Winter Haven, FL, December 18, 2006 --(PR.com
)-- Inspired by the spirit of the season, Jamie Beckett has donated 14 copies of his current novel, Burritos and Gasoline to the Polk County Library Cooperative. The books will be offered to each of the facilities the cooperative supports, including the public libraries in Auburndale, Bartow, Dundee, Eagle Lake, Fort Meade, Haines City, Lake Alfred, Lake Wales, Lakeland, Frostproof, Polk City and Winter Haven.
Beckett, who has made his home in Polk County for nearly 15 years, writes a weekly newspaper column for the News Chief, a daily published in Winter Haven and contributes stories and photographs to nationally distributed magazines. A former flight instructor, Beckett’s magazine work often focuses on aviation related topics. Burritos and Gasoline is his first novel. He is currently working on a second fictional book titled, Sullivan’s Grove.
“My mother was a teacher,” Beckett says, by way of explaining his donation. “Weekend trips to the library were a big part of our family routine. I thought it was about time I put something back after all these years of just being a borrower.”
Beckett also acknowledges a debt to the Winter Haven library, where he worked for several months with another local writer, Joni Fisher, to hone Burritos and Gasoline into its finished form.
“The library can be a tremendous resource for education, information, entertainment and social interaction for residents who are lucky enough to have access to one,” says Beckett. “I’m very proud to have my work included in the collections of these great institutions.”
The Polk County Library Cooperative is based in Bartow, Florida. The service allows the 16 libraries in the county to remain independent entities while still sharing the benefits of a county wide library system.
Burritos and Gasoline (ISBN 978-0-595-40912-9) is available for order through Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and wherever fine books are sold.