Events

Susan Lilley with Venus in Retrograde

Friday, February 7th at 6:00 PM

Join us for a reading and book signing with Susan Lilley, poet & author of VENUS IN RETROGRADE (Burrow Press, 2019). Susan will be in conversation with Tallahassee poet Yolanda Franklin, author of BLOOD VINYLS. In VENUS IN RETROGRADE, Orlando Poet Laureate Susan Lilley interprets various stages of womanhood while parsing the beauty and decay of her beloved homestate of Florida.

February Story Slam: Heartbeat

Monday, February 10th at 6:00 PM

(This event was originally scheduled for Thursday, February 6th at 6:00 PM.)

The theme for our February Story Slam is "Heartbeat!"

Midtown Reader's Story Slam series is an opportunity for local writers to share their work with our community of Tallahassee writers and readers. Writers should send in 600 words or less on the theme by January 30th to be considered to read at the event.

Laurel Lathrop is our Story Slam judge and emcee. Laurel is a PhD candidate in creative writing at FSU, where she also teaches composition, literature, and creative writing. A California native, she misses the West Coast but has grown to love Tallahassee. When she's not writing her dissertation or working at Midtown Reader, she sings in the Tallahassee Community Chorus.

WRITERS: Please use the following criteria for all submissions:

*Times New Roman/12 pt font/1”margins/double-spaced
*600 words or less
*Fiction or Nonfiction
*Due January 30th by 6 PM
*Pieces should fit with the theme of "Heartbeat"
*If selected, must be available to read the evening of Feb. 6th
*Name should not appear anywhere on the submission itself.
*Please include a brief cover letter within the email.
*Send your submission to storyslam@midtownreader.com

Jeff VanderMeer with Dead Astronauts

Tuesday, February 11th at 8:00 PM

At The Bark, 507 All Saints St.

Jeff VanderMeer reads as part of FSU Creative Writing Department's Jerome Stern Distinguished Writers Series. Midtown Reader will have copies of VanderMeer's books available for purchase at the event and in the store.

Bob and Gail Knight with Married To It

Wednesday, February 12th at 6:00 PM

Holy Comforter Episcopal School

2001 Fleischman Road, Tallahassee 32308

Join us in The Commons at Holy Comforter Episcopal School for a book launch event with Bob and Gail Knight, authors of the new book Married To It: How an Entrepreneurial Couple Built a Photography Empire By Investing in Their Customers, Staff, and Each Other. The event is free and open to the public; books will be available for purchase and signing. Refreshments will be served.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Married To It is the story of how Tallahassee couple Bob and Gail Knight rose from taking sorority party pictures at FSU to running the largest event photography company in the world. Along the way, they worked alongside titans of global commerce, national and institutional leaders, and high-profile clients, ultimately shaping the industry in ways that are still felt today. Married To It is a heartfelt and hilariously irreverent story of marriage, entrepreneurship, business, and balancing it all.

Note: Those interested in purchasing the book ahead of the signing can stop by Midtown Reader, 1123 Thomasville Rd., to pick up a copy. You can also reserve a copy by calling us at 850-425-2665 or click the link below to order through our website.

Andy Davidson with The Boatman's Daughter

Thursday, February 13th at 6:00 PM

Join us for a reading & signing with novelist Andy Davidson, author of The Boatman's Daughter! With the heady mythmaking of Neil Gaiman and the heartrending pacing of Joe Hill, Andy Davidson spins a thrilling tale of love and duty, of loss and discovery. The Boatman's Daughter is a gorgeous, horrifying novel, a journey into the dark corners of human nature, drawing our worst fears and temptations out into the light.

Black History Month Read-to-Lead

Tuesday, January 18th at 6:00 PM

Join us for a celebration of Black History Month with a panel of readers and leaders from the Tallahassee community. Each panelist will be recommending books that have shaped them into the leaders they are today! This panel will continue our tradition of hosting community-oriented events focused on the impact of reading on our lives.

This year's Black History Read-to-Lead will be moderated by Tallahassee artist Elton Burgest. Learn more about Elton at https://www.eltonaburgest.com/.

Tanya Grae with Undoll

Tuesday, February 18th at 8:00 PM

At The Bark, 507 All Saints St.

Poet Tanya Grae reads as part of FSU Creative Writing Department's Jerome Stern Distinguished Writers Series. Midtown Reader will have copies of Undoll available for purchase at the event and in the store.

Poets Craig Beaven & Glenn Shaheen

Thursday, February 20th at 6:00 PM

Join us for a reading and book signing with poets Craig Beaven and Glenn Shaheen! Copies of Beaven's book NATURAL HISTORY and Shaheen's ENERGY CORRIDOR will be available.

Joy Sheffield Harris with The Florida Cracker Cookbook

Friday, February 21st at 6:00 PM

At Midtown Reader

Join us in the bookstore for an evening with Joy Sheffield Harris, author of The Florida Cracker Cookbook, and enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres from the cookbook prepared by Jeri's Midtown Café! Tickets cost $35 and include one copy of The Florida Cracker Cookbook, plus hors d'oeuvres and wine from Jeri's.

Lyla F. Ellzey with Anticipation of Evil and Losing Herself

Sunday, February 23rd at 2:00 PM

at Midtown Reader

Local Tallahassee author Lyla F. Ellzey presents her books Anticipation of Evil and Losing Herself for our Afternoon with an Author at Midtown Reader!

Mike Croley with Any Other Place

​Tuesday, February 25th at 8:00 PM

At The Bark, 507 All Saints St.

Mike Croley reads as part of FSU Creative Writing Department's Jerome Stern Distinguished Writers Series. Midtown Reader will have copies of Any Other Place available for purchase at the event.

Midtown Reader Book Club: Future Home of the Living God

Wednesday, February 26th at 6:00 PM

Midtown Reader's monthly Book Club will discuss FUTURE HOME OF THE LIVING GOD, which can be purchased at Midtown Reader at a 10% discount. All are welcome to join in! In FUTURE HOME OF THE LIVING GOD, Louise Erdrich, the New York Times bestselling, National Book Award-winning author of LaRose and The Round House, paints a startling portrait of a young woman fighting for her life and her unborn child against oppressive forces that manifest in the wake of a cataclysmic event.

Jeffrey Blount with The Emancipation of Evan Walls

Thursday, February 27th at 6:00 PM

at Midtown Reader

Join us for a reading and signing with Jeffery Blount and his newest book, The Emancipation of Evan Walls.  Evan Walls is Inspired to overcome the racism and class status imposed on blacks, and he dreams of a life bigger than that lived by most everyone he knows in the small Virginia town of Canaan. Caught in a crossfire of hate from whites and his own people, who question whether he is black enough, Evan is often alone and bewildered. Only the love of his great grandmother, Mama Jennie, and his mentor, Bojack, keeps him on track. Together, they help Evan find perspective and peace.

RESCHEDULED: Erica Dawson with When Rap Spoke Straight to God

Tuesday, April14th at 8:00 PM

At The Bark, 507 All Saints St.

NOTE: This event was originally schedule for Tuesday, February 11th. 

Erica Dawson reads as part of FSU Creative Writing Department's Jerome Stern Distinguished Writers Series. Midtown Reader will have copies of When Rap Spoke Straight to God available for purchase at the event and in the store.

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