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Gene Cowell, Local Author Series
October 22, 2017, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
On Sunday, October 22, Gene Cowell was the featured speaker in the Alachua County Library’s Local Author Series.
Cowell discussed the evolution of popular crime fiction from its Nineteenth-Century roots through classic British “cozy” mysteries of the early Twentieth-Century, and the enduring noir novels of famous American authors from Raymond Chandler and James M. Cain to Elmore Leonard and Dennis Lehane.
He also read from his second recently-published novel, Bring Me the Gypsy, inspired by true events; it follows American Gypsy Dix Arcos as he struggles to escape the lethal wrath of his gangster boss.
An Alachua resident, Cowell touched on lessons learned over a 45-year career as an advertising copywriter, ad agency owner and subscription newsletter publisher that he claims helped him in his fiction writing. He paid homage to Elmore Leonard’s immortal “Ten Rules for Good Writing,” including the one rule he broke.
The program was held at the Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Ave., Gainesville FL.
The Local Author Series features a new author each month.