Readers are needed to help read to the kids at the Read & Feed Program in June and July. If you can, please take a step forward and lend a helping hand. There are 14 time slots, 30 minutes each from 11:30 a.m.-Noon. Please note that readers will need to fill out a Volunteer Application that includes confidential information such as their Social Security number for a background check. Interested readers can call the library and ask for Tracy or Emily, or email Tracy at

The 1864 Diary of Union Civil War Soldier Sergeant Samuel E. Grosvenor: A first-hand account of the horrors at Andersonville Prison
by Timothy M. Jacobs


This is the transcription of Samuel E. Grosvenor’s diary from his time with the 16th Regiment, Company B, as they were encamped at Plymouth, North Carolina, and then taken by the Confederate Army and imprisoned at Andersonville. [more]

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Slaves to Racism: An Unbroken Chain From America to Liberia
by Benjamin G. Dennis and Anita K. Dennis

American racism traps Blacks — even in Africa. Prof. Dennis chronicles the compulsive and repetitious nature of racism and its destructive effects on peoples and societies, Dr. Dennis’s observations of the twists of irony and misplaced pride on all sides will provoke a wry smile as well as dismay. During the 1990s, Liberia descended into civil war and anarchy. African-Liberian rebel groups roamed the countryside randomly killing as they vied for power. [more]

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Beyond Myself: The Farm Girl and the African Chief
by Anita Katherine Dennis

When author Anita Katherine Dennis walked into the anthropology class during her sophomore year at Ohio University in 1964, she was sure the class would prove interesting. She had no idea how right she would be. In Beyond Myself, she narrates the love story that developed between her and her anthropology professor, Dr. Ben Dennis, an African tribal chief. [more]

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Critique & Reading Group News

Interested in joining a new critique or reading group? Looking for new members for your critique group? Contact Bob McCarthy, our critique group coordiator.

Playwriters/Screenwriters group meets twice monthly in Cape Coral. New writers welcome. Contact Patty Duncan.

Friends of the Fort Myers Library is sponsoring a Writers Critique Group every Monday from 10:30AM to 12:30PM, at the downtown library, South Building, 1651 Lee St, Fort Myers, FL.

Port Charlotte – Interested in a book club who read their own works or favorite works of others? They are looking for a few writers to join them. Contact Alan Hodgson.

Children’s book authors critique group forming for Lee and Collier counties first Wed. of each month. First meeting at South County Library, Estero, FL, April 2, 2014, 9-11AM. Contact Lisa Batch.

The Southwest Florida Branch of National League of American Pen Women would like to invite published writers to consider joining. Contact Lorraine Walker Williams for more details.

Kid’s Stuff, a critique group for writers of children’s books, meets the second Saturday of the month, 10AM – Noon, at Edison College, Punta Gorda, FL, Room O-116.

Hunter Leake is interested in either joining or starting a critique group for creative non-fiction writing. email:

CC Writers Critique Group in Cape Coral is looking for two or three new members. Contact Patty Westbrook,

Jeannie Greider is interested in members who write mystery/suspense and fiction. She wants to meet either Wednesday at 10:00 or Saturday at 11:00.

Bob Martin is part time and he has an interesting idea. He would like a group of memoir writers who are also part time. They would correspond by Skype when they are away and get together when they are here in Fort Myers.

Tom Miller author of “Irish Short Stories” started a new writer critique group for, poetry, short stories, letters to editors, etc. It will be held on Friday’s from 10am to 12pm at Congregational Church:  8210 College, Fort Myers, FL. Contact Tom Miller is you are interested.

Carl Megill is looking for people from the Charlotte Harbor/Punta Gorda area who are interested in a Comedy Writers and Humorists Wanted group.

Anyone interested in joining a discussion group on the English novelist Barbara Pym can contact David Hauenstein for details.

CC Writers (Cape Coral Critique Group)

CC Writers is looking for new members. Contact: Patty Westbrook Email:

Hurricanes critique group:

Tom Nelson Becky Elam Denise Holbrook Judy Loose Barbara Burnett Julie Ward The Hurricane group meets the second Monday (more or less) of each month starting at 2:00 pm, located at the Fairfield Inn. Not looking for members at this time. Back to top

The Peace River Center for Writers at Edison State College

invites both new and experienced writers to attend Kids Stuff, a monthly critique group focusing on writing for children. This group meets the 2nd Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Edison’s Punta Gorda campus, in room SA-116. Please email or call (941) 637-3514 if you’d like more information.

THE DREAMQUESTONE POETRY & WRITING CONTEST is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry and/or writing a story that is worth telling everyone. Guidelines: (1) Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, form or style. And/or (2) Write a short story, five pages maximum length, single or double line spacing, on any subject or theme, fiction, nonfiction or creative nonfiction. Multiple entries are accepted. Prizes: Writing First Prize is $500; Second: $250; Third: $100. Poetry First Prize: $250; Second: $125; Third: $50. Entry fees: $5 per poem/$10 per story. Postmark deadline: AUGUST 15, 2017. How to enter, visit: 


Carl Megill’s second book has been published called “KWIZZLES.” It’s a word game I created that uses trivia, jumbles and quizzes all in one. There are Kwizzles covering many topics (music, tv, movies, sports, personalities and more). It’s perfect for that puzzle lover, or trivia expert in your family. You’ll find it on amazon and at my website I hope you’ll check out this new and challenging game.

Cheryl Abney

cheryl_yard_5Cheryl Abney writes wholesome, Christian, middle-grade, historical fiction and lives in the Florida Glades setting of her Belle of the Glades series. She has taught high school and counseled both middle and elementary students during her 31 years in the field of education. Her professional memberships include: National Education Association (NEA, FEA), American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Florida Writers Association (FWA), Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), as well as the Gulf Coast Writters Association (GCWA).

She invites you to visit her website at

Or her author central page at

Cheryl Abney’s books

Lisa Batch

LLisaBatchisa Batch, aka Lisa Manning Batchelder, is a transplant from Boston via NYC and Montauk, NY. She is a children’s author and published her first two books in November, 2014. She also produced a CD of her original music and a narration of one of her books. In her former life, Lisa was an entertainer, working for Richard Rodgers on Broadway. She traveled the world as a headliner on the Queen Elizabeth (QE2) as well as a dozen other ships, and still enjoys singing and traveling. Lisa started a critique group in Estero in 2014 and is actively seeking dedicated children’s writers. She also occasionally seeks women to share a room at a conference (SCBWI and FWA) or a writer to share a table at a fair.

Visit her website at:

Lisa’s books