Posted by Karen Bell on Friday, June 7, 2013 at 8:59 AM By Karen Bell / June 7, 2013 Comment
Launch Of Francis Bailey Memoir
My 92 Years On Sanibel, Francis Bailey's long-awaited memoir and homage to the island he loves, will be officially launched at a celebration on:
Tuesday, June 18 from 4 to 6 p.m.
at the old Bailey Homestead on Periwinkle Way
at the intersection of Donax Street.
"Francis worked very hard on this book, and he did it primarily for his children," said Emilie Alfino. "He wanted them to know his story, and Sanibel's story." The book is written "as told to" Emilie Alfino, formerly a reporter for the various Sanibel newspapers and now the manager of the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village. "Francis and I spent a lot of time together over the past two and a half years," Alfino said. "Honestly, every minute of it was a pleasure. I say now what brother Sam often said of their father Frank: Francis is one of the finest men I have ever known."
The format for the June 18 event will be an open house, so people may arrive at any time. Hors d'oeuvres, wine and refreshments will be served. Parking will be available at the homestead, along with golf carts to assist anyone who needs it. Books will be for sale at the event for $17.95 plus tax, and credit cards will be accepted.
Only books purchased that day will be marked "Launch Edition." Bailey will not be signing books. Books will be available beginning the following day, June 19, at the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village Gift Shop, The Sanibel Bookshop, The Book Nook, MacIntosh Books and Gene's Books.
Everyone is invited to come speak with Francis, mingle with members of the Bailey family, and celebrate Francis' 92 years on Sanibel on Tuesday, June 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Old Bailey Homestead. The book will also be available at Bailey's General Store.