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At the library: Meet the author

By Staff | Jan 21, 2015

Captiva Memorial Library’s Afternoon Sojourns, a series of artist talks, music, independent and foreign films, lectures, author presentations and book signings, is well underway. January’s line-up is not to be missed:

  • Jan. 21, 4 p.m. meet W.C. Highfield, author of “Sanibel’s Secret Bank,” published in November 2014.

“There is a secret bank located on Sanibel that is a powerful dealer in international finances. ‘The Bank,’ as it is called, is led by a ruthless and evil group that eliminates anyone viewed as a threat to their quest for world financial domination. Residents of the island have no idea it exists, since it is camouflaged in the J. N. ‘Ding’ Darling Wildlife Refuge. The main character leads a close-knit band of young employees as they set about to avenge the wrongdoings of ‘The Bank.'” *

“W.C. Highfield’s interest in writing began in the early 1990s. With eagerness to write stories for children, he successfully completed a course in Special Publishing offered by the Institute of Children’s Literature. Later in the 1990s, Highfield decided to try my hand at a novel for adult readers. In 2001, he self-published his first book, ‘In Sun Down Far.’ The story is set on St. George Beach, Florida, a fictionalized version of Fort Myers Beach. People who are familiar with the Beach will recognize the landmarks even though the names of the places in the novel are fictitious. Having regularly visited Fort Myers Beach since 1991, Highfield drew on many personal experiences, and worked some of them into the book.

As a theme for the story, he takes a somewhat critical look at the pursuit of materialism. The narrative presents an island slice of life with an emphasis on the music of the blues. He strives to strike a correlation between the two. Highfield’s second novel, ‘Streets,’ was completed in 2010. Concerned with the persistent quandary of homelessness in America, Highfield takes a quirky look at how one character gradually alters his behavior in an effort to escape its clutches. The main character who lives on the streets of Key West undergoes a series of surreal experiences that begin to have a positive impact on his life. These inspiring and motivating events begin to affect his behavior and drive him to uncharacteristic acts of heroism. All three of Highfield’s novels are set in the state of Florida. The stories give insight into the lifestyles and nuances of living in a tropical paradise.” *

  • Jan. 28, 4 p.m. In honor of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, the library will host a special screening of the 2012 documentary “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.”

Inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s groundbreaking book, takes on the central moral challenge of the 21st century: the oppression of women and girls worldwide. This thought-provoking and informative film will be followed by a discussion led by Nola Theiss, founder, Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships, Sanibel Island.

“Take an unforgettable journey with six actress/advocates and New York Times journalist Kristof to meet some of the most courageous individuals of our time, who are doing extraordinary work to empower women and girls everywhere. These are stories of heartbreaking challenge, dramatic transformation and enduring hope. You will be shocked, outraged, brought to tears. Most important, you will be inspired by the resilience of the human spirit and the capabilities of women and girls to realize their staggering potential. ‘Half the Sky’ is a passionate call-to-arms, urging us not only to bear witness to the plight of the world’s women, but to help to transform their oppression into opportunity. Our future is in the hands of women, everywhere.” *

Support for Captiva Memorial Library’s Afternoon Sojourns is provided by: the Lee County Library System, the Captiva Memorial Library Board and the Captiva Civic Association.

* Book jacket/publisher description

-Senior Librarian Ann Bradley is branch manager Captiva Memorial Library