Word of South Festival

Last weekend we brought UPF books to Tallahassee to participate in the first annual Word of South Festival of Literature and Music. Despite a formidable weather forecast, fairgoers braved the rain and browsed our selection of books on Florida history, culture, gardening, photography, art, food, and outdoor adventure.

Thanks to everyone who came by and visited our booth! We had a great time. We hope you enjoy some photos from the weekend.

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Booth5Viviana Díaz Balsera, coeditor of the Florida Book Award-winning La Florida: Five Hundred Years of Hispanic Presence, stopped by to say hello. She participated in a panel discussion with other winners of this year’s Florida Book Awards.

We displayed lots of Florida Book Award winners at our booth. In addition to La Florida, this year’s winners from UPF are Bill Belleville’s The Peace of Blue, Thomas Graham’s Mr. Flagler’s St. Augustine, Amanda Carlson and Robin Poynor’s Africa in Florida, Mac Stone’s Evergladesand Paul Aho’s Surfing Florida. We are so proud to publish all of these fantastic authors!

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We were excited to meet John Kennedy, who was a reporter for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel at the time of Marshall Ledbetter’s 1991 Florida State Capitol break-in. Kennedy was assigned to cover Ledbetter’s eight-hour-standoff with the police, which is the subject of Daniel Harrison’s new book Making Sense of Marshall Ledbetter: The Dark Side of Political Protest. On page 62 of the book, as Ledbetter is finally escorted from the capitol building, one reporter yells, “Marshall, why’d you do it?” That reporter was John Kennedy, who now covers the Capitol for the Palm Beach Post.

 

Check out some more photos from our booth!

 

Did you miss Word of South? Want to order some of these books at the festival discount prices? Click here to see the books we brought and use code WOS15 at checkout. Discounts end May 15!

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2 Comments on “Word of South Festival”

  1. March 8, 2016 at 12:16 am #

    Hi! Your booth last year looks fantastic. I came across pictures as I was doing research on this year’s festival. I’m a brand new author and I have a booth, would you mind if I asked you a few questions as a newby to the festival scene?

    • flpresspr
      March 8, 2016 at 3:19 pm #

      Hi Ben, feel free to email us at marketing (at) upf (dot) com.

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