The last couple weeks have been busy ones and the next two or three will be equally as hectic. I did a book signing at Sandman Book Company in Punta Gorda Florida. It’s one of my favorite places to go. Sandman and its owner Heidi are throw-backs to the days when the small, high-service independent book store was the prevalent source of finding that right book purchase. Those owners had the book market computer in their heads with the added advantage of knowing their customers and matching the book and person perfectly. Sandman has 60,000 titles on their shelves and Heidi seems to know something about each one! When I travel to Sandman I don’t expect to sell a truck load of titles – a large portion of the stores sales are via the Internet and I believe I’ll benefit from that portion of their business. If there’s a special book you’re looking for, try going to my web site http://www.dlhavlin.com and clinking on the Sandman Book Co. link. Heidi can find it for you!
Of course, I participated in the Randell Research Center’s Calusa Heritage Day (that was the subject of my previous post – check it out, it’s interesting) so I’ll not say more about it. That takes several days of prep, lots of work and it provides lots of enjoyment and satisfaction from helping a truly worth-while cause.
Last Saturday I attended the 14th Annual Southwest Florida Reading Festival in the beautiful Riverside Events Hall in downtown Ft. Myers, Florida. What a great event! The Lee County Library folks do a bang-up job in staging the festival. One of the things I love about these opportunities is the chance to meet so many of my favorite type of people – readers. I’ve gotten enough books out that many folks visit me to tell me how they like my work and, most importantly, buy my latest novels. Sales were great. The festival was the first time I was able to try my “Table Theater” that uses a projected power point presentation to tell a mini story about each of my novels. It worked fine.
I’m in the process of preparing to go to Jacksonville for the “Open Mic” weekend and presentations. Open Mic is a charitable project sponsored by the Optimus Literary Institute of America. Led and made successful through the efforts of CDS’s President, Caryn Saurez, authors from the area and around the state provide short bit of authored material for a collection turned into a book. All of the sales from the book go to fighting illiteracy. Great isn’t it? I’ll be at three events – Thursday 3/21 I’ll be at the Black Horse Winery from 7 to 9 PM – Friday 3/22 I’ll be at Crispers Restaurant on St Johns Blvd. from 6 to 9 PM – and at the Mandarin Barnes & Noble (San Jose Blvd.) from 12:30 to 3:30 PM. Come out and see me, Jacksonville’s mayor (I understand he’ll be at least one event) and help a great cause by buying a book.
I’ll also be back doing speaking engagements and signings in Southwest Florida in the following weeks. On Wednesday, April 3rd I’ll be speaking to the Naples Rotary Club at the Naples Beach Hotel at noon to tell them about my new book Blue Water Red Blood and its connection with Florida history. That Saturday, April 6th I’ll be doing a book signing at Barnes & Noble in Fort Myers on the South Tamiami Trail from 1 to 2:30 PM. I hope to get to see you!
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