Wednesday, February 25, 2015

We're posting a post on posters! Win a free poster!

You're probably aware that the theme of this year's Florida Antiquarian Book Fair is Modern Literature: The truth and beauty of fiction. This, of course, refers to anything in fiction published in the 20th or 21st centuries.

It's our way of highlight one part of the vast book fair, one that offers books of many different sorts from the very rare to ordinary reading copies, antique maps, vintage prints and photographs, antique autographs by famous people on significant documents, and so much more.

Last year we highlighted children's literature with the phrase Pages of Wonder, and we had a poster of a youngster in awe of the wondrous things bursting forth from his head, presumably upon reading pages of the book that seems to be precariously balanced on his noggin. (An aside: Few fair goers realized that the young lad who was the model for that poster was the son of the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair's manager, Sarah Smith.)

Next year's theme is Written Relics: Treasured Tomes from Papyrus to Paperbacks. We'll have more about that theme later but you get the idea. We're looking for something to focus on and talk about each year. That's why we have the themes.

But back to the main topic of this blog post. This year's theme also has a poster connected with it, and you see it above. We think it captures not only the spirit of the theme but also our tropical setting. We'll have copies of this poster available for sale for collectors (and you can even send us an email and reserve your copy if you want to do so) but we wanted to alert you to a little promotion we're doing related to this poster over on Facebook. There's a chance for you to win a free poster. Be one of the first ten readers to share this post on Facebook or elsewhere, and send us an email to claim your prize. The first ten emails received will be the winners. Send your entry to floridabookfair2@gmail.com


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Okay, everybody, this is last call. Sign up now!

Sign up for the Book Fair Bulletin and get special insights into the upcoming Florida Antiquarian Book Fair, plus nifty ticket deals unavailable anywhere else. This special email report is coming soon but it'll be available only for those who sign up. We promise not to bomb you with a ton of emails, and we promise never, ever to share your email with anybody else. We'll just stay in touch two or three times a year, and especially just before the book fair (like now). It's FREE, and you can cancel it at any time (but you won't want to because the Book Fair Bulletin will be full of all sorts fun stuff.) Anyway, you've been alerted. Here's how you sign up.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Literature & Libation, a combination with allure

One of the parts of the upcoming SunLit Festival we're particularly fascinated with is the SunLit Crawl, a Pub Crawl with Literature. Our abiding interest probably has something to do with the fact that we're sponsoring it. Still, the lure of Literature & Libation (see what we did there?) would remain strong no whether we were helping to make it happen or not.

That said, we're particularly looking forward to the performances of actors portraying Dead Authors and the living writers portraying themselves and offering a glimpse into some of their work. We're indebted to Maureen McDole, president of Keep St. Pete Lit, and Corinne Broskette, executive director of Venue Theatre Collective, whose efforts and colleagues are responsible for making this event come to life.

It's free and it all takes place on Wednesday, March 11, in the middle of the SunLit Festival. It's also made possible by the generosity of the various businesses that have made their spaces available in the name of literature. Okay, and libation. We'd encourage you to make a night of it. Order food and drink from these establishments so they'll recognize this sort of literary activity as good for business  and want to do it again next year.

Here's the schedule for the evening. We hope you'll be able to make it. Of course, there are 13 other activities that are part of SunLit Festival. We encourage you to go to the SunLit Festival website and learn more about all of these events. Facebook Events are set up for each activity during the week. Click on the GOING button and share the link with friends.

SunLit Festival
Wednesday, March 11
6 p.m.


WINE MADONNA
111 2nd Avenue NE

Foreword Before Party — 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Sip poetic wines and get in the mood for literary revelry


GENERO COFFEE COMPANY
1047 Central Avenue

Chapter 1 — 7 p.m.
Matthew Jackson: Ode to the art of the proper pub crawl.

Chapter 2 — 7:30 p.m.
Jack Kerouac: The road ended in St. Petersburg but the Beat king’s legacy lives on. Portrayed by Robert Gilligan

Chapter 3 — 8 p.m.
Patrick J.F.X. Smith: Aventura Loco, a mad Mexican adventure in the manner of Kerouac but very, very different.

Chapter 4 — 8:30 p.m.
Zora Neale Hurston: The toast of the Harlem Renaissance still tells the tales of her Florida home. Portrayed by Nyela Hope


BODEGA
1120 Central Avenue

Chapter 1 — 7 p.m.

Maureen McDole: Poetic musing about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Chapter 2 — 7:30 p.m.

Ernest Hemingway: The old bard of Key West and Havana at his poignant and macho best. Portrayed by John M. Lowe

Chapter 3 — 8 p.m.
Cathy Salustri, Jon Kile, and Shelly Wilson: "Three Bars"  — Three Authors. Three Chapters. Many bad decisions.

Chapter 4 — 8:30 p.m.
Jack Kerouac: The road ended in St. Petersburg but the Beat king’s legacy lives on. Portrayed by Robert Gilligan


GREEN BENCH BREWERY

1133 Baum Avenue North

Chapter 1 — 7 p.m.
Cathy Salustri, Jon Kile, and Shelly Wilson: "Three Bars"  — Three Authors. Three Chapters. Many bad decisions.

Chapter 2 — 7:30 p.m.
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings: The hard-drinking, Pulitzer-winning scribe of the Big Scrub has a soft side, too. Portrayed by Deanna Scott.

Chapter 3 — 8 p.m.
Gloria Muñoz: Internal and external spaces. Endangerment of culture and expression

Chapter 4 — 8:30 p.m.
Ernest Hemingway: The old bard of Key West and Havana at his poignant and macho best. Portrayed by John M. Lowe


OLD KEY WEST BAR & GRILL
2451 Central Avenue

Epilogue After Party — 9 p.m.
Beat era poetry and jazz into the night.