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2nd Annual Sunlit Festival Writes New Chapter in City's Arts and Culture Story
Date:  3/4/2016
ArticleType:  St. Pete News

Contact: Individual event contacts are listed as part of event descriptions or John Collins, St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, 727-518-5142 or john@stpeteartsalliance.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

2ND ANNUAL SUNLIT FESTIVAL WRITES NEW CHAPTER IN CITY'S ARTS AND CULTURE STORY

 

St. Petersburg, Fla. (March 4, 2016) - The sun shines on the written word as literary and other arts and cultural circles intersect during the second annual SunLit Festival, now through March 13. With more than 40 events, the SunLit Festival 2016 brings together 18 diverse literary organizations and arts disciplines to celebrate literacy, literature, reading, and writing for 10 days of "Litertainment" and just plain fun.

 

Listen as Bay Area writers battle it out in a combat of words, experience Shakespeare under the stars, crack open a book for a city-wide read and write-in, or honor St. Petersburg resident and the Bard of the Beat Generation Jack Kerouac. Enjoy poetry readings, book clubs, story-telling, puppet shows, and a literary pub crawl. View the handwriting on the wall with a mural painting party, learn what makes a good thriller, take a poetic night hike along the trails of Boyd Hill Nature Preserve or browse for rare books at the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair. SunLit Festival events are held at various city locations, including select St. Petersburg libraries. Visit sunlitfestival.org or see the events listing below.

 

SunLit 2016 is co-produced by St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, Keep St. Pete Lit and the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair, with funding support for family events from PNC Bank, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, The DeBartolo Family Foundation, Barnes & Noble USFSP, and St. Petersburg Arts Alliance.

 

Calendar of Events  - 46 events, 24 venues, 18 organizations, 10 days!

 

Friday, March 4

Mother Goose Storytime

10:15-10:45 a.m. AND 11:00-11:30 a.m.

St. Petersburg Main Library

3745 9th Ave. N., St. Petersburg

For children 1-3 with a caregiver. Stories, songs, puppets, and fun!

Producer:  St. Petersburg Library System.  Contact:  727.892.5296. Free Admission.  Capacity:  50

 

Roll Over and Read

3:30-4:30 p.m.

South Community Library

2300 Roy Hanna Drive S, St. Petersburg

Practice reading with one of our reading therapy dogs! Children can practice their reading with a patient, attentive friend in a relaxed atmosphere. Our four-legged reading tutors will help children gain confidence in their reading. Call (727) 892-5296 for more information and to sign up for a 15- minute session.

Producer: St. Petersburg Library System. Contact: 727.892.5296.  Free Admission.

 

After School Storytime

4:30-5:30 p.m.

 St. Petersburg Childs Park Library

3745 9th Ave. N., St. Petersburg

For children ages 5-10.  Stories, activities and music and fun!

Producer:  St. Petersburg Library System.  Contact:  727.892.5296. Free Admission.  Capacity:  25

 

Lucha Libro - Live Literary Combat!

7-10 p.m.

Bloom Art Center

910 5th Ave. N., St. Petersburg

Again for 2016, eight of Tampa Bay's most daring writers will face off in live literary combat.  In Lucha Libro, two authors are given a random prompt and then they have five minutes to create an original piece of written brilliance, right before your eyes! After the frenzy of spontaneous creation, our combatants will present their work and a winner will be declared. Winners move on to the next round until only one remains! Theatricality and costumes are encouraged.

Producer:  Keep St. Pete Lit.  Contact:  Maureen McDole - 727.798.4530 keepstpetelit@gmail.com, - http://www.startbloomin.com. Free Admission. Capacity:  100+

 

St. Petersburg Shakespeare Festival - Cymbeline

7:30 p.m.

Williams House Courtyard on the USF St. Petersburg Campus

511 2nd St. S, St. Petersburg

Bring your blanket or lawn chair and join USFSP students and local professional actors as they present Cymbeline as part of St. Petersburg Shakespeare Festival's 2016 season. Enjoy an evening of Shakespeare under the stars! Contact: Veronica Matthews - 727.873.4458, stpeteshakesfest@gmail.com.

Producers:  St. Petersburg Shakespeare Festival.   Pay what you can -suggested donation of $10.00.  Capacity:  200, blanket seating

 

 

Saturday March 5

Second Annual SunLit Festival Award

2-4 p.m.

St. Petersburg Main Library

3745 9th Ave. N., St. Petersburg

Official opening of SunLit Literary Arts Festival.  Highlight of the event will be the presentation of the coveted SunLit Award to Poet Laureate Helen Pruitt Wallace, for her significant contribution to the art of letters. The Mayor's Proclamation declaring the opening of the SunLit Festival will be read. A reception will follow.

Producers:  St. Petersburg Arts Alliance and Friends of the Main Library  Contact: Randi Hilleso - randi@stpeteartsalliance.org, 206.909.2420.  Free Admission.  Capacity:  137

 

Literacy Festival

11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

James Weldon Johnson Community Library

1059 18th Ave. S., St. Petersburg

A celebration of reading to kick-off the SunLit Festival with stories, music, food, fun, bounce house, face painting, and a special appearance by Cat In The Hat and Thing 1 and Thing 2!  For everyone.

Producers:  St. Petersburg Library System & Friends of the Johnson Library.  Contact:  727.892.7113.  Free Admission.  Capacity:  Unlimited - outdoor event

 

Community Literacy Mural - Lift Every Word & Read!

11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

James Weldon Johnson Community Library

1059 18th Ave. S., St. Petersburg

MUSE Award artist, Ya La'ford will be creating a Community Literacy Mural with children in our community to paint a mural named  "Lift Every WORD and READ"! This permanent Community Literacy Mural is a visual and interactive artistic translation of James Weldon Johnson's anthem "Lift Every Voice and Sing" on the wall of the James Weldon Johnson Community Library.

Producers:  Ya La'ford and St. Petersburg Library System.  Contact:  727.242.1191, yalaford@gmail.com.  Free Admission.  Capacity:  Unlimited - outdoor event

 

Poetry Live!  Original Poetry Readings.

7-9 p.m.

Mirror Lake Unitarian Church

719 Arlington Ave. N., St. Petersburg

This is a celebration of original poems written by Tampa Bay poetry writers.  Poetry Nuts is sponsoring this event with a microphone and appreciative audience.  Each reader will have up to 5-minutes to read their poems. Poems can be as short as a 17-syllable haiku or a 14-line sonnet, or longer poems of your own unique creation.

Please send me original poems that you've written and would like to read by March 4

Producer:  Paul Burnore, Poetry Nuts.  Contact: plburnore@gmail.com  678.521.7891 Free Admission.  Capacity:  30-40

 

St. Petersburg Shakespeare Festival - Cymbeline

7:30 p.m.

Williams House Courtyard on the USF St. Petersburg Campus

511 2nd St. S, St. Petersburg

Bring your blanket or lawn chair and join USFSP students and local professional actors as they present Cymbeline as part of St. Petersburg Shakespeare Festival's 2016 season. Enjoy an evening of Shakespeare under the stars!

Producers:  St. Petersburg Shakespeare Festival.   Contact: Veronica Matthews -

727.873.4458, stpeteshakesfest@gmail.com.   Pay what you can -suggested donation of $10.00.  Capacity:  200, blanket seating

 

Sunday March 6

City-wide Read & Write In

2-4 p.m.

South Straub Park

250 Bayshore Dr. NE., St. Petersburg

Keep Saint Petersburg Local, Keep St. Pete Lit, and Saint Petersburg Public Library System announce the kickoff of the Read Local St. Pete Initiative with a City-Wide Read and Write-In at South Straub Park.

Bring your picnic blankets, favorite books, or notepads, but leave the kindles and smart phones at home.  Special guest Camp Unplugged will create a "campy" and digital-free space so your imagination can bask in the sunshine and fresh air without distraction.

All ages welcome!

Producer:  Keep St. Pete Lit and St. Petersburg Library System.  Contact: Maureen McDole - 727.798.4530, keepstpetelit@gmail.com.    Free Admission.  Unlimited - outdoor event

 

How Poems Become Songs

2-4 p.m.

Mirror Lake Unitarian Church

719 Arlington Ave. N., St. Petersburg

Learn about the close connection between poetry and songs through a discussion with poets and songwriters; a demonstration of how different readings can change the meaning of a poem; and how instrumental and/or vocal music can be added to a poem to transform it into a song, which again can affect the meaning. There will also be poetry readings and a live request for volunteers in the audience to perform or jam with instrumental and/or vocal music, and turn a poem into a song.

Producer:  Paul Burnore, Poetry Nuts.  Contact: plburnore@gmail.com  678-521-7891 Free Admission.  Capacity:  50-60

 

Through Our Eyes:  Our Stories!

1-2:30 p.m.

Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum

2240 9th Ave. S., St. Petersburg

Journey through the lives of your neighbors and friends in this amazing, intimate event!  Students from Pinellas County Schools' Journeys in Journalism program will be doing live interviews of their families to capture a community's history.

Producer:  Journeys in Journalism, Rescue Writing and Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum. Contact: Gretchen Letterman, lettermang@pcsb.org or 727.580.1215 Free Admission.  Capacity: 75

 

The Dark Arts:  Authors of the Horror Writers Association Shine a Light on Dark Fiction and Horror

2-3:30 p.m.

Wine Madonna

111 Second Ave. NE., St. Petersburg

A darkly intriguing conversation with best-selling and award winning authors and screen writers of supernatural thrillers, horror and dark fantasy.  A great mix of authors from the Horror Writers Association will hold a discussion and audience Q&A with book signing to follow.  Writers include:  Kurt Fawver (Horror), Lynne Hansen (YA Horror author, Horror screen writer), Mary-Jo Holmes (Vampire/Dark romance), K.L. Nappier (Dark Fantasy/Supernatural Thrillers), Peter Salomon (YA Horror) and Jeff Strand (Humor Horror).  Stay after for great jazz at 4 p.m.!

Producer:  Horror Writers Association.  Contact: Kathy Nappier - 727.709.8444 klnappier@gmail.com; Wine Madonna - 727-289-7257, winemadonna@ymail.comwww.winemadonna.com. Free Admission, cash bar.  Capacity:  38+

 

St. Petersburg Shakespeare Festival - Cymbeline

4:00  p.m.

Williams House Courtyard on the USF St. Petersburg Campus

511 2nd St. S, St. Petersburg

Bring your blanket or lawn chair and join USFSP students and local professional actors as they present Cymbeline as part of St. Petersburg Shakespeare Festival's 2016 season. Enjoy an evening of Shakespeare under the stars!

Producers:  St. Petersburg Shakespeare Festival.   Contact: Veronica Matthews -

727.873.4458, stpeteshakesfest@gmail.com. Pay what you can -suggested donation of $10.00.  Capacity:  200, blanket seating

 

Monday, March 7

Preschool Storytime

10:15-10:45 a.m.

Mirror Lake Library

280 5th St. N., St. Petersburg

For children 3-5 with a caregiver. Stories, songs, puppets, and fun!

Producer:  St. Petersburg Library System.  Contact:  727.892.5296 Free Admission.  Capacity:  30

 

Mother Goose Storytime

11-11:30 a.m.

Mirror Lake Library

280 5th St. N., St. Petersburg

For children ages 1-3 with a caregiver.  Stories, activities and music and fun!

Producer:  St. Petersburg Library System.  Contact:  727.892.5296.

Free Admission.  Capacity:  30

 

Puppet Show - The Pout-Pout Fish

10:30-11 a.m.

St. Petersburg Main Library

3745 9th Ave. N., St. Petersburg

Based on the book by Deborah Diesen.  Performed by the Junior League of St. Petersburg.  Groups of 10 or more must call 727-892-5296 to pre-register.

Producer:  St. Petersburg Library System.  Contact:  727.892.5296.

Free Admission.  Capacity:  100

 

Raise Your Voice:  Protest Literature

2 p.m. AND 6 p.m.

Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum

2240 9th Ave. S., St. Petersburg

Kitchen Table Literary Arts presents Raise Your Voice:  Protest Literature.

Rediscover the passionate, socially-conscious literature of protest written by powerful, women warrior writers and poets.  The prose and poetry presented represents the brilliant, challenging responses of our ancestors as they worked, witnessed, and wrote through moments of our greatest civil and social unrest.

This engaging discussion and workshop covers Protest Literature from the Antebellum South, Harlem Renaissance, and Civil Rights eras. We will highlight work by Francis Ellen Watkins Harper, Ann Petry, Gwendolyn Bennett, Carolyn Rogers, and Gwendolyn Brooks.

Following the readings and discussion, participate in a creative writing workshop centered on creating our own Protest Literature in response to much of the civil and social unrest we're experiencing now, from police brutality and the prison industrial complex to genetically-modified everything and the legislation of female bodies.

Program includes FREE reading and writing materials and a chance to win FREE books by African American women writers.

Producer:  The Kitchen Table Literary Arts Center.  Contact:  Sheree L. Greer, Director.  414.460.2867, shereelgreer@gmail.com and kitchentablelitarts@gmail.com.

Free Admission.  Capacity: 75

 

Roll Over and Read

3:30-4:30 p.m.

St. Petersburg Main Library

2745 9th Ave. N., St. Petersburg

Practice reading with one of our reading therapy dogs! Children can practice their reading with a patient, attentive friend in a relaxed atmosphere. Our four-legged reading tutors will help children gain confidence in their reading. Call (727) 892-5296 for more information and to sign up for a 15-minute session.

Producer:  St. Petersburg Library System.  Contact:  727.892.5296.

Free Admission.  Capacity:  16

 

Tuesday, March 8

Preschool Storytime

10:30-10:45 a.m.

James Weldon Johnson Community Library

1059 18th Ave. S., St. Petersburg

For children 3-5 with a caregiver. Stories, songs, puppets, and fun!

Producer:  St. Petersburg Library System.  Contact:  727.892.5296 Free Admission.  Capacity:  40

 

Preschool Storytime

10:15-10:45 a.m.

West St. Petersburg Community Library

6700 8th Ave. N., St. Petersburg

For children 3-5 with a caregiver. Stories, songs, puppets, and fun!

Producer:  St. Petersburg Library System.  Contact:  727.892.5296 Free Admission.  Capacity:  25

 

Family Storytime

6:30-7:30  p.m.

North Library

861 70th Ave. N., St. Petersburg

Stories and craft! For children of all ages!

Producer:  St. Petersburg Library System.  Contact:  727.892.5296 Free Admission.  Capacity:  30

 

Fiction Live

7-10 p.m.

The Studio @ 620

620 1st Ave. S., St. Petersburg

Wordier Than Thou presents the third annual Fiction, LIVE! This event teams up Tampa Bay area actors and authors - the writers submit short stories, while actors bring them to life on stage.

Producer: Wordier Than Thou.  Contact: Tiffany Razanno - 516.906.2140, wordierthanthou@gmail.com.Ticketed evening event: $10 in advance, $12 at the door.   Capacity at The Studio @ 620:  80

 

Behind Baby Talk: Why Reading to Infants Really Matters

6-8 p.m.

Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum

2240 9th Ave. S., St. Petersburg

Returning for SunLit 2016, "Behind Baby Talk," James McHale details the real reason why reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers is so crucial.  The presentation helps with parent/caregiver bonding, reinforcing the development of context and understanding of words, important development for school-readiness.  Dr. James P. McHale is Director of the USF St. Petersburg Family Study Center and Past President of the Florida Association for Infant Mental Health.  CEU's will be offered to participants.  Junior League volunteers will be on hand to read to the children of participating parents.

Producer:  USF SP Family Study Center.  Contact:  www.usfsp.edu/fsc.   Free admission. Capacity:  75        Books will be given away at this event.

 

Songsmiths & Poets  Night

7p.m. - 10p.m.

Old Key West Bar & Grill

2451 Central Ave., St. Petersburg

Starring the best songwriters/poets in the Tampa Bay region. All original compositions by Ronny Elliott, Pat Barmore, Pete Gallagher, Tom Scudiero, Reina Collins, Kelly Green, James Hawkins, St. Pete Sea Shanties, et. al

Producer:  Pete Gallagher.  Contact: 727.510.5474, pgallag2@tampabay.rr.com Free Admission.  Capacity:  100

 

Wednesday, March 9

Preschool Storytime

10:15-10:45 a.m.

St. Petersburg Main Library

3745 9th Ave. N., St. Petersburg

For children 3-5 with a caregiver. Stories, songs, and fun!

Producer:  St. Petersburg Library System.  Contact:  727.892.5296 Free Admission.  Capacity:  25

 

Mother Goose Storytime

10:15-10:45 am

North Library

861 70th Ave. N., St. Petersburg

For children ages 1-3 with a caregiver.  Stories, songs puppets and fun!

Producer:  St. Petersburg Library System.  Contact:  727.892.5296 Free Admission.  Capacity:  30

 

Preschool Storytime

11-11:30 a.m.

North Library

861 70th Ave. N., St. Petersburg

For children 3-5 with a caregiver. Stories, songs, puppets, and fun!

Producer:  St. Petersburg Library System.  Contact:  727.892.5296 Free Admission.  Capacity:  30

 

After School Storytime

3:15-4:15 p.m.

St. Petersburg Main Library

3745 9th Ave. N., St. Petersburg

For children ages 5-10.  Storytime and a craft!

Producer:  St. Petersburg Library System.  Contact:  727.892.5296 Free Admission.  Capacity:  25

 

SunLit Crawl  A Pub Crawl with Literature

6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Various venues in the Edge and Central Arts Districts We're taking literature to the streets again this year. SunLit Crawl returns with more chapters in our moveable literary feast. The audience migrates among several downtown coffee shops, restaurants, and bars to hear authors read from their works and enjoy literary libations and metaphorical meals. From the Foreword opening party, through the various Chapters, and the Epilogue closing party, it's a night of letters and good times. You choose your own beginning, middle, and ending. Readers include such favorites as Sterling Watson, Lori Roy, Don Bruns, Lee Irby, members of the Horror Writers Association and Keep St. Pete Lit.

Producers: T. Allan Smith, Florida Antiquarian Book Fair - 727.365.3344 floridabookfair2@gmail.com Producers:  T. Allan Smith. Free admission.  Approximate capacity:  250 in the venues Drawings at each venue to win free tickets to the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, March 11-13 at The Coliseum.  Free, but you're responsible for your own bar tab.

Foreword: The story begins at a sophisticated uptown Wine Madonna wine bar with literary vintages, and a night ripe with possibilities.

Epilogue:   It all ends in a wild Key West bar. What a tale to tell!

 

VENUES:

WINE MADONNA

111 2nd Avenue NE

Foreword Before Party  6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Sip poetic wines and get in the mood for literary revelry. From here, you decide what the story will be.

 

KINGS STREET FOOD COUNTER

937 Central Avenue

Chapter 1  7 p.m.

The Tampa Bay chapter of the Horror Writers Association of America entertains you.

Chapter 2  7:30 p.m.

The Tampa Bay chapter of the Horror Writers Association of America entertains you.

Chapter 3  8 p.m.

The Tampa Bay chapter of the Horror Writers Association of America entertains you.

Chapter 4  8:30 p.m.

The Tampa Bay chapter of the Horror Writers Association of America entertains you.

 

GENERO COFFEE COMPANY

1047 Central Avenue

Chapter 1  7 p.m.

Sterling Watson, author of Suitcase City and award-winning writer Chapter 2  7:30 p.m.

Lori Roy, author of Let Me Die in His Footsteps and Edgar Award winner Chapter 3  8 p.m.

Sterling Watson, author of Suitcase City Chapter 4  8:30 p.m.

Lori Roy, author of Let Me Die in His Footsteps

 

THE AMSTERDAM

1049 Central Ave.

Chapter 1  7 p.m.

Lee Irby, author of The Up and up and Seven Thousand Clams Chapter 2  7:30 p.m.

Don Bruns, author of Stuff to Die For and Stuff Dreams are Made Of Chapter 3  8 p.m.

Lee Irby, author of The Up and Up and Seven Thousand Clams Chapter 4  8:30 p.m.

Don Bruns, author of Stuff to Die For and Stuff Dreams are Made Of

 

BODEGA ON CENTRAL

1120 Central Avenue

Chapter 1  7 p.m.

Member of the literary organization Keep St. Pete Lit will share their original work Chapter 2  7:30 p.m.

Member of the literary organization Keep St. Pete Lit will share their original work Chapter 3  8 p.m.

Member of the literary organization Keep St. Pete Lit will share their original work Chapter 4  8:30 p.m.

Member of the literary organization Keep St. Pete Lit will share their original work

 

OLD KEY WEST BAR & GRILL

2451 Central Avenue

Epilogue After Party  9 p.m.

Enjoy a night cap after your literary evening or party into the night. Your choice.

 

Thursday, March 10

Humpty Dumpty Storytime

10:15 - 10:45 a.m. AND  11 - 11:30 a.m.

St. Petersburg Main Library

3745 9th Ave. N., St. Petersburg

A special storytime for children up to 18 months old with a caregiver. Come join us for movement, music and fun with rhymes and puppets!

Producer:  St. Petersburg Library System.  Contact:  727.892.5296 Free Admission.  Capacity:  25

 

Mother Goose Storytime

10:15-10:45 a.m.

South Community Library

2300 Roy Hanna Dr. S., St. Petersburg

For children ages 1-3 with a caregiver.  Stories, songs and fun!

Producer:  St. Petersburg Library System.  Contact:  727.892.5296 Free Admission.  Capacity:  30

 

Preschool Storytime

11-11:30 a.m.

South Community Library

2300 Roy Hanna Dr. S., St. Petersburg

For children 3-5 with a caregiver. Stories, songs and fun!

Producer:  St. Petersburg Library System.  Contact:  727.892.5296 Free Admission.  Capacity:  30

 

After School Storytime

3:30-4:30 p.m.

West St. Petersburg Community  Library

6700 8th Ave. N.,  St. Petersburg

Stories and crafts based around back to school theme - Ages 6-12 welcome!

Producer:  St. Petersburg Library System.  Contact:  727.892.5296 Free Admission.  Capacity:  40

 

Family Storytime

6:30-7:30 p.m.

St. Petersburg Main Library

3745 9th Ave. N., St. Petersburg

Stories and craft! For children of all ages with a caregiver.

Producer:  St. Petersburg Library System.  Contact:  727.892.5296 Free Admission.  Capacity:  25

 

Florida Writer's Association Meeting

5:30-7:30 p.m.

St. Petersburg Main Library

3745 9th Ave. N., St. Petersburg

Monthly meeting:  Presentation on Self-Publishing with speaker John Rehg.  See www.fwastpete.blogspot.com for more information.

Producer:  Florida Writers Association St. Petersburg Writers Group.

Contact: 727.893.7724.    Free Admission.  Capacity:  100

 

Book Club @ MFA: "Running with Scissors"

6:30-7:30 p.m.

Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg

225 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg

Book Club @ MFA, presented by Keep St. Pete Lit:  "Running with Scissors" by Augusten Burroughs.  The book was chosen to complement the exhibit Contemplating Character:  Portrait Drawings and Oil Sketches from Jacques Louis David to Lucian Freud.   Each month's featured book will connect with the work in the Museum's collection or special exhibition.

Producer:  Keep St. Pete Lit    Contact: MFA-727.896.2667, Keep St. Pete Lit -Maureen McDole - 727.798.4530, keepstpetelit@gmail.com.   Ticketed Event: $5 after 5p.m. on Thursdays, free for MFA members.  Capacity:  30

 

Friday, March 11

Mother Goose Storytime

10:15 - 10:45 a.m. AND 11 - 11:30 a.m.

St. Petersburg Main Library

3745 9th Ave. N., St. Petersburg

For children ages 1-3 with a caregiver.  Stories, songs, puppets and fun!

Producer:  St. Petersburg Library System.  Contact:  727.892.5296 Free Admission.  Capacity:  50

 

After School Storytime

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Childs Park Library

691 43rd St. S.,  St. Petersburg

Stories activities and music for kids age 5-10.

Producer:  St. Petersburg Library System.  Contact:  727.892.5296 Free Admission.  Capacity:  25

 

Florida Antiquarian Book Fair

5 - 9 p.m.

The Coliseum

535 4th Ave. N., St. Petersburg

The Florida Antiquarian Book Fair kicks off its 34th year on Friday evening, with live music and a chance to view the offerings of more than 100 antiquarian book dealers from across the United States. The book fair is the largest antiquarian book fair south of New York City and the third largest in the country. The three-day event features first editions, collectible books, antique maps, vintage photographs, rare prints, historic photographs, unusual and hard-to-find ephemera, and more.

Producer:  Florida Antiquarian Booksellers Association.  Contact: 727.234.7759 floridabookfair@gmail.com.  Ticketed event:  Price:  $10 on Friday for all weekend, or $6/day.   Capacity: 2,500

 

Boyd Poetry Night Hike

6:30 - 8 p.m.

Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg, FL 33705 A hit for SunLit 2015, the Night Hike returns, as local poets read their kid-focused poetry for the second year.  A fun event combining literature and nature - at night!

Producer:  Keep St. Pete Lit and the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve.  Contact: Andrea Leavitt Andersen - 727.460.0771, andrealandersen@hotmail.com.    Ticketed event:  $1.50 for Kids, $3 for Adults.  Capacity:  50-60 in the public park

 

Saturday, March 12

Florida Antiquarian Book Fair

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Coliseum

535 4th Ave. N., St. Petersburg

The Florida Antiquarian Book Fair continues with its offerings of more than 100 antiquarian book dealers from across the United States. The book fair is the largest antiquarian book fair south of New York City and the third largest in the country. The three-day event features first editions, collectible books, antique maps, vintage photographs, rare prints, historic photographs, unusual and hard-to-find ephemera, and more.

Producer:  Florida Antiquarian Booksellers Association.  Contact: 727.234.7759 floridabookfair@gmail.com.  Ticketed event:  Price:  $10 on Friday for all week, or $6/day.   Capacity: 2,500

 

LGBT Book Club

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

St. Petersburg Main Library

3745 9th Ave. N., St. Petersburg

You can pick up a copy of this month's book at the front desk of Main Library or call to request a copy be sent to your local library for pick up. This club will read and discuss gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender themed novels and nonfiction on the second Saturday of each month.

Producer:  LGBT Book Club.  Contact: 727.893.7724, Lila.Denning@StPete.org. Free admission.  Capacity: 15

 

Jack Kerouac Night

7-11:30 p.m.

Flamingo Sports Bar

1230 9th St. N., St. Petersburg

A birthday celebration of this great writer's life, times and art at the bar where he had his last drink.   Music and beat poetry, all in the spirit of Kerouac.  Special guests include national author Tim Dorsey, reading from his newest book, just released, Coconut Cowboy, and the renowned Brad Morewood St. Pete Beat Poets reading their passages backed by a highly-skilled improvisational jazz band led by jazzy guitarist Kelly Green.  Scattered among the poetry will appear some of Tampa Bay's best folk musicians, all with a Kerouac tinge to their music, including Ronny Elliott, Geri X, Eric Andersen, Phil Lee, Tom Scudiero, the Florida Boys, James Hawkins, Ray Villadonga, Ben Jarrell & The Wildwood Weeds, Goody Haines, Big Jim Allen and others.  A full night of music, intimate and informal - as Jack would have enjoyed it - on the front deck of the bar, next to the large window-sized photo of the author staring out at nearby Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N.

Producer: Peter Gallagher.   Contact: Pat Barmore - 727.423.0724, patrick.barmore@verizon.net.  Free admission. Capacity:  75 inside the public bar, thousands outside within earshot of the music.

 

Sunday, March 13

Florida Antiquarian Book Fair

11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Coliseum

535 4th Ave. N., St. Petersburg

The Florida Antiquarian Book Fair continues with its offerings of more than 100 antiquarian book dealers from across the United States. The book fair is the largest antiquarian book fair south of New York City and the third largest in the country. The three-day event features first editions, collectible books, antique maps, vintage photographs, rare prints, historic photographs, unusual and hard-to-find ephemera, and more.

Producer:  Florida Antiquarian Booksellers Association.  Contact: 727.234.7759 floridabookfair@gmail.com.  Ticketed event:  Price:  $10 on Friday for all week, or $6/day.   Capacity: 2,500

 

Jack Kerouac's Florida: At The End Of The Road Work-in-process documentary film premiere

7 p.m.

The Studio @ 620

620 1st Ave. S., St. Petersburg

When Jack Kerouac first arrived in Florida in September of 1957, he was an unknown writer.  He would spend the next twelve years as a Florida snowbird, traveling between Florida and New York. Two months after his arrival here "On The Road" was published and he was catapulted into fame as the Avatar and Bard of the Beat Generation. A soft-spoken poet, he came to abhor the notoriety. His politics would become increasingly right-wing, and he would eventually die at age 47 from liver cirrhosis in 1969 in St. Petersburg. Through interviews with journalists, neighbors, colleagues, and bartenders, the film provides a glimpse into Kerouac's evolving personality, as well as his experiences in the then-small towns of Tampa and St. Petersburg.  Kristy Andersen's 30-minute work-in-progress is a premiere of the film, with funding from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.  The event is a fundraiser for funding to complete the film.

Producer:  Kristy Andersen, Producer/Writer.  Contact: 813.390.3582 baybottomnews@gmail.com.   Ticketed event:  $5.  Capacity:  80

 

Sunday Funday

3-4:30 p.m.

St. Petersburg Main Library

3745 9th Ave. N., St. Petersburg

Crafts - Make Spring Flowers using book pages. For adults 18+ No registration required.

Producer:  St. Petersburg Library System.  Contact:  727.892.5296 Free Admission.  Capacity:  100

 

Get Happy - The Songs of Judy Garland

4 p.m.

The Palladium's Hough Hall

253 5th Ave N, St. Petersburg

Rebecca Kilgore is one of America's leading song stylists who finds particular delight in preserving and interpreting the music of the Great American Songbook.  Ms. Kilgore teams up with master jazz sax master Harry Allen and vocalist Rebecca Kilgore team up for an evening of classic songs made famous by Judy Garland. Show features Allen (tenor saxophone), Bill Cunliffe, (piano) Joel Forbes (bass), Kevin Kanner (drums). Show also celebrates the retirement of WUSF-FM Jazz Director, Bob Seymour. La Lucha, a great local jazz band, will lead a jazz jam and party downstairs in the Side Door, starting around 6:30-7p.m..  One ticket and you get both events.

Producer:  The Palladium.  Contact: Box Office -727.822.3590 Ticketed event:  $26, $40.  Discounts available, contact the Box Office.  Capacity:  850 & 175 http://www.mypalladium.org/get-happy-the-songs-of-judy-garland/

 

SunLit Festival 2016 is co-produced by St. Petersburg Arts Alliance and Keep St. Pete Lit, with funding for Family & Youth events by PNC Bank, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, The DeBartolo Family Foundation and St. Petersburg Arts Alliance.

 

 

 

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