Today was the opening ceremony of the Miami Book Fair 2015. The weather hasn’t been great. Windy like last year, but at least the rain stopped today. They moved the opening barbecue and welcome into a covered area. Events began in the afternoon, followed by the free meal, and then Patty Smith, who has a book out, and an interesting burlesquish show.
From time to time, we see a news story about how heroin is pervasive in a segment of society that the public wouldn’t expect. The stories talk about the fact that in former years, people believed heroin was a drug abused by the poor, by blacks, by anybody other than well-to-do or at least upper-middle-class white high school kids.
“Heroin in the Heartland,” a 60 Minutes segment broadcast on November 1, 2015, is relaying that same type of story.
Young people who would not be expected to be junkies are just that, and their families are struggling with how it could happen.
Readers of my novel, “White Sugar, Brown Sugar” are often shocked by my portrayal of heroin, and how it crossed the railroad tracks and the river, into the more affluent white neighborhoods in Florida in the late 60’s and early 70’s. They are shocked by my detailed description of shooting up, and all that goes with that, and of how kids like me didn’t believe that adults were telling us the truth when they talked of addiction and other dangers of drug abuse. It describes in great detail how the chemical makeup of an addict or alcoholic is different, how addicts and alcoholics develop a craving that is very, very difficult to overcome.
“White Sugar, Brown Sugar” takes the reader into the rooms of A.A. and N.A. meetings as well as other means of recovering. It shows how one can recover, but how recovery is a life-long process.
“White Sugar, Brown Sugar” is not a self-help book. It’s written as a fictional story. I do not recommend my historical novel to people who are currently abusing drugs or alcohol, or even those in early recovery. But many people who have family member addicts or alcoholics have thanked me for showing the inner workings of the addict or alcoholic, and the intense struggle necessary to recover.
The “Connecting with the Community” series, created and coordinated by the Friends of the Daytona Beach Library, has won the Florida Library Association’s 2015 Friends, Foundations and Boards Award for Outstanding Program.
The series of social and cultural presentations, which began in November 2013 and culminated with a tribute to Dr. Jimmy Huger on April 11, highlighted the important role African-Americans have played in Volusia County’s history. In 2014, programs focused on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This year’s programs addressed contemporary issues and continuing traditions.
After receiving an $8,000 grant from the Florida Humanities Council, the library volunteers developed an ambitious schedule of lectures, community forums, book reviews and musical presentations that attracted more than 1,400 attendees.
Friends’ representatives and library staff accepted the award at the Florida Library Association’s Friends Day Luncheon in Orlando May 14.
The Friends group was founded in 1968 to raise funds, stimulate use of the library’s resources, and support staff in developing programs and services. For information on becoming a member, contact Deborah Shafer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 386-257-6036, ext. 16264
I mentioned in a previous blog that I had met author Julia Crane, and I talked about her books. I mentioned in the blog that Eden Crane designs Julia’s books and other marketing materials, and that I was impressed with Eden’s work. Eden Crane deserves her own post. She even makes the banner pages for Facebook. I love the links to social media she’s put on her page and Julia Crane’s page, although I noticed that, probably because of age difference, Eden doesn’t have Pinterest. I told her today I’d consider using her on my next book and maybe even for some related materials in advance.
Check out her stuff her incredible work:
Eden’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/EdenCraneDesign
I met author Julia Crane at Book Expo America #BEA15, the author of a number of young adult books. I’ve read some of her work, and although I’m not the audience, I found her writing bright and uplifting. I learned about her prior books and series, and her latest.
I told her about The Chiles Academy in Daytona Beach, Florida, and she gave me additional books in the latest series for the students at the Academy. I also met her daughter, Eden Crane, who is a graphic designer. Eden has created Julia’s book covers and other materials, and works for others as well.
Just look at the web site and you will be impressed. I believe I understood that Eden started her company while still in high school.
Everything about the Crane women is impressive – Julia’s books, Eden’s graphic design work, the package of marketing materials, and their overall good spirit, interest and insightfulness.
Eden’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/EdenCraneDesign
I met Don Tate at Book Expo America #bea15. He wrote The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton Poet, along with many other historical stories for young people. Being very gracious, he signed one copy for young author Imon Neveah and another for The Chiles Academy.
Don Tate writes important stories for young people. The blurb about his book, Poet, says: “In the nineteenth century, North Carolina slave George Moses Horton taught himself to read and earned money to purchase his time away from his master though not his freedom. Horton became the first African American to be published in the South, protesting slavery in the form of verse.”
Michael Koryta has written a new book, called Last Words. About one of his prior works, Steven King has said, “THE RIDGE is a classic ghost story, penned by a master. I couldn’t put it down, even though I almost screamed when the wind blew a branch against the tree outside my study. Yes, it’s that scary.”
I met Lynda Jones-Burns, author of A Complicated Love Story at Book Expo America, #BEA15. She wrote a very interesting novel that is perfect for the students of The Chiles Academy in Daytona Beach. It even has discussion questions at the end. She was moved by the mission of the Chiles Academy and signed two books for me. She also said she wants to know more about the school and may stop there sometime.