Crossposted on Big Orange, My Left Wing, and Street Prophets.
Here in Sarasota, we are fortunate to have Sarasota News and Books(SN&B), which is owned by Caren and Dick Lobo, a couple that has been very sympathetic to Democratic and progressive causes. In addition to the bookstore itself being a great place to find publications and have a cup of coffee, SN&B brings in a number of authors that are of great interest to us.
So this is a good time to advertise for some west central Florida meetups! More below the fold.
SN&B/Forum 2005 sponsored events. Tickets are required; visit the Forum 2005 website for details:
October 26, Holley Hall, Sarasota, at 7:30PM: Bill Press, to discuss his new book How the Republicans Stole Christmas: The Republican Party’s Declared Monopoly on Religion and What Democrats Can Do To Take It Back.
November 16, Hyatt Hotel, Sarasota, 7:30PM: Hodding Carter III, former State Dept. spokesman during the Carter administration. Title of his speech is “The Fight for the Future of Public Broadcasting”.
November 29, Hyatt Hotel, Sarasota, 7:30PM: Barbara Ehrenreich, to discuss her new book Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream.
December 6th, Hyatt Hotel, Sarasota, 7:30PM: Gene Sperling, National Economic Advisor in the Clinton Administration. Title of his speech is “The Pro-Growth Progressive: A Strategy for Shared Prosperity in a Changing Economy”.
Sarasota News and Books sponsored events:
December 5th, Temple Beth Shalom, 7:00PM: Sen. Barbara Boxer will discuss her new novel, A Time to Run. Tickets available from the Temple, 941-365-4955.
I don’t know if I can make all of these talks, but I definitely plan on seeing Ehrenreich and Boxer! There are some great places to eat and get drinks in Sarasota both before and after the events. I expect that any of these speakers can give us a lot to talk about. Also, you can pick up autographed copies of their books (where applicable) at the events.
Interested? Contact me at aravm98[at]yahoo.com. Even if I can’t make an event, I’ll be glad to serve as a clearinghouse for those of you that can, help give directions, etc. Just let me know.