THE FRIENDS OF MIRROR LAKE LIBRARY PRESENT... AN EVENING WITH AUTHOR ANITA BARTHOLOMEW
The Friends of Mirror Lake Library invite you to join us for An Evening With Author Anita Bartholomew on Wednesday October 3 at Mirror Lake Library, 280 5th Street North, downtown St. Petersburg. A reception will be held beginning at 5:30pm in the Community Room of the library, followed by a 6-7pm talk about her stories, her life, and of course, her house. Please join us for what looks to be an evening of lively discussion and fun.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Anita Bartholomew is a writer and long-time contributor (contributing editor from 2001-2008) to Reader’s Digest, a freelance book doctor and ghostwriter, a former literary agent with the Salkind Agency, and co-author of Something To Prove (Kaplan 2010), which won the Grand Prize at the 2011 New York Literary Festival.
SARAOTA LEGEND INSPIRES A NOVEL: Anita Bartholomew watches as the tour bus slows, then stops, in front of her home in the museum area of Sarasota. The tour operator is probably telling the passengers about the local legend: that the home to their right was built for the “little people” who performed in the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus. That probably isn’t so, Anita, who owns the home, eventually learned. But the lore of the storybook style inspired her novel, The Midget’s House, an imaginative tale of what the home’s provenance might have been. Part mystery, part historical, part love story, with a whiff of the paranormal, The Midget’s House is often favorably compared to Water for Elephants. Readers and reviewers have called the story “enthralling,” “captivating,” “enchanting,” “thrilling,” “haunting,” and “lyrical.” But perhaps what fascinates readers most is what fascinated the book’s author: that there is such a house and that its origins are unknown. Determined to discover the truth about the house, soon after she bought it, Anita began searching dusty old archives, and questioning local circus historians and performers. Although the answers proved elusive, one day, says Anita, The Midget’s House’s central character, Lucinda Lacey, an early 20thcentury sideshow midget, “appeared in my mind, and seemed almost to dictate her life story.” The Midget’s House is available from online booksellers including Amazon and Barnes & Noble in paperback, and in ebook form on Amazon and Goodreads.
Contact Wayne Finley 813-767-5503 for more info.