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March 2013 – February 2014

Mar 14 Thu
Job Fair @ Alonzo "Babe" James Community Center
10:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Businesses may make the most of their time by participating in the second annual New Smyrna Beach Job Fair from 10 a.m.- 1:30 p.m., Thursday, March 14, at the Alonzo “Babe” James Community Center, 201 N. Myrtle Ave., New Smyrna Beach. Participating businesses will have the opportunity to survey a large number of job applicants quickly and inexpensively during the event. They also will be able to network with other employers and cross-promote their business. Space is first come, first served. Advanced registration is required. The cost is $20 per table. Checks and envelopes should be made out to NSB Job Fair and mailed to New Smyrna Beach CRA Office, 210 Sams Avenue.

Mar 23 Sat
Reading and Book Signing @ Books-A-Million
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Author Richard Stanley Cagan will embark on the second step of his inaugural “East Coast, United States, Reading and Book-Signing Tour”.  The author will read excerpts from his newly released 389 page hard cover book titled “Mafia Cop – The Two Families of Michael Palermo- Saints Only Live in Heaven”, and sign copies for attendees.

“Mafia Cop” is the true personal memoir of New York City Detective First Class Michael Sabella aka Michael Palermo (undercover street name), and his mutually beneficial relationship with the New York City Police Department and the bosses of organized crime.

Among his credits Detective Sabella, (aka Mike Scotti), was the Chief of Security for “The Rolling Stones” rock group in which he protected the group during their United States concert tour in 1969 which culminated at the concert in Altamont, California where he and his cordon of off-duty New York City police detectives saved the “Stones” by a wild, wind-swept helicopter evacuation from the performing stage of the deadly riot which broke out during their performance.

Detective Sabella was a highly decorated larger-than-life, honest man, both as a police officer and a combat veteran of World War II and The Korean Conflict.

Apr 6 Sat
Mary Cuchetti Concert in the Park @ Christmas Park
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

1364159595_2Music lovers may enjoy a free concert by Vocalist/Keyboardist Mary Cuchetti from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, April 6, in the Canal Street Historic District’s Christmas Park. The park is on the corner of Live Oak and Canal streets in New Smyrna Beach. Bring a lawn chair.


Apr 18 Thu
Business After Hours @ Hampton Inn
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Business After Hours allows business men and women to connect and network.  Chamber of Commerce members and non-members are welcome.  Please RSVP.

Book Signing @ New Smyrna Beach Regional Library
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Avra's God coverAvra’s God features a fictional New Smyrna Beach rock band staffed by Daytona State College students who play lead guitar, vocals, drums, and keyboard while churning out drama.

Ann Lee Miller’s books are available in e-book formats and paperback on Amazon and most online bookstores. Over 80,000 copies of her debut novel, Kicking Eternity have been downloaded from Amazon.

Apr 20 Sat
Book Signing @ NSB Downtown Farmer's Market
7:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Avra's God coverAvra’s God features a fictional New Smyrna Beach rock band staffed by Daytona State College students who play lead guitar, vocals, drums, and keyboard while churning out drama.

Ann Lee Miller’s books are available in e-book formats and paperback on Amazon and most online bookstores. Over 80,000 copies of her debut novel, Kicking Eternity have been downloaded from Amazon.

History Book Club @ New Smyrna Beach Museum of History
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

bill ryan bookBill Ryan, author of I am Grey Eyes, Osceola, The Search for Old Kings Road and Bulow Gold will be the speaker.  Wine and cheese reception to follow and Bill will be signing books.  This event is by donation.

Jul 24 Wed
Mira Bartok Reading and Book Signing @ ACA Joan James Harris Theater
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
mira bartokMira Bartok, memoir - Reading – followed by Q & A, and book signing
Atlantic Center for the Arts-Main Campus, Joan James Harris Theater
Free/public invited
Mira Bartók is a visual artist, commentator for New England Public Radio and the author of The Memory Palace, a New York Times bestselling memoir and winner of the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, noted in The Best American Essays series and has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. Mira has also received grants from many organizations, including the Fulbright Program, the American Scandinavian Foundation, and Pen-American. She lives in Western Massachusetts where she runs Mira’s List, a website that helps artists find funding and residencies all over the world. She is currently working on an illustrated young adult novel set in Northern Norway during World War II, and an illustrated steampunk book for teens. You can find her at:
Jul 25 Thu
Taylor Mali Reading and Book Signing @ ACA Joan James Harris Theater
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
taylor maliTaylor Mali, poetry - Reading – followed by Q & A, and book signing
Atlantic Center for the Arts-Main Campus, Joan James Harris Theater
Free/public invited
Acclaimed Performance Poet, Education Advocate, Author of What Teachers Make
“To watch Mali is to watch a full-body poetic assault—with humor his central weapon.” —The Portland Phoenix
“Taylor Mali is a ranting comic showman and literary provocateur.” —The New York Times
Taylor Mali is one of the most well-known poets to have emerged from the poetry slam movement. He is one of the few people in the world to have no job other than that of “poet.” Articulate, accessible, passionate, and downright funny, Mali studied drama in Oxford with members of The Royal Shakespeare Company and puts those skills of presentation to work in all his performances. He was one of the original poets to appear on the HBO series Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry and was the “Armani-clad villain” of Paul Devlin’s 1997 documentary film SlamNation. His poem “What Teachers Make” has been viewed over 4 million times on YouTube and was quoted by the New York Times’ Thomas Friedman in one of his commencement addresses.
Mali is vocal advocate of teachers and the nobility of teaching, having spent nine years in the classroom teaching everything from English and history to math and S.A.T. test preparation. He has performed and lectured for teachers all over the world and in 2012 he reached his goal of creating 1,000 new teachers through “poetry, persuasion, and perseverance.” Based on the poem that inspired a movement, his book of essays, What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World, is his passionate defense of teachers drawing on his own experiences, both in the classroom and as a traveling poet. Mali is a highly sought-after keynote speaker.
Born in New York City into a family whose members have lived there since the early 1600s, Taylor Mali is an unapologetic WASP, making him a rare entity in spoken word, which is often considered to be an art form influenced by the inner city and dominated either by poets of color or otherwise imbued with the spirit of hip-hop. He is the author of two books of poetry, The Last Time As We Are (Write Bloody Books 2009) and What Learning Leaves (Hanover 2002), and four CDs of spoken word.
Mali received a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant in 2001 to develop “Teacher! Teacher!” a one-man show about poetry, teaching, and math which won the jury prize for best solo performance at the 2001 U. S. Comedy Arts Festival. Formerly president of Poetry Slam Incorporated, the non-profit organization that oversees all poetry slams in North America, Taylor Mali makes his living entirely as a spoken-word and voiceover artist these days, traveling around the country performing and teaching workshops as well as doing occasional commercial voiceover work. He has narrated several books on tape, including “The Great Fire” (for which he won the Golden Earphones Award for children’s narration).
Aug 2 Fri
INsideOUT @ ACA Joan James Harris Theater
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

ACAClosing reception and informal studio visits with teen Artists-in-Residence.

Atlantic Center for the Arts-Main Campus, Joan James Harris Theater
Free/public invited  
Entering its 6th year, ACA’s your word teen writing residency offers teen writers (ages 14-18) a wonderful opportunity to study with top notch Master Writers, while exploring their creativity in a nurturing environment.
The essence of Atlantic Center’s Artists-in-Residence program is to provide talented artists the opportunity to work and collaborate with contemporary masters. Selected through a competitive application process by the master artists with whom they wish to work, these teen associate artists come from around the world. During their stay, the artists spend a portion of the day working with the master artist and their group in meetings, workshops, casual conversations and other activities. They are free to spend the remainder of their time pursuing their own projects.
On the importance of a writing residency just for teens, Ren Morrison, ACA’s Community Education & Outreach Manager explains, “Most teen writers are just beginning their journey as a writer and our residency affords them a unique chance to get valuable feedback and advice from not only the Master Writers they will study with, but also: the other teens, the Fellow Writer, the Writer in Residence, the chaperones and even myself. Almost everyone they will be in contact with is a writer—each at a different stage of their career. It is an experience and opportunity like no other. “
ACA’s your word Masters will give three free Readings during their stay.  Each of the readings will be held at 7:30 PM at Atlantic Center for the Arts Main Campus, Joan James Harris Theater:
Aug 8 Thu
Business After Hours @ Ramunto's Brick Oven Pizza
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

sev chamberBusiness After Hours allows business men and women to connect and network.  Chamber of Commerce members and non-members are welcome.  Please RSVP.

Oct 4 Fri
NSB Book Festival @ Hampton Inn / Best Western Oceanfront
Oct 4 – Sunday all-day

NSB book FestivalWith over 25 authors, book readings, Q&A sessions, book signings, writers’ workshops, festival book shop, and nightly author socials, the New Smyrna Beach Book Festival provides activities from everyone from the avid to the recreational reader.

Festival activities admission is free. Participants are encouraged to review the festival schedule in advance to best plan their weekend and reading schedule – Don’t forget to leave plenty of time for beach reading!

The New Smyrna Beach Book Festival will take place along Beachside. The festival features 25 authors representing seven states and multiple Florida Book Award winners. Representing mostly fiction writing – a festival goal was to prioritize great books that both the avid and recreational reader might enjoy reading on the beach on vacation.

Featured fiction books include suspense, thrillers, mysteries, poetry, inspiration, kids, young adults, detective and fantasy genres.

Author sessions begin every 30 minutes with on-the-hour sessions taking place at the Best Western Oceanfront Hotel on Atlantic Avenue and on-the-half-hour sessions taking place at the Hampton Inn on Flagler Avenue. Sessions will include author instructions, book sales, book signings and presentations on such topics as inspiration for the book, description of plot and characters, dialog readings as well as questions and answers. In addition to selling the featured books at the session, all of the Festival’s books will be for sale at the Festival Book Store at The Best Western Oceanfront Hotel all days of the festival.

Also each night of the Festival, a special happy hour social meet-and-greet will take place with all of the authors featured that day in attendance in a casual setting.

The Best Western Oceanfront Hotel is located at 1401 South Atlantic Avenue and the Hampton Inn is located at 214 Flagler Avenue.

Below is the book festival schedule. For a more detailed schedule that includes book descriptions and author mini-biographies click here or text “AUTHOR” to 71441 for a detailed schedule on your smart phone.

New Smyrna Beach Book Festival Schedule:


(session dates, times and locations may change)

A Return to Innocence – A Tale of Discovery (fiction) Kathleen Beales Voss, Port Orange, FL

Friday, 5 p.m., Best Western Hotel

Extended Family (fiction – suspense thriller) Patrick Kendrick, West Palm Beach, FL

Friday, 5:30 p.m., Hampton Inn

Seasons of My Life (Fiction – Poetry and Short Prose) Mary Jane Barenbaum, New Smyrna Beach

Friday, 6 p.m., Best Western Hotel



(session dates, times and locations may change)

Lessons from the Ocean (nonfiction – inspirational) Donalyn P. Knight, Sanford, FL

Saturday, 10 a.m., Best Western Hotel

Mango Rain (Fiction – Historical) Berta Isabel Arias, Amelia Island, FL

Saturday, 10:30 a.m., Hampton Inn

Collider (Fiction – Science Fiction) Chris Hejmanowski, Orange Park, FL

Saturday, 11 a.m., Best Western Hotel

The Rainey Season, Rainey Bill Thriller Series (Fiction – Thriller) RE Bradshaw, Oklahoma City, OK

Saturday, 11:30 a.m., Hampton Inn

Death of a Dead Man; FAKER (Fiction – Mystery) Marshall Boyd, Ponce Inlet, FL

Saturday, 12 p.m., Best Western Hotel

Black Cat Bookshop Mystery Series (Fiction – Cozy Mystery) Ali Brandon, Loxahatchee, FL

Saturday, 12:30 p.m., Hampton Inn

Backyard Adventures, Pelican Pete (Fiction – Children) Frances Keiser, St Augustine, FL

Saturday, 1 p.m., Best Western Hotel

Love Greed and Lie$ (Fiction) DW Harper, Jacksonville, FL

Saturday, 1:30 p.m., Hampton Inn

Wife 101 (Fiction – Inspirational) A’ndrea J Wilson, Soperton, GA

Saturday, 2 p.m., Best Western Hotel

It all Starts with You! (Fiction – Children) KW Wilson, Lockport, NY

Saturday, 2:30 p.m., Hampton Inn

WRITERS’ WORKSHOP: The Challenges of Writing a Book – (Focus on Writing)

Saturday, 3 p.m. Best Western Hotel

Cracks in the Invisible (Poetry) Stephen Kampa, Daytona Beach , FL

Saturday, 4 p.m., Best Western Hotel

Elseerian – The Chronicles of Lumineia #1 (Fiction – Fantasy) Ben Hale, Oviedo, FL

Saturday, 4:30 p.m., Hampton Inn

CDC Detective Series – Missing Barbados (Fiction – Mystery/Detective/Adventure) Willem Pain, New Smyrna Beach, FL

Saturday, 5 p.m., Best Western Hotel

You Can’t Get There From Here and Other Stories (Fiction – Literary Short Stories) Leonard Nash, Hollywood, FL

Saturday, 5:30 p.m., Hampton Inn



(session dates, times and locations may change)

Best Fairy Books Series (Fiction – Children’s Picture Books) Mark Wayne Adams, Longwood, FL

Sunday, 11 a.m., Best Western Hotel

Writing Books for Fun, Fame and Fortune! (Non-Fiction – Writing Instruction) Rik Feeney, Altamonte Springs, FL

Sunday, 11:30 a.m., Hampton Inn

New Smyrna Beach Series (Fiction – Inspirational Coming of Age) Ann Lee Miller, Gilbert, AZ

Sunday, 12 p.m., Best Western Hotel

Ghosts on the Coast (Fiction – Juvenile age 8-14) Jane R. Wood, Jacksonville, FL

Sunday, 12:30 p.m., Hampton Inn

White Truffles in Winter (Fiction – Historical, Literary) Nichole Mary Kelby, St Paul, MN

Sunday, 1 p.m., Best Western Hotel

Wife 101 (Fiction) A’ndrea J Wilson, Soperton, GA

Sunday, 2 p.m., Best Western Hotel

Eating an Elephant: Write Your Life One Bite at a Time (Fiction – Writing/Memoir How To) Patricia Charpentier, Orlando, FL

Sunday, 2 p.m., Best Western Hotel

The Black Orchid Series, “Legends of the Black Orchid” (Fiction – Historical Fiction) Ian Murray, Fernandina Beach, FL

Sunday, 2:30 p.m., Hampton Inn

WRITERS’ WORKSHOP: Getting Your Book Published – (Focus on Publishing)

3 p.m., Best Western Hotel


Oct 22 Tue
Marketing Matters Business Workshop @ Alonzo "Babe" James Community Center
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

handshakeEntrepreneurs looking to start a new business or achieve sales goals through marketing are encouraged to attend free workshops.

The workshop, titled “Marketing Matters,” will help business owners to understand their products or services, customers, prospects and competitors.

Ned Harper, Daytona State College Small Business Development Center director, will facilitate.

This workshop is sponsored by the City of New Smyrna Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), the City of New Smyrna Beach and he Small Business Development Center of Daytona State College.

Space is limited. Advanced registration is suggested. 


Feb 8 Sat
“From We to Me” Book Signing @ Crane Lakes Clubhouse
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

from we to meAuthor Maryann Hartzell-Curran will discuss and sign copies of her book, “From We to Me,”  at a Health Fair to be held at the Crane Lakes Clubhouse.

The book includes Curran’s personal experiences with the difficulties of dealing with the holidays while grieving the loss of a loved one after she was widowed.

“From We to Me” compiles 52 letters of support she wrote to a friend who lost her husband, and each letter conveys an uplifting story of coping with loss and navigating transition.


Feb 24 Mon
Rick Moody Master Artist Outreach @ University of Central Florida- Nicholson School of Communications (NSC) room 101
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

rick moody

Reading, followed by Q & A, and book signing

This is event is FREE and open to the public.  Rick Moody is the Pabst Endowed Chair for Master Writers.

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