Literary Legends Reception

Friday, February 21, 2020 – 6 – 9 p.m.

The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village

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$70.00 for individuals in advance ($75.00 at the door)
$65.00 for 2 or more tickets purchased at same time
$480.00 for Table of 8 persons purchased at same time

Craig Pittman – 2020 Literary Legend Recipient

CRAIG PITTMAN is a Florida native and an award-winning journalist at the Tampa Bay Times. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Oh, Florida!: How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country as well as three other books. His newspaper work has won the Waldo Proffitt Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism in Florida four times. Twice he has won the top investigative reporting award from the Society of Environmental Journalists, a national organization. He has twice won the top reporting award, the Charlie, from the Florida Magazine Assocation for freelance stories for Sarasota magazine. His book Oh, Florida! won the gold medal for Florida non-fiction from the Florida Book Awards. His fifth book, Cat Tale: The Wild, Weird Battle to Save the Florida Panther comes out in January. He lives in St. Petersburg with his wife and two children.

St. Augustine Record article on his award.

BOOK LIST (all non-fiction):
Paving Paradise: Florida’s Vanishing Wetlands and the Failure of No Net Loss (co-written with Matthew Waite): University Press of Florida 2009
Manatee Insanity: Inside the War Over Florida’s Most Famous Endangered Species: University Press of Florida, 2010
The Scent of Scandal: Greed, Betrayal, and the World’s Most Beautiful Orchid, University Press of Florida, 2012
Oh, Florida! How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country: St. Martin’s Press, 2016
Cat Tale: The Wild, Weird Battle to Save the Florida Panther: Hanover Square Press, 2020

SHORT FICTION:
“How to Handle a Shovel” published in Florida Happens: Tales of Mystery, Mayhem and Suspense from the Sunshine State, ed. by Greg Herren, 2018
“Off to the Races,” published in Saw Palm: Florida Literature & Art, Volume 13, Spring 2019
The Toll,” published by Creative Pinellas magazine, 2019

Past Literary Legends

2018: Tim Dorsey

2017: Steve Berry

2014: Dr. Robin Cook

2013: John Jakes

2012: Edna Buchanan

2011: Randy Wayne White, Peter Matthiessen

2010: Carl Hiaasen

2009: Michael Gannon, Michael Connelly, Harry Crews

2008: Stetson Kennedy, Jack Hunter, Patrick Smith

Posthumous Legends Awards

2016: E. L. Konigsburg

2014: John D. MacDonald

2012: Ernest Hemingway

2011: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Zora Neale Hurston