Florida Historical Society 2019

Last week we traveled to Cape Canaveral to attend the 2019 Florida Historical Society annual conference. We brought some of our new and bestselling Florida history books, and we were especially excited to display Gamble Rogers: A Troubadour's Life, by Bruce Horovitz, winner of this year’s Florida Historical Society Charlton Tebeau Award. Thanks to everyone … Continue reading Florida Historical Society 2019

Florida History Books for the Holidays

Struggling to find a gift for everyone on your shopping list? Check out these Florida history books for all of the history enthusiasts in your life! Use code XM18 for discount prices plus $1 per book shipping. Orders over $50 receive a free UPF tote bag while supplies last. Sale ends December 17, 2018. Drawn to the … Continue reading Florida History Books for the Holidays

Florida Historical Society 2018

We brought some of our new and bestselling Florida history books with us to Sarasota last weekend for the Florida Historical Society annual conference. We were especially excited to display John Capouya's new book, Florida Soul: From Ray Charles to KC and the Sunshine Band, winner of the Florida Historical Society's Charlton Tebeau Award this year. … Continue reading Florida Historical Society 2018

The Great Florida Road Trip, Part 1: The Everglades

In Backroads of Paradise: A Journey to Rediscover Old Florida, Cathy Salustri takes readers on a 5,000-mile road trip from the panhandle to the Keys. Salustri retraces historic routes that used to be main roads back in the 1930s, before Florida’s interstates were built. Intrigued? Read the book and follow the author’s latest travels on her … Continue reading The Great Florida Road Trip, Part 1: The Everglades

Weeki Wachee Mermaids

Weeki Wachee Mermaids: Thirty Years of Underwater Photography by Lu Vickers and Bonnie Georgiadis features rare vintage photographs, postcards, and publicity shots from the spring where famous mermaids—in actuality, highly trained swimmers and divers—performed underwater. Today, Burrow Press is featuring this excerpt of Weeki Wachee Mermaids as part of their Fantastic Floridas project. It features portions from Bonnie Georgiadis's essay "What the Mermaid … Continue reading Weeki Wachee Mermaids

Making Modern Florida

“Adkins portrays a major turning point in the development of modern Florida and has done a great job of bringing to life so many of the people who achieved this massive rewrite of our constitution.”—Talbot D’Alemberte, former president of the American Bar Association and author of The Florida State Constitution “Deftly captures the story of … Continue reading Making Modern Florida

Music Everywhere Q&A with Marty Jourard

We talked to Music Everywhere author Marty Jourard about his thoughts on the Gainesville music scene, his musical career and influences, and what inspired him to write his book. What was living in Gainesville in the ’60s and ’70s like for you? It was a musical paradise, more or less. My musical education grew from listening to … Continue reading Music Everywhere Q&A with Marty Jourard

Spotlight on the Highwaymen Painters

“Wind-bent palm trees, sand, surf, billowing clouds and vivid sunsets were the essentials of Florida landscape painting that emerged following World War II. Occasionally moss-draped cypress trees in the still water of a marsh presented a more contemplative view, while a royal Poinciana in full, flaming red bloom or a storm-tossed shore provided dramatic relief. … Continue reading Spotlight on the Highwaymen Painters

Q&A with Gary Monroe, author of E. G. Barnhill

Read below to find an interview with Gary Monroe, author of the new book E. G. Barnhill. This interview gives us a peek into Monroe’s fascination with unsung Florida artists. You’ve written several books about relatively unknown Florida artists and photographers. What is it about these figures that draws you to them? My interest is with … Continue reading Q&A with Gary Monroe, author of E. G. Barnhill