Martin County Library System Press Releases

January 2, 2014

Alligators! Outlaws! And Tourists! with author Mary E. Dawson begins January 21

For immediate release: January 2, 2014
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, Public Relations,
772-463-3205

Beginning Tuesday, January 21 through April 12, Mary E. Dawson, award-winning author of The River Way Home: The Adventures of the Cowboy, the Indian & The Amazon Queen, will be taking attendees on a journey through the alligator-infested swamps and pristine rivers of western Martin County a hundred years ago-to the city of Stuart in the year it became a city. Through historical photographs and true stories, you’ll meet the real people and places that inspired her rollicking old-Florida adventure which was named Best Florida Fiction for 2013 by the Florida Authors and Publishers Association. Plus, you’ll learn something fun and new about Martin County’s history!

Providing a vivid snapshot of Martin County in 1914, The River Way Home tells the story of three teens from different cultural backgrounds, a Cracker, a Seminole, and an African-American girl, when they lose their boat in a storm on Lake Okeechobee and must navigate their way back home through the Floridian jungle of western Martin County. History buffs will be excited to learn that the novel also includes a section dedicated to old photographs and historical essays that explain the origin of the characters’ issues, and events portrayed in the tale.

Mary E. Dawson will be presenting at all six Martin County Library Locations, a schedule follows:

January 21, 2:00-3:00 pm
Blake Library

February 12, 6:00-7:00 pm
Robert Morgade Library

February 28, 6:00-7:00 pm
Hoke Library

March 15, 3:00-4:00 pm
Elisabeth Lahti Library

March 29, 2:00-3:00 pm
Peter & Julie Cummings Library

April 12, 2:00-3:00 pm
Hobe Sound Public Library

To learn more about the Martin County Library System, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library location, call 772-221-1403 or visit the library website at www.library.martin.fl.us.

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December 17, 2013

Florida Oceanographic Society’s 2014 Coastal Lecture Series begins January 13 at Blake Library

For immediate release: December 11, 2013
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-3205

Florida Oceanographic Society (FOS), in partnership with the Martin County Library
System, will present an eight-part lecture series at 6:30 pm on Mondays, Jan. 13, Jan.
27, Feb. 10, Feb. 24, Mar. 10, Mar. 24, Apr. 7 and Apr. 21 in the John F. Armstrong
Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart. The illustrated talks are
free and open to the public. A schedule follows.

January 13, 2014
Mark Perry, FOS Director, “Celebrating 50 Years of Environmental Stewardship”
The Florida Oceanographic Society was established on July 20, 1964 as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3). The Society supported several research and educational programs from 1964 to 1970 including shark, bivalve, fish and educational publications. In the 1970s there were shrimp aquaculture programs and marine science teacher workshops. In 1978, under Mark Perry’s direction, the first St. Lucie Estuary Conference was held. The 1980s and 1990s ushered in a period of major construction including the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center on Hutchinson Island in great part due to the generosity of Frances Langford and the support of Martin County. Following the 50-year history of Florida Oceanographic in many ways is like a history of the county.

January 27, 2014
Steve Bass, “Land From the Sea: The History of South Florida’s Landscapes”
This presentation deals with how the Florida Peninsula got here in the first place, how it has developed over the last 40 million years, and the processes which produced the natural landforms we see today. Various south Florida localities will illustrate the talk. There will also be hands-on specimens of Florida fossils, rocks and minerals which will be circulated as the talk proceeds.

February 10 – Dr. Josh Voss, “Coral Reefs”

February 24 – Gene Lemire, “Mosquito Management”

March 10 – Blair & Dawn Witherington, “Florida’s Living Beaches”

March 24 – Nicole Kirchoff, “Tuna”

April 7 – Scott Taylor, “Specialized Habitat and Adaptations of Mangrove Killifish in Giant Land Crab Holes”

April 21 – Gabby Barbarite, “Vibrio Bacteria in the Indian River Lagoon”

For more information or to learn more about the Martin County Library System, call 772-221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library location or visit http://www.library.martin.fl.us. To learn more about Florida Oceanographic Society, call 772-225-0505 or visit http://www.floridaocean.org.

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December 14, 2012

A celebration of author Patrick D. Smith January 10 at Blake Library

For immediate release:  December 14, 2012                                        
Contact:  Marian Heitzman, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-3205   

Come to the Blake Library at 2351 SE Monterey Rd. in Stuart Thursday, January 10 at 6 p.m. in the John F. Armstrong Wing for a lively presentation covering the work of celebrated author Patrick D. Smith. Narrating the illustrated talk will be the author’s son, Rick Smith, dressed in a costume befitting a family that migrated to Florida’s wilderness in the mid-19th century.  Smith will discuss his father’s literary works including “A Land Remembered,” as well as Florida history and growing up in his father’s household.

Patrick D. Smith’s “Florida, A Sense of Place” (DVD) and “A White Deer and Other Stories,” a collection of short stories, will be available for sale. The educational and entertaining event is free and open to the public.

For more information or to learn more about the Martin County Library System, call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library, or visit the library website at http://www.library.martin.fl.us.  For MCLS adult, children and teen events, click on the Library Newsletter tab on the right-hand menu of the library website for the Online Connection of your choice.

 
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March 23, 2012

Blake Library to Present “Voices From the Titanic: 100 Years Later” 4pm April 5

CHAUTAUQUA SOUTH
 
Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body and Spirit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:      
DATE:  MARCH 23, 2012
CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS (772) 221-1403
WHO:  The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc, sponsor, in support of the Martin County Library System

WHAT:  Chautauqua South:  Voices from the Titanic:  100 Years Later  
                    Presented by Allan Wolf, Author of The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic

Marking one hundred years since the sinking of the Titanic, author, poet, performer and educator Allan Wolf will tell the story of some of the lives caught up in this tragic disaster in “Voices from the Titanic: 100 Years Later” Thursday, April 5 at the Blake Library in Stuart. Appropriate for all ages (adults, teens, older elementary age), the event is free and open to the public. Copies of his book, The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices of the Titanic, will be available for sale and signing.

Millionaire John Jacob Astor hopes to bring home his pregnant teen bride with a minimum of media scandal. A beautiful Lebanese refugee, on her way to family in Florida, discovers the first stirrings of love. And an ancient iceberg glides south, anticipating its fateful encounter. The voices in this remarkable re-creation of the Titanic disaster span classes and stations, from Margaret (“the unsinkable Molly”) Brown to the captain who went down with his ship; from the lookout and wireless men to a young boy in search of dragons and a gambler in search of marks. Slipping in telegraphs, undertaker’s reports, and other records, poet Allan Wolf offers a breathtaking, intimate glimpse at the lives behind the tragedy, told with clear-eyed compassion and astounding emotional power. Arrogance and innocence, hubris and hope—twenty-four haunting voices of the Titanic tragedy, as well as the iceberg itself, are evoked in a stunning tour de force.

Allan Wolf earned his Master’s Degree in English and taught writing at Virginia Tech, where he received the Richard L. Hoffman Teaching Award. He served for14 years as co-director of Poetry Alive!’s Summer Institute for Teacher. Since leaving poem performance troupe Poetry Alive!, Wolf writes and presents full time. Visit http://www.allanwolf.com/.
   
WHEN:  Thursday, April 5, 4:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Blake Library, John F. Armstrong Wing, 2351 S.E. Monterey Road, Stuart 34996

HOW:  Free and open to the public.  No tickets or reservations required.

For details or to learn more about other Chautauqua South programs or the Martin County Library System call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection or Chautauqua South brochure at any branch library or visit the library website, http://www.library.martin.fl.us.

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October 26, 2011

Libraries Celebrate National Gaming Day Nov. 12–Chess at Hobe Sound; Board Games, Euro Games at Blake

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                      

DATE:  OCTOBER 26, 2011                                                                             

CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS (772) 221-1403    

Celebrate National Gaming Day!

 

 WHO:            The Friends of the Hobe Sound Library, Inc. and the Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc.

 

WHAT:          National Gaming Day @ your library

 

                        Martin County Library System will celebrate National Gaming Day with two

                       different programs at two libraries Nov. 12.

 

1)        From 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Hobe Sound Public Library will hold its first-ever chess game day.   All chess players—young, and not so young—are invited to join in.  Tell your friends and bring your chess sets!  Please call 772-546-2257 to reserve your chess game/time. 

 

2)        From 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., celebrate National Gaming Day @ your library at the Blake Library with a variety of board games, including an introduction to euro games. Help start a game club at the library by donating a new or used game in great playing condition at the event.

 

WHEN AND WHERE:

 

                      Saturday, November 12

 

1)        10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Hobe Sound Public Library. Community Room,10595 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound

 

2)         2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Blake Library, John F. Armstrong Wing, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

 

HOW:              Free and open to the public.

 

To learn more about the Martin County Library System, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library, call (772) 221-1403, or visit the library website at http://www.library.martin.fl.us.

 

 

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October 18, 2011

School-Age Ghouls, Goblins, Ghosts Welcome at Halloween Party–Sign Up Now!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:    
DATE:  OCTOBER 18, 2011       
CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS (772) 221-1403    
  
 

WHO:             The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc.

WHAT:          Halloween Party for Elementary Age Students

All ghosts, goblins and ghouls are invited to a slightly spooky Halloween party at the Blake Library October 29.

There will be games, crafts and treats for school-age children.

WHEN:    Saturday, October 29, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Blake Library, John F. Armstrong Wing, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

HOW: Free.  For elementary age children.  Pre-registration is required.  Please call 772-221-1407 to register.

To learn more about the Martin County Library System, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library, call (772) 221-1403, or visit the library website at http://www.library.martin.fl.us.

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March 5, 2010

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist to Join Discussions After “Parallel Lives” Performances 3/19

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CHAUTAUQUA SOUTH

Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body & Spirit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                          

DATE:  MARCH 5, 2010

CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403            

WHO:                     Martin County Library System, with funding by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for The Big Read project, and additional support from The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc..

WHAT: Chautauqua South: Lifelong Learning and The Big Read  

Parallel Lives: Stories of a Divided World

A play by Beverly Coyle and Bill Maxwell; directed by Jerry Klein

 

Performance featuring Peg O’Keef and Joe Reed

Post-performance discussion with actors and Bill Maxwell

 

Actors Peg O’Keef and Joe Reed will give two performances of Parallel Lives: Stories of a Divided World Friday, March 19, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road., Stuart, as part of Martin County Library System’s Chautauqua South arts and education series and The Big Read project.  The events are free and open to the public.  No reservations or tickets are required.  Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bill Maxwell will join the actors in a discussion following each performance.  Because of language and subject matter, the shows are recommended for mature audiences.

Actors O’Keef and Reed will portray the play’s authors, Beverly Coyle and Bill Maxwell.  The protagonists grew up only miles apart but were segregated into different worlds.  Years later, the two unlikely colleagues tour Florida’s historic “lynching belt” to confront the legacy of Jim Crow in their pasts and just under their skins.  Filled with humor and courage, Parallel Lives creates thunderous resonance in these remarkable times. 

Co-authors Beverly Coyle and Bill Maxwell came together in 1998 when the Florida Humanities council commissioned each of them to write an essay recording their memories of being the last generation to grow up in legally segregated Florida.  In 2002, the St. Petersburg Times gave the Florida Humanities Council a grant so Coyle and Maxwell could turn their readings into a full-fledged play.  This production was remounted at Seminole Community College in 2008 and directed by Jerry Klein.

Peg O’Keef is a native Floridian.  Central Florida performance credits include The Lion in Winter, The Year of Magical Thinking, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Angels in America, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf ?and many others.  Peg has directed numerous productions in the Orlando area.  She teaches at Rollins College and the University of Central Florida.  In her free time she gardens and edits materials for the Florida Film Festival.

Actor Joe Reed is both an active stage actor and accomplished screen actor with feature film, TV and major commercial credits.  A product of Asbury Park, NJ, Joe is a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he was a pilot in Vietnam.  In addition to performing at Central Florida venues, he teaches college psych. 

Beverly Coyle is the author of three novels, each set in her native state of Florida.  In Troubled Waters was The New York Times “Notable Book selection and listed among “The Ten Best Novels of the Year’ named by the American Library Association in 1994.  Beverly was a full professor at Vassar College and taught there 25 years.  Her play The Smoking Gun is being work-shopped in New York City.

A Fort Lauderdale native who was reared in a migrant farming family, Bill Maxwell first joined the St. Petersburg Times in 1994 as an editorial writer.  He also wrote a twice-weekly column.  Before joining the Times, Bill spent six years writing a weekly column for the Gainesville Sun and The New York Times syndicate.  Before that, he was an investigative reporter for the Fort Pierce Tribune, where he focused on labor and migrant farm worker affairs. 

WHEN:                  Friday, March 19, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.        

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

HOW:                     Free and open to the public.  No tickets or reservations required.

The Big Read is an initiative of the NEA designed to restore reading to the center of American culture.  For more

information about The Big Read please visit www.neabigread.org.  To learn about Big Read events planned in Martin County during 2010 visit www.bigreadmartin.org.  For additional information about Parallel Lives visit www.parallel-lives.net.

Chautauqua South brochures are available at all Martin County libraries.  To learn more about the Martin County Library System call 772/221-1403, pick up a Library Connection, or visit the library Web site, http://www.library.martin.fl.us.                    

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March 4, 2010

Wonder Woman Tori McClure to Speak on Rowing Solo Across Atlantic at Blake Library 3/15

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CHAUTAUQUA SOUTH

Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body & Spirit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                       

DATE:  MARCH 4, 2010

CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403                                                                            

WHO:                    Funded by the Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc., in support of Martin County Libraries

WHAT:             Chautauqua South: Lifelong Learning

Tori McClure, A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean

Author Tori McClure will speak and sign copies of her book, A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean, the true story of rowing solo across the Atlantic Ocean, 7:00 p.m. Monday, March 15 in the John F. Armstorng Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart. Copies of her Christopher Award-winning book will be available for sale following her illustrated talk. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required.

Tori McClure set out to row across the Atlantic Ocean by herself in a 23-foot plywood boat with no motor or sail in 1998, on record as the worst hurricane season in the North Atlantic. Though thwarted by a series of violent storms that nearly killed her, she ultimately reached her goal on another try after being told by former employer Muhammad Ali that she did not want to be known as the woman who “almost” rowed across the Atlantic. A recipient of numerous international honors, Tori has been the subject of stories in more than ten books and 30 major magazines. She has appeared on numerous national television shows. In addition, Tori recently was named the next president of Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky, and will assume office July 1, 2010.

Read more about this remarkable woman in the bio that follows.

WHEN:                 Monday, March 15, 7:00 p.m.

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

HOW:             Free and open to the public.  No tickets or reservations required. For more information or to learn more about the Martin County Library System call 772/221-1403, pick up a Library Connection or Chautauqua South brochure at any Martin County library, or visit the library Web site, www.library.martin.fl.us.

Bio

Tori Murden McClure

 

As Vice President for External Relations, Enrollment Management, and Student Affairs at Spalding University, Tori reports directly to the President of the University and serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet. She oversees Admissions, Financial Aid, the Registrar, Marketing and Public Relations, Information Technology, Intercollegiate Athletics, and serves as Corporate General Counsel. Tori works in concert with the Dean of Student Development and Campus Life to supervise: Student Organizations, Residence Life, Campus Safety, the Counseling Center, Dining, and Disability Services. Tori earned her A.B. from Smith College where currently she serves on the Board of Trustees. She earned a Masters in Divinity from Harvard University, a Juris Doctor from the University of Louisville School of Law, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing from Spalding University. She was admitted to the practice of law in 1995 and is a lawyer in good standing with the Kentucky Bar Association. Professionally, Tori has worked as Chaplain at Boston City Hospital, the executive director of a shelter for homeless women, as a public policy assistant for the Mayor of Louisville, and she worked for Muhammad Ali to assist with early efforts to create the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville. Tori is best known as the first woman and first American to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She was also the first woman and first American to travel over land to the geographic South Pole, skiing 750 miles from the ice shelf to the pole. An avid mountaineer, Tori has climbed on several continents and she was the first woman to climb Lewis Nunatuck summit in Antarctica. She is a fully certified Emergency Medical Technician in both urban and wilderness areas. She is also a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) semester courses in Alaska and Kenya. She serves on the Board of Trustees for NOLS.

Tori is the recipient of multiple international honors. Thor Heyerdahl presented her with the Peter Byrd Trophy; Tori was the first woman to be honored with this award. In Paris she was recognized along with Lance Armstrong by L’Academies des Sport for significant sporting achievement. At the Moscow International Festival of Mountaineering and Adventure Films, the French documentary “Beyond Limits – Tori Murden,” took the prize for the “Best Foreign Adventure Film,” and Dr. Yuri Aleksandrovich Senkevich awarded Tori with a Russian chalice for extraordinary achievements. Stories about Tori have appeared in more than ten books and thirty major magazines. Tori has appeared on national television shows including Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN Domestic and International, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Late Night with David Letterman, Exhale with Candice Bergen, The CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Inside Edition, The 34th Annual Victor Awards (Fox Sports Network), The Discovery Channel, “Storm Warnings,” “Beyond Limits – Tori Murden” French Television TF-1, The Travel Channel “World’s Most Dangerous Sporting Events,” and National Geographic, “Base Camp.”

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Popular Book Dramatist Returns March 15

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Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body and Spirit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                         

DATE:  MARCH 4, 2010                                                                 

CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403             

BARBARA IS BACK!!

         

WHO:                    The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc., in support of Martin County libraries

WHAT:                  Book Dramatist Barbara Rinella

 

In a Literary Dramatization of Jon Meacham’s book, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

Back by popular demand, literary dramatist Barbara Rinella will bring to life Jon Meacham’s Pulitzer-winning biography, American Lion, Andrew Jackson in the White House, 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 15 in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, as part of the Chautauqua South arts and literary series. 

In this high-energy performance Barbara will highlight the hardships that created the tough and fierce backwoodsman who truly earned the nickname “Old Hickory” and rose to become the first common man to achieve the Presidency. Recognizing that life is never easy, Jackson stated simply, “I was born for a storm, a calm does not suit me!”  Will his beautiful wife, Rachael, also appear to enlighten us about their exciting love, their improper marriage, and her heartbreaking—literally—treatment by the media? Will someone explain the scandal surrounding Margaret Eaton, wife of Jackson’s Secretary of War, that brought the destruction of a Presidential Cabinet and ignited the gossip mills of Washington, D.C.? Why did Jackson fight for Indian removal? Turbulent times demand strong leadership and daring decisions.  Meet the amazing American Lion and hear his “roar”!

A wildly popular performer from the Chicago area, Barbara Rinella is known as an “academic entertainer.” She has portrayed Jacqueline Kennedy and Katherine Hepburn and developed programs around the Harry Potter series long before the books were well known.  As an English teacher, she loves the idea of promoting reading through language and drama.  

WHEN:                  Monday, March 15, 2:00 p.m.

 

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MCLS Press Release – Barbara Rinella 3/15/10                    2                                                                                    3/4/10

 

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

HOW:                    Presented at no charge.  Reservations not required.

For more information or to learn more about the Martin County Library System call 772/221-1403, pick up a

Library Connection at any branch library or visit the library Web site, www.library.martin.fl.us.

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March 1, 2010

All Ages–Step Up to the Bat for a Day of Baseball!

CHAUTAUQUA SOUTH 

Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body & Spirit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                                          

DATE:  FEBRUARY 26, 2010                                                                              

CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403

WHO:                     The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc., sponsor, in support of the Martin County Library System

WHAT:                  Baseball @ the Blake

Join us in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road in Stuart on Saturday, March 13 for Baseball @ the Blake, Martin County Library System’s third annual celebration of America’s favorite pastime.  There’s something for everyone, with a theater performance for children at 10:00 a.m. and appearances by authors of books about baseball at 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.  All events are free and open to the public.

Schedule:

10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 13

Atlantic Coast Theatre for Youth: Casey at the Bat

The crowd expects Casey to knock in a home run, but has he practiced enough?  Step up to the plate with reporter Nelly Kelly and the “Mudville 9” to find out in this adaptation of the E.L. Thayer poem. Recommended for children in grades K-5.  Adults will enjoy, too!

1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 13

Lew Paper, author of Perfect: Don Larsen’s Miraculous World Series Game and the Men Who Made It Happen       

Lew Paper will discuss and sign copies of his book, Perfect, the improbable story of baseball’s only World Series no-hitter between the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers, in 1956, described by the New York Times as “the greatest moment” in World Series history. Drawing upon oral histories, contemporaneous articles, and dozens of interviews with commentators and players (including all of the surviving players for the Dodgers and Yankees), Lew Paper brings that extraordinary event to life with a pitch-by-pitch narrative that incorporates profiles of the 19 players who were on the field that day, including Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra and Jackie Robinson.

Lew Paper is the author of four previous books, including John F. Kennedy: The Promise and the Performance, Brandeis: An Intimate Biography, Empire: William S. Paley and the Making of CBS and Deadly Risks (a novel). His book reviews and articles have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post and The New Republic.  He currently practices law in Washington, DC.

2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 13

Jane Heller, author of Confessions of a She-Fan: The Course of True Love with the New York Yankees

Popular and prolific author Jane Heller will discuss her first non-fiction book, Confessions of a She-Fan, a chick-lit look at baseball, love and marriage, written following heated reactions to her 2007 announcement in the New York Times of her intention to divorce the New York Yankees. Determined to prove she’s a true Yankee fan, Jane spent nearly three months following her beloved team to every game, her husband in tow – only to discover she’s not the fan she thought she was.

Jane Heller has written 13 novels, including Cha Cha Cha, The Club,  Infernal Affairs , Sis Boom Bah,  Name Dropping, Princess Charming and The Secret Ingredient, several of which were optioned for feature films.  A former Martin County resident, she currently lives in Santa Barbara, California, with her husband, an architectural photographer.

Books will be available for sale and signing following each author’s talk.

WHEN:                  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Saturday, March 13

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

HOW:                    Free and open to the public.  Tickets are not required.

For more information call 772/221-1403.  To learn more about the Martin County Library System, visit the library Web

 site, www.library.martin.fl.us or pick up a Library Connection or Chautauqua South calendar at any branch library.

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