Promotes 16th book at various Brevard locations
By Meagan McGone
BREVARD -- When author Tim Dorsey visited the Melbourne Beach Library last year, he broke a cardinal library rule: keep quiet.
"He had the entire room laughing so loudly that we had to close the doors," said Annemarie McBride, member of Friends of the Melbourne Beach Library. "There were still people peeping in to see what was going on in the room. Tim pulls the crowd in."
The Tampa resident has been writing one book per year for the past 16 years. He will visit the Melbourne Beach Library on Tuesday, Jan. 29 as part of a tour for his newest book, "The Riptide Ultra-Glide," which goes on sale on Jan. 22.
Based on the sunny beaches of Florida, "The Riptide Ultra-Glide" tells the tale of freshly laid-off Wisconsinites Patrick and Barbara McDougall, who plan for a romantic vacation, but find themselves in the middle of a pain medication war, while two crazy characters, Serge and Coleman, set out to film the best reality show ever.
Mr. Dorsey described his books as a unique way to escape reality.
"The heroes are a serial killer and a loveable drug addict, who want to save Florida from over-development, scam artists and all-purpose jerks," Mr. Dorsey said.
Ms. McBride said Mr. Dorsey's humor and talent for storytelling allow readers to jump in to the story, feeling connected to what's going on.
"He is a delightful writer with quirky, fun and incredibly creative characters that make you laugh out loud," she said. "Although his characters are a bit off-the-wall, you still find yourself eager to identify with them, and you can't wait to read what happens next."
Guests who attend Mr. Dorsey's visit to the Melbourne Beach Library can expect to hear about how Mr. Dorsey came up with some of the crazy scenarios and characters that entertain readers of his books.
"He's so entertaining and such a good speaker that you could really visualize what he's talking about and you feel part of this crazy picture," Ms. McBride said. "We are happy to contribute to bringing a Florida author to the town of Melbourne Beach. Storytellers are great members of our society and without them our culture wouldn't be anything like it is."
Mr. Dorsey will visit the Melbourne Beach Library, located at 324 Ocean Ave., on Jan. 29 from 2 to 3 p.m. Refreshments will be served, and Mr. Dorsey will give autographs.
Can't make it to the Melbourne Beach Library? Mr. Dorsey will also make stops at the following Brevard locations:
Barnes & Noble, 1955 W. New Haven Blvd. in West Melbourne, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29
Cocoa Beach Library, 550 N. Brevard Ave. in Cocoa Beach, at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30
Barnes & Noble, 780 E. Merritt Island Causeway in Merritt Island, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30
Titusville Library, 2121 S. Hopkins Ave. in Titusville, at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31
For more information, visit www.timdorsey.com.