoirists Lillian Kiernan Brown and Jack Orth.
.In Davidson’s novel, “Olivia’s Favorites,” the 1898 graduates of Moss Grove, Penn., Olivia's favorites, make unexpected life-choices. Justin fights in the Spanish American War. Ardith, a sultry beauty, heads to bustling New York City. The rascal of the class, Beebee, goes gold mining in Alaska with Andy, and intelligent Elizabeth studies medicine. In her recently released sequel, “Moss Grove,” the group live through the Titanic disaster and World War I, and learn about heartbreak and love for home.
Lillian Kiernan Brown’s “Banned in Boston: Memoirs of a Stripper” tells how she, at age 14, followed her mother and aunts into the glittering and shady world of Burlesque. As Lily Ann Rose, she worked with some of the top talent of the time. She twirled tassels like Sally Keith, envied Sally Rand’s fabulous feathers, and emulated Ann Corio, Boston’s most beloved stripper. Totie Fields introduced Lily with body-beautiful jokes. She worked with the top baggy-pants comics of the day, enchanting audiences and parading to the songs of boy tenors, including Robert Goulet. She knew mob bosses, boxing champs, and prominent politicians, including Jack Kennedy. After being banned in Boston after a wardrobe malfunction, Lily completed her education and built a career as a journalist and radio personality. In 2009, Cambridge, Mass. named April 10 “Lily Ann Rose Day,” for her role in Burlesque history. www.bannedinboston.com
Jack Orth presents an interesting idea in “The Memory Bank.” Unlike familiar financial institutions, The Memory Bank is open 24/7. Even when you are sound asleep, you can make a withdrawal in the form of a dream. No minimum balances required. The interest rate never takes a hit. In fact, the older you get, the more valuable your deposits. One memory Jack will share is his recollection of skipping school to see Lily Ann Rose perform. Born in Boston in 1931, Jack served in the U.S. Marine Corps and is a decorated Marine from the Korean War. He attended Boston University and enjoyed a long career in business-to-business publishing in advertising sales. For years, he wrote a column for New England Advertising Week called "Unorthodox by Jack," and penned guest columns in Marine Corps publications. He also wrote “I Can’t Hear You: A Marine’s Journey through Parris Island and the Korean War” (published in 2004).
Ron P. Whittington, the author of “Second Strike,” is a native of Atlanta and a proud 10-year Texan, Whittington and his family reside in Jacksonville Beach. The writer has had a 30-year communications career ranging from radio and print reporting to freelance writing. He penned his first Parker Glynn thriller “Second Strike” in 2010, followed by a short story featuring Glynn, “The Devil You Don’t,” which was later released as an e-book. The sequel, “Doppelganged,” was published in 2012.
In “Second Strike,” corporate entrepreneur Parker Glynn loses his wife and daughter—and his will to live—when the Twin Towers fall on 9/11. Glynn leaves New York City to escape the memories of their deaths and his guilt over his own infidelity. But the sighting of a man coming ashore on a desolate Northeast Florida beach leads Glynn to discover a terror cell in Green Cove Springs. Fate affords him a final chance at revenge and redemption. www.rpwhittington.com