I’ll be offering workshops and signing books at the 2014 Douglas Anderson Writers’ Festival this weekend.
My workshops are called “Place as Character: Speaking the Haunted Landscape.”
Here’s the workshop description from the festival website:
“When Peter Ackroyd wrote his mammoth book about his native city, he called it London: The Autobiography. Often writers think of place merely in terms of setting, but capturing the personality of place means bringing it to life as a character. Every place is haunted historically and psychologically. Getting in touch with that haunting allows you to know the place intimately, not only to bring it to life in your writing, but as Ackroyd’s title suggests, to allow the place to speak through you.”
I’m following up my book on supposed Jacksonville serial killer Ottis Toole with a book on the woman who’s been called “Jacksonville’s Angel of Mercy” and “Jacksonville’s Mother Teresa.”
In Search of Eartha White: Storehouse for the People will be out in the fall of 2014.
Discussing Stalking Ottis Toole: A Southern Gothic and a talk I’m giving at the Jacksonville Historical Society called “Malice Aforethought: A Century of Murder in Jacksonville” with Emily Lisska on The History Show, October 17, 2013:
I’ll be speaking to the Jacksonville Historical Society about the city’s long murder problem, ending with discussion of Stalking Ottis Toole: A Southern Gothic.
October 30th, the day before Halloween, 6:30 pm.
The Jacksonville Historical Society is located at 317 A. Philip Randolph Blvd.
From Lost Renoirs and Picassos to the Lost Tribes of Israel, Springfield’s Brown Museum of Art Connects the Unicorn to the Black Mermaid.
LaVilla: Perk and Loretta’s Soul Lounge
From the Black Panthers to exorcism and from FBI investigations to the Jacksonville City Councilwoman who’s thankful for slavery.
Inside the Richmond Hotel in LaVilla, where Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald and Cab Calloway and Billie Holiday stayed.