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A Preview of the 2018-19 Florida Bibliophile Society Season

The 2018-19 Florida Bibliophile Society season is about to begin. And I'll be posting event notices for each meeting. But today I want to give you a preview of our speakers and their presentations.  If you're from the Tampa Bay area, or just visiting, our meetings are free and open to the public.

September: FBS member Gary Simons, editor of the Curran Index, an online reference project identifying contributors to 19th Century British periodicals, will give a presentation on the English Annuals that he collects. He has over 120 of them. These are holiday gift books published in England from 1823 to 1856. They are books with ornate bindings containing interesting engravings and prose and poetry from known and not-so-well-known contemporary authors.

October: FBS member Ben Wiley, a retired professor of film and literature, will give a presentation on his current work as a movie critic for the Tampa Bay's Creative Loafing online magazine.

November: Sarasota author Don Bruns will give a presentation on his Quentin Archer Mystery Series, the #3 best-selling mystery series on Amazon this year. And he will sign copies of his latest book, No Second Chances, the # 27th best-selling book on Amazon in February.

December: Holiday party for dues-paying FBS members. Fun!

January: FBS member Lisa Bradberry, film scholar, will give a presentation on the silent movie/early talkies film industry in Florida.

February: Wilson Blount will be our guest speaker for February, Black History Month. His topic will be Black History; he lived it. Wilson Blount marched across the bridge in Selma with Congressman John Lewis in 1965. Then he served his country in the United States Air Force, beginning as a second lieutenant in 1966, and retiring as a Colonel in the Air Force Reserves in 1999.

March: FBS Vice President Charles Brown will give a presentation on the Simplicissimus Story. Simplicissimus was the main character in a series of novels about life during the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648). These books are considered to be the first German adventure novels.

April: FBS member Ed Cifelli will give a presentation on his book, Longfellow in Love, published this very month (August 2018). He will sign copies of his book after his presentation.

May: Circus Historian Larry Kellogg will be the keynote speaker at the season-ending banquet at Brio Tuscan Grille. The winner of the 2019 Lee J. Harrer Student Book Collecting Essay Contest will read his/her essay at the banquet.

Gary Simons
Forget-Me-Not: The Literary Annuals of Yesteryear

As he did in September, 2016 , Gary Simons opens the 2018-19 Season of the Florida Bibliophile Society as our speaker for the September 16, 2018 meeting. The meeting will begin at 1:30 pm at the Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. North, Seminole, Florida 33772. Admission is free and open to the public.

Our speaker, Gary Simons, has had successful careers in both the education field and the private sector. He was a Professor of Chemistry at Wichita State University. But after being granted tenure in 1978, he decided to go to work in the private sector. For the next 28 years he was either director, vice president, or president of E-Systems, Energy Systems International, Automated Office Services, or AC Technologies. In 2007, Gary decided to go back into the education field.  For the next four yearse, he was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of South Florida. In 2011, Gary acquired a Doctor of Philosophy in Literature and became an Adjunct Professor at USF, where he still teaches a variety of literature and writing courses.

English Literature is his specialty, and Gary has had articles about William Makepeace Thackeray, Jane Austen, and nineteenth-century periodicals published in Victorian Periodicals Review, Encyclopedia of Literary Romanticism,, Studies in Bibliography, and Nineteenth Century Studies, just to name a few.

Gary is the editor of the Curran Index, an ongoing online research effort to identify the authors of stories, poems and articles which appeared in the Victorian Press.

Gary is the Secretary of the Florida Bibliophile Society, and the Florida Bibliophile Society has received numerous accolades for its newsletter, The Florida Bibliophile, particularly for Gary’s reporting of the meeting minutes. Several out-of-town members have remarked that his recounting of what went on during the meetings makes them believe they may very well have attended the meetings themselves!

 I mentioned before that Gary was our speaker in September 2016. He gave a presentation on Catherine Gore, the Silverfork Novelist, whose books he collects. Gary also collects English Annuals. He has about 120 of them. These are gift books published in England for the holidays from 1823 to 1856. These books have ornate bindings and contain interesting engravings, and prose and poetry from known and not-so-well-known contemporary authors. And on September 16th, Gary Simons will give a presentation on his collection of English Annuals.

We’ll see you on September 16th!

U of Penn Conference on Women's Voices From the Wilderness

Bridwell Library Exhibit of the Pietists

There are Numerous Book Fairs in September
Find the Book Fair Nearest You


David Levy's Blog: Edmond Hoyle, Gent.


Gateway to Library Catalogs

The Curran Index

A Short Story By My Ozark Radio Hour Friend Dan Krotz

Scott Husby's Database of Bookbindings on Incunables

Latin Terms From AWOL

Reviews of Books Useful to the Collector by William Butts

Bookmarking Book Art Curated by Robert Bolick


The Crockett Almanacks edited by Franklin J. Meine, Chicago: The Caxton Club, 1955.

Centennial by James Michener, New York: Random House, 1974. No.245 of 500 copies printed.

Danmarks Historie by Johan Hvidtfeldt, Ib Koch-Olsen, and Axel Steensberg, Kobenhavn: Det Danske Forlag, 1950-52 two vols (fifty cents).

Danmarks Kronike by Saxo Grammaticus, Kobenhavn: Samlerens Forlag, 1951 (fifty cents).

The Life of Samuel Johnson by James Boswell, edited by Percy Fitzgerald, London: Allen and Unwin, 1924, (vols 2 & 3 of 3 vols only).

House of Trump, House of Putin: The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia by Craig Unger, New York: Dutton, 2018.

You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?! by Jonah Winter, New York: Schwartz & Wade Books, 20009.

Great Photographs of World War II,  Pleasantville: Reader's Digest, c.1964.

The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton, New York: Barnes & Noble 2004.

Modern Islamic Literature From 1800 to the Present edited by James Kritzeck, New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston,1970.

Little Kahuna and Da Menehune by Tom Aki and Elizabeth Lee, Printed in China c.2009.

A Celebration of Poets, Showcase Edition Owings Mills, Md: International Library of Poetry, 1998.

Braude's Treasury of Wit and Humor by Jacob M. Braude, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, c.1964.

The Presidents of the United States by John and Alice Durant, Miami: A. A. Gaché, 1975, two vols.


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