Two April events with Florida writers

April 2, 2021

Sarah Gerard


I’m really excited to shout two new books, and honored to help their authors launch them in the coming weeks. These events are free and online, so accessible to everyone—but both require registration, so follow the links. And of course, share with friends. Publishing a book is always scary, but doing so while the world is in turmoil is especially so. I know these authors would appreciate your support.

Fri, April 9th, 12pm — I’ll be moderating an event with Ellen McGarrahan for Books & Books, about her memoir Two Truths and a Lie: A Murder, a Private Investigator, and Her Search for Justice, which tells her story of witnessing the execution of Jesse Tafero in Tallahassee in 1990, and investigating the murder for which he may have been wrongfully convicted. I was lucky to read an early copy of Ellen’s book and offer a line of praise: “My heart was in my throat through each page of this captivating memoir of a private investigator’s search for truth, justice, and resolution.”


Tues, April 13th, 7pm — I’ll be interviewing Tyler Gillespie about his essay collection The Thing About Florida: Exploring a Misunderstood State for Bookstore1 Sarasota. Tyler is a poet, a journalist, and a scholar, and I was happy to offer this praise for his book, too: “In this engaging, humorous, compassionate, and meticulous portrait, ‘the flamingo in the coal mine’ of America emerges as a gorgeously complex character, itself full of characters. In Gillespie’s eyes, we have a kaleidoscopic view of one of our strangest, wildest, and most beloved places.”


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