Word of South Festival 2017

We recently traveled to Tallahassee, Florida to attend the annual Word of South Festival! We had a great time exhibiting our wide range of books in literature, history, art, gardening, outdoor activities, cooking, and much more at the weekend-long fair. Some of our authors who have won Florida Book Awards were featured speakers at the festival, including Gary Monroe, author of E. G. … Continue reading Word of South Festival 2017

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

September Review Roundup

Read highlights from some of the best reviews we received in August! Our new photography book, Embracing Cuba by Byron Motley, received plenty of praise this month. Booklist not only gave the book a star rating, but also gave the review "Review of the Day" on September 21 and awarded it "Best Travel Book of the Year." Booklist said that "anyone who … Continue reading September Review Roundup

Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance 2015

We had a fantastic time last week at the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance 2015 Discovery Show. SIBA celebrated its 40th birthday this year with lots of author signings, informative panels, photo booth fun, and special events. Our tables in the exhibit hall were piled high with new University Press of Florida books, and we loved spending … Continue reading Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance 2015

Discovering a Forgotten Florida Park

The Segregated Story of the State’s Most Famous Spring Written by Lu Vickers, coauthor (with Cynthia Wilson-Graham) of Remembering Paradise Park: Tourism and Segregation at Silver Springs After writing several books on vintage Florida tourist attractions, I considered writing one on the grandmother of them all—Silver Springs. But Paradise Park, the segregated attraction Silver Springs’ owners … Continue reading Discovering a Forgotten Florida Park

Miami Book Fair International 2014

In late November, UPF's deputy director Dennis Lloyd and marketing manager Romi Gutierrez traveled down to Miami to staff our booth at the annual Miami Book Fair International, bringing along more than a ton of books! Through non-stop rain on Friday, ferocious wind on Saturday, and formidable heat and humidity on Sunday, they braved the elements to chat with fairgoers and … Continue reading Miami Book Fair International 2014

Congratulations to the 2012 Florida Book Awards Winners!

Every year, the Florida Book Awards honor the best work written by Florida authors and about Florida culture. "As The Florida Book Awards continue to grow in stature and prominence, the competition for the prizes becomes more and more intense. We are absolutely thrilled that four University Press of Florida titles have been recognized this … Continue reading Congratulations to the 2012 Florida Book Awards Winners!

From America’s Tropical Wonderland to Legoland

According to a report in today's Orlando Sentinel, the site Cypress Gardens, the original Florida theme park will soon become the latest Legoland theme park, set to open in the fall of 2011. Meanwhile, we here at The Florida Current are planning for the much-anticipated arrival of Lu Vickers's beautiful, kitchy new history of the … Continue reading From America’s Tropical Wonderland to Legoland