East Lake Community Library

January - October 2014

The East Lake Community Library Author Showcase is an opportunity to hear authors talk about their books and their writing and for the audience to interact with them.  All author talks are from 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of the month.

(For more info, go to: Author Showcase Blog)

JANUARY 21st: Cynthia Sandor -- Four months before her mother passed away, Ms. Sandor accidentally found a journal written by her mother who was a member of an elite group of young girls in the Hitler Youth during World War II.  The biography, Through Innocent Eyes: The Chosen Girls of the Hitler Youth, chronicles her mother’s path from childhood to adulthood and shows how she gained strength, confidence, and maturity.  It follows Trudel (Gertrude) as she becomes a member of an organized group for young girls and then spends a year “working in a farm camp.” For more information on the author, please go to http://cynthiasandor.blogspot.com

FEBRUARY 18th: Wayne Ayers -- Wayne Ayers is a reporter and feature writer for Tampa Bay Newspapers and serves on the Board of Directors of the Indian Rocks Beach Historical Museum.  He culled images from a variety of sources, including his personal collection, the archives of the Pinellas County and Indian Rocks Beach Historical Societies, and the St. Petersburg Museum of History, to create this unique and entertaining "living history" of the Gulf Beaches.  He is the author of Tampa Bay's Gulf Beaches: The Fabulous 1950's and 1960's and Florida's Grand Hotels from the Gilded Age.

MARCH 18th -- Cary Siegel -- He is the author of  Why Didn’t They Teach Me This in School?  99 Personal Money Management Lessons to Live By.  His book offers eight lessons giving the reader practical principals to help people manage their finances.  If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to get a better handle on your finances, do come to this talk.  He is a retired business executive.  After earning his MBA from the University of Chicago, he began his career in brand management with Kraft and went on to lead several companies in marketing and sales.  He has been the lead speaker at over fifty sales meetings and marketing seminars, and was honored with over twenty awards during his career.  Following the principles from this book (along with hard work) allowed him to retire at the age of forty-five.​ For more information on this author, please go to http://www.whydidnttheyteachmethisinschool.com/.

APRIL 15th: Tim Dorsey -- Tim Dorsey was born in Indiana, moved to Florida at the age of 1, and grew up in a small town about an hour north of Miami called Riviera Beach.  He graduated from Auburn University in 1983. While at Auburn, he was editor of the student newspaper, The Plainsman.  From 1983 to 1987, he was a police and courts reporter for The Alabama Journal, the now-defunct evening newspaper in Montgomery.  He joined The Tampa Tribune in 1987 as a general assignment reporter.  He also worked as a political reporter in the Tribune’s Tallahassee bureau and a copy desk editor.  From 1994 to 1999, he was the Tribune’s night metro editor.  He left the paper in August 1999 to write full time.  Tim has since published seventeen novels in several languages: Florida Roadkill, Hammerhead Ranch Motel, Orange Crush, Triggerfish Twist, The Stingray Shuffle, Cadillac Beach, Torpedo Juice, The Big Bamboo, Hurricane Punch, Atomic Lobster, Nuclear Jellyfish, Gator A-Go-Go, Electric Barracuda, When Elves Attack, Pineapple Grenade, The Riptide Ultra-Glide andTiger Shrimp Tango (January 28th, 2014).  He lives in Tampa with his family.  For more information on this author, please go to http://www.timdorsey.com/home.html.

MAY 20th: Laura Kennedy -- She recently sold her young adult novel, Double Take, to Fire and Ice, a division of Melange Publishing.  It is scheduled to be released in March 2014.  Set in the fictitious town of Coral Cove, Florida (which sounds suspiciously like Tarpon Springs), Double Take is about sixteen-year-old Brooke Bentley whose convertible breaks down one night in front of an old Victorian on Spring Bayou.  With a dead battery and dead cell phone, Brooke runs to the door of one of the relics, hoping it’s the home of her mother’s friend, Elaine.  Instead she’s greeted by an elderly butler in a faded black tux who reminds her of the guy on the box of Uncle Ben’s Rice, except he isn’t smiling.  Invited out of the rain, Brooke meets Laura de France, a delusional 1950’s movie star who claims she starred in the role of Gwyneth opposite actor Robert Wagner in the movie Beneath the 12-Mile Reef.  Interestingly enough, the actual movie was filmed here in Tarpon Springs in 1953.  For more information on the author, please go to http://laurakennedy17.wordpress.com

JUNE 17th: Cathy Unruh -- She is the author of Taming Me: Memoir of a Clever Island Cat.  She wrote her novel with Lucy Miracle, the cat, as narrator.  Learn how Lucy moves form feral cat to house pet and now lives a life of love in a nurturing home.  Lucy accompanies the author to share this night with you!  Ms. Unruh currently hosts the talk show Up /Close with Cathy Unruh for WEDU0TV in Tampa-St. Petersburg.  She is a nationally recognized animal advocate and Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist.  For more information on the author, please go to http://www.cathyunruh.com.

JULY 15th: Lynn S. Combes -- She is the author of A Garden Full of Butterflies.  Lynn S. Combes’ first daughter died at the age of five. Her experience with the grieving process gave birth to a desire to help others deal with grief and also spawned a special book about losing a loved one.  The characters in her book are ten-year-old Marissa whose mother has died and Mrs. Chancey, a kindly neighborhood woman who also lost loved ones.  Mrs. Chancey takes Marissa under her wing and shares her flower garden and its butterflies with the young girl.  In the garden their relationship grows and helps them both deal with loss.  For more information on the author, please go to http://www.lynnscombes.com/.

AUGUST 19th: Elizabeth Phillips Goehringer -- An accomplished photographer, graphic artist, poet, and author of Fuel for the Fire, A Photographer Looks at the Psalms & several web sites.  The Fire Trilogy portrays life in a world increasingly ordered by a global government as the planet convulses with earthquakes, disease, corruption and war hurtling ever closer to what appears to be the end of the age.  A resident of Florida's Gulf Coast, Elizabeth is working on Blood and Fire, a sequel to Fuel for the Fire.  For more information on the author, please go to http://www.elizabethphillipsgoehringer.com or http://www.bloodandfire.net.

SEPTEMBER 16th: K. Trap Jones -- He is an award winning demented horror author of novels and short stories that appear within various anthologies.  With a sadistic inspiration from Dante Alighieri and Edgar Allan Poe, he has a temptation towards narrative folklore, classic literary works and obscure segments within society.  His novel, The Sinner (Blood Bound Books, 2012), won the Royal Palm Literary Award and appeared on the 2012 Bram Stoker Award Preliminary Ballot.  His splatterpunk novella, The Drunken Exorcist, is published by Necro Publications.  His narrative short story collection, The Crossroads: A Collection of Narrative Horror, is available from Hazardous Press.  He is also a member of the Horror Writer's Association and can be found lurking around Tampa, Florida.  For more information on the author, please go to http://ktrapjones.wordpress.com.

OCTOBER 21st: James Swain -- He is the national best selling author of fourteen mystery novels, and has been published in the United States, France, Japan, Russia, Germany and Bulgaria.  His books have been chosen as Mysteries of the Year by Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus Reviews, and have received three Barry Award nominations, a Florida Book Award for Fiction, and France’s prestigious Prix Calibre .38 for Best American Crime Fiction.  He has written Dark Magic and most recently, Shadow People, which are both part of the Peter Warlock Series.  Along with writing novels, the author is considered one of the world’s foremost sleight-of-hand artists, and an authority on gambling cons and swindles.  For more information on this author, please go to http://www.jimswain.com.

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