Millard Fillmore Caldwell

When actions of the past clash with the values of today “Mormino, an astute and knowledgeable observer of modern Florida, has produced a provocative and readable biography of one of the state’s important but little-known governors.”—Julian M. Pleasants, author of Home Front: North Carolina during World War II “One of Florida’s most distinguished historians captures the post–World … Continue reading Millard Fillmore Caldwell

The Extraordinary Life of Jane Wood Reno

A fearless writer in the Miami wilderness “What a life. A character with character. Minced no words. A romantic. Drank too much, smoked too much, cursed too much. Listened better than anyone. A heart for the less blessed. A kickass journalist. A ‘Mummy’ and ‘Grandmud’ who cared fiercely for family. This book has most everything … Continue reading The Extraordinary Life of Jane Wood Reno

Quarantine Reads for May 2020

Due to the overwhelming, positive response to our April "Quarantine Reads," University Press of Florida is pleased to offer a new selection of free eBooks for the month of May. This month's collection features biographies and memoirs, highlighting the lives of people—interesting, inspiring, and even infamous—from Florida and beyond. You can enjoy the digital versions … Continue reading Quarantine Reads for May 2020

La Meri and Her Life in Dance

“As a revolutionary performing artist whose interests and achievements were truly groundbreaking, La Meri built a life and career deeply deserving of our attention. Ruyter brings a specialist’s knowledge and sensitivity to a subject that demands closer study.”—Norton Owen, director of preservation, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival “A detailed chronicle of the touring, performing, choreographing, teaching, … Continue reading La Meri and Her Life in Dance

In Celebration of Merce Cunningham’s 100th Birthday

In celebration of Merce Cunningham's 100th Birthday, we're pleased to share this excerpt from Marianne Preger-Simon's Dancing with Merce Cunningham, her memoir of one of the most influential companies in modern American dance and the brilliance of its visionary leader.    ~ ONE STEP LEADS TO ANOTHER In late spring of 1949, I learned that Merce Cunningham was giving … Continue reading In Celebration of Merce Cunningham’s 100th Birthday

Dancing with Merce Cunningham

“In her insightful debut, former dancer Preger-Simon, a close friend and contemporary of the late choreographer Merce Cunningham (1919–2009), gives readers an unparalleled view of a modern dance genius. . . . A sweet treat for dance and theater aficionados, as well as anyone interested in the arts."—Publishers Weekly “Many dancers find that they understand better … Continue reading Dancing with Merce Cunningham

Gamble Rogers

A revered champion of Americana   “It was lovely to be in a radio control room watching Gamble Rogers record music and talk segments. He always sent a smile right through the glass.”—Noah Adams, former cohost, NPR’s All Things Considered   “A work of profound insight, hypnotic storytelling, and poetic style. It is the story of … Continue reading Gamble Rogers

Willy Ley

“Beautifully written. Reveals the vicissitudes of an extraordinarily interesting life.”—Michael J. Neufeld, author of Von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War “Willy Ley has been a mystery among spaceflight historians for many years. His role as science writer, advocate, and popularizer is known to many but understood by few. This book unpacks that story.”—Roger D. … Continue reading Willy Ley

Bad Guys, Bullets, and Boat Chases

“Engaging, humorous, and touching. As we meet this crazy real-life cast, Lee shows us that the true character of those on the frontlines of the fight against wildlife crime is integrity and a commitment to protect animals and landscapes.”—Laurel A. Neme, author of Animal Investigators: How the World’s First Wildlife Forensics Lab is Solving Crimes … Continue reading Bad Guys, Bullets, and Boat Chases