Broward County Libraries Division and the Florida Center for the Book Presents Special Literary Event with  Alex Watson and Dr. Robert Watson

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"Tsunami," by Alex and Robert Watson.

DATE: June 11, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Tara Zimmermann, Libraries Division
PHONE: 954-357-7386

Broward County Libraries Division and the Florida Center for the Book present a special intergenerational literary event featuring father-and-son writing team Alex Watson and Dr. Robert Watson, co-authors of Tsunami. The event will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. The event is free, and light refreshments will be served. All ages are invited to attend, so parents/grandparents are encouraged to bring their children and grandchildren.

Alex Watson, a middle school student, and his father, Robert Watson, professor, author and media commentator, collaborated on Tsunami, an adventure novel that centers around a family that encounters a tsunami while vacationing in Hawaii. Published by independent TriMark Press, Tsunami is available from and and has been featured on C-Span Book TV.

The Watsons have also launched a website,, that encourages families and friends to write together. The site offers a 32-page downloadable writing guide, tips on writing together and more. Young writers can enter a writing contest held online by the Watsons; winners have the opportunity to have their short story professionally published.

Florida Center for the Book was established in 1984 as the first affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Florida Center for the Book celebrates the literary heritage of Florida, brings readers and writers together and promotes books, reading, and libraries. The offices of Florida Center for the Book are in the Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301.

Call 954-357-7386 to RSVP or for more information about this event and the Florida Center for the Book.

The award-winning Broward County Libraries Division, founded in 1974, is the ninth largest library system in the nation by population served and one of the busiest, with more than 9 million walk-in customers visiting its 40 locations annually. The library has more than 3.4 million items and 2,000 computers for public use and offers hundreds of events and programs to meet the needs of Broward County's diverse community. The library continues its strong emphasis on literacy, after-school programs and electronic access. In addition to our comprehensive Web site,, which provides information about library activities, links to online catalogs, reference information and databases, customers can visit BCL WoW – Broward County Library Without Walls – for free eBooks, music, audiobooks, apps and more. Customers may also follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter. Libraries Division also administers the services, programs, collections and exhibits of the Historical Commission

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