June 26, 2022

Lit Bits: Book Clubs and More

Motive for Murder by Tara Lush. Photo by Cathy Salustri.

Gabber Book Club returns with new readings and a Facebook group

January 13 was the Gabber Book Club‘s first meeting of the new year, with “Grounds for Murder” by local author Tara Lush. Prior to the reunion, the Gabber Book Club created a Facebook group to share interesting information about the book, the book club, and, since coffee was a big part of “Grounds for Murder”, an article about coffee snobs.

The February book, “Everything Inside,” is a collection of stories by Haitian author Edwidge Danticat set in Miami, Port-au-Prince and an unnamed country in the Caribbean. The book won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Story Prize.

The Gabber Book Club is open to anyone interested in exploring Florida’s literary landscapes and the work of Florida writers. The group meets at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month, via Zoom (for now). Learn more at Tombolo Books.com or join the Gabber Book Club Facebook group.

Writers in Paradise Evening Reading Series goes virtual

Eckerd College is hosting its popular Evening Reading Series virtually this year after the 2021 Writers in Paradise Writers Conference was canceled due to COVID-19. As always, the Writing Conference Instructor Reading Series is free and open to the public. Virtual readings kick off January 17 with Ana Menendez, Michael Koryta, Major Jackson and Sterling Watson. Night 2 of Virtual Writers in Paradise 2021 on January 18 features works by Les Standiford, Emily Bernard, Ann Hood, Andre Dubus III and Laura Lippman.

Readings begin both nights at 6 p.m. and are available on the Writers in Paradise YouTube channel.

Book + Bottle Book Club Returns

Book clubs and wine go hand in hand, but Book + Bottle adds a different twist to their book club return: This month’s book is also about wine. The featured selection, “Bruno: Chief of Police”, is the first in a series of mysteries set in the French wine region, and is being hailed as a fun and interesting puzzle for wine lovers.

Copies are available for purchase at Book + Bottle, 17 6th St. N. prior to the January 28 event, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

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