Newspaper announcement!!

Thanks to Christina LaFortune who posted my upcoming event at Ossorio’s in Florida Today.  I’ve highlighted my part of her article in lilac, of course!

New non-fiction works, author events in Brevard

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Merritt Island author Roberto Mixco has been a practicing neurologist for over 25 years. He has recently published a book, “ONE: One-Handed Non-Traditional Expression for Patients who had a Stroke” ($19.63-$7.99, WestBow Press).

In an email, Mixco writes that he was inspired to write the book to help patients who have been affected by a stroke and have a condition called expressive aphasia, which affects their ability to speak and communicate clearly. Often those patients withdraw into frustration and depression. Mixco’s solution is to teach them a simplified version of sign language using only one hand and 100 commonly used words. The book is available in English and Spanish on amazon.comand other retailers.

Kirsten I. Russell of Melbourne has worked in the publishing industry in New York City and Florida. She served as a freelance copy editor for the University Press of Florida and she has volunteered at the Florida Historical Society as a copy editor for FHS Press. She has released a revised edition of her memoir, “Tales from Tripoli: An American Family’s Odyssey at a Libyan Boys’ School” ($11.00, self-published).

The book recounts her family’s years as the only Americans living among Bedouins and farm boys at the Vocational Agricultural Training Center for Libyans in the 1950s. In a news release, Russell writes, “This was an incredible adventure for us, and while our home life became increasingly troubled, the school farm became the biggest, best playground we children ever had.” The book is available at amazon.com, and more can be found at kirstenstripoli.com.

Congratulations to Titusville author Rebekah Lyn, who was awarded the Patrick D. Smith Literary Award by the Brevard Library Foundation. Five local educators judged submissions from more than 20 authors. Lyn’s submission was from her novel “Jessie,” which is available at amazon.com. For information about the next Patrick D. Smith Literary Award, visit brevardlibraryfoundation.org.

Brevard author Wanda Luthman will give a book signing event on March 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ossorio Bakery & Cafe, 316 Brevard Ave., Cocoa Village. The event is for Luthman’s recently published children’s book, “The Lilac Princess,” which is available on amazon.com.

The Brevard Authors Book Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on March 28 at the Cocoa Beach Library, 550 N. Brevard Ave. More than 30 authors will be available to discuss, autograph and sell their books. Tim Dorsey will talk about his Florida based crime novels at noon, and author Keith Rommel will speak on the topic “From Book-to-Movie” at 2:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit authorsforauthors.com or email vallenwriter@cs.com.

Some books are self-published. This column is intended to note new works, not review them.

Contact LaFortune at clafortune@floridatoday.com. Twitter: @lafortunec

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