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

E. G. Barnhill

“These dramatic hand-painted photographs capture old Florida with color and light.”—Lu Vickers, coauthor of Remembering Paradise Park “A visual feast. Like the Highwaymen, Barnhill created his own version of the landscape, based on the real environment yet in a fantastic otherworldly palette.”—Rick Kilby, author of Finding the Fountain of Youth: Ponce de León and Florida's Magical … Continue reading E. G. Barnhill

Q & A With Robert S. Voss, Editor of A Pioneer Son at Sea

Filled with colorful personalities and fascinating fishing stories, A Pioneer Son at Sea: Fishing Tales of Old Florida recounts the early fishing days of celebrated marine biologist Gilbert Voss as he travels up and down both coasts of Florida throughout the Great Depression and World War II. The book is edited by Voss's son Robert, who is … Continue reading Q & A With Robert S. Voss, Editor of A Pioneer Son at Sea

George Merrick, Son of the South Wind

“The reader is left breathless by the whirlwind achievements of master suburban planner and visionary George Merrick, so excellently written and documented. George Merrick, Son of the South Wind takes us on Merrick’s journey through pastoral grapefruit groves to a meticulous and innovative Coral Gables and its melancholy conclusion.”—Howard Kleinberg, former editor of the Miami … Continue reading George Merrick, Son of the South Wind

Hotel Ponce de Leon

“Presents new information about the creation and construction of the Hotel Ponce de Leon, its eighty years as a luxury resort hotel, and its transformation into the centerpiece of Flagler College. Keys does an excellent job of capturing the historical, cultural, and even political themes that were part of the hotel’s development and its adaptation … Continue reading Hotel Ponce de Leon

Intern Guest Post: Daring Dreamers

by Jordan Steckler, Marketing Intern Become acquainted with just a few of Florida’s female daring dreamers, all featured among dozens of other women in They Dared to Dream by Doris Weatherford with the Florida Commission on the Status of Women Foundation, Inc. In celebration of Women's Equality Day, we're running a discount on They Dared to … Continue reading Intern Guest Post: Daring Dreamers

Celebrate St. Augustine’s 450th Birthday with Great Reads and Events

St. Augustine will celebrate its 450th birthday over Labor Day weekend with fireworks, street parties, live entertainment, re-enactments and commemorative ceremonies. To add to these festivities, University Press of Florida recommends reading three books highlighting the unique and historical features of America’s Oldest City:  Hotel Ponce de Leon, Walking St. Augustine, and Mr. Flagler’s St. … Continue reading Celebrate St. Augustine’s 450th Birthday with Great Reads and Events