Under the Wings of a Good Luck Phoenix is a coming-of-age story that began as a series in a local paper. The high interest shown by readers led to a cooperative effort between the paper's editor, a Vietnam veteran, and the author to write this narrative nonfiction memoir.
Here we are again! Calling the circle once more to create community ritual...a space for interconnectedness...to share our lived experiences around using our creative expression...to heal...ourselves and others. We have an exciting group of guests who will share their journeys into resilience...through their dark nights of the soul...wielding only their creative impulses and energies to manifest their chosen realities. Join us and see...how it’s done...tell...how you did it...and let’s consider what we can all do together in and for our community!
We are excited to present Mallory M. O’Connor who will talk about her novel, American River: Tributaries.
Join us at Third House Books & Coffee on April 28th in celebrating independent bookstores! On IBD, we'll have special readings throughout the entire day from some of our favorite local authors and poets: Alycin Hayes (Milo & the Mustang, for the little ones), Lauren Groff (Fates & Furies), Ashley Inguanta (Bomb), and Quanisha Madison (Opium Fields). Help us celebrate the special place that is the bookstore by meeting some of Gainesville's female writers and poets in honor of #NationalPoetryMonth and belated International Women's Month!
There will be live music by Balcony Collapse in between readings, giveaways sponsoring local charities, and as always snacks will be available from next door at the Downtown Wine and Cheese. The event is free, kid-friendly, and the perfect opportunity to grab a book by a local author. Copies of the readers' works will be available for purchase and signing.
Alycin Hayes 12pm
Lauren Groff 3pm
Quanisha Madison 6pm
Ashley Inguanta 7:30pm
This months Better Than pick is a special one. Kiren and myself (Heather) were sitting discussing what book and movie we should pick this month, and found ourselves naming books by white men, over and over. We decided that needed to change, and so Kiren picked something that is a little out of the box for us: a romance by a woman of color - Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan. McMillan's novel is one of revenge, triumph, and friendship and I was once compared to a particular scene which you will know immediately once you read the book and see the movie with us
Movie Screening: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 @7:30PM
The screening is free, but seating limited. Beverages and food available from our neighbors Downtown Wine & Cheese.
Stop in to pick up your copy (mention the book club for a 15% discount). We've got a bunch waiting for ya!
This month's Better Than pick gets local and meta. We will be reading Susan Orlean's phenomenal personal story of her encounter with the eccentric John Laroche as he searches for the elusive Ghost Orchid with the ultimate intent of cloning it. Their journey takes them through the swamps of Florida and dangerous encounters. The book was optioned to be adapted to the screen by the equally eccentric Charlie Kaufman. As he struggled to write the screenplay, he instead chooses to write about his own experience with John Laroche and Susan Orlean, creating a wickedly funny and equally crazy film. Directed by Spike Jonze, you're in for a treat.
Enjoy the words of today’s great American playwrights. If you have any questions, please contact the group's curator Paul Gabbard through this Facebook page or email@example.com
We are excited to have Peter Rush read from his newly published novel, Wild World (August 31, 2017). Peter S. Rush is a graduate of Brown University and has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Florida. He was a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, Peace Corps volunteer, and a police officer. He is currently CEO of a global management firm.
Third House Books & Coffee presents Borrowed Mic Night with Mandisa. This week the theme is Love & Heartbreak. So bring your favorite passages on Love and Love Lost to share. In addition we will be announcing the winners of the Valentine's Raffle!
Join us as we discuss The Daughters of the Moon. Written in 1968 by Italo Calvino. This mystical story of strong willed ladies and regeneration is a great read following the recent Roe v. Wade anniversary and the Women's March. We'll be trying something new and hosting it at Third House books. We will provide wine and food but BYO snacks and drinks are still encouraged! Downtown Wine & Cheese will also be open and have beverages and food for purchase.
Join us to celebrate the release of Dr. Paul Ortiz's newest book, An African American and Latinx History of the United States. Dr. Ortiz will be reading from his book, answering questions, and signing copies just for you. Copies can be pre-ordered at Third House Books. Stop in or visit http://www.thirdhousebooks.com/special-orders/ to do so.
Join us for the revamp and renewal of Eco Book Club, sponsored by We Are Neutral.
For the first meetup of 2018 we will discussing Engineering Eden: The True Story of a Violent Death, a Trial, and the Fight over Controlling Nature by Jordan Fisher Smith.
Acclaimed indie-lit authors Sam Pink, Ted Prokash, Mallory Smart, and Brian Alan Ellis are traveling around acclaimed Florida, doing readings of their acclaimed work. This is their acclaimed Gainesville stop.
These community-wide “pop-up” style activities help promote health and community engagement in unexpected ways and locations. Open to all 352 residents, the goal is to create healthy communities through everyday acts of creativity — founded on the idea that anyone, using even the simplest of materials, can create something amazing.
Join photographer Renée Hoffinger and Welcoming Gainesville & Alachua County (WG&AC) for the Dec. 1 Artwalk Gainesville from 7-10 pm. Renée will showcase photos from her "Immigrants of Gainesville" series, which highlights the stories of our immigrant neighbors and friends.
This event is free and open to the public. Donations to support the continuation of WG&AC's programming are welcome.
Wilson's phenomenal play was adapted to the screen this year starring acting forces Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. The play examines the complexities of love and duty in a working class African American family. It's an incredibly moving drama, both on paper and on the screen.
We are thrilled to announce our first book release event at Third House Books in downtown Gainesville on Saturday, November 18. We invite you to celebrate and experience the depth and power of the lessons in this book. We will hear readings from the book, and we will EXPERIENCE the practical applications of creating sacred space, and being truly with another person. Come connect with yourself and learn how to connect with others in a more authentic, present way. Experience the guidance of a master facilitator with decades of experience giving hundreds of workshops that have transformed the lives of many people from all walks of life.
The Fists of Earth series is a science fiction series consisting of three titles: Captive Audience, Duel Roles, and Tough Crowd.
TNT, his LGBTQ+ series taking place in Key West, consists of the titles Menu for Murder, Blown Choices, Bare Soles, and Key Notes.
This short poetry collection uncovers themes of loss, nature, and renewal. Madison asks the reader to face her inner fears and contemplate what it really means to be alive. It will take you on a journey through self-discovery and the very essence of living in the woodlands.
The MFA@FLA is proud to present our first annual Alumni Reading, brought to you as part of the Florida Writers Festival.
Join us November 2nd at 8pm at Third House Books to hear work from Eileen Rush, Nini Berndt, Jacqueline Sabbagh and Chloe Lane. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our neighbors at Downtown Wine & Cheese.
A night of literary enchantment and riches
MFA@FLA alums Emma Smith-Stevens and Rachel Khong return to Gainesville! They will be reading from their debut novels, THE AUSTRALIAN and GOODBYE, VITAMIN. We really couldn't be more excited!
In anticipation of the Blade Runner 2049 we will be reading the inspiration for the film, Philip K. Dick's DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP. And then we'll screen the director's cut of BLADE RUNNER!