CANCELLED: December Story Slam: Bright

Due to a scheduling conflict, this month's Story Slam has been cancelled. Writers who submitted their work will have their pieces considered for the next Story Slam in February. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Kate DiCamillo with Beverly, Right Here

Saturday, December 7th at 2:00 PM

Maclay School's Cartee Gym

3737 N. Meridian Rd.

Tallahassee, Florida 32312

Join us for an afternoon with KATE DiCAMILLO, author of modern classics like BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE, THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX, and the Mercy Watson series! This event is hosted by Midtown Reader, and will be held in The Maclay School's Cartee Gym. For tickets, visit Adult tickets include a copy of BEVERLY, RIGHT HERE.


Revisiting once again the world of Raymie Nightingale & Louisiana's Way Home, two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo turns her focus to the tough-talking, inescapably tenderhearted Beverly.

"Beverly put her foot down on the gas. They went faster still.
This was what Beverly wanted — what she always wanted. To get away. To get away as fast as she could. To stay away."

Beverly Tapinski has run away from home plenty of times, but that was when she was just a kid. By now, she figures, it’s not running away. It’s leaving. Determined to make it on her own, Beverly finds a job and a place to live and tries to forget about her dog, Buddy, now buried underneath the orange trees back home; her friend Raymie, whom she left without a word; and her mom, Rhonda, who has never cared about anyone but herself. Beverly doesn’t want to depend on anyone, and she definitely doesn’t want anyone to depend on her. But despite her best efforts, she can’t help forming connections with the people around her — and gradually, she learns to see herself through their eyes. In a touching, funny, and fearless conclusion to her sequence of novels about the beloved Three Rancheros, #1 New York Times best-selling author Kate DiCamillo tells the story of a character who will break your heart and put it back together again.


Kate DiCamillo is the author of Because of Winn-Dixie (a Newbery Honor book), The Tiger Rising (a National Book Award finalist), and The Tale of Despereaux (a Newbery Medal Winner). She recently completed a series of early chapter books about a pig named Mercy Watson. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane was the winner of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award. Kate lives and writes in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but she spent much of her childhood in Florida.

Peter Dunbar & Mike Haridopolos

Thursday, December 12th at 6:00 PM

Join us for an evening with Peter Dunbar and Mike Haridopolos, the authors of the new book, The Modern Republican Party in Florida.

David Kirby & Joni Tevis

Friday, December 13th at 6:00 PM

Join us for an evening with writers David Kirby and Joni Tevis. Kirby is the author, most recently, of the book of poems More Than This. Tevis' most recent book is a collection of essays titled The World is on Fire: Scrap, Treasure, and Songs of Apocalypse.

Storytime with Santa Claus

Saturday, December 14th at 11:00 AM

Join us for our annual Kidtown Reader Santa Claus story hour! Each year we invite a community leader to join us as our guest Santa Claus. Santa Claus will be reading The Polar Express, taking photos, and joining the children in a craft activity.

Jeff VanderMeer with Dead Astronauts

Monday, December 16th at 6:00 PM

Join us for a reading and signing with Jeff VanderMeer, author of the Southern Reach Trilogy, with the brand new novel, DEAD ASTRONAUTS! VanderMeer will be in conversation with Mark Mustian, founder of Tallahassee's Word of South festival.

NOTE: For those unable to attend the event who wish to order a signed, personalized copy of DEAD ASTRONAUTS, which is released 12/3, please either stop by the store, call us at 850-425-2665, or email

Nonfiction Book Club: The Library Book by Susan Orlean

Wednesday, December 18th at 6:00 PM

Our every-other-month Nonfiction Book Club meets this December to discuss Susan Orlean's newest, The Library Book. Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief, uses a devastating fire at the New York public library as a starting point to "tell the broader story of libraries and librarians in a way that has never been done before." Stop by Midtown Reader to pick up your copy (now in paperback), and join us. All are welcome.

Cassandra King Conroy with Tell Me a Story: My Life with Pat Conroy

Wednesday, January 8th at 6:00 PM

Join us in the bookstore for an evening with Cassandra King Conroy, award-winning writer, bestselling novelist, and widow of literary legend Pat Conroy. King Conroy will discuss and sign her new memoir, TELL ME A STORY: MY LIFE WITH PAT CONROY. Midtown Reader is delighted to be partnering with the Friends of the Library on this special event, and will donate a percentage of proceeds to them. Each ticket includes admission for one and a hardcover copy of TELL ME A STORY.

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