Updates & News: March 2021
An item of interest: I have been studying Ernest Hemingway's work and life for 40 years. I am not a scholar of the writer, rather a passionate reader intrigued by how his life informed his art. He was a man of contradictions and complications. Ken Burns and Lyn Novick have a new special airing April 5, 2021, on PBS that looks to be an exciting and informative view into Hemingway the writer, the man and the legend. I'll be watching! (Please click the link above for more info.)
I'm working on a series of novels about a multi-generational St. Pete family that takes place between 1888-present. I spent spring semester 2019 on a professional leave researching St. Pete history. The map to the right is from late 1882. Notice how what is now downtown St. Petersburg had a fairly unbroken coastline, but that Coffee Pot Bayou and Booker Creek existed and had been named. My characters settle in the late 1880s in Big Bayou/Driftwood. This was Pinellas Village and people came here before founding St. Petersburg as we know it today. #stpetetrilogy
I serve on the Board of Directors of Keep St. Pete Lit, a 501(c)3 devoted to "celebrating and promoting greater St. Petersburg's literary community." Click on the link to learn more about this wonderful organization and its offerings to readers, writers, and students of all ages!