Award winning author and St. Petersburg College Professor Emeritus Gabriel Horn will speak at the Nov. 14 author event at the Mirror Lake Public Library.
Horn, a long-time activist for the spiritual and academic rights of Native Americans, lives in St. Petersburg. He taught SPC students from 1988 until his retirement in 2015, and has a writing career that spans 40 years. Though he retired from academia, he continues to teach and write. He co-founded and co-directed the first Native American Writers Camp for children on the Cherokee reservation, and has instructed young journalists at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies.
Horn’s latest book, Motherless, is a coming-of-age tale set on the Florida coast. It tells the story of a young Native American girl, Rainy, who was orphaned at 5 and lives with her grandfather and is trying to understand herself and world she lives in. Motherless was released in late 2015, and has earned awards from the state of Florida and has received national and international attention, including:
• 2016 International Book Award Winner- Multicultural Fiction
• 2016 Indie Excellence Book Award finalist
• Honorable mention, 2016 Paris Book Festival – Spiritual
• 2016 Award of Literary Excellence – Friends of Florida Mid-County Regional Library
• 2016 Next Generation Indie Award – Finalist Best Overall Cover Design Fiction
• 2015 Florida Book Award Bronze Medal – Young Adult Literature
Horn will share the stage with his life partner, Amy Krout-Horn, a novelist(Dancing in Concrete Moccasins), essayist and a writer of short stories. She is a regular contributor to Slate and Style magazines.
The event, sponsored by The Friends of the Mirror Lake Library and Keep St. Pete Lit, is free and open to the public and will be held on the second floor of the Mirror Lake Library, 280 5th Street North, in St. Petersburg. Opening remarks and the lecture begin at 5:30, with an author reception and book signing from 6:30-7 p.m. For more information, call the Mirror Lake Library at 727-893-7268, or print the flyer: mlfriendsauthorevent-amy-krout-hornandgabriel-horn