Remembering Florida Springs

Dive into the colorful past of Florida’s natural wonders! "Hollis plunges readers into the nostalgic waters of Florida’s most famous springs. Lavishly illustrated with rare photos and flyers, this beautiful book celebrates the classic years of twentieth-century Florida tourism."--Brian R. Rucker, author of Treasures of the Panhandle: A Journey through West Florida "A collection of … Continue reading Remembering Florida Springs

Backroads of Paradise

"A handy road companion for any tourist, newcomer, or longtime Floridian who wants to get off the beaten path and travel back in time."--Bobby Braddock, Country Music Hall of Fame songwriter "In staccato bursts of frenzy and passion, Salustri has written a modern love story affirming her tangled relationship with the Sunshine State. Retracing the … Continue reading Backroads of Paradise

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

Florida Landscapes by UPF Staff

This month at the University Press of Florida, we decided to reconnect with our artistic sides and the beautiful state we call home. Inspired by the “otherworldly” colors of Florida sunsets and landscapes in our new book E. G. Barnhill, staff members here at the press tried their hands—and brushes—at some watercolor fun. Our painting session included … Continue reading Florida Landscapes by UPF Staff

Brothels, Gallows, and Lies: Frontier Alibis

The University Press of Florida is pleased to announce the publication of Mythic Frontiers: Remembering, Forgetting, and Profiting with Cultural Heritage Tourism by Daniel R. Maher. Exploring Wild West tourist sites in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Mythic Frontiers shows how aggrandized versions of the past, especially those of the “American frontier,” have been used to turn a profit. It reveals that popular … Continue reading Brothels, Gallows, and Lies: Frontier Alibis

Word of South Festival 2016

The UPF marketing team traveled to Tallahassee last weekend to display our books at the 2016 Word of South Festival of Literature and Music! This year marks Word of South's second annual festival following its inaugural event in 2015. We had a great time meeting book and music enthusiasts from Tallahassee and across the state, and showcasing and … Continue reading Word of South Festival 2016

Exploring Key West and the Dry Tortugas

Written by Shanna Merceron   Picking up a copy of Robert Silk’s An Ecotourist's Guide to the Everglades and the Florida Keys was like hopping into my dad’s old Tahoe and cruising down the Florida coast. Ever since my father was old enough, he was taking trips from the cold Jersey shore to the warm … Continue reading Exploring Key West and the Dry Tortugas

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

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

Walking St. Augustine

Walking St. Augustine: An Illustrated Guide and Pocket History to America's Oldest City By Elsbeth "Buff" Gordon Established in 1565, more than fifty years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, St. Augustine radiates Old World charm like nowhere else in the United States. Vibrant history lurks around every corner, and the best way to … Continue reading Walking St. Augustine