Dr. James C. Clark, popular guest author and historian returns to the BookFest for 3 appearances beginning Wednesday, March 12 at 10 a.m. in the Lady Lake Public Library. His latest book, The Pineapple Anthology of Florida Writers 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.
Thursday, March 13 at 2 p.m. Dr. Clark will speak on Florida Writers: Moon Rockets and Tropical Rain in the Cooper Memorial Library. From Audubon in 1834 to Dave Barry in 1990, these writers reveal Florida’s natural beauty and her residents’ human foibles. In poetry, John Greenleaf Whittier exposes our shameful slave-holding past, and Elizabeth Bishop extols our turtles and sandbars and tropical rain. Jules Verne shoots a moon rocket off from Tampa, and Hunter Thompson delivers up his own gonzo brand of journalism in a story of marine salvage in the Keys. Hemingway rants about the government’s laxity in the face of tragedy, while Harriet Beecher Stowe offers some advice on the time-honored practice of buying land in the Sunshine State. Florida has left its stamp on all of these authors.
Saturday, March 15 at 10 a.m. in the Astor County Library Dr. Clark will cover subject from three of his books, Florida History: Presidents, Politics and Writers. Jim Clark is the author of six books and has written for The Washington Post, Washington Star, Washington Monthly, The Nation, and Miami Herald. He is on the history faculty at the University of Central Florida. His books cover Florida history, including 200 quick looks at Florida's 10,000 years of history, from the arrival of the first natives to the present. Dr. Clark will discuss U.S. Presidents and their roles in shaping Florida, whether waging wars, protecting the environment, seeking votes, or just drawing media attention to the state's attractions from his book Presidents in Florida: How the Presidents Have Shaped Florida and How Florida Has Influenced the Presidents. He will also discuss his latest work, The Pineapple Anthology of Florida Writers.