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Carrabelle’s ‘Pen to Paper’ series opens Monday

The Carrabelle Branch of the Franklin County Public Libraries will host a writers’ series “Pen to Paper” from January through May 2023. 

Kicking off this exciting series, on Monday, January 9 at 2 p.m, will be a panel of five local authors, featuring Dawn Radford, Tiffany Jo Howell, D.J. Mays, Sidsel ‘Sid’ McOmie and Anthony Lee Watkins. 

The authors and poets on this panel will discuss and share works they have written and those they are working on now, followed by a question and answer session. This friendly and informal event is open to anyone interested in meeting these authors and learning more about these writers or writing in general. Refreshments from Sid’s cookbook will be served.

Radford, a writer of poetry and short stories, authored “Oyster Flats,” a fictional tale set in a remote fishing village on the Florida Panhandle. McOmie is an author of several cookbooks including “Nibbles and Bites” and has just written a suspense thriller set in the local area. Howell writes Young Adult fiction and is the author of “The Finder’s Tales: Marco.” Watkins is a writer of poetry including “Union Line Cemetery” and “Written in Darkness,” a published collection of poems. Mays mainly writes science fiction and is author of “The Rebel” and trilogy “Tales of the Rebel League.” 

Throughout the series, which runs through May, published local authors will speak to audiences and answer questions about publishing and inspiration. 

Programs to follow include:

Monday, Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. features Sidsel “Sid” McOmie and Michael Llado-Davilla on cookbooks and travel memoirs 

Monday, Feb. 27 at 2 p.m.: Pat Duggan, mystery writer. Local mystery writer Bo May has also been invited to participate 

Monday, March 6 at 2 p.m.: D.J. Mays, Tiffany Jo Howell and Ginnah Howard will discuss science fiction, young adult fiction and biographical / historical Fiction

Wednesday, March 29: Well-published writer/author Sue Cronkite will be joined by writer Sydney Watson

Monday, April 3 will be historian Dale Cox’s last public appearance and the Carrabelle library is honored to host his final public talk on local history. Refreshments will be provided at each program and reservations are encouraged as library seating may be limited.

Monday, April 17 at 2 p.m. – Anthony Lee Watkins and Dawn Radford, with poetry and fiction.

Monday, May 8 at 2 p.m. – Carol Hair Moore and Lois Swoboda discussing the creation and publication of successful books for children

The Carrabelle Branch Library is located at 311 St. James Avenue. There is no charge for these programs and the public is welcome. Refreshments will be served. This series is sponsored by the Friends of the Franklin County Public Libraries. For any additional information on these events, please contact Carole Cooper carolecooper@mediacombb.net at the Carrabelle Branch Library at (850) 697-2366.

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