Saturday, September 5, 2015
Reading Between the Wines was held at the Orlando Science Center on March 22nd. The evening began with wine samples so patrons could wet their palette. Joyce, the executive Director of the Adult Literary League gathered patrons to their seats to introduce the evening. The League teaches adults how to read. One of the students became curious about my sketch and he introduced himself. His name was Eugine Curtis and he grew up looking at comics that he couldn't read. Heidi Cullen was another student who kept an eye on the future. Thanks to the Literary League she was able to pass her drivers test. Another 80 year old student is now able to stay fully connected being able to read in the digital age.
An auction was held in which people didn't bid on items, but instead raised their hand to bit what they could afford. The bidding went up to $3500 and then someone offered a matching bid that would match what had been raised so far. The author who was brought in to talk to the audience was Tim Dorsey. He writes quirky books that delve into the twisted mind of a serial killer.As he put it, "The difference between a genius and a a lunatic is that genius has its limits. He told a story about how it is easy to get distracted when public speaking. He was facing an audience and noticed one guy in the back of the room who was looking at porn on his computer. This of course distracted Tim's train of thought. Luckily no one at Reading Between the Wines had a laptop open. The former Tampa Tribune reporter, originally from Riviera Beach, writes humorous crime novels featuring recurring character Serge A. Storms. Every story Tim told on stage Was hilarious, so I suspect his books must be a fun read.