In 2014 the Lake BookFest will include special appearances by two well-known authors and historians. Dr. James C. Clark will introduce his latest book, the Pineapple Anthology of Florida Writers. This is the first in a series of writings about Florida, fiction and nonfiction, by legendary writers who have come to Florida—some to live, others to escape the winters, and some just passing through. Ernest Hemingway railed against a government he believed was responsible for the World War I veterans who died in the 1935 hurricane while they labored to build a railroad to the Keys. Audubon wasn't just the most famous painter of birds; he also wrote stories during his travels. Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of The Yearling, wrote about what she knew best: the Crackers she met and befriended during the years she lived at Cross Creek. Dr. Clark is on the history faculty at the University of Central Florida and is the author of six books. Jim Clark began his journalism career with ABC News in Washington as a copyboy before joining United Press International as a reporter.
He will be appearing on Wednesday, March 12 at 10 a.m. in the Lady Lake Public Library and Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Cooper Memorial Library. Saturday at 10 a.m. Dr. Clark will discuss Florida History: Presidents, Politics and Writers in the Astor County Library. This presentation draws from his books on Florida history, including 200 quick looks at Florida's 10,000 years of history, and U.S. Presidents and their roles in shaping Florida.
Bob Grenier is a former Vice Mayor and Councilman for the City of Tavares. He is an author, preservationist, public speaker, living historian, and Past President of the Lake County Historical Society and the Tavares Historical Society. He will be discussing his latest book Central Florida’s Civil War Veterans on Wednesday, March 12 at 6 p.m. in the Paisley County Library and again on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the City of Tavares Public Library.
This book serves as a memorial and tribute to those courageous veterans and their families who endured through this tumultuous time in American history. In the eloquent words of Captain John Jackson Dickison, “Florida may be justly proud of her gallant sons; wherever her standard has been borne, they have covered it with glory, and, with their heart’s blood, secured for her an honorable position among her sister States.” The audience will view vintage photographs compiled from historical societies and private collections throughout Central Florida.
The BookFest continues March 10th through the 15th with a variety of free programs.