Literary roundup: Feb. 21


Johanna Moran: Sarasota writer Johanna Moran will give a talk and sign copies of her debut novel, “The Wives Of Henry Oades,” (Ballantine Books) at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at University of Southern Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s Selby Auditorium, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. More than 50 years ago, Johanna’s father, a law professor, came across an abstract about the case of Henry Oades, a man who faced persecution for bigamy in San Francisco in the late 1800s. The story fascinated her father and mother. Moran used it to inspire her novel. Information: 359-4694.

Sarah Collins: The Palmetto Friends of the Library will host award-winning novelist Sarah Collins Honenberger at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 27 at the library, 923 Sixth St. W., Palmetto. Her novel “Catcher, Caught” was a semi-finalist in the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest. Information: 722-3333.

Gussins: Sarasota-area authors Robert and Patricia Gussin will appear at the Sand Dollar, 302 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 1-3 p.m. Feb. 27, to autograph and discuss their newest book, “What’s Next . . . For You” (Oceanview Publishing, $13.50). The nonfiction book tells the Gussins’ story, two “retirees” who watched with glee as long, successful careers in science and medicine gave way to writing, publishing and winemaking.


Wallace Stegner: John Mellon will discuss “An Appreciation of Wallace Stegner’s Novel, ‘Crossing To Safety’,” at 2 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W., Bradenton. Published in 1987, Stegner’s book explore the lives of four friends, their enduring love for one another, and their intertwined relationships over the course of several decades. Free and open to the public. Information: 748-5555, ext 6305.

Nicholas Sparks: The Friends of the South Manatee Branch Library offer a free monthly book discussion group open to everyone. The upcoming schedule features Nicholas Sparks, 10 a.m. Feb. 26 and John Sandford, 10 a.m. March 19. The library is at 6081 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 755-3892.