Mar
6
11:00 AM11:00

Meet Rosalie Masella

I am a Manatee. Yes, I am, tells a wonderful story about the undersea world of the manatee. Manatees swim in coastal, tropical and sub-tropical waters, and these gentle creatures have long-captured the imaginations of children and adults alike. In this story, learn about their environment, their eating behavior, and what they need to survive.

In The Adventures of Dingle Dee and Lingle Dee,  readers view the world through the eyes of two bottlenose dolphins as they swim the sea. This exciting adventure story is about a happy, caring dolphin family, and their quest to explore the wonders of the ocean.

Readers of all ages, in particular children aged 2 through 9, will love Rosalie's stories and illustrations. Both entertain readers  while offering important ecological lessons including methods of communication among undersea life, and steps we, as humans, can take to preserve the ocean.

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Mar
7
11:00 AM11:00

Meet Gary McLouth

About the Author

Since retiring with Emeritus status from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY, I've been cultivating life in SW Florida. Adjuncting in the English Dept. of FSW, participating in poetry slams, Gulf Coast Writers Association, The Lee County Alliance for the Arts, Sanibel Writers, St. Charles Yacht Club Karaoke and raw bars throughout the region.Free-lance writing and editing on a variety of prose projects.

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About the Book

McLouth’s poetry, while sublimely personal, connects us to the most basic and essential of our shared histories, hopes and fears. The poems, confident, curious, humble or confiding, unmask his vulnerability and caring, which gifts us with feeling that someone or something is “whispering my name.”

This collection of works across decades of McLouth’s career showcase depths of insight, humanity, melancholy, and humor. From the surprising sexuality of chopping down trees in “The Time We Make in Passing,” to the compassion for a veteran’s traumas in “Uncle Bill Dreams of Old Florida,” to the giddy glee of “Park Avenue,” to the graceful gratitude for nature in “Labor Day” and “Loyalty,” each poem offers it guiding cairns, memorable china pots, and essential, gasping “ellipses of surrender.” Ultimately, Gary McLouth’s work “is to locate the meaning/of caverns driven deep/into the earth/by gravities/outside our time/where garnet pebbles/turn notes/in the water” (from “Brook”).

~Holly L. McEntyre, Sanibel Island poet and Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati

The Time We Make in Passing insists on movement through space by way of place. Gary McLouth captures the geography of rooms and galaxies, and all that moves in between. The spirit of the journey through the time we make is captured in stills clipped from the motion picture of a man living within an unsettled search, eyes missing little, mind translating large. In the title poem, the close reader gets a first reward for joining McLouth’s time as his words fly out in chips cut from trees with axes swung in sweat. The words echo on the page; they sprout into forests well worth preserving.

McLouth’s voice reminds me of an old, unattributed proverb: The Most Beautiful Music is the Music of What Happens. The Time We Make in Passing plays that music in perfect harmony.

~Jim Gustafson, Poet, Author, Educator. Fort Myers, Florida

This is how I read Gary’s poems: his familiar voice saying look here, look there: “I do, I do love/this every day.” His poems are railroad crossings through time at which I stop, look, listen: to see what he sees, hear what he hears. The willing suspension of disbelief. I trust you, old friend. For you, I’ll cross, for you, I’ll love this every day.

~Jeanne Finley, Poet, Photographer and Editor. Albany, New York

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Mar
15
11:00 AM11:00

Meet John Keyse-Walker

 SUN, SAND, MURDER is the winner of the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award. 

 SUN, SAND, MURDER is the winner of the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award. 

In the sequel to SUN, SAND, MURDER, Teddy Creque confronts a murder committed with a most unusual weapon – a shark

In the sequel to SUN, SAND, MURDER, Teddy Creque confronts a murder committed with a most unusual weapon – a shark

About the Books

John is the author of two mysteries (Sun, Sand, Murder and Beach, Breeze, Bloodshed) about Special Constable Teddy Creque on the island of Anegada, nestled in the heart of the British Virgin Islands. 

 In all his years on the job, Teddy has never considered the possibility that he might have to address an actual crime on his peaceful island. That is, until he receives a hysterical call about a dead man on the beach. Indeed, Teddy is shocked to discover Paul Kelliher, a biologist who traveled to the island every winter for research, lying dead on the sands of the island’s most remote beach, killed by a single shot to the head. And when the BVI’s “real police” task Teddy with informing Kelliher’s nearest kin of his death, Teddy makes an even more surprising discovery: there’s no record that Paul Kelliher ever existed.

Suddenly, Teddy’s routine life is thrown into tumult as he tries to track a killer – against his boss’s wishes – while balancing his complicated family life, three other jobs, and the colorful characters populating the island around him.

About the Author

John Keyse-Walker grew up in Columbia Station, Ohio, the son of a vegetable greenhouse operator and a stay-at-home mother. Much of his youth was spent exploring the fields, woods, and rivers near his rural home, or fishing and swimming in Florida, where his family had a modest second home. While he enjoyed reading, books took a backseat to outdoor pursuits.

He attended the College of Wooster, in Wooster, Ohio, majoring in political science. He went on to obtain a law degree from Duke University School of Law (Go Blue Devils!), where he met a fellow student and Southern belle, Irene Walker, who became his wife.

After law school, he took the Ohio bar and began a practice in Elyria, Ohio. For the next thirty years, he had a diverse practice consisting mostly of trial work, and for many years served as his firm’s managing partner. 

In 2012, he retired, planning to devote time to travel, fishing, tennis, kayaking, and volunteer work. When he found those pursuits failed to fill the hours in the day, he began to write. After two years of on-and-off efforts, he completed his debut novel, SUN, SAND, MURDER, which won the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award.

John and his wife divide their time between homes in northern Ohio and Florida. He is currently working on his next crime novel.

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Feb
19
1:30 PM13:30

Meet Tim Dorsey

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ABOUT THE BOOK

From Florida’s king of mayhem—"compulsively irreverent and shockingly funny" (Boston GlobeNew York Times bestselling author Tim Dorsey—comes a diabolically madcap adventure featuring the indomitable Serge A. Storms.

No one worships the Sunshine State as much as Serge A. Storms. Perpetually hunting Floridian arcana and lore, he and his permanently baked sidekick, Coleman, are on the road again. This time they’re on a frenzied literary pilgrimage that leads them back to Riviera Beach, the cozy seaside town where the boys spent their formative years.

Growing up, Serge was enthralled by the Legend of Riviera Beach, aka Darby, a welder at the port who surfed the local waves long before the hot spots were hot. A god on the water, the big-hearted surfer was a friend to everyone—the younger surfers, cops, politicians, wealthy businessmen and ordinary Joes—a generosity of spirit that earned him the admiration of all. Meanwhile, there was a much murkier legend that made the rounds of the schoolyards from Serge’s youth—that of the crazy hermit living in a makeshift jungle compound farther up the mysterious Loxahatchee River than anyone dared to venture.

Then Serge moved away. But never forgot.

Now he’s back, with those legends looming larger than ever in the rearview mirror of his memory. As his literary odyssey moves north from Key West, closer and closer to his old stomping grounds, Serge digs into the past as only Serge can. Along the way, he unintentionally disturbs some long-forgotten ground, attracting the attention of a cast of villains that only Florida can produce.

As the body count grows, so does the list of questions:

Why are the guys in the hard hats worried about the monkeys? When do you hack a motel air-conditioner? How does Coleman get high with cat toys? And will book tours ever be the same after Serge decides to check one out?

Told in alternating flashbacks between Serge and Coleman’s childhoods and the present day, The Pope of Palm Beach is a witty and deliciously violent delight from the twisted imagination of Tim Dorsey. 

ABOUT TIM

Tim Dorsey was born in Indiana, moved to Florida at the age of 1, and grew up in a small town about an hour north of Miami called Riviera Beach. He graduated from Auburn University in 1983. While at Auburn, he was editor of the student newspaper, The Plainsman. 

From 1983 to 1987, he was a police and courts reporter for The Alabama Journal, the now-defunct evening newspaper in Montgomery. He joined The Tampa Tribune in 1987 as a general assignment reporter. He also worked as a political reporter in the Tribune’s Tallahassee bureau and a copy desk editor. From 1994 to 1999, he was the Tribune’s night metro editor. He left the paper in August 1999 to write full time. 

The Pope of Palm Beach is the 21st book in the Serge Storms Series.

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Feb
14
12:00 PM12:00

Meet Jennifer Schiff

Join us for an afternoon with Jennifer Schiff and her charming cozy mystery set right here on Sanibel.  It's a home run in our book and the perfect gift for your mom, your aunt, your girlfriends and yourself!

About A Shell of a Problem-

When investigative reporter Guinivere Jones finds herself out of a husband and a job, she decides to leave dreary New England and move to sunny Sanibel Island, Florida, the seashell capital of the United States. 

But all is not sunshine and seashells on Sanibel. And when the star attraction of the annual Shell Show, a rare shell known as the Golden Junonia, goes missing, and Guin stumbles across the dead body of the chief suspect a few days later, she is determined to find the missing mollusk and the murderer.  Along the way, she finds buckets of shells and suspects--and a little romance, too. 

The first book in the Sanibel Island Mystery series, A Shell of a Problem introduces readers to Guinivere Jones, ace reporter for the Sanibel-Captiva Sun-Times, her two faithful feline companions, Flora and Fauna, the beautiful island of Sanibel, and a host of memorable characters.

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Feb
7
12:00 PM12:00

Meet Charles Todd

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Author Charles Todd is the pen name of Caroline and Charles Todd, mother and son. Caroline lives in Delaware, Charles in North Carolina, and they have written dozens of prize-winning books set during and right after World War I-era Britain.  Charles will be here on February 7th at noon to discuss their latest Ian Rutledge mystery (#20) titled the Gate Keeper, published this February by Harper Collins.

About the book-

On a deserted road, late at night, Scotland Yard’s Ian Rutledge encounters a frightened woman standing over a body, launching an inquiry that leads him into the lair of a stealthy killer and the dangerous recesses of his own memories in this twentieth installment of the acclaimed New York Times bestselling series.

Hours after his sister’s wedding, a restless Ian Rutledge drives aimlessly, haunted by the past, and narrowly misses a motorcar stopped in the middle of a desolate road. Standing beside the vehicle is a woman with blood on her hands and a dead man at her feet.

She swears she didn’t kill Stephen Wentworth. A stranger stepped out in front of their motorcar, and without warning, fired a single shot before vanishing into the night. But there is no trace of him. And the shaken woman insists it all happened so quickly, she never saw the man’s face.

Although he is a witness after the fact, Rutledge persuades the Yard to give him the inquiry, since he’s on the scene. But is he seeking justice—or fleeing painful memories in London?

Wentworth was well-liked, yet his bitter family paint a malevolent portrait, calling him a murderer. But who did Wentworth kill? Is his death retribution? Or has his companion lied? Wolf Pit, his village, has a notorious history: in Medieval times, the last wolf in England was killed there. When a second suspicious death occurs, the evidence suggests that a dangerous predator is on the loose, and that death is closer than Rutledge knows.

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Jan
26
10:30 AM10:30

Calusa Weaponry with Charles LeBuff

The Calusan: A Historical Novel

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Are you interested in the history of the people who first inhabited this wonderful place we call home?  You're in luck!  Charles LeBuff will be holding a lecture on the Calusa (normally a private event) at MacIntosh on Friday 1/26 at 10:30 for anyone who is interested!  

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Charles is very involved in the history of Sanibel and Captiva, as well as the nature of the island (click here for his full bio: https://www.amber-publishing.com/bio) and has authored many books on both topics.  

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Dec
28
4:00 PM16:00

Meet Julie Rosenberg

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Do you suffer from burnout, chronic busyness, and a 24/7 on-demand lifestyle? Do you find yourself making mistakes as the result of too much multi-tasking? Are you so stressed and overloaded from work that quality time at home is suffering? Are you too busy to find time to go to the beach?

 Make yoga your secret weapon.

Practicing yoga is an extremely popular way to get fit, but its underlying philosophy can offer so much more to focus the mind and help you to discover untapped personal power. In Beyond the Mat, business leader, physician, and certified yoga instructor Julie Rosenberg shows you how to bring yoga out of the studio and into your personal and professional life. She shares how yoga is more than just poses (though those do help with backs tired from slumping in front of computers all day), with a clear explanation of the underlying principles, real-life examples, and anecdotes from her own life and professional career. Yoga's philosophical principles extend far beyond the mat and form a framework to support your overall well-being, achieve success, and to lead yourself and others more effectively.

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Dec
14
4:00 PM16:00

December's Local Author Afternoon

Join us for wine, cheese and good conversation!

Thursday, December 14th from 4-6.

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Lorraine Walker Williams: Poet

Books Published: Simply Sanibel Poems (2016), Split Poems (2014) Fire in the Grass, Paradise Found and Near Water, Chapbook: Between Land and Sea

 Twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize *First Place Awards for poetry from The National League of American Pen Women, Gulf Coast Writers, Sanibel Writers Conference, Artists Embassy International.

Read at the Library of Congress, Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, NPR in SWFL., Broadsides, Alliance for the Arts

A review of Simply Sanibel Poems will appear nationally in the Winter 2018 issue of Pen Women Magazine.

 Lee County Literary Artist of the Year 2009

Creator of ArtPoems, a collaboration involving artists and poets; she has chaired  and produced shows at BIG ARTS, The Alliance for the Arts and Sidney Berne Davis Center for the Arts, Fort Myers

Writes a weekly online column, “Poetry Place” for SantivaChronicle.com since March 2014.

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Terry John Malik

Terry is a Chicagoan to the core. Born and raised in the city he loves, son of a Chicago fireman, he now explores the dark back streets and alleys of the city’s imagination. Mr. Malik is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame where he majored in English, and an alumnus of Loyola University School of Law. Terry brings to his work a wide variety of life experiences. He taught English for several years in the Archdiocese of Chicago School System; designed computer systems for an international accounting firm; worked with distressed borrowers as a banker for the largest bank in Chicago; practiced law for twenty-eight years appearing in federal courts across the nation; became the president of a financially troubled high school; administered a foundation that provided scholarship funds for disadvantaged inner city girls; and created websites for local merchants and non-profits. Throughout his many careers, he has continued to hone his writing skills and never lost his passion for a story well told.

About the Book-

As a student, Francis Vincenti asked his mentor, former Chicago PD detective Thomas Aquinas Foster, if it took a monster to catch a monster. Foster, a man with a tortured soul and his own self-righteous brand of justice, didn't have an answer. Now a detective with a string of famous arrests under his belt, Vincenti is known as a cop with an uncanny insight into a killer's psyche. Until the Bricklayer of Albany Park. Obsessed with the brutal slayings, Vincenti studies the murderer and his victims, reconstructing the killings and burials by day and, at night, recreating the murders one by one in his nightmares. He knows the Bricklayer. But not well enough to stop him.

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Dr. Morton Tavel

About the Book-

Dr. Tavel provides an easy to read well researched work of medically sound advice and insights. This hard hitting, no punches pulled work consists of TIPS about health and wellness, MYTHS, and common misconceptions, and TRICKS using various stratagems designed to take your money for useless, or dangerous Snake Oil products or information.

About the Author-

Dr. Tavel is a physician and internist/cardiologist, who has managed patients for many years. Holding a faculty position (clinical professor) at Indiana University School of Medicine, he regularly instructs medical trainees at all levels.

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Nov
30
4:00 PM16:00

Southwest Florida History

Meet Cynthia A. Williams, author of Hidden History of Fort Myers

Untold stories from the City of Palms

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Although best known as the winter home of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, Fort Myers has one of the most engaging and extraordinary histories of any city in Florida.  The spawn of a hurricane, Fort Myers began as a U.S. Army post during Florida's Seminole Wars.  During the Civil War, it became a battleground between Confederates and Yankees for cattle and, after the war, a gun-slinging cowboy town.  New York cartoonist Walt McDougall blew into the area on a fishing trip, and his glowing description lured down other wealthy Yankee sportsmen who helped turn this isolated frontier town into a modern tourist destination.  Historian and author Cynthia Williams explores the hidden stories behind the growth of this beautiful city.

Meet Deborah Gleason and Charles LeBuff, authors of Postcard History Series: Sanibel and Captiva Islands

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Sanibel Island was opened to homesteading in 1888, four years after the Sanibel Island Light Station was completed, and boats tanging from steamer to schooners were drawn to the islands  The islands' prairie-like savannahs, where the threat of freeze was rare, were perfect for farming.  Inns and hotels appeared to service newcomers who came to stake a homesteading claim, fish for silver king tarpon, or explore the tropical frontier.  Others came seeking seashells, as Sanibel and Captiva Islands were legendary among shell collectors everywhere.

The authors arrived a bit late for homesteading, each finding an island niche in 1958.  Charles LeBuff came to work at Sanibel National Wildlife Refuge and lived in one of the lighthouse quarters for 22 years.  He became a charter member of the Sanibel City Council and had a part in keeping Sanibel Sanibel.  Deborah Gleason grew up on the beach, helping with family rental cottages and later helping visitors become islanders in the world of real estate.  She now serves as chairperson of the Sanibel Historical Preservation Committee.

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Nov
29
3:00 PM15:00

Meet Tanya Hochschild

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ABOUT THE BOOK

What a treat is was for me to lie back on a leisurely morning and read through sheafs of poems by the lovely Tanya Hochschild.  A woman of energy and grace, she lives and writes fully aware of the glories of our world and her privileged place in it.  Her South African childhood, her family, her world-wide travels, her sensibility to nature, her Sanibel home, all are centers for her sensitive and poetic - and sometimes comic - rumination.

In sharing her blossoming poems with members of the Sanibel Writers Group, she gives away none of her own flavor.  In the ablutions of a big black rhinoceros she makes his reader appreciate anew the restoring comforts of a shampoo and hot shower.  In a Maharana's summer palace of gem-embedded walls, a love affair begins - with India!  In every country, for women who set tables at which they never eat, and for all of life, Tanya's sensibility shines through.

Poetry, she says, is kindling begging to be fire.  Her fire will warm your heart.

-S.R.Maxeiner, Jr. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tanya Hochschild was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and emigrated to the USA in 1981 with her husband and two children.  She lives on a tropical barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico with her husband.  Also authored by Tanya are Sonja, A South African Story and Memories.  She is a member of Writers Group 1 on Sanibel Island and writes a weekly poetry column for The Island Sun newspaper.

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Nov
28
12:00 PM12:00

Meet Patricia Gussin

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Nicole Nelson and Ahmed Masud are a dynamic, highly successful Philadelphia couple. They are partners in a thriving plastic surgery practice, are very much in love, and they adore their young son, Alex. But cracks are beginning to appear in their fairy-tale life: lingering post-9/11 prejudice against Arab men, accumulating malpractice lawsuits for Ahmed, and most recently, pressure from Ahmed's wealthy family in Cairo for him to return to Egypt--permanently--with his son. The Masud family pressure becomes a demand as the Hosni Mubarak regime is seriously threatened by protestors in Egypt. Ahmed's family owes their control of the Egyptian cotton empire directly to Mubarak cronyism. If Mubarak goes down, the Masuds will surely lose their wealth, maybe even their lives. They need Ahmed back in Egypt to implement their plan to move their fortune and family out of Egypt and into South America. Ahmed must make a decision--stay with Nicole in America--or obey his father. And what about their son? Tragic consequences, that Ahmed could have never foreseen, propel both the Masud family and Nelson family on a path toward unspeakable tragedy.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Patricia Gussin is the NYT best-selling author of The Florida Book Award Winner, "After the Fall," 'Weapon if Choice," "And Then There Was One," "The Test", "Twisted Justice", and "Shadow of Death", all thrillers, and "What's Next...For You?", a non fiction book, co-authored with her husband, Robert Gussin. Her latest novel "Come Home" will be released in November, 2017 She is a physician, a former pharmaceutical executive, mother of seven, and Editor in Chief for Oceanview Publishing. She lives in Longboat Key, FL and East Hampton, NY and she and her husband are vineyards owners in New Zealand, growing grapes for Villa Maria Estates Winery.

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Nov
21
4:00 PM16:00

Meet Pam Rambo

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You may recognize her from her blog (iloveshelling.com), or you may recognize her from the Shell Love Bug - featuring over 20,000 shells of 67 different native species! - now come to MacIntosh on Tuesday, November 21st from 4-6 for the book signing. Meet & greet the woman behind the Guide to Speaking Shellanguage, and come and see the Shell Love Bug!

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"Now Mrs. Rambo is a sought after figure on the island - a shell-ebrity if you will - because of her popular website." - The New York Times

"Recently Rambo designed the shell-bedecked "Shell Love Bug" a Volkswagen encrusted with over 20,000 locally found shells.  It looks like a rotund, rolling wedding cake: a 'shellebration' of a lifelong passion.  She lives on Sanibel, where she's routinely stopped by fans and asked for daily beach updates and tips, as well as photographs." - National Geographic 

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Nov
21
12:00 PM12:00

Meet Joe Fisher and Jaye Boswell

Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine tells the story of a fire engine and the fireman and boy who love him.  It is a lighthearted and multi-layered story, richly told, that will appeal to adults and children alike.

Whimsical illustrations create an air of fantasy, drawing children into Rusty's world while stimulating their imaginations as they follow Rusty's journey from hero to outcast and back again.

The surprise ending brings the tale to a heart-warming and satisfying conclusion that reveals all things have hidden value that is waiting to be released.  Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine is a classic story of love, loss, transformation, and redemption.

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Joe Fisher is the father of two children and is passionate about the importance of loved ones reading to young children on a frequent basis.  Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine is his first children's book and is the written version of a story he created and told his children when they were young.

Jaye Boswell was an award winning art teacher for twenty-two years in the Lee County School System.  One of her class projects grew into the nationally acclaimed Junior Duck Stamp competition.  Although retired from teaching Jaye remains active as an artist creating work that reflects her love of art, the environment, and children.

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Nov
16
10:00 AM10:00

Meet Ron Base

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ABOUT THE BOOK

There is nothing like a dame.

Particularly when she’s an improbable heroine like Freddie Stayner.

Ordinarily, it’s her husband, Tree Callister, a private detective on Sanibel Island, off the west coast of Florida, who gets into all the trouble. But Tree is in hospital, just returned from heaven—or so his pal Todd Jackson believes—and thus a worried Freddie must take over when trouble arrives.
 
It comes to the front door in the form of Darlene, a beautiful young woman claiming she’s pregnant.
 
With Tree Callister’s child.
 
Then Darlene’s two rough and tough cousins show up looking for her, and they won’t take no for an answer.

The widow of a Russian oligarch tied to Vladimir Putin—a widow who also happens to be Tree’s first wife—wants Freddie to meet a rogue warrior named Durango Banderas in New Orleans. A Minnesota lothario tries to seduce her. A Ukrainian hitman wants to kill her. The dashing Durango says he’s falling in love with her.
 
And, on top of everything else, as she attempts to come to terms with her marriage and her life, Freddie must find the object that could change the course of American history.
 
No big deal for The Dame with the Sanibel Sunset Detective.

If she survives

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Over his long career, Ron Base has written for newspapers and magazines, including the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and Cosmopolitan magazine.  For a decade he wrote about movies for the Toronto Star, Canada's largest newspaper.  He has also written screenplays, nonfiction books, and novels.  He's lived in Toronto, Los Angeles, Paris, Rome, and Montreal.  Ron and his wife, Kathy Lenhoff, divide their time between Milton, Ontario, and Fort Myers, Florida, not so far from Sanibel Island where his bestselling Tree Callister mysteries are set.

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Apr
29
9:00 AM09:00

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with Us!

Join us for a day of fun giveaways, unique crafts, yummy treats and two terrific local authors!  Ron Base, the author of the Sanibel Sunset Detective Series and Doug MacGregor, children's author and cartoonist will be here to chat. 

What is Independent Bookstore Day?

Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April.  Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. We are still firming up the details for our IBD celebration, but one thing is for sure, we'll have a selection of exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online. 

Why are we celebrating independent bookstores?

Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent.

In a world of tweets and algorithms and page-less digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism.  They are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. In fact, there are more of us this year than there were last year. And we are at your service.

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Mar
31
to Apr 1

Meet Lynne Wissink-Tressler March 31st

Crazy Bones! The Tale of a Waggy Tail is the story about a feisty puppy with a big attitude.  She was found after being abandoned in Hurricane Katrina, and then sent from one shelter to another until she was finally adopted by a middle age woman nearly 2,000 miles away in northern New England. As the story unfolds, the comical narrative of Crazy Bones reveals a sharp contrast between the two characters.  Lydia, the dog’s new owner, is methodical and regimented, doing everything the same, predictable way. Her heart had been closed for a long time. On the other hand, Crazy Bones is very adventurous, has an infectious spirit, and sees life with humor and keen insight.  The two characters try to figure each other out as they swim in the Atlantic Ocean, walk through deep snow in the woods, share yogurt, travel together, and run in the dark. Amusing observations made by Crazy Bones keep the reader entertained from beginning to end as she opened Lydia's heart once again. 

Dr.Lynne Wissink-Tressler is a retired professor who advocates for rescued animals and is a supporter of local animal shelters and rescue efforts. She resides in Southwest Florida with her husband, Ernie, and their two dogs, Scooty and Crazy Bones.         

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Mar
29
11:00 AM11:00

Meet Katharine Britton March 29th

Vanishing Time

Cama Truesdale’s ex-husband and young son leave Boston for a "boys only" fishing trip in South Carolina’s Low Country. In the early morning hours, Cama is jolted awake by a phone call. There’s been a fire on board the boat. Her ex-husband is dead. Her son is missing and presumed dead.

As she sets off for South Carolina, Cama's belief that her son Tate is alive is unwavering. But her frantic search soon stirs up painful memories that send her reeling back to her childhood and the mysterious car crash that killed her Gullah mother and white father. As the clock ticks down, exhausted, haunted by dreams, and stymied by the police and local community, she enters a world in which she must rely on instinct over fact, and where no one and nothing is what it seems—not even the boundary between the living and the dead.

Vanishing Time is about how grief can shape reality and the power of a mother’s love.

About Katharine

Katharine Britton’s first novel, HER SISTER’S SHADOW, was published in 2011, by Berkley Books (Penguin, USA). Her second novel, LITTLE ISLAND, came out in September of 2013, from the same publisher.

She has a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Dartmouth College, and a Master's in Education from the University of Vermont.

Her screenplay, “Goodbye Don’t Mean Gone,” was a Moondance Film Festival winner and a finalist in the New England Women in Film and Television contest.

When not at her desk, Katharine can often be found in her Norwich garden, waging a non-toxic war against the slugs, snails, deer, woodchucks, chipmunks, moles, voles, and beetles with whom she shares her yard. (Katharine’s defense consists mainly of hand-wringing after the fact.)

She is also an avid, novice birder and volunteers at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, where she loves to hang out with owls and feed orphaned baby birds.

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Mar
20
11:00 AM11:00

Meet Libby Fischer Hellman March 20th

As World War II rages across Europe and the Pacific, its impact ripples through communities in the heartland of America. A farm girl is locked in a dangerous love triangle with two Germans soldiers held in an Illinois POW camp ... Another German, a war refugee, is forced to risk her life spying on the developing Manhattan Project in Chicago ... And espionage surrounds the disappearance of an actress from the thriving Jewish community of Chicago's Lawndale. In this trio of tales, acclaimed thriller author Libby Fischer Hellmann beautifully depicts the tumultuous effect of war on the home front and illustrates how the action, terror, and tragedy of World War II was not confined to the front lines

Libby Fischer Hellmann left a career in broadcast news in Washington, DC and moved to Chicago 35 years ago, where she, naturally, began to write gritty crime fiction. Twelve novels and twenty short stories later, she claims they'll take her out of the Windy City feet first. She has been nominated for many awards in the mystery and crime writing community and has even won a few. She has been a finalist twice for the Anthony, three times for Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year, the Agatha, the Shamus, the Daphne, and has won the Lovey multiple times.

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Mar
16
11:00 AM11:00

Meet John Keyse-Walker March 16th

“Sun, Sand, Murder by John Keyse-Walker is a winner. It is written with the coral clarity of a Caribbean atoll, and evokes an edgy rhythm that suits the protagonist, Teddy Creque, and his wholly authentic domain, the Virgin Islands.”
—Randy Wayne White

As a Special Constable, Teddy Creque is the only police presence on the remote, sun-drenched island of Anegada, nestled in the heart of the British Virgin Islands. In all his years on the job, Teddy has never considered the possibility that he might have to address an actual crime on his peaceful island. That is, until he receives a hysterical call about a dead man on the beach. Indeed, Teddy is shocked to discover Paul Kelliher, a biologist who traveled to the island every winter for research, lying dead on the sands of the island’s most remote beach, killed by a single shot to the head. And when the BVI’s “real police” task Teddy with informing Kelliher’s nearest kin of his death, Teddy makes an even more surprising discovery: there’s no record that Paul Kelliher ever existed. Suddenly Teddy’s routine life is thrown into tumult as he tries to track a killer—against his boss’s wishes—while balancing his complicated family life, three other jobs, and the colorful characters populating the island around him.

Written with a wry, witty narrative voice and a plot full of twists and turns, John Keyse-Walker’s Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award-winning debut is a pure delight.

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Mar
1
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Meet Ron Base, March 1st

Ron Base will be here to chat with fans and sign his latest book, the Heart of the Sanibel Sunset Detective.  If you are unable to attend, please call ahead and we'll save you a signed copy!

About the Book-

Private Detective Tree Callister thinks he’s dying. He could be right. Humphrey Bogart doesn’t give him much hope. A floppy-eared hound dog named Clinton insists on talking to him. Meanwhile, a mysterious list sends Tree and his wife Freddie from Sanibel Island to Savannah, Georgia to Washington, D.C. Along the way they encounter a demented ex-football player, a crooked small-town sheriff who likes to use his Taser, and two women in love married to the same man. A plane explodes. A dead body shows up. All hell breaks loose. And Tree discovers it’s hard to worry about dying when all sorts of people are trying to kill you.

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Feb
25
11:00 AM11:00

Meet Island Authors Bob Maxeiner and Bill Hallstead, February 25th

…“Intense” . . .
… “Accurately captured” . . .
… “Deeply emotional”
— Dr. Rosemary Kelly, Professor of Surgery
Transplant Surgeon, University of Minnesota

1985. A struggling heart is failing; the end is near. Can a healthy heart be salvaged from a dead body?
1985. The beating heart taken from one newly dead restores the life of one whose heart is failing. What are the rules?
1985. Some day organ transplants will be standard procedure — So let us begin.
2016. Time and routine blunt none of the grief and hope and challenge of the transplant web for every organ recipient, for each donor family and for all the cool professionals who serve it.

After medical school at the University of Minnesota and surgical training at the Mayo Clinic, S.R. Maxeiner, Jr. completed his years in the US Navy with the US Marines in Korea.


He founded Surgical Consultants, a surgical practice in Minneapolis, which still serves today.
On retirement, Bob and Tricia moved to Sanibel, FL, where he continues to write fiction and drama.

It started after the First Gulf War. It was a simple heist that began in The Middle East, progressed through Chicago, then down to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, AZ where the theft went down. From there into Mexico where the first murder happened. Luckily, the Air Force discovered the theft quickly and now the colonels and generals began getting nervous.

After all, it is not every day the USAF loses a relic nuclear weapon with multiple nuclear warheads. Now Brigadier General Oliver Madden has a real mess on his hands. It's a mess he passes on to Major Pete Pappas, the best and most capable officer the general can trust to find the antiquated cruise missile. The questions are – who stole it? And why?

Of course, Pappas needs help chasing down those responsible for stealing the remnants of Project Pluto. That help comes in the form of Captain Steve Gammon, temporarily promoted to lieutenant colonel, a reserve officer always willing to do whatever the country needs and for General Madden.

Gammon’s undercover assistant is Captain Laura Gorcy, a no-nonsense officer trained in the intelligence field, gorgeous, and feisty. Together, Gammon and Gorcy pose as a husband and wife on vacation in Mexico in Pursuit of the Weapon From Hell

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Feb
24
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Meet David Watts, February 24th

A real-life private investigator’s story: His journey, his cases and his perspective on the legal system.

Spending his early years in law enforcement, David Watts then moved on into the fascinating world of private investigations.  Avoiding matrimonial cases, he stuck to conducting investigations for law firms, insurance companies and the many of the so-called Fortune 500. 

David takes on the hypocrisy often evident in the civil system by citing examples and without apology.

He and his wife of 54 years, Linda, carved their niche in the private sector by throwing themselves into their work and never taking no for an answer. They persevered and their personal story is an example of overcoming obstacles and setting the standard for others in the field. Humor, a serious avenue for them, comes through in the telling, as well.

With decades of all kinds of cases in his files, Watts provides vivid descriptions of what private investigation work entails. Murder, fraud, sex , corruption and even a race riot are all on menu here.

Far from a dry narrative, Accidental P.I. is a thrilling ride that puts you up right up front andin the action.

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Feb
16
12:00 PM12:00

Meet Robert Macomber, February 16th

Meet Robert Macomber when he stops in to sign his next upcoming book, An Honorable War,  the 13th novel in The Honor Series.

About the book-

February, 1898. As tensions with Spain reach fever pitch and the press calls for an honorable war to liberate Cuba, Captain Peter Wake, U.S.N., returns to his clandestine past with an espionage mission deep inside Cuba. Then, moments after Wake departs USS Maine in Havana’s harbor and his mission is over, the ship explodes. In that instant, America and the world are changed forever.

Wake is soon in the Spanish-American War, commanding a squadron of misfit ships in a perilous operation on the Cuban coast. Facing overwhelming odds, he’ll have to use every ruthless skill

and Machiavellian trick learned in his thirty-five- year career. Can he carry out his orders, defeat the Spanish, save the lives of his men, and deal with the politics in Washington?

We won’t know until it’s over, but by then it may be too late ….

Robert N. Macomber is an award-winning and internationally recognized Florida author, lecturer, and TV commentator. He grew up on the waters along the SW coast of Florida and by age seventeen, he was an offshore racing skipper and raced for the next thirty-two years in Florida, Mexico and the Bahamas. When not traveling the world on research treks, lecture tours, or book signings, he lives on Pine Island, the same coast where he grew up. When not writing, he enjoys sailing among the more remote islands and cooking the exotic cuisines from his novels.

His Honor Series feature the adventures of Peter Wake, Union Navy, starting in the American Civil War.

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Feb
13
1:30 AM01:30

Meet Tim Dorsey, February 13th

Clownfish Blues (Serge Storms #20) will be in stores January 24th!

A (Serge A.) Storm is brewing for a cabal of bad guys gaming the Florida state lottery in this insanely funny novel from the maestro of mayhem, Tim Dorsey

If you’re loud and proud Floridian Serge A. Storms, how do you follow up your very own remake of Easy Rider? You shoot your own “episodes” of your favorite classic television show, Route 66!

With Coleman riding shotgun, Serge is rolling down the highway of his dreams in a vintage silver convertible Corvette just like the snazzy car Martin Milner drove. It doesn’t matter that the actual Route 66 didn’t pass through Florida, for Serge discovers that a dozen episodes near the series’ end were filmed (really!) in his beloved home state. So for Serge and the always toked and stoked Coleman, the Sunshine State is all the road you need to get your kicks.

But their adventure traveling the byways of the Sunshine State’s underbelly is about to take a detour. Someone is trying to tilt the odds in the state lottery amidst a conga line of huge jackpots spinning off more chaos than any hurricane season. With this much at stake, of course every shady character wants in. Crooked bodega owners, drug cartels laundering money through the lottery, and venture capitalists are all trying to game the system—and lining up to get their cut. They’re also gambling with their lives, because when Serge and Coleman get hip to this timely (and very lucrative) trip, there’s no telling whose number is up next.

Throw in Brooke Campanella, Serge’s old flame, as well as the perpetually star-crossed Reevis, and it’s a sure bet that the ever lucky Serge will hit it big. Winning has never been this deadly—or this much fun!

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Feb
2
10:00 AM10:00

Meet James Dworkin, February 2nd

A very adventurous dog.
A very fast jet ski.

While on a boat ride, hoping to see his dolphin friend, Red the Irish Setter is unexpectedly washed overboard in a storm. Will his dolphin friend come to his rescue? This book offers children from prekindergarten through third grade valuable lessons about friendship, diversity and helping others in times of need. Kids will enjoy this story about Red, his dolphin friend and Sophia the lifeguard. Red even learns how to ride a jet ski in this memorable adventure.

James B. Dworkin is an educator who is based in Indiana. The author is chancellor emeritus at Purdue University North Central.

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Dec
30
2:00 PM14:00

Meet Chris Bowron

Darkness waits in the Everglades.

When his pro football career fails, Jackson Walker returns to his home in southwest Florida to sort out his life. He lands an internship with Republican state senator James Hunter, whose Clean Water Bill puts him at odds with influential members of The Brotherhood of Set, a Satanic cult. They have deep roots in Florida, and are led by the sinister Henrietta LePley.

After Walker begins a relationship with a member of the Brotherhood, he is framed for the horrific killing of two elderly people. To clear his name, Jackson turns to his Seminole family to evade the police and a particularly nasty bunch of malevolent characters who specialize in the disposal of dead bodies. The Everglades provides an ancient and frightening setting for the unfolding action that will prove whether Jackson Walker will pull himself free from the dark evil that lurks there.

Christopher Bowron’s roots stretch back four generations in historic Niagara-on-the-Lake, voted the prettiest town in Canada.  He has a second residence in southwest Florida where he has spent a good part of his life since childhood. Southwest Florida is the backdrop for his first novel, Devil in the Grass.

Christopher is currently working on a sequel to Devil in the Grass, a thriller called The Senator.

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Dec
18
12:00 PM12:00

Meet Mary Beth Gonzalez

This cancer case report series documents the effectiveness of the nutritional/enzyme cancer treatment designed by Nicholas J. Gonzalez, MD.

The book provides an in-depth analysis of the Gonzalez Protocol in both theory and practice, with fifty representative patients with biopsy-proven pancreatic or breast cancer. This pioneering book includes patients diagnosed with a poor prognosis or terminal malignancies who did well under Dr. Gonzalez's care.

Conquering Cancer: Volume Two will be available in early 2017 and will cover fifteen additional types of cancer and other degenerative diseases. These two volumes of Conquering Cancer are the culmination of Dr. Gonzalez's twenty-eight-year medical career, as he died suddenly and unexpectedly in July 2015.

This book is now available to all those with an interest in cancer in general, the enzyme treatment of cancer in particular, alternative medicine, and the Gonzalez Protocol.

Mary Beth Gonzalez will be here to share her late husband's work and sign copies of his book to benefit his foundation and continue his legacy.

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Dec
15
11:00 AM11:00

Meet George Wilgus

When a well-respected Princeton trial lawyer is compelled to defend a distinguished anesthesiologist accused of murdering her husband, he fails to grasp that the seeds of their mutual destruction, or salvation, already were embedded in earlier events over which they had no control. Seventy years of theft, greed, and deceit coalesce around the unsuspecting participants and unleash a cataclysm of grief, revenge, and personal destruction. What appears as reality only is a pretext for what lies ahead. Is the accused a victim of a monstrous pharmaceutical plot or a killer out for revenge? The specter of guilt works in uncontrollable ways. A photojournalist on assignment in Vienna may hold the answer if she lives to reveal it. A Munich art dealer with a long-buried secret from Nazi Germany can link the past to the present, if he risks his career and possibly his life. Only the trial holds the outcome, one which none of the numerous participants, nor those who orchestrated the unfolding events ever will forget. Laden with history, law, forensics, and courtroom psychology, The Gyroscope Of Guilt keeps you guessing until it’s riveting conclusion.

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