Martin County Library System Press Releases

December 30, 2009

BookMania! in Depth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                                                                       

DATE:  DECEMBER 29, 2009                                                                                                       

CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403                                       


Jan. 22 fundraising cocktail party, Hot Havana Nights, kicks off popular book festival.

STUART, FL, Dec. 29, 2009 – Martin County Library System’s 16th annual BookMania! author/book festival returns to the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, beginning 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, with 25 nationally recognized authors participating in panel discussions and  readings in the John F. Armstrong Wing and book signings in the library courtyard.  Also returning that day is the 2nd annual KidsMania! on the second floor in Children’s World, featuring a balloon artist at 1:00 p.m., with free balloon creations, and children’s book author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Lunch Lady series) at 2:00 p.m. followed by a book signing.

Free and open to the public, BookMania! is funded  by the Library Foundation of Martin County and underwritten by the Colonel Charles C. and Muriel W. Walts Fund.  Media sponsors are Stuart Magazine and the Stuart News.  A program of BookMania! events, with author biographies, is on the library Web site at and at all Martin County libraries.  Schedules also are included in the January MCLS Library Connection.  For more information call 772-221-1403.

The public can get a “sneak preview” of BookMania! authors and their books at the kickoff fundraising cocktail party, “A Signature Event: Hot Havana Nights,” 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22 in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library.  Presented by the Page Turners Society, this unique affair welcomes BookMania! authors to Stuart and gives book lovers the chance to mingle with new and favorite authors over food and drinks.  Books provided by Barnes & Noble will be available for purchase and signing during the evening.  Tickets are $75 and space is limited. For more information call the Foundation office, 772-221-1409.

The BookMania! festival begins 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23 with physician Roberta Lee, M.D.., discussing her new book, The SuperStress Solution, which details a 4-week program to bring balance to your life.  Vice Chair of the Department of Integrative Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, Dr. Lee is one of four graduates of the first class from Dr. Andrew Weil’s Program in Integrative Medicine.  She’ll sign books 9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. 

At 9:30 a.m. Human Resources professional Edie Donohue, Ph.D., moderates the Past, Present, Future panel featuring Sheramy Bundrick (Sunflowers), Masha Hamilton (31 Hours), Paulette Jiles (The Color of Lightning) and James O’Neal, known to many as crime novel writer James O. Born, with a new science fiction novel, The Human Disguise.  Book club members will recognize Masha as author of The Camel Bookmobile.  Each will sign books from 10:15 p.m. – 11:00 a.m.

At 10:30 a.m. Palm Beach Post Books Editor Scott Eyman moderates the Miami and the Siege of Havana:

Misfortune and Malfeasance in the Tropics panel, bringing together Ann Louise Bardach (Without Fidel:  A Death Foretold in Miami, Havana and Washington) and Gerald Posner (Miami Babylon:  Crime, Wealth, and Power—A Dispatch From the Beach).  Ann Louise is one of the few Americans to have interviewed Fidel Castro.  Seen regularly on MSNBC, the History Channel, CNN and CBS, Gerald is also chief investigative reporter for The Daily Beast. The two will sign books 11:15 a.m. – noon.

MCLS Humanities librarian Luann Justak moderates the 11:30 a.m. Novels of Substance panel, with Robert Goolrick (A Reliable Wife), author of  The End of the World as We Know It, and  author and editor Rakesh Satyal (Blue Boy), who will sign books 12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Jeri Butler moderates the 12:30 p.m. Femmes Fatales panel, which features Lisa Black (Evidence of Murder), who worked five years in a morgue, Must Love Dogs author Claire Cook (The Wildwater Walking Club) and Dead-End Job mystery series writer Elaine Viets (Killer Cuts).  The ladies sign books 1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

At 1:30 p.m. international best-selling author Steve Berry (The Paris Vendetta) and New York Times best-selling author James Rollins (Altar of Eden) command the stage discussing their thrillers. James wrote the blockbuster movie novelization,  Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.  Steve has over 9 million books in print in 50 countries and 37 languages.  Both will sign books 2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


The 2:30 p.m. Discover Great New Writers and Barnes & Noble Recommends panel moderated by Jill Lamar, director with Barnes & Noble in New York, is an annual favorite.  This year meet Allison Hoover Bartlett (The Man Who Loved Books Too Much:  The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession), Katherine Howe (The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane), Julie Metz (Perfection: A Memoir of Betrayal and Renewal) and journalist and Vanity Fair contributing editor Mark Seal (Wildflower:  An Extraordinary Life and Untimely Death in Africa)Join the line for their signing 3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

MCTV “Pets on Parade” host Jackie Williams moderates the 3:30 p.m. Adjust, Adapt and Reinvent panel with respected commentator and journalist Steven V. Roberts (From Every End of This Earth:  13 Families and the New Lives They Made in America) and Doug Stanton (Horse Soldiers:  The Extraordinary Story of a Band of U.S. Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan), who’ll sign books 4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sue McVeigh will present the final panel, Real Stories, Real People: Four Unforgettable Memoirs, at 4:30 p.m. 

Sharing the stage and repartee will be Kaylie Jones (Lies My Mother Never Told Me), daughter of The Thin Red Line novelist James Jones, Norman Ollestad with his memoir of survival Crazy for the Storm, critically acclaimed novelist

Dani Shapiro (Devotion) and former New Orleans magazine and Coast magazine publisher Neil White with his soul-baring book In the Sanctuary of Outcasts.  The group signs books 5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., closing the event.


Barnes & Noble, provider of books for the festival, will donate a percentage of proceeds from books purchased at both the festival and the Jan. 22 fundraising cocktail party to the Library Foundation of Martin County.  Please remember that all books sold at the festival and kickoff cocktail party benefit programming in the Martin County Library System. 


The BookMania! brochure with schedule and author bios is available online at and at all Martin County libraries.  Schedules are also available in the MCLS January Library Connection.



What: Martin County Library System presents

16th annual BookMania! – a daylong author/book festival featuring 25 nationally recognized authors participating in panel discussions and book signings; children’s component, 2nd annual KidsMania! upstairs 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.   

When: Saturday, January 23, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Where: Blake Library, John F. Armstrong Wing, 2351 SE Monterey Rd., Stuart

Why: Funded by the Library Foundation of Martin County; underwritten by the Colonel Charles C. and Muriel W. Walts Fund 

Cost: Free and open to the public

For event information: Call 772/221-1403.



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