Happening at the bookstore

  • Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

    On Tuesday, August 22nd at 5:00pm, Writer’s Block Bookstore will host author James Ponti, whose newest series “Framed!” was featured on both Sunshine State lists for grades 3-5 and 6-8.  James will be talking about his latest addition to the “Framed!” series, Vanished!

    About the Book:  Florian Bates – the only kid on the FBI Director’s speed dial and several international criminals’ most wanted lists – must uncover the truth behind a series of middle school pranks that may or may not involve the daughter of the President of the United States in this hilarious second novel in the T.O.A.S.T mystery series.

    After helping the FBI solve an art theft at the National Gallery and uncovering a DC spy ring, Florian’s finding life at Alice Deal Middle School a little boring. But that’s all about to change! His FBI handler, Marcus, has a job for him! Is it a bank robbery? Counterfeit ring? International espionage? Actually it’s middle school pranks…

    However, once the crime-solving pair arrive at the prestigious private school attended by the President’s daughter, they discover that there’s a lot more than a few pranks going on and the conspiracy of silence reaches all the way to the top. Can Florian and Margaret save the day? Or are they about to get toasted?

    Author Bio: James Ponti was born in Italy, raised in Florida, and went to college in California. After receiving a degree in screenwriting from the USC Film School, he began a career writing and producing television shows for the likes of Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, PBS, Spike TV, History Channel, and Golf Channel. James loves writing, travel, and the Boston Red Sox. He lives with his family in Maitland, Florida.





  • Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 6:15pm to 8:15pm

  • Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 7:00pm

    In his bestseller Buy It, Rent It, Profit! (2009), author and real estate expert Bryan Chavis showed readers how to become successful real estate investors, providing all the forms, facts, and practical advice they needed. In The Landlord Entrepreneur, Chavis builds upon his expert advice to provide an advanced course in property management, demonstrating how to create a business that doesn’t depend on the market or a real estate bubble.

    Using practical advice, anecdotes, and the many lessons learned while creating his multimillion-dollar real estate portfolio, Chavis walks readers through the process of building a property management business from scratch. The Landlord Entrepreneur explains the importance of calling yourself an entrepreneur, and not simply a real estate agent, and shares stories of some of the many people who have taken his guidance and built successful companies. With its straightforward, actionable advice, The Landlord Entrepreneur is sure to be a key tool for any aspiring real estate investor.

    Bryan Chavis is the founder of both The Landlord Property Management Academy and of Chavis Realty and Property Management 365 Franchise, which is one of the most innovative property management franchises available. One of the world’s leading property management consultants, he (and his company) received the 2016 Best Practice award from the Florida Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials for landlord/property management training.

    Book Signing with Author Bryan M. Chavis

    Thursday, September 7, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., Apartment Association of Greater Orlando, Bryan M. Davis will sign copies of his latest work, The Landlord Entrepreneur. RSVP on our website or on Facebook. 

  • Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 6:30pm

    Kick-off Hispanic Heritage Month by welcoming Award-winning author Margarita Engle and illustrator Mike Curato to the Chickasaw Branch of the Orlando Public Library.

    "All the Way to Havana" is a joyful celebration of the Cuban people and their resourceful innovation. Margarita Engle and Mike Curato will talk about their experiences of Cuba - Margarita is from Cuba, and Mike traveled to Havana to do visual research and bring Margarita's story to life. 

    Margarita Engle is the Cuban-American author of many verse books, including the Newberry Honor Book "The Surrendor Tree", the Charlotte Zolotow Award winner "Drum Dream Girl", and the Walter Dean Myers Honor "Enchanted Air." Her books have also received multiple Pura Belpre and Americas Awards as well as a Jane Addams Award, an International Reading Association Award, and many others. Margarita was just named the Young People's Laureate by the Poetry Foundation.

    Mike Curato is the author and illustrator of the "Little Elliot" series and has illustrated a number of other books for children, including "Worm Loves Worm."