Several historians are among authors attending the Book Fair. Newcomers to our area, many not acquainted with the rich and varied history that exists here or those who helped shape it. will enjoy those detailing Florida history.
Admission is free. The event, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature speakers on a variety of book related topics and patrons can buy autographed books. A silent auction will round out the day and refreshments will be available in Gram’s Scrub Jay Café.
Participating authors also include enthusiasts in poetry, mystery, children’s, spiritual and inspiration, memoirs, Young Adult, Self-Help, Nonfiction, contemporary and historical fiction.
Bill Harp of Vero Beach is author of Lydia and Scrabblin’, a two part historical novel about the life of Lydia Hamilton Mathis in the early part of the 20th century. She endures the wilds of Florida with a firm determination and a love for life and everyone she meets. Deaths of loved ones, hurricanes, epidemics, World Wars… are met by her favorite philosophy, “What will be, will be.”
History of Deltona — The Beginning,” This new book about the history of Deltona takes many readers back to the Mackle Brothers’ early days. The book, by local authors John G Hernandez and Gladys Merced, offers extensive information on the development and growth of Deltona and is the author’s contribution to a community of which he is proud to be a member.
After hearing many stories of pioneer Orange City and culling early editions of Our Story of Orange City, Florida, Joan LaFleur, editor, transformed early memories into the fourth edition, published by the Village Improvement Association Orange City Woman’s Club. Joan’s experience as a technical writer/editor and her interest in history led her to the VIA and this project.
Daughter of Appalachia, by Betsy Evelyn Summers is a delightful memoir about a coal miner’s daughter growing up in the mountains of rural West Virginia in a time before telephones and television. After meeting presidential candidate John F. Kennedy, she participated in the first civil rights lunch counter sit-in at the Diamond department store in downtown Charleston, the state capitol of West Virginia.