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New Book Release and Florida Festival on November Schedule of Author John Jakes '53

September 26, 2006

John Jakes 2.gifSeptember 26, 2006, Greencastle, Ind. - John Jakes, the author and 1953 graduate of DePauw University who has been called America's "godfather of the historical novel," is among the "headliners" slated to appear at Florida's Sarasota Reading Festival on November 4, reports the Naples Sun Times. "The Festival, which takes place all day at Five Points Park, will hold talks in author pavilions given over to key themes: Discovery and Environment, History and Current Events, Latino Culture, Cooking and Home, and Children and Young Adult," notes the newspaper.

Jakes will be joined at the event by fellow authors Jim Lehrer (also a PBS newsman and moderator), Michael Connelly, Jeff Shaara and Julianna Baggott, among others. Read more in the Sun Times story, or at the festival's Web site.Gods of Newport Jakes.jpg

The author of sixteen consecutive New York Times bestsellers, John Jakes will release his latest book, The Gods of Newport, on November 7.  Read more here.

"He is quite simply, a master of the ancient art of storytelling," opined the New York Times Book Review.

"Jakes' name has become synonymous with the Civil War novel," wrote Donna Hartman in the Bradenton Herald. "Perhaps his most famous effort is the North and South trilogy, which was made into an Emmy Award-winning television miniseries in 1985. Five of his other major novels were filmed as miniseries for television... Fame and fortune 'is not the kind of thing you daydream about,' Jakes added. 'I never imagined I'd have this kind of success.'" Learn more in this previous story.

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