Literature

  1. CMC Thursday Night Poetry Jam

    Gainesville’s longest-running open mic poetry reading–25 years and counting. All styles invited–from Beat to Baroque, formal to freestyle, spoken word to academic, and everything in between. All forms of word-based art welcome: poetry of every possible sort, short prose, miniature theatrical pieces, word-centered performance art,…

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  2. 2020 Author Series: Rochelle Alers

    Award-winning romance novelist Alers is a regular on the Waldenbooks, Borders, and Essence bestseller lists. She has written more than 60 titles and boasts almost two million copies of her books in print. Alers has won awards including Vivian Stephens Award for Excellence in Romance…

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  3. The Committee

    “The Committee” is set in Gainesville, a sleepy late 1950s Florida university city. Its characters—professors, students, townspeople rich and poor, and politicians—are both typical of such a place and unusual, even bizarre, for the challenges they face and the changes they undergo when their lives…

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  4. Story Summit

    Story Summit is Gainesville’s best night of storytelling. You’ll hear some of the best storytellers from Self Narrate, Guts & Glory GNV, and The Conch at the intimate Heartwood Soundstage. Come be part of Gainesville’s growing storytelling community at Story Summit. This is the Fifth…

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  5. Cat Tale: The Wild, Weird Battle to Save the Florida Panther

    We are thrilled to welcome back journalist and author, Craig Pittman, to speak at the Matheson about his latest book “Cat Tale: The Wild, Weird Battle to Save the Florida Panther.” A book signing will follow his presentation. It wasn’t so long ago when a…

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  6. Poetry Reading

    Lola Haskins reading from Asylum, her new collection. Books will be available for cash or check.

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  7. Boston Marriages Gone South

    We are excited to welcome Betty Jean Steinshouer to the Matheson to give a presentation entitled “Boston Marriages Gone South,” which explores the lives of four same-sex couples who traveled to Florida together in the 19th and 20th centuries, long before marriage equality: Sarah Orne…

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  8. Florida’s Female Pioneers

    We are thrilled to welcome back public historian, author, and former executive director, Dr. Peggy Macdonald, to speak at the Matheson about “Florida’s Female Pioneers.” A book signing will follow her presentation. In this presentation Dr. Macdonald examines some of the women who have shaped…

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