Friday, March 18, 2011

UCF Orlando Book Festival 2011 Featured Books

The time for the festival is almost approaching, and as bloggers and authors get ready for their special Saturday in Orlando, I grow more and more excited by the wonderful literary offerings I’m uncovering daily. Here’s the second installment of some of the wonderful books that will be featured at the UCF Orlando Book Festival, and they are some good books indeed. If you’re considering attending the event, it will be held on April 16th at the UCF Arena, and not only will there be some great opportunities to find that perfect book, there will be numerous panels and chances to hobnob with some great authors. Take a peek at some of the great books that will be featured!


The Weird Sisters, by Elenor Brown

Book CoverThe Andreas sisters were raised on books – their family motto might as well be, "There’s no problem a library card can’t solve." Their father, a renowned, eccentric professor of Shakespearean studies, named them after three of the Bard’s most famous characters: Rose (Rosalind – As You Like It), Bean (Bianca – The Taming of the Shrew), and Cordy (Cordelia – King Lear), but they’ve inherited those characters’ failures along with their strengths.

Now the sisters have returned home to the small college town where they grew up – partly because their mother is ill, but mostly because their lives are falling apart and they don’t know where to go next. Rose, a staid mathematics professor, has the chance to break away from her quiet life and join her devoted fiancĂ© in England, if she could only summon up the courage to do more than she’s thought she could. Bean left home as soon as she could, running to the glamour of New York City, only to come back ashamed of the person she has become. And Cordy, who has been wandering the country for years, has been brought back to earth with a resounding thud, realizing it’s finally time for her to grow up.

The sisters never thought they would find the answers to their problems in each other, but over the course of one long summer, they find that everything they’ve been running from - each other, their histories, and their small hometown - might offer more than they ever expected.


Sex and Death, I Suppose, by Michael Colonnese

Book CoverPete Lomardo, the blue-collar private eye who narrates Sex and Death, I Suppose, isn't the kind of hard-boiled investigator that discriminating readers normally encounter in noir fiction. Pete's kinky, bankrupt, alcoholic, and bookish; he'll take all the divorce work he can get. But with an unfaithful psychoanalyst as his girlfriend and a rotten reputation with the mob, if Pete should so happen to run afoul of a cadre of lesbian Islamic terrorist while attempting to broker a sweet little real estate deal on the side, he might discover true love and solve a fifty-year-old murder mystery.


This Lovely Life, by Vicki Forman

Book CoverVicki Forman gave birth to Evan and Ellie at twenty-three weeks gestation and weighing just a pound at birth. During the delivery, she begged the doctors to "let her babies go"–she knew all too well that at twenty three weeks they could very well die, and if they survived, they would face a high risk of permanent disabilities. However, California law demanded resuscitation. Her daughter died just four days later; her son survived and was indeed multiply-disabled.

Winner of the PEN Center Literary Award in Creative Nonfiction and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference Bakeless Prize in Creative Nonfiction, This Lovely Life tells, with brilliant intensity, of what became of the Forman family after the birth of the twins–the harrowing medical interventions; and, ethical considerations involving the sanctity of life and death. In the end, the long-delayed first steps of a five-year-old child will seem like the fist-pumping stuff of a triumph narrative. Forman's intelligent voice gives a sensitive, nuanced rendering of her guilt, her anger, and her eventual acceptance in this portrait of a mother's fierce love for her children.


Rattlesnakes and the Moon, by Darlin’ Neal

Book CoverThese are haunting stories of people bearing the burdens of ordinary life a lot more completely than most of us ever do. Wives and mothers of inmates, sisters of sisters killed in motorcycle accidents, that wonderful-but-dreary Louisiana swampishness pervasive in these eloquent and exquisitely rendered tales of hardship. These are dark stories lit by headlights and lightning, fluorescent signs and tall highway lights, tough stories so real that they have the scent of the lived-through about them, which is testament to Darlin' Neal's extraordinary gift for prose and story.


Delirious by Daniel Palmer

Book CoverCharlie Giles is at the top of his game. An electronics superstar, he's sold his start-up company to a giant Boston firm, where he's now a senior director. With his dog, Monte, at his side, Charlie is treated like a VIP everywhere he goes.

Then one day, everything in Charlie's neatly ordered world starts to go terrifyingly wrong. His prestigious job and his inventions are wrenched away from him. His family is targeted, and his former employers are dying gruesomely, picked off one by one. Every sign, every shred of evidence, points to Charlie as a cold-blooded killer. And soon Charlie is unable to tell whether he's succumbed to the pressures of work and become the architect of his own destruction, or whether he's the victim of a relentless, diabolical attack.

In a desperate struggle to save his life, Charlie races to uncover the truth, all the while realizing that nothing can be trusted—least of all his own fractured mind…


See what I mean? The selection and range of these books are incredible and impressive, and I can’t wait to be immersed in the bookishness of it all! Stay tuned for more information on the event.

18 comments:

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I'm so glad you all get a book festival too. They are so much fun for a book lover!

Meghan said...

The books definitely look good! I hope you enjoy the book festival!

Sandy Nawrot said...

What is cool is that we are highlighting totally different books, which is great for coverage! I was hoping to review five of the books, but two are at stake with the pace of my reading these days. We are going to have alot of fun!

Trisha said...

What an interesting mix of books! I hope you have a great time at the festival (how could you not?).

Stacy at A Novel Source said...

oh the weird sisters sounds perfectly delicious!!!! i'd love to be there!

Darlene said...

These sound great! The only one I have is The Weird Sisters although I haven't read it yet.

bermudaonion said...

Y'all are going to have so much fun!!

Suko said...

Wow! This sampling of books tells me that you're in for some incredible reading. The Weird Sisters sounds fabulous. Enjoy the festival, Zibilee!

Jenners said...

You're so right...what a diverse collection of books. You did a great job getting the word out...I'd only heard ofmone of these before this post.

Marie said...

Ah, have fun! I hope you have a great time. Those are some great books and authors lined up!

Vasilly said...

Your book festival sounds great and the books look amazing! I know you'll have a great time!

Cozy in Texas said...

Attended the Austin Book Festival last year. It was a lot of fun to meet authors and browse the book tables.
Ann

Nymeth said...

I so wish there were festivals like this near me! You'll have a lovely time for sure. Don't forget to tell us all about it :P

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks said...

Now, if my family had planned our Orlando trip for April instead of February, I could have joined you :(

My eyes were welling up with the synopsis of THIS LOVELY LIFE - I bet that will make a great pick for book groups (pass the Kleenex!)

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

This sounds like a fun event for sure. Of course, we will be anxious waiting to experience it through you and other FL bloggers :)

Amy said...

Oh what fun this book festival will be! These few books sound wonderful and you will have so many more there to enjoy!

The Weird Sisters is on my list, of course but I'm very intrigued over Sex and Death, I Suppose and This Lovely Life.

I'm already looking forward to hearing about the fun time you have at the festival!

Lisa said...

Sounds like fun! I wish we had something like that here. Of course, I only just discovered last fall that we have a Lit Fest so maybe a book festival is not far behind.

Wendy said...

Oh, I LOVE book festivals - wish I lived closer and could go with you :)

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