The Florida Heritage Book Festival has a special treat for book lovers in January, 2015, when New York Times bestselling author Pat Conroy headlines an evening of author
presentations at the Flagler College Lewis Auditorium. This unique fundraising event features two South Carolina authors, Conroy and Bernie
Schein, and two Florida authors, Janis Owens and Mark Powell, who will be discussing their work and the state of Southern literature.
Along with writing such popular bestsellers as The Prince of Tides, The Great Santini, and Beach Music, Conroy is the editor-at-large for Story River Books, an original fiction imprint of the University of South Carolina Press.
Janis Owens is a novelist, memoirist, folklorist, and the award-winning author of the acclaimed novels, My Brother Michael, Myra Sims, The Schooling of Claybird Catts, and her latest, American Ghost.
Mark Powell is the author of The Sheltering from Story River Books as well as three previous novels. He’s an associate professor of English at Stetson University.
Retired educator Bernie Schein is the author of Famous All Over Town, published by Story River Books. He’s also the author of the nonfiction work, If Holden Caulfield Were in My Classroom: Inspiring Love, Creativity, and Intelligence in Middle School Kids.
Mark your calendars for Thursday, January 8, at 7:00 p.m. to meet and hear these outstanding authors. Be sure to purchase discounted tickets at the Florida Heritage Book Festival on September 27, where advance tickets will be sold for only $15. The price increases to $20 after the Festival, and may be purchased online. The price at the door will be $25.
This year, our honoree is the author of over thirty books, twenty-eight of which were New York Times bestsellers, two became films, six TV movies, and two television series. Selling nearly 10 million copies, he created the medical thriller genre, starting with the novel Coma. Of course, we are referring to Robin Cook. Dr. Cook graduated from Columbia University Medical School and finished his postgraduate medical training at Harvard. Currently he lives and works in Florida. His most recent novel, Cell, deals with medical ethics and the intersection of business and medicine. His main character, George Wilson, M.D., a radiology resident in Los Angeles, wakes one morning to find his fiancée dead. What he finds in his search for her killer is that medicine is on the brink of an enormous paradigm shift, foreshadowing a vastly different role for doctors everywhere.
Previous literary legend honorees include Stetson Kennedy, Jack Hunter, Carl Hiaasen, Randy Wayne White, Edna Buchanan, John Jakes.
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From time to time, we’ve recognized a Florida author who is no longer with us, but who had a major impact on the literary world. We did this in 2012, honoring Ernest Hemingway with a posthumous Literary Legend Award, which was accepted by his niece. This year, we are excited to announce that in addition to recognizing Literary Legend Robin Cook, a posthumous award will be presented to one of the masters of the modern crime novel. He’s a man who could raise the reader’s pulse with his taut, moral tales of good and evil found in his popular Travis McGee series, but he was also one of the first writers of fiction to champion Florida’s environmental challenges. Of course, we're referring to John D. MacDonald, one of the great storytellers of our age.
To help celebrate the life and work of this American master, we’ve arranged for a special exhibit from the University of Florida’s John D. MacDonald Collection to be on display here at the Flagler College Library from the week prior to the Festival.