Cruise with Captiva Cruises on Thanksgiving Day for turkey and all the trimmings on Cabbage Key. The historic open air restaurant sits on top of a shell mound offering a panoramic view of the Pine Island Sound….and a special Thanksgiving Day menu!
NAHB forecast: Housing to pick up steam in 2016
WASHINGTON – Oct. 26, 2015 – Steady employment and economic growth, pent-up demand, affordable home prices and attractive mortgage rates will keep the housing market on a gradual upward trend in 2016, according to speakers at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Fall Construction Forecast Webinar.
“This recovery is all about jobs,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “If people can get good jobs that pay decent incomes, the housing market will continue to move forward.” The good news, Crowe added, is that total U.S. employment of 142 million is now well above the previous peak of 138 million that occurred in 2008.
Meanwhile, home equity has nearly doubled since 2011 and now stands at $12.5 trillion.
“The single biggest asset in most people’s portfolio is the home they own,” said Crowe. “That’s important because the primary purchasers of new homes are the sellers of existing homes. The more equity they have, the more comfortable they feel about purchasing a new home.”
2015- 2016 Sanibel Public LibraryAuthor Series
Heather Graham Wednesday, December 9
New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Heather Graham majored in theater arts at the University of South Florida. Her first book, When Next We Love, was published in 1982 and since then she has written more than 100 novels and novellas including romantic suspense, historical romance, vampire fiction, time travel, occult, and Christmas holiday fare. Graham has been published in approximately 20 languages, and was honored with awards from Waldenbooks, B. Dalton, Georgia Romance Writers, Affaire de Cœur, Romantic Times, and more. She has had books selected for the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild, has been in The Nation, Redbook, People, and USA Today.
Frances Mayes Tuesday & Wednesday, February 23 & 24 Mayes has created several hugely popular memoirs, her most recent memoir being Under Magnolia. The bestseller Under the Tuscan Sun remained on The New York Times bestseller list for two and a half years. Bella Tuscany and Every Day in Tuscany were also international bestsellers. She has published two photo- texts, In Tuscany and Bringing Tuscany Home: Sensuous Style from the Heart of Italy. Much of her work is about taking chances, living in Italy, loving and renovating an old Italian villa, and the pleasures of food. The film Under the Tuscan Sun, starring Diane Lane, was released in the fall of 2003. Mayes is also the author of A Year in the World: Journeys of A Passionate Traveller, The Tuscan Sun Cookbook: Recipes from My Italian Kitchen, and Shrines: Images of Italian Worship. Mayes has written numerous books of poetry, including Sunday in Another Country, After Such Pleasures, Hours, and The Book of Summer.
Alice Sebold Wednesday, January 27 Bestselling memoirist and novelist, Alice Sebold is the author of Lucky, The Lovely Bones and The Almost Moon. The Lovely Bones was an international bestseller, with translations in more than 45 languages and U.S. sales of more than five million copies. Three months after the publication of The Lovely Bones, her 1999 memoir Lucky, an account of Sebold’s rape at the age of 18 and the trial that followed, also rose to number one on The New York Times bestseller list. The Almost Moon was published in 2007 and became another #1 bestseller. In The Almost Moon Sebold plunges into taboo territories of matricide and mental illness. In 2009, a movie version of The Lovely Bones was adapted, written and directed by Peter Jackson, the Academy Award-winning director of The Lord of the Rings films.
Lawrence Block Tuesday, April 12 Lawrence Block has been writing crime, mystery, and suspense fiction for more than half a century. Block is the recipient of a Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America and is an internationally renowned bestselling author. His prolific career spans over one hundred books, including four bestselling series as well as dozens of short stories, articles, and books on writing. His A Walk Among the Tombstones was made into a 2014 film starring Liam Neeson. He has won many awards including: four Edgars, four Shamus Awards, two Falcon Awards from the Maltese Falcon Society of Japan, the Nero and Philip Marlowe Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America, and the Cartier Diamond Dagger from the Crime Writers Association of the United Kingdom.