Local author is inspired by mysterious phenomenon

The notion of writing about “things that go bump in the night” is not a new idea for novelists. Many authors have used the presence of unexplained sounds to help create a sense of suspense for their readers. But, in the case of Alicia White, an author who lives in Wesley Chapel, it was a sound that she actually heard — similar to a sonic boom — that sparked the the idea for her first novel, … [Read more...]

Read-a-thon celebrates literary event

When Harper Lee’s novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” was published in 1960, it captured the Pulitzer Prize, became an American classic in literature and was made into an Oscar-winning film, starring Gregory Peck. Now, the sequel to that book is scheduled for release on July 14 and Barnes & Noble bookstores throughout the United States are celebrating the literary event by staging read-a-thons of … [Read more...]

Art quilts show off Tampa Bay history

Joanne Rodriguez knew immediately which historical Tampa landmark she wanted to create on her appliqued quilt – the image of the iconic minarets at the University of Tampa. “When I came down to Florida in the 1980s, I just thought they were so beautiful,” said the Wisconsin native. “It’s very Tampa.” Her quilt is one of several on display through June at an art exhibit – “Memories of … [Read more...]

Barnes & Noble showcases local authors

If you enjoy stories about second chances, about family life or about history, a selection of books by local authors at an upcoming authors’ event may be right up your alley. Barnes & Noble at The Shops at Wiregrass is hosting its annual Local Author Signing on May 30 at 2 p.m., at the bookstore, at 28152 Paseo Drive in Wesley Chapel. Book lovers will have a chance to meet the authors, … [Read more...]

Fear, flight and faith

Author relives escape from Iraq For most people, Iraq is a faraway place on a glowing computer or television screen. It’s a place where we send soldiers and spouses and sisters, and pray for their safe return. It’s somewhere we forget as our work, softball practice, income taxes or other things absorb our attention, until the next news report pulls us back to images of desert and … [Read more...]

Library dazzles patrons

It offers new technology and an airy look Some boxes are still unpacked. A few books are being catalogued before getting stacked on shelves. An item or two, such as window blinds, are on order. Outside, workmen are getting ready to pave a parking lot. Not everything is completely done yet, but the new Zephyrhills Public Library is open for business and humming with activity – in … [Read more...]

Rushe Middle goes extra mile to encourage reading

Students from Rushe Middle School traipsed through Barnes & Noble at The Shops at Wiregrass, on a scavenger hunt to solve a riddle. They went from place to place picking up new clues in a search that finally led them to the discovery of the selection for the book the We Be Book’n club will read over the next few months. The big unveil took place on Nov. 11, and the school-wide book … [Read more...]

In Print: New Lowe’s adding traffic light to State Road 54

When the new Lowe's store opens next March, it not only will bring more jobs to State Road 54 in Land O' Lakes, but more traffic congestion as well. To accommodate the new store, Pasco County will link the Lowe's parking lot to the Village Lakes Shopping Center across the street, complete with the first traffic light between Collier Parkway and Land O' Lakes Boulevard. But that does mean … [Read more...]

Barnes & Noble offers showcase for local authors

If you’re looking for a new recipe, want to make a quilt, are in the mood for a little dark humor or want to be inspired, a selection of books by local authors may appeal to you. Seventeen local authors will gather at Barnes & Noble at The Shops at Wiregrass May 17 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., to offer their works for sale, chat with potential patrons, and sign books. “It’s Barnes & … [Read more...]

In Print: Golf course closes again, authors gather, and ‘Oklahoma!’

The gates to the Plantation Palms community are now closed to the general public after the struggling Plantation Palms Golf Club has shuttered once again. And no one knows when it might be back. The homeowners association there says that while the golf course is private property and not their responsibility, what happens to it could affect the value of the 875 homes there. "Many of our … [Read more...]