Why Michener Matters

By Stephen May, author of Michener's South Pacific Like many people I associate certain writers and artists with particular places: Hemingway with Spain, Toulouse-Lautrec with Paris, Dickens with London, Georgia O’Keeffe with New Mexico, and Paul Gauguin with Tahiti, and so on.  If you mention Hawaii and the South Pacific, I might think of flower … Continue reading Why Michener Matters

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Carl Hiaasen Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

PRESS RELEASE: Immediate FROM: Florida Humanities Council Carl Hiaasen Wins Florida Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing Carl Hiaasen, a best-selling author who virtually invented the Florida Noir mystery genre, has won the 2011 Florida Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing. The award will be presented on March 23 in Tallahassee at a special luncheon held at … Continue reading Carl Hiaasen Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Introducing Six Degrees of Separation: An Occasional Feature Wherein We Make an Elaborate Effort to Link Our Books to (Occasionally Obscure) Events, People, or Twitter Trends

[This first of these features doesn’t count because it only takes two degrees to get to one of our books, but here’s an example of how they'll will work.] We are saddened by the recent news of Jane Russell’s death at age 89. Russell was a voluptuous pin-up girl, admired by millions of soldiers during … Continue reading Introducing Six Degrees of Separation: An Occasional Feature Wherein We Make an Elaborate Effort to Link Our Books to (Occasionally Obscure) Events, People, or Twitter Trends

A Sad Chapter of Black History: Lynching in America

*This post contains vivid imagery beftting its topic and may not be suitable for more gentle readers. By W. Jason Miller, author of Langston Hughes and American Lynching Culture We deserve to be heard when we’ve listened first.  Black History Month provides an opportunity to hear about the subject of lynching.  Lynching challenges many listeners’ … Continue reading A Sad Chapter of Black History: Lynching in America