October Review Roundup: Authoberfest

As fall rolls along, our authors continue to impress with their stunning books. Over 100 news stories and magazine articles talked about our books with great excitement. With all of these reviews and tons of author events, October turned into something of an Authoberfest. We celebrate just some highlights below.
 
 
“From intimate wildlife close-ups to sweeping aerial views, the gorgeous photo book treats readers to a swoon-worthy experience,” said Mother Nature Network of Mac Stone’s Everglades: America’s Wetland.

Stone celebrated the release of his book all around Florida, including at Gainesville’s Thomas Center, where he delivered a stunning presentation about the Everglades, capturing his book’s cover image, and celebrating the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. The book, as the Gainesville Sun notes, “place[s] readers inside the River of Grass”—exactly the goal Stone hopes to accomplish, as he believes that “though the Everglades lives in Florida, it belongs to everyone. It is America’s wetland.”

 
 

The Sanford Herald highlighted Bill Belleville’s The Peace of Blue: Water Journeys, stressing that “the collection of story-driven essays from Florida and the Antilles takes readers on a literary journey above, under and near fresh and marine waters while also explaining how essential these resources have been to our region of the earth over time.”

EU Jacksonville praised Belleville’s “remarkable ability to describe the natural history, anthropogenic influences, and the ecological connections of Florida’s wild places.” They noted that “Belleville is able to transport every reader into the peace that surrounds us in our water. Belleville also helps us understand the threats to these natural systems from Florida’s unbridled sprawl.”
 
 
 
 
Reviewers couldn’t resist our new cookbooks either. One called Ana Quincoces and Nicole Valls’s The Versailles Restaurant Cookbook a “must-have in the kitchen of any self-respecting Cuban cook.”

Good Catch: Recipes and Stories Celebrating the Best of Florida’s Waters reeled in extra attention as Pam Brandon, Katie Farmand, and Heather McPherson launched their book at Orlando’s East End Market. Garden & Gun praised the cookbook for “plung[ing] deep into Florida culinary traditions” while Edible Palm Beach highlighted the book’s success in “showcase[ing] the bounty of the watery Sunshine State” and the Palm Beach Post commended its treatment of “the devoted souls who harvest and cook [that bounty].”

“It’s simply a gorgeous book from cover to cover,” said the NWF Daily News.

The Tampa Bay Times interviewed the book’s three authors, and we also had the opportunity for a Q&A about the book, too.
 
Mark DeNote also received attention for The Great Florida Craft Beer Guide. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel spoke with him about the craft beer movement in Florida and around the world. DeNote talked about how he became a beer geek and shared some of his favorite Florida brews.

 
 
 
Lee Wilson talked about her memoir, Rebel on Pointe: A Memoir of Ballet and Broadway, with the Huffington Post and shared some behind-the-scenes details about working with famous dance legends, dancing on Broadway, and the experience of writing about her life in dance. Wilson also spoke with Book Coach Jennie Nash about her “powerful story.”

Weho: The Official Guide to West Hollywood called Rebel on Pointe “a fascinating personal account of a world that most people will never experience,” while the Edmond Sun noted that the book “takes readers on an immersive journey through dance history in the mid-to-late 20th century.”
 
 
 
Of Gary Monroe’s Mary Ann Carroll: First Lady of the Highwaymen, the Orlando Sentinel noted that “Carroll’s story is fascinating, but art lovers will appreciate the more than 100 prints of Carroll’s vibrant paintings in the book.”

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel also talked about Mary Ann Carroll succeeding as the only female Highwayman and revealed a bit of background to her “vibrant story.”

In an interview with Ft. Myers Magazine, Monroe talked about the book and about the legendary Highwaymen art. Florida Today also highlighted the impressive work by the Highwaymen.

 
 

David A. Dorsey’s Fourth Down in Dunbar impressed Bulletin, which recognized that “fourth down is a metaphor for life in the undeserved, primarily black community of Fort Myers, Florida.”

They praised “Dorsey’s harrowing narrative tale of two brothers, Earnest and Brandon Graham,” noting how the story “unfolds with a strong Dickensian motif.” They stressed that the book “offers a sociological study of the type of urban crisis growing rapidly in this country.”

Florida Weekly also praised Dorsey’s work, calling it a “200-page chunk of the American Dream.”

 
 
In the Orlando Sentinel, Good Catch author Heather McPherson called Dale Slongwhite’s Fed Up: The High Costs of Cheap Food “a must read for those interested in all aspects of the big picture of big farming.”

She goes on to say that “the collection of oral histories is haunting but must not be silenced.”

 
 
 
 
Many of our history books also received deserved recognition:

“Understanding the complex phenomenon of the Cuban Revolution that began in 1959 is no easy task,” said Luis Martínez-Fernández in a recent guest blog post.

NBC Miami commended his attempt in his book, Revolutionary Cuba: A History“One of the first books in nearly three decades that dares to explore the Cuban Revolution from its origins through Raul Castro’s government…[Revolutionary Cuba] takes readers through more than 60 years of historical twists and turns.”
 
 
 
 

William B. Lees and Frederick P. Gaske’s recently released book, Recalling Deeds Immortal: Florida Monuments to the Civil War, was recognized in Civil War Book and Authors as “a comprehensive social history of the memorialization of [Florida soldiers] from Reconstruction to the present, tracing the efforts of various organizations to control the messages conveyed by these bronze and stone markers.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
“Armed with physical evidence and the methodologies of their field, the archaeologists test and expand upon the work of historians” in From These Honored Dead: Historical Archaeology of the American Civil War (edited by Clarence R. Geier, Douglas D. Scott, and Lawrence E. Babits) noted the Missouri Historical Review.

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