Meet the Author
Award-winning author Vanessa Blakeslee discusses writing, revising, and publishing your novel or memoir. She is the author of the debut collection Train Shots (Burrow Press, 2014), and her first novel will be released in fall 2015 by Curbside Splendor Publishing.
Dr. Paul Wehr, author of "Dateline: Pine Castle - Stories of Stories of Orange County 1870-1890 as reported by Will Wallace Harney," speaks about Harney's difficult first few years in Orange County. Harney began his letters to the Cincinnati Commercial newspaper with the byline, "Dateline: Pine Castle," and his focus was on all of Central Florida. Dr. Wehr, an historian of the American Frontier, taught history at the University of Central Florida for 25 years.
Journalist T.D. Allman visits the Orlando Public Library to speak about his career, his new paperback, "Finding Florida," and his thoughts about the future of the city of Orlando.
Historian and author Jim Clark tells stories from Orlando's colorful past, including the tale of how Orlando got (or didn't get) its name, the story of the chicken ranch right outside of Disney World, and a tale of Ray Charles' early career playing clubs in downtown Orlando and Parramore.
Hallie Ephron, author of "There Was An Old Woman" and "Come And Find Me," talks to an audience at the Orange County Library System about her parents, Phoebe and Henry Ephron, as well as how growing up in a writing household and the death of her mother both inform her writing today.
Author Richard E. Foglesong, author of "Married to the Mouse," speaks about the close ties between the economic development of the city of Orlando and its major employer, the Walt Disney World resort.
Meet H. Terrell Griffin, author of the Matt Royal mysteries, at the ninth annual Southwest Author Series at the Southwest Branch of the Orange County Public Library! Presented in partnership with the Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips.
Lucas Daniel Boyce, author of "Living Proof: From Foster Care to the White House and the NBA," speaks about his life and his mother's role in his inspiring journey from foster care to the Bush administration and the Orlando Magic.
Author and publisher Tawdra Kandle shares her indie-publishing success story and gives some good tips for aspiring indie authors to use while promoting their works on Facebook and Twitter.
Ghost hunter and author Dave Lapham reads a story from his recent book, "Ghosthunting Florida." Learn about the ghosts and supernatural residents ghost hunters have reported seeing and experiencing at the Orange County History Center in downtown Orlando.
Why read romance novels? Four authors -- Jax Cassidy, Wynter Daniels, Pamela LaBud and Lori Sjoberg -- discuss why readers are so attracted to the genre. Sponsored by the Orange County Library System and Central Florida Romance Writers.
How do you create awesome, believable characters in a romance novel? Four authors -- Jax Cassidy, Wynter Daniels, Pamela LaBud and Lori Sjoberg -- discuss where their characters come from. Sponsored by the Orange County Library System and Central Florida Romance Writers.
How do you start writing a novel? Four authors -- Jax Cassidy, Wynter Daniels, Pamela LaBud and Lori Sjoberg -- discuss motivation and the role of research in creating a believable romance story. Sponsored by the Orange County Library System and Central Florida Romance Writers.
New York Times bestselling author Andrea Beaty visited the Orlando Public Library to talk about her new book, "Rosie Revere, Engineer," as well as provide advice for children and teens who wish to write.
Joy Johnson, author of the BOOB Girls novels, speaks to the book club at the Southwest Branch Library of the Orange County Library System about the series, which chronicles the raucous adventures of a group of friends living together in a retirement home.
Olympian Gabrielle Douglas, winner of two gold medals for women's all-around individual and team artistic gymnastics at the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games, spoke at the Orlando Public Library about her inspirational story, her training regimen, and her life outside of gymnastics. Douglas recently released her first book, Grace, Gold and Glory.
Authors featured in Burrow Press' short story collection, "15 Views of Orlando," read their work at the Orlando Public Library. (21:41)
Jessica Martinez, author of Young Adult novel "Virtuosity," speaks to teens at the Orlando Public Library about writing from experience and the creation of book covers. (15:59)
Famed attorney, media commentator, and author Marcia Clark visits the Orlando Public Library to talk about her new novel, Guilt by Degrees
, and her transition from prosecutor to novelist. (10:26)
New York Times
bestselling author Harvey Mackay joins Orange County Library System patrons and moderator Terry Brock via Skype for a discussion about his new book, The Mackay MBA of Selling in the Real World
, his writing process, and his philosophies about life. (10:55)
Florida author and documentary filmmaker Bill Belleville reads selections from his new book, Salvaging the Real Florida: Lost & Found in the State of Dreams
, and explains why Florida in its natural state is more beautiful and magical than any theme park or man-made attraction. (12:10)
Author and NBA executive Lucas Daniel Boyce visits the Orlando Public Library to tell the inspiring story of his journey from foster care to the White House and beyond. (18:03)
Accomplished philanthropist, model, mentor, and spokesperson Jaclyn Stapp visits the Orlando Public Library to talk about her new children's book, Wacky Jacky
, and what it was like growing up different from all the other kids. (4:33)
Professor, author, traveler, and urbanologist Max Grinnell speaks at the Orlando Public Library on what urbanology actually is, how he became interested in urbanology, and the two biggest problems facing American cities today. (12:30)
Lifetime Disney fan Jim Korkis explains how he became a Disney Historian and shares how he discovered the stories he tells in his new book, The Vault of Walt
Lucille O'Neal, author and mother of NBA superstar Shaquille O'Neal, visits the Orlando Public Library on Mother's Day to talk about her life, her trials, and her new book, Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go
Poet Linda Everett Moyé visits the Orlando Public Library and tells the story of a dream that became a poem, and a poem that became reality. (9:25)
Jeff Zaslow, columnist for The Wall Street Journal
and author of The Girls from Ames
, talks about co-writing The Last Lecture
with famed Carnegie Mellon professor Randy Pausch during the final months of Pausch's life. (3:57)
Author, comedian, Essence
columnist and former Saturday Night Live
cast member Finesse Mitchell visits the Orlando Public Library to talk about his new book, Your Girlfriends Only Know So Much
Author Rosalie Turner visits the Orlando Public Library to speak about Freedom Bound
, her historical fiction novel about Anna Kingsley, a slave who later became a slave owner herself. (7:11)
Dave Isay, founder of StoryCorps, speaks about StoryCorps' history, its future, and its importance at the Orlando Public Library in Orlando, Florida. (10:29)
Tim Dorsey, New York Times
bestselling author of Hurricane Punch
and The Big Bamboo
, stops by the Orlando Public Library to talk about the life of an author, Florida's quirky locales, and the various real-world inspirations behind his characters and their stories. (9:38)
Rick Yancey, author of The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp
visits the Orlando Public Library and reveals how he writes action scenes for his novels, why you should research your main character's name closely before going to press, and why you should never give up on your dreams. (12:38)
Former film critic for the Orlando Sentinel
, Jay Boyar, discusses his new book, Films to Go
, and how both travel and moviegoing have changed over the years. (5:50)
Bestselling author John P. Strelecky discusses the origins of his hit novel The Why Cafe
and his experiences in the book publishing industry. (11:41)
Central Florida personality and historian Ben Brotemarkle discusses his book, Crossing Division Street
, and gives us fascinating insight into African-American history in Central Florida. (16:39)
Les Standiford, author of Last Train to Paradise
, discusses his book, its origins, and the tumultuous history of the Key West Railroad. (7:48)
Witty and wise astrologer William Lamb answers common astrology questions, gives personal readings, and dispels popular myths about horoscopes and astrology. (10:40)
An interview with Bill Belleville, documentary filmmaker and author of the 2005 Central Florida Reads book selection, River of Lakes
An interview with Connie May Fowler, author of Before Women Had Wings
, which was chosen for the Central Florida Reads program in 2004. (19:52)
An interview with Patrick Smith, author of A Land Remembered
, the selection for the Central Florida Reads program in 2003. (5:29)