Florida Writers: Moon Rockets and Tropical Rain
2525 Oakley Seaver Drive, Clermont
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Guest author Jim Clark was born in Washington, D.C. He began his journalism career with ABC News in Washington as a copy boy before joining United Press International as a reporter. His latest book, is Pineapple Anthology of Florida Writers.
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.
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