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Hurricane Relief – Top Thriller Writers Contribute a Flurry of Books!

Hurricane Relief – Top Thriller Writers Contribute a Flurry of Books! It’s no joke, of course. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria have done deadly damage in Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean. We in the Tampa Bay area were braced for a direct hit when the storm shifted and we were spared the worst of it.…

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Big Cypress – The Heart of Swampness

How an art gallery trip turned into an unexpected walk through real Florida—magical, wild, peaceful Big Cypress—and changed a writer forever “Moonrise” by Clyde Butcher In 2004, hurricanes savaged the Gulf Coast. Charley, Frances and Ivan cut deadly swaths across Florida. Though the roof of our 1968 house on the Intracoastal had been mauled and…

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Tough Women

Lisa Unger knows a thing or two about strong women, In her new book, THE RED HUNTER, these women are fighters, warriors, and survivors. They’ve been knocked down and pick themselves up again and persevere. So in honor of Women’s History Month this March, Lisa discusses below how these charters came to be and how everyday…

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An Evening with Stephen King and John Grisham

Wow! I’m still seeing stars this morning after attending Bookends: An Evening with Two Literary Giants featuring Stephen King and John Grisham. Held at the State College of Florida and benefitting the Manatee Library Foundation, this fundraiser commanded over $200,000 last night. I was privileged to meet both authors at the VIP reception held before the…

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Raisins in my Palm

During the Great American Teach-In last week, I arrived a little early and caught the presentation before mine. A rabbi, the mother of one of the other students in the class, gave a presentation on mindfulness. Every kid (and adult) held a raisin in his or her palm while the rabbi asked the room to…

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Second Saturday Art Walk in St. Petersburg

Last night was our first time doing the Second Saturday Art Walk in St. Petersburg, Florida. And I can’t believe we haven’t done this sooner!  We started the evening at our friend Duncan McClellan’s Gallery in the Warehouse Arts District, which is one of the most beautiful and inspirational galleries, working studio, and homes I’ve visited anywhere in the…

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Eugene Lang Commencement Ceremony

It was such an honor to participate in the beautiful Eugene Lang College 2015 commencement ceremony! And it brought back so many wonderful memories of my time at this amazing school.  Congrats to Stephanie Leone (winner of the Eugene Lang Dean’s Alumni Circle Award) and all The New School Graduates of 2015!          …

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New York City Lights to Florida's Sugar Sand for Love

The first place I ever loved was New York City. I had a very glamorous aunt who lived a fabulous life in a Park Avenue apartment, and from my very first visit, everything about the place—the buildings, the people, the noise, the smells—mesmerized me. As soon as I was old enough to know what I…

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2015 TBBCA Charlie Hounchell Art Stars Scholarships

Tampa Bay pals, do you know a talented young writer? I’m thrilled to be judging the Literary Arts entries for the 2015 TBBCA Charlie Hounchell Art Stars Scholarships. Charlie was a dear friend and I love being able to honor him by helping a young writer follow his or her dreams.

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