Florida has an amazing literary history dating back over two centuries, and Gainesville is a leading center of literary culture where over two hundred writers, novelists, playwrights, and poets call home.
From naturalist William Bartram’s book Travels, penned in the 1770s, to bestselling authors of today, writers have succumbed to the charm of our area. The Sunshine State Book Festival will further an appreciation of reading and provide the opportunity for readers to meet and interact with authors.
A Sample of Noted Authors Who Resided In Gainesville:
Literature/Novels: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings†, Harry Crews†, Zora Neale Hurston, Padgett Powell, Lauren Groff, Joe Haldeman, Jill Ciment, Lawrence Dorr, Charlotte Porter, James Haskins, Rick Yancy
History/Memoir: Michael Gannon†, Sudie Cauthen, Bob Mason, Kevin McCarthy, James Haskins†, Rick Kilby, David Coburn, Gary Mormino, Chris Monaco, John Pickard, Sidney Lanier†, George Barbour†, Daniel Schafer, Barbara Purdy, Jerry Milanich, Gary Libby, David Leavitt, Steve Noll
Naturalists/Environment: William Bartram†, John Muir†, Archie Carr†, Bob Knight, Bill Belleville, Lars Andersen, Cynthia Barnett, Jack Davis, Steve Noll, David Tedeger, Stetson Kennedy†, Margaret Tolbert, Murray Laurie, Gary Monroe, Kiki Carter
Poetry: Lola Haskins, Jimmy Schmidt, Robert Frost†, Angie Mlinko
Festival attendees were invited to attend six presentations and panel discussions by well-known authors and subject matter experts.
The Sunshine State Book Festival is funded in part by Visit Gainesville, Alachua County, FL. Additional funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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