Wednesday, July 25, 2007

On Oct. 27, St. Pete ... here I come!

I received exciting news tonight via email. I have been invited to speak and do a book signing at the prestigious Times Festival of Reading in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Oct. 27, 2007. I lived in St. Petersburg for more than 40 years and worked at the St. Petersburg Times for 25, so I'm no stranger to the area.

The nationally acclaimed festival attracts more than 15,000 book lovers, and each author typically speaks for 25-30 minutes. This is followed up by a Q and A session and then a book signing.

A lot of big-name authors attend this event, so this is huge for me as a debut novelist. If you're going to be in St. Pete on that Saturday, please drop by and say hello!


Michael said...

I only wish I could go to Florida! Anyway, that's great news, Jim!

Thanks for the wonderful comments about Sanctuary, too. Maybe, as long as actually write for a change, I won't be too far behind you.

Good luck at St. Pete!

Jim Melvin said...

Thanks so much! And any compliments I gave your work were well deserved.

Adrienne said...

Came over from AW! Congrats man, that is really wonderful! (oh and I love that illustration of the wizard in the pit, would make an awesome tee-shirt!)

Jim Melvin said...


What a great idea about the T-shirt! I'll have to give that some thought. And thanks for the great congrats!

Allie Boniface said...

That is so exciting!! Wish I were closer to FL. Well, when you're in the Northeast maybe I'll get an autograph :)

Jim Melvin said...


Maybe some day we can work out equal $$$ on our books and trade autographs by mail!


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