Matlacha's own award-winning author Robert Macomber will be joined by fellow islanders and fans for his annual Big Book Bash. Staged at Woody's Waterside in St. James City, the Book Bash will take place Saturday, March 28 from noon to 9 p.m.
This nine-hour event will offer visitors the opportunity to purchase Macomber's latest book, "The Honored Dead," and have books personally autographed. Macomber will be on hand throughout the entire event to sign books and chat with attendees.
"I get so energized by my readers that I don't even get tired." said Macomber. "We get about 600 people from all over Florida and the nation. This year readers from Louisiana, New York, Texas, California, Washington State and many other places will be attending. They come every year to eat, drink, dance and party in the tropics, while they get books signed. Great fun!"
Headlining the music for the day will be island favorites The Yard Dogs, with Smokin' Bill opening for the trio, and Woody's famous hog roast will be on the menu.
In addition to the signing, Macomber will donate a portion of the book sales during this event to benefit our troops.
"This event will benefit severely wounded troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. A portion of the book sales at the party will go to Homes Four Our Troops, a nationwide organization that builds homes specifically designed for servicemen and women who have lost limbs, their eyesight or have suffered other catastrophic wounds," said Macomber. "It's a cause I believe in passionately and have supported since 2005. This isn't about politics, it's about taking care of our own guys and gals."
What: Big Book Bash 2009 book signing
Who: Robert Macomber
When: Saturday, March 28, noon to 9 p.m.
Where: Woody's Waterside, St. James City
Each person who purchases a book during Book Bash will receive a brochure so they, too, can make a donation to Homes Four Our Troops if they wish.
The seventh book in his "Honor" series, according to Macomber, "The Honored Dead" is set in 1883 French Indochina or Vietnam and Cambodia, where the main character, Peter Wake, along with Sean Rork, from the U.S. Navy office of Naval Intelligence, start out on a simple courier mission. It soon turns into a six-month ordeal, culminating in their participation in the cataclysmic event that changed history forever in that region.
While only hitting book selves in recent weeks, "The Honored Dead" has already received impressive national reviews. Macomber is particularly proud of one particular review he recently received from the retired director of the Office of Naval Intelligence, RADM Tony Cohthron, who said of the book, "this novel is a must read book for anyone who appreciated history, intelligence and great story telling by a master of the art of historical fiction."
Other books penned by Macomber include, "At the Edge of Honor," "Point of Honor," "Honorable Mention," "A Dishonorable Few," "An Affair of Honor" and "A Different Kind of Honor," all available from Pineapple Press book publishers.
In addition to his status as an accomplished novelist, Macomber is a commentator for Florida PBS documentaries, magazine writer, international lecturer, annual guest author aboard the Queen Mary 2 and a consultant for the Department of Defense. His book tour for "The Honored Dead" will take Macomber from Florida to New England with stops in Wadesboro, N.C.; Fairfax, Va.; Newport, R.I.; and Mystic Seaport, Conn. Closer to home, Bert's Pine Bay Gallery in Matlacha will host a wine and cheese book signing with Macomber on Friday, April 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. On Saturday, April 11, Macomber will make an appearance at Hooked on Books in Punta Gorda from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and then at One for the Books in Cape Coral from 1 to 3 p.m.
For more information about Macomber and his work, visit robertmacomber.com. For more information about Homes For Our Troops, visit homesforourtroops.org.