Charlotte County Florida Weekly

Turtle Crossing Book Bazaar offers fun with a literary spin

The Turtle Crossing event is sponsored by Sandman Book Co. and Book-Broker.

The Turtle Crossing event is sponsored by Sandman Book Co. and Book-Broker.

From the one-room schoolhouse to the lure of the open road, reading and writing are a part of our lives.

The Turtle Crossing Book Bazaar, to be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, celebrates the ways in which words and our lives are interdependent. From a children’s garden of music, storytelling and face painting to lectures on selfpublishing, the editing process, and writing for children, the bazaar brings readers and writers together.

The bazaar also features classic cars from Don Royston and the Veteran Car Club of America, evoking memories of Jack Kerouac’s “On The Road” or the movie “Thelma and Louise.” The big red bus from the Florida’s Blood Centers, A Division of One Blood Inc., will be on site, attracting donors and perhaps lovers of crime and suspense — maybe even vampires.

The live music of Les DaCosta will stir the souls of romance writers and readers alike.

It’s all good fun — with a literary spin.

Other attractions include:

• American Contra Dance: Jigs and reels from Ireland, Scotland, Canada and America, with live music by Impromptu Assembly and calling by Gillian Carney.

• A menu of literary dishes, such as pizza à la Hemingway, from Burnt Store Market & Restaurant.

• Jay Farnham, local children’s author and musician.

• Storytellers Saturday

• A storybook parade and costume contest. Kids are encouraged to dress up as their favorite literary heroes and participate — a great opportunity to wear costumes from school and Halloween

Topics and lecturers include:

• “The Publishing Trap” by James Abraham, book editor and publisher

• “Writing Suspense Novels” by Chuck Emma, author of “Lawyers, Lies and Lipstick”

• “Writing for Children” by Joyce Crawford, author of “I Dare You Disaster”

• “Writing History: Punta Gorda 125 Years Ago” by Vernon Peeples Sr., author of “Punta Gorda: In the Beginning, 1865-1900”

• “Writing Contemporary History” by Sally Simon, author of “Punta Gorda Dreams”

• “Writing a Sequel” by Naomi Pringle, author of “Ginga Root Tea”

Space is still available for authors. Committed authors include:

Sharon Buchbinder, “Killer Kisses”

Joyce Crawford, “I Dare You Disaster”

Gene Domienik, “I Remember the Yorktown”

Chuck Emma, “Lawyers, Lies, and Lipstick”

Jay Farnham, “The Porcupine”

Christina Harrington, author of “Held Close by An Angel”

Mark James, “Fishing with Dynamite”

Don Landy, “Unconditional Love”

Elaine Myers, “The Adventures of Lizzy Beth”

Vernon Peeples, “Punta Gorda: In the Beginning, 1865-1900”

Dieter R. Philippi, “My Path Through Life from Europe to the USA”

Naomi Pringle, “Ginga Root Tea”

Linda Roman, “Mystic Mustangs”

Sharon J. Sapp, The Oquar Series”

Felicetta (Chet) Sciré, “The Other Side of the Menu”

Jac Simensen, “Black Mamba”

Sally Simon, “Punta Gorda Storms”

Clarissa Thomasson, “Florida Sunset”

Debra Tolar, “Paint Me Black All Over”

Sponsors include Sandman Book Company and Book Broker Publishers of Florida. For more information, call Sandman at 505-1624 or Book broker at 258-4920 or go to ¦

>> What: The Turtle Crossing Book Bazaar
>> When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17
>> Where: 16500 Burnt Store Road, Punta
>> Cost: Free
>> Info: 505-1624, 258-4920,

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