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5 Must-Read Books By Tampa Bay Authors

June 25, 2012 6:00 AM

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Nothing beats a good book in the dog days of summer. Whether on the beach, by the pool or sitting inside with the comfort of air conditioning, a book has the power to expand your mind, warm your heart and whisk you away on an incredible journey. Check out some of these award-winning books by local Tampa Bay authors.
enidshomer 5 Must Read Books By Tampa Bay Authors

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“Tourist Season” – Enid Shomer

Buy it at:
Inkwood Books
216 S Armenia Ave
Tampa, FL 33609
(813) 253-2638
inkwoodbooks.com

“Tourist Season,” which details the journeys of women ages 17 to 70, takes the reader on trips across the country and into the soul. Enid Shomer, author of both fiction and poetry, lives in Tampa. She has won numerous awards for both her fiction and her poetry, including the Washington Prize, the Iowa Fiction Prize, LSU/Southern Review Prize and the Gold for Fiction at Florida Book Awards. Her stories, poems and essays have been included in over 50 anthologies and textbooks, including “POETRY: A HarperCollins Pocket Anthology.” She was recently appointed Poetry Series Editor for the University of Arkansas Press. Other works include “The Twelve Rooms of the Nile” and “Imaginary Men.”

Related: Best Venues For Spoken Word And Poetry Readings In Tampa

searchfortheunnamedone 5 Must Read Books By Tampa Bay Authors

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“The Search for the Unnamed One” – Tracy A. Akers

Buy it at:
Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Inc.
213 N Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33609
(813) 871-2228
barnesandnoble.com

This young-adult novel is the second in a series called “The Souls of Aredyrah.” Two young boys from opposing cultures in a war-torn world meet and discover that they are joined not only by blood, but by an ancient prophecy that has the power to both enlighten and destroy. The author, Tracy A. Akers, is both a teacher and a writer. A graduate of the University of South Florida, she now lives in Dade City, Florida. She has won several awards for her series, including the Gold for Young Adult Fiction in the Florida Book Awards in 2008.

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“Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S.” – Cynthia Barnett

Buy it at:
Inkwood Books
216 S Armenia Ave
Tampa, FL 33609
(813) 253-2638
inkwoodbooks.com

“Mirage,” which won the Gold for Non-fiction in the Florida Book Awards, explores the water scarcity issues along the east coast of the United States as industrialization encroaches on more and more natural resources, including Florida’s wetlands. Author Cynthia Barnett has been a journalist for the past 25 years and has reported on freshwater issues from the Suwannee River to Singapore. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s in environmental history, both from the University of Florida. She is the author of one other book, “Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis.”

holdmypaw 5 Must Read Books By Tampa Bay Authors

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“Hold My Paw” – P.K. Lichtenberger

Buy it at:
Online at holdmypaw.org
or
PARC Office
3190 Tyrone Blvd N
St. Petersburg, FL 33710
(727) 345-9111
parc-fl.org

“Hold My Paw” is a children’s book about Snapper, a nine-week-old Labrador retriever training to be a therapy dog. P.K. Lichtenberger was inspired to write the story when Snapper, who had undergone extensive tests and surgery, shied away when people tried to hold her paw, which had been used to take blood samples. In order to become a therapy dog, Snapper would have to get used to people holding her paw. This book is about how she got her job as a therapy dog. All proceeds from the sale of this book go to benefit PARC, a Florida-based, non-profit organization that provides services to adults and children with developmental disabilities.

archieboston 5 Must Read Books By Tampa Bay Authors

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“Lil’ Colored Rascals in the Sunshine City” – Archie Boston

Buy it at:
Online at Archie Boston Graphic Design website
or
Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Inc.
213 N Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33609
(813) 871-2228
barnesandnoble.com

Archie Boston grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida. In “Lil’ Colored Rascals,” he recalls what it was like to live in the “colored” section of town before the Civil Rights movement. From only being allowed to swim in a polluted creek to being treated in a “Coloreds Only” hospital, Boston retells the story of his childhood. In addition to being an accomplished author, he is also an educator, art director and designer. He is the author of one other book, “Fly in the Buttermilk.”

Amanda Mole has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil and cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove. She believes that food provides more than just vital nutrients: it is an irreplaceable part of countless cultural and social activities. As a Tampa Bay resident for the past 21 years, she is well acquainted with the incredibly diverse range of restaurants, bars, and food festivals that the area has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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