Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Interview w Larry the Cable Guy, The Dali Museum, Bow Ties & Performance at Book Fair!

We are only 2 days away from The 33rd Annual Antiquarian Book Fair and I have saved my best interviews for last...more on those in a minute.

First, I wanted to announce that I will be performing my literary parody songs on the steps of The Coliseum to open the book fair at 5pm on Friday night so get there early if you have ever wanted to see a librarian dance on a book cart singing about books!  To see some of my literary music videos, visit my You Tube Channel here.

"THE RAVEN is Hard to Handle"/
Edgar Allan Poe tribute
Secondly, to honor my first literary purse sale two years ago at the book fair, I will be debuting my first literary fashion accessory for men: book-print bow ties!  But let's be honest, ladies can rock these bow ties too, so stop by my Stand-Up Librarian Designs booth (#96, near the food area) to say hi and be one of the very first to own one!
Book-print bow ties will make their
debut at the book fair!
Finally, for my last two video interviews, I went to the two places I love the most: the library and the comedy stage.  It was in the mid-nineties that I met a funny guy named "Larry" in Sanford, FL who inspired me to want to try stand-up comedy.  Over 15 years later, Larry the Cable Guy is insanely famous yet he continues to make time for me to discuss jokes, the industry, and yes, the importance of reading!  I also went to The Dali Museum Library where I spent a majority of 2013 as a volunteer librarian cataloguing the entire collection.  Volunteers are such an important part of museums and libraries across the country so I wanted to speak with Pam Whiteaker (who leads that charge for The Dali) about how others can get involved with serving their community.

For a direct link to my interview with Larry the Cable Guy, click here.

For a direct link to my interview with Pam at The Dali Museum, click here.

Thanks to Larry the Cable Guy, Pam Whiteaker, and most importantly, to Sarah Smith and Allan Smith of the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair who got me involved as the spokesperson this year.  Allan and I had a blast running around St. Petersburg meeting so many book lovers and talking with them about the book fair.  To see more of our videos, please visit the Book Fair You Tube channel here

I hope everybody comes out to the book fair this weekend - we are going to have so much fun!!!

Florida Antiquariam Book Fair
March 14 - 16, 2014
The Coliseum
535 Fourth Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL

Friday: 5 - 9 pm ($10 for 3-day pass)
Saturday: 10 - 5 pm ($6 daily admission)
Sunday: 11 - 4 pm ($6 daily admission)
Free admission for children under 12 and students with ID.
Free parking.
*Proceeds from ticket sales support The St. Petersburg Public Library

Friday, March 7, 2014

Interviews with American Stage, The Palladium & ARTpool Gallery!

We are just one week away from The 33rd Annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair happening at The Coliseum in downtown St. Petersburg, FL March 14 - 16!  I hope you have enjoyed getting to know some of the incredible people that make St. Petersburg such a wonderful city to live in.  Today I have included interviews with Todd Olson, Artistic Director at American Stage Theatre Company, Paul Wilborn, Executive Director at The Palladium Theatre at SPC, and Marina Williams, Artist/Owner/Curator at ARTpool Gallery.  

For a direct link to the video with Todd at American Stage, click here.

For a direct link to the video with Paul at The Palladium, click here.

For a direct link to the video with Marina at ARTpool Gallery, click here.

I also continued my walk down Central Avenue and Beach Drive making sure to say hello to local business owners and employees.  Here are a few more that I met!

Red Cloud Indian Arts.
Savory Spice Shop.
Karen at Plain Jane has only been open 3 weeks.
Welcome to St. Pete, Karen!
Thanks to Photographer Chuck Vosburgh at The Morean
Arts Center for my Andy Warhol-style portrait!
For more information on tickets and vendors, please click on this link: The 33rd Annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Interview with St. Pete. Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin

Once again, I have spent the past week out and about in my hometown of St. Petersburg promoting The 33rd Annual Antiquarian Book Fair happening March 14 - 16th at the historic Coliseum.  It was with absolute joy that I was able to meet up with my best friend from Boca Ciega High School (who is now the new Deputy Mayor of St. Petersburg), to talk about our love for St. Petersburg (we are both fifth-generation natives), the importance of libraries and reading (hence meeting up at The Mirror Lake Public Library), and of course, uniting the community in literacy!  Thank you, Kanika!

For a direct link to my interview with St. Pete. Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin, click here.

I also continued my walk down Central Avenue and Beach Drive making sure to say hello to local business owners and employees.  Here are a few that I met!

Love the cubans at Bodega!
Support local art at The Florida Craftsman Gallery!
With Mark Ferguson at Ferg's Sports Bar -
a must before and after Rays games!
I can always find an assortment of Rooibos Tea at Hooker Tea!

For more information about the book fair, please visit