Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Much to Do during Much Ado

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Much to Do during Much Ado

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Much Ado About Books, the annual celebration of reading and

writing that benefits the Jacksonville Public Libraries, mixes

literary stars, book talk, a luncheon and an Elizabethan gala to

wrap up the day on March 15.

Events range in price from free for the discussion groups to

$15 for lunch to $100 for gala tickets.

Headliners are novelists Olivia Goldsmith, Paul Levine and

William Diehl.

Goldsmith, a New Yorker who spends summers in Vermont and

winters in Florida, is the author of First Wives Club, Flavor of

the Month, Fashionably Late, Simple Isn't Easy, The Bestseller

and Marrying Mom.

Levine, who lives in Coconut Grove and is a lawyer and a former

newspaper reporter, is winner of the John D. MacDonald award for

fiction. He is the author of Flesh and Bones, To Speak for

the Dead, Night Vision, False Dawn, Mortal Sin and

Slashback.

Diehl, who lives on St. Simons Island, Ga., was a report

er, an editor and a photojournalist before he began writing

fiction at 50. He is the author of Sharkey's Machine,

Primal Fear, Chameleon, Hooligans, Thai Horse, 27 and Show

of Evil.

Goldsmith and Levine will be keynote speakers at the luncheon at

12:45 p.m. at Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 W. Water St.

Diehl will take part in two discussion groups during the

morning. At 10:30 a.m., he will talk about how to make The New

York Times Best Seller List. At 11:30 a.m., he will join a panel

discussing writing later in life.

There are three periods of discussion with the 20 authors who

are taking part in Much Ado About Books.

Topics to be discussed and participants in the first period,

9:30 to 10:15 a.m., are:

Photo Essays -- More Than How to Load Your Nikon: Kelly LaDuke

and Woody Winfree, moderated by Marian Elliott.

The Novel -- Southern Gothic to Science Fiction: Janice

Daugharty, George Garrett, Jack McDevitt, moderated by Frank

Green.

The ABCs of Writing and Publishing Non-Fiction: Barbara Gray,

John Hammond, Marvin Montgomery, Troy Soos and Howard Wallace,

moderated by Mims Cushing. …

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