Pride Month - Read to Lead Series
Our Read to Lead panel discussion series brings community leaders together under Midtown Reader's roof to discuss the books that made them who they are today. For Pride Month in June we are bringing in LGBT community members and bookstore staff to discuss the books that have influenced them in their life, and given them the opportunity to grow up with Pride! Our panelists for this event will be Tip Tomberlin, Alfred Davis-Shih, Pat Spears, and Hannah Beth Ragland. Read a little bit about our LGBT panelists here, and then join us on the 21st for a night of conversation and literature!
Tip Tomberlin is a retired attorney. After earning a B.A. from Vanderbilt University in history and an M.A. from the University of Florida in Latin American Studies, he taught high-school English, journalism, humanities, and film courses for six years in Jacksonville, FL. After getting a J.D. at the University of Florida, Tip worked as a staff attorney for courts in Jacksonville and Tallahassee. Retirement affords him time to read mostly fiction, including (but not limited to) LGBTQ classics and more recent works.
Alfred Davis-Shih is a financial examiner with the State Division of Securities, investigating securities violations and investment fraud. A resident of Tallahassee since 2014, he moved here with his husband to begin a new career in government. Prior to Tallahassee, he was a documentary film producer and screenwriter in China focusing on films about athletes and the Chinese sports industry. Raised in British Hong Kong, China, and the United States, Alfred attended high school in West Palm Beach, Florida and received his BA from Columbia University in history.
Pat Spears is a former educator and business owner who is now a full time writer. Her second novel, It’s Not Like I Knew Her was released in July 2016 by Twisted Road Publications and is a finalist for the Foreword Review Indie Book of the Year. Her debut novel, Dream Chaser, was released in 2014. She has twice received honorable mention in the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. Her short stories have appeared in numerous journals, including the North American Review, Appalachian Heritage, Seven Hills Review, and anthologies titled Law and Disorder from Main Street Rag, Bridges and Borders from Jane’s Stories Press and Saints and Sinners: New Fiction from the Festival 2012. Her short story “Whelping” was a finalist for the Rash Award and appears in the 2014 issue of Broad River Review. Her story “The Tattered Blanket” is forthcoming in the July issue of Sinister Wisdom. She is a sixth generation Floridian and lives in Tallahassee.
Hannah Beth Ragland will be leading the discussion, representing Midtown Reader's staff. She graduated from FSU last December with a degree in Literature, and currently works full time at Midtown Reader.
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