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The 23rd ANNUAL "Afternoon with the Authors"
Thursday, November 13 2014

Ben Montgomery will be the featured author, and will discuss his new book "Grandma Gatewood's Walk." It is an inspiring story of how a 67-year-old great-grandmother walked the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail, survived a rattlesnake strike, two hurricanes, and a run-in with some Harlem gangsters.

Montgomery is a staff writer at the Tampa Bay Times and co-founder of the Auburn Chautauqua, a Southern writers' collective. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2010 and has won many other national writing awards. He has worked at newspapers in Arkansas, Texas, New York, and Florida.

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On his publishers web site it states: "Emma Gatewood told her family she was going on a walk and left her small Ohio hometown with a change of clothes and less than two hundred dollars. The next anybody heard from her, this genteel, farm-reared, 67-year-old great-grandmother had walked 800 miles along the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail. And in September 1955, having survived a rattlesnake strike, two hurricanes, and a run-in with gangsters from Harlem, she stood atop Maine's Mount Katahdin. There she sang the first verse of "America, the Beautiful" and proclaimed, "I said I'll do it, and I've done it."

Grandma Gatewood, as the reporters called her, became the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail alone, as well as the first person — man or woman — to walk it twice and three times. Gatewood became a hiking celebrity and appeared on TV and in the pages of Sports Illustrated. The public attention she brought to the little-known footpath was unprecedented. Her vocal criticism of the lousy, difficult stretches led to bolstered maintenance, and very likely saved the trail from extinction.

Author Ben Montgomery was given unprecedented access to Gatewood's own diaries, trail journals, and correspondence, and interviewed surviving family members and those she met along her hike, all to answer the question so many asked: Why did she do it? The story of Grandma Gatewood will inspire readers of all ages by illustrating the full power of human spirit and determination.

Even those who know of Gatewood don't know the full story — "a story of triumph from pain, rebellion from brutality, hope from suffering."

Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 12:30 PM at the Clearwater Main Library — 100 Osceola Ave. Clearwater, Florida 33755

  • $20 per person / $30 per person (Patron)
  • The book will be available for purchase and signing by the author before and after the event.
  • A gourmet lunch is included as part of the donation fee at the event.
  • For reservations and corporate sponsorship information, please call 727-940-7558.
  • Reservations must be made in advance of the event as space is limited.
  • Reservations are due no later than November 7, 2014.
  • Visit www.clearwatercwc.org for more information.

Proceeds will benefit the Clearwater Library Foundation and the programs of the Clearwater Public Library System.

 

Library Closings for Veteran's Day, November 11, 2014:

  • Barbara S. Ponce Public Library
  • Clearwater Public Libraries
  • Dunedin Public Library
  • Gulf Beaches Public Library
  • Gulfport Public Library
  • Largo Public Library
  • Oldsmar Public Library
  • Safety Harbor Public Library
  • St. Pete Beach Public Library
  • St. Petersburg Public Libraries
  • Seminole Community Public Library
  • Tarpon Springs Public Library

Library Closings for Thanksgiving, 2014:

  • Barbara S. Ponce Public Library: Closed 11/27, 11/28
  • Clearwater Public Libraries
    • Clearwater Main: Close @ 2pm 11/26; Closed 11/27, 11/28
    • Clearwater Beach: Closed 11/26-11/28
    • Clearwater Countryside: Closed 11/26-11/28
    • Clearwater East: Close @ 2pm 11/26; Closed 11/27, 11/28
    • Clearwater N. Greenwood: Close @ 2pm 11/26; Closed 11/27, 11/28
  • Dunedin Public Library: Close @ 5pm 11/26; Closed 11/27, 11/28
  • Dunedin Friends Branch: Closed 11/26-11/28
  • Gulf Beaches Public Library: Closed 11/27, 11/28
  • Gulfport Public Library: Closed 11/27, 11/28
  • Largo Public Library: Close @ 5pm 11/26; Closed 11/27, 11/28
  • Oldsmar Public Library: Close @ 5pm 11/26; Closed 11/27-11/29
  • Palm Harbor Public Library: Closed 11/27, 11/28
  • Safety Harbor Public Library: Close @ 2pm 11/26; Closed 11/27, 11/28
  • St. Pete Beach Public Library: Close @ 6pm 11/26; Closed 11/27-11/29
  • St. Petersburg Public Libraries (Main and Branches): Closed 11/27, 11/28
  • St. Petersburg West: Closed 11/27-11/29
  • Seminole Community Public Library: Closed 11/27, 11/28
  • Tarpon Springs Public Library: Closed 11/27, 11/28

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2011: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

2010: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

2009: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

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2007: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

2006: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

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