Richard Gartee—available for readings or as a speaker
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Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library
101 Library Blvd
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Never was that more true than during the pandemic. Dutifully following COVID-19 “stay-at-home” orders for two years proved super-productive for my writing. I published a new novel in May 2020, Ragtime Dudes Meet a Paris Flapper. Another new novel, Ragtime Dudes at the World’s Fair, was released in 2021. I also completed a new novel, Atlantis Dying, published in 2022. Whew!
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After the pandemic, I worked hard to finish a large format hardcover book on the fifty year history of Gainesville’s iconic Hippodrome Theatre that was published just in time for their fiftieth anniversary.
The Hippodrome Theatre First Fifty Years is my twenty-seventh full-length book to be published. Click on the cover or visit Hipp50.com to learn more.
Wrapping up 2023, I released my latest collection of poetry, Arbor Encore
I chose creative writing as a profession right out of college, but after being a broke poet for a decade, I entered a 20-year career directing the design of medical software and helped produce two of the preeminent practice management and electronic health records systems. Along the way I became an expert in the field and wrote two college textbooks. One became a national bestseller. I left the software company, became a full-time author, and wrote six more textbooks. Four of those became bestsellers. They are out of print now, but if you’d like to read more about them and my work in electronic health records, click here.
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Between textbooks, I turned my attention back to creative writing. I began working on stage plays and then my first published novel, Lancelot’s Grail. Since, I have written five more novels and a biography. Two of the novels won literary awards. Atlantis Dying is my sixth novel, and a seventh novel is underway. I kicked off 2024 with the release of my novella, Atlantis Obsession, in paperback and Kindle.
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I was writing poetry even before college and have had over 300 poems published in literary journals and chapbooks; plus six volumes of my collected poems. Currently, I am a regular contributor to Ann Arbor Review: International Journal of Poetry (AAR.) My most recent collection of poetry, Arbor Encore brings into book form the complete catalog of my poems published in that esteemed journal.
How did I go from poetry to computer programming, from textbooks to novels? For me balancing the left-brain / right-brain is not that difficult. I find all of it a swim in the creative flow.
Author previewing book at the Hippodrome 50th Anniversary event
Lancelot’s Arthur – new nonfiction
Following the trail of places in Britain the historical figure King Arthur lived, fought, and died, we encounter some interesting people and theories along the journey.
Like most authors, I enjoy reading as well as writing. My interests span a variety of genres. I belong to a local book club through which I've read books I would not have discovered otherwise. I am also a member of Goodreads, and you can follow me there. Here are covers of the last forty books I've read. Note: clicking any of these sends you to my review of the book on the Goodreads site. Use your browser back button to return to this page.