Nonfiction: 2015

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    Mary Atwood

    Author of Historic Homes of Florida’s First Coast and a fine art photographer, Mary Atwood is a long time resident of the First Coast area whose deep appreciation of its natural beauty, rich history and diverse culture is often reflected in her work. Her fine art photography is included in numerous public, private and corporate collections in the United States and France. She was the recipient of the prestigious Art Ventures grant in 2011, has done commissioned work for MOCA Jacksonville, and was invited by the Sister Cities organization of Nantes, France to exhibit her First Coast Reflections project as part of the inaugural celebration for la Maison des Etates-Unis (the American House) during the summer of 2013. Her photographs have been exhibited in galleries, museums and public art venues, with a total of sixteen solo shows in the last two years alone. To date, her works have won more than fifty awards in local, regional and national juried exhibitions.

    Mary Atwood will present during the Book Festival.

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    Pam Brandon

    Pam Brandon is managing editor of Edible Orlando magazine and a food columnist for and the Palm Beach Post. She has written twelve cookbooks, including Field to Feast: Recipes Celebrating Florida Farmers, Chefs, and Artisans and the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Cookbook. Her favorite Florida seafood, hands down, is wild-caught, crispy fried shrimp with a splash of lemon.  Her latest book is Good Catch: Recipes and Stories Celebrating the Best of Florida’s Waters.

    Pam Brandon will present during the Book Festival.

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    Jim Clark

    Jim Clark is a lecturer in the history department at the University of Central Florida. He earned his doctorate in Florida history at the University Florida and began teaching at UCF in 1987. He is the author 12 books, mostly dealing with aspects of Florida history. This is his second appearance at the Florida Heritage Book Festival.

    Jim Clark will present during the Book Festival.

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    Richard C. Crepeau

    Richard C. Crepeau, author of NFL Football: A History of America’s New National Pastime, is a Professor of History at the University of Central Florida. He has been working in the area of Sport History for over forty years and has published numerous articles on the history of baseball, intercollegiate athletics, and sport literature. He is author of Baseball: America’s Diamond Mind, 1919-1941 and has been writing “On Sport and Society” an on-line column for the Sport Literature Association for the past twenty-two years in which he comments on the role of sport in American life.  He teaches a two-semester course in the “History of American Sport” and a course for the Honor’s College at UCF titled “Baseball and American Culture.” He is a past-president of the North American Society for Sport History and has served on the editorial boards of several academic publications focusing on Sport.

    Richard Crepeau will present during the Book Festival.

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    Katie Farmand

    Katie Farmand is a food stylist, writer, and recipe developer based in Orlando, Florida. She is the editor of edible Orlando magazine. She is the co-author of two cookbooks—Field to Feast: Recipes Celebrating Florida Farmers, Chefs & Artisans, and Good Catch: Recipes and Stories Celebrating the Best of Florida’s Waters.
    Katie is a regular food stylist for clients such as Walt Disney World, Publix, Darden, Dixie and Wholesome Tummies. Her food and feature writing has appeared in Family Circle, Cottage Living, Victoria, TeaTime, and Orlando Home & Leisure.  She grew up deep-sea fishing with her grandparents and, to this day, a sandwich made with fried freshly caught grouper is her definition of perfection.

    Katie Farmand will present during the Book Festival.

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    Michael Francis

    Dr. J. Michael Francis’s first book, Invading Colombia, was published in 2008. His next book, Murder and Martyrdom in Spanish Florida: Don Juan and the Guale Uprising of 1597, was published in 2011. In 2015, Dr. Francis published St. Augustine: America’s First City and he is currently completing his next book, entitled The Martyrs of Florida.

    Dr. Michael Francis has received more than two dozen national and international awards, including a four-year appointment as Research Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and the Jay I. Kislak Fellow at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. In 2011, US Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, appointed Dr. Francis to serve on the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration Commission. In 2013, Dr. Francis curated the traveling exhibit, Imagining La Florida: Juan Ponce de León and the Quest for the Fountain of Youth.

    Michael Francis will present during the Book Festival.

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    Tom Graham

    Dr. Graham is Professor of History, Emeritus in the Humanities Department and continues to teach part-time.  Dr. Graham’s research interest is in Nineteenth Century United States History. He is the author of Mr. Flagler’s St. Augustine (University Press of Florida 2014), Flagler’s St. Augustine Hotels (Pineapple Press, 2004), The Awakening of St. Augustine (St. Augustine Historical Society, 1978), and Hotel Ponce De Leon, The Architecture and Decoration, 2013 (Flagler College 2013).  He is a past president and honorary life member of the St. Augustine Historical Society and has served on the Board of Directors of the Florida Historical Society.  Born in Miami in 1943, his family tree reaches back through the Sanchez and Alvarez families to the early 1600s in St. Augustine.

    Tom Graham will discuss St. Augustine history during the Book Festival.

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    Kate Dupes Hawk

    Kate Dupes Hawk is co-author of Florida and the Mariel Boatlift of 1980: The First Twenty Days.  Kate Dupes Hawk has been a Nursing Home Administrator, Owner, Operator Manager and Surveyor for over 40 years. She has always had a passion for history and, in addition to developing and establishing the Museum of Medical History, the Hospital Militar, in St. Augustine, she has developed and opened three museums for the Florida National Guard Foundation, having received the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service for her work on the Museum of World War II, at Camp Blanding Florida. Ms. Hawk has published articles on medical history as well as the Mariel Boatlift.

    Kate Dupes Hawk will present during the Book Festival.

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    Jeff Herman

    Jeff Herman opened his literary agency in the mid-1980s while in his mid-20s. He has made nearly one-thousand book deals, including many bestsellers. His own books include Jeff Herman’s Guide to Publisher’s, Editors & Literary Agents (more than 500,000 copies sold), and Write the Perfect Book Proposal (coauthored with Deborah Herman). He has presented hundreds of workshops about writing and publishing, and has been interviewed for dozens of publications and programs.

    Jeff Herman will present during the Writers Conference.

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    Chris Kastle

    Chris Kastle is an internationally touring performer, her original songs and stories have been described as “exquisite” and possessing “powerful imagery.” In 2015, she received the Annette J. Bruce Lifetime Achievement Award from the Florida Storytelling Association and has also released three CDs of music and spoken word.

    She is the author of From the Icy Fingers of the Deep a book of short, scary, sea stories and author/illustrator of Dolly the Decorator Crab a book, in verse, for children about overcoming disabilities. Her writings reflect her varied experience from crewing on tall ships to being a teaching artist for people of all ages and abilities.

    Kastle will be performing and presenting stories from her book followed by a short discussion at the Book Festival.

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    Harrison Scott Key

    Harrison Scott Key is the author of WORLD’S LARGEST MAN: A MEMOIR (HarperCollins) and a contributing editor for the Oxford American magazine. His humor and nonfiction have appeared in the New York Times, Outside, The Best American Travel Writing, Image, Creative Nonfiction, Reader’s Digest, Salon, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and others. He teaches writing at SCAD in Savannah, Georgia, where he lives with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter (@HarrisonKey) or at his website.

    Harrison Scott Key will present during the Writers Conference.

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    Leslee Keys

    Leslee Keys is the author of several publications, including co-author of Hotel Ponce de Leon: The Architecture & Decoration (Flagler College, 2013) and the Hotel Ponce de Leon: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of Flagler’s Gilded Age Palace (University Press of Florida, 2015). She is Immediate Past-President of the Chamber of Commerce’s Historic St. Augustine Area Council, serves on the Board of Trustees of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, is the College’s representative to the St. Augustine Sister Cities Board and the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration, and served as the Faculty Senate representative on the St. Augustine Town & Gown Task Force.

    Leslee Keys will present during the Book Festival.

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    Heather McPherson

    Heather McPherson is the food editor and restaurant critic for the Orlando Sentinel and She is a past president of the Association of Food Journalists and is author of two cookbooks, coauthor of five cookbooks, and editor of three others. Her latest work is Good Catch: Recipes and Stories Celebrating the Best of Florida’s Waters with Pam Brandon and Katie Farmand. She loves all Florida seafood, but grouper with a lemony caper-dill sauce is her favorite.

    Heather McPherson will present on her book at the Book Festival.

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    Ben Montgomery

    Ben Montgomery is an enterprise reporter for the Tampa Bay Times, founder of the narrative journalism website and author of the New York Times bestselling GRANDMA GATEWOOD’S WALK: THE INSPIRING STORY OF THE WOMAN WHO SAVED THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL.  Montgomery grew up in Oklahoma and studied journalism at Arkansas Tech University, where he played defensive back for the football team, the Wonder Boys. He worked for the Courier in Russellville, Ark., the Standard-Times in San Angelo, Texas, the Times Herald-Record in New York’s Hudson River Valley and the Tampa Tribune before joining the Times in 2006.  In 2010, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in local reporting and won the Dart Award and Casey Medal for a series called “For Their Own Good,” about abuse at Florida’s oldest reform school. He lives in Tampa with his wife, Jennifer, and three children.

    Ben Montgomery will present during the Book Festival.

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    Lynn Moylan

    Virginia (Lynn) Moylan, author of Zora Neale Hurston’s Final Decade, is winner of the 2011 Florida Book Award Silver Medal for Nonfiction, holds a M.A. in Multicultural Education and has taught English and literature in Palm Beach County, Florida for over 24 years. She is an engaging speaker and a founding member of Zora Fest, a cultural festival that celebrates the life and works of Zora Neale Hurston in Fort Pierce, Florida. Moylan’s other works include contributions to The Inside Light”: New Critical Essays on Zora Neale Hurston (2010) Deborah Plant, ed. and Mary Ann Carroll:First Lady of the Highwaymen (2014) by Gary Monroe.

    Lynn Moylan will present during the Book Festival.

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    Susan Parker

    Susan Parker specializes in the history of the colonial southeast.  She is finalizing the editing of the St. Augustine Historical Society’s new book on the history of St. Augustine. Her work appears in Signposts: New Directions in Southern Women’s Legal History University of Georgia Press; The History of Florida (University of Florida Press) and From La Florida to La California (American Franciscan Academy).  She is currently working on a book the residents ” of all colors” of colonial St. Augustine.

    Susan Parker will present during the Book Festival.

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    Debra Pollack

    Deborah C. Pollack is an author, speaker, and art dealer in Palm Beach, Florida, where she and her husband own Edward and Deborah Pollack Fine Art. Deborah graduated with honors from Temple University and became a television actress in New York while also dealing in fine art. She is the author of Orville Bulman: An Enchanted Life and Fantastic Legacy; Laura Woodward: The Artist Behind the Innovator Who Developed Palm Beach, which won an award from Florida Memorial University for making “a significant contribution to advancing the awareness of women’s history;” Visual Art and the Urban Evolution of the New South; and Felix de Crano: Forgotten Artist of the Flagler Colony. Her several journal and magazine articles include those in the American Art Review; Tequesta, the scholarly journal of History Miami; and The Tustenegee, the magazine of the Historical Society of Palm Beach County. She is also a contributor to the New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. Deborah’s prize-winning poetry as well as her short stories have been published in editions of Healthy Stories.

    Deborah Pollack will present “Laura Woodward, Felix de Crano, Henry Flagler, and the St. Augustine Tradition of Art” during the Book Festival.

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    Adolfo Leyva de Varona

    Adolfo Leyva de Varona is co-author of Florida and the Mariel Boatlift of 1980: The First Twenty Days.

    Adolfo Leyva de Varona will present during the Book Festival.