News Release

For immediate release - March 4, 2013

Dr. James C. Clark, BookFest @ the Cooper Memorial Library

The Cooper Memorial Library will be hosting two special programs for the 2013 BookFest. On Monday, March 11, 2013 at 2 p.m. Ms. Julie England will present Florida Flavors: 500 Years of Eating Locally, this Florida food heritage program will present information on historical foods from early Floridians including Native Americans and Spaniards through current times. Ms. England will also demonstrate seasonal dishes. Julie is a Family and Consumer Sciences Agent with University of Florida/IFAS Lake County Extension office in Tavares. Julie presents a wide variety of educational programs, with topics including health, nutrition and financial management. She earned Bachelor’s degrees in Food and Resource Economics from the University of Florida and Environmental Studies from Rollins College and a Master’s degree from the University of Florida in Extension Education and Communication.

Author and UCF History Professor, Dr. James C. Clark, will appear on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 2 p.m. Dr. Clark is the author of Presidents in Florida: How the Presidents Have Shaped Florida and How Florida Has Influenced the Presidents; Red Pepper and Gorgeous George and Last Train South: The Flight of the Confederate Government from Richmond. He will speak on U.S. Presidents and how they have played a major role in shaping Florida, whether waging wars, protecting the environment, seeking votes, or just drawing media attention to the state's attractions. Andrew Jackson came to fight Indians when La Florida was still a Spanish colony and then became the first territorial governor. Jim Clark began his journalism career with ABC News in Washington as a copyboy before joining United Press International as a reporter. He worked for the Columbia (S.C.) Record, Tampa Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, Raleigh News & Observer and for the Associated Press in Charlotte and Philadelphia. The program will be moderated by Lake-Sumter State College History Instructor, Brian Rogers.

Cooper Memorial Library is located at 2525 Oakley Seaver Drive, on the Lake-Sumter Community College Campus in Clermont. Please call the library for additional information 352-536-2275.

The complete Lake BookFest is available on All events are free thanks to our sponsors: Lake County Library System, Lake County Economic Development & Tourism; HarperCollins Publishers; Lowe’s; Insight Credit Union; Raintree Books; SECO.



Media contact:
Judy Buckland
Program Coordinator

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