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Oliver North book signing in Mount Dora, June 17

June 5, 2014
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Gather ‘round the campfire for some of Grandpa’s war stories. Okay, well, not so much grandpa, but definitely war stories. Retired Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North is signing his newest book, Counterfeit Lies, Tuesday,  June 17, at Barrel of Books and Games in Mount Dora, just a 45 minute drive north of the...
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David Yow to publish cat book: not an April Fool’s hoax

April 3, 2014
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David Yow to publish cat book: not an April Fool’s hoax

I heard about this Tuesday and shrugged it off as just another April 1 ha-ha: David Yow — frontman of legendarily noisy and aggressive bands Scratch Acid and the Jesus Lizard (which I hold responsible for at least 8% of my cumulative hearing loss) — is writing and illustrating a book about cats. More specifically,...
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YA author Jenny Torres Sanchez releases new book at Alafaya Library

May 31, 2013
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YA author Jenny Torres Sanchez releases new book at Alafaya Library

We reviewed popular YA author (and former Orlando high school teacher) Jenny Torres Sanchez’s first novel, The Downside of Being Charlie, last year, but with Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia, Sanchez has hit her stride.
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TastyChomps’ Ricky Ly shares his Food Lovers’ Guide to Orlando at Herndon Library

April 5, 2013
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TastyChomps’ Ricky Ly shares his Food Lovers’ Guide to Orlando at Herndon Library

Saturday, April 6 – Local Orlando Restaurant Chefs and Their Recipes 2 p.m. Orange County Library, Herndon Branch 4324 E. Colonial Drive 407-835-7323 ocls.info free Ricky Ly of TastyChomps is one of our favorite hustlers. The UCF grad has turned something most of us have – a deep enjoyment of eating out – into...
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Author Azar Nafisi featured in Rollins College’s Winter With the Writers

February 27, 2013
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Author Azar Nafisi featured in Rollins College’s Winter With the Writers

Nafisi, who finally left Iran in the mid-1990s, wrote about this experience and the impact this exercise had on the lives of these oppressed women in her bestselling memoir Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, which spent 117 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and earned Nafisi a reputation as...
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Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas stops by Orlando Public Library in support of new memoir

December 20, 2012
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Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas stops by Orlando Public Library in support of new memoir

Douglas will meet fans and sign copies of her book, a memoir of stories about her childhood, her beginnings in gymnastics, her struggles with racial bullying and, of course, her exhilarating successes at the 2012 London Olympics.
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Video Interview: 7 Questions with Ron Schneider

November 29, 2012
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Video Interview: 7 Questions with Ron Schneider

In the current issue of Orlando Weekly, you can read in Live Active Cultures about the lessons I learned reading From Dreamer to Deamfinder: A Life and Lessons Learned in 40 Years Behind a Name Tag. Yesterday, I sat down for an interview with the author, Ron Schneider, best know to Disney fans as...
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Francois Truffaut’s Fahrenheit 451 shows at Enzian

September 24, 2012
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Francois Truffaut’s Fahrenheit 451 shows at Enzian

Despite our nearly requisite love for Francois Truffaut’s mod-bathed film adaptation, presented tonight as part of the Enzian’s ongoing Cult Classics series, a love that overlooks Julie Christie’s dual role as Guy Montag’s wife and midlife-crisis pixie redeemer (??), Bradbury hated it.
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Bash for Books fundraiser to support Winter Park Public Library

September 7, 2012
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Bash for Books fundraiser to support Winter Park Public Library

This week, the Winter Park Public Library makes it easy to support them with this fundraising bash styled after F. Scott Fitzgerald’s jazz-age celebration/condemnation The Great Gatsby.
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Gregory Orr reading at Atlantic Center for the Arts

May 20, 2012
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Gregory Orr reading at Atlantic Center for the Arts

Orr posits that writing can “bring ordering powers to the chaos that surrounds us.”
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