Author Craig Pittman 2020

Please join on Friday, February 28 at 4:30 pm (note special time) to hear award-winning Florida journalist and author Craig Pittman talk about his book Cat Tale: The Wild, Weird Battle to Save the Florida Panther. After his talk, Craig will be happy to sign copies of his books.

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It wasn't so long ago when a lot of people thought the Florida panther was extinct. They were very nearly right. That the panther still exists at all is a miracle--the result of a desperate experiment that led to the most remarkable comeback in the history of the Endangered Species Act. And no one has told the whole story--until now.

With novelistic detail and an eye for the absurd, Craig Pittman recounts the extraordinary story of the people who brought the panther back from the brink of extinction, the ones who nearly pushed the species over the edge, and the cats that were caught in the middle. This being Florida, there's more than a little weirdness, too.

An engrossing narrative of wry humor, sharp writing and exhaustive reportage, Cat Tale shows what it takes to bring one species back and what unexpected costs such a decision brings.

CRAIG PITTMAN is an award-winning reporter and columnist for Florida's largest newspaper, the Tampa Bay Times. He has been named by the Florida Heritage Book Festival Board as their 2020 Literary Legend. Craig is a native Floridian who has written three previous books about Florida topics: Paving Paradise: Florida's Vanishing Wetlands and the Failure of No Net Loss (2009), Manatee Insanity: Inside the War Over Florida's Most Famous Endangered Species (2010), The Scent of Scandal: Greed, Betrayal, and the World's Most Beautiful Orchid (2012), and Oh, Florida!: How America's Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country (2016). He lives in St. Petersburg with his wife and two children.

Event address: 
103 W. Marion Avenue
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Cat Tale: The Wild, Weird Battle to Save the Florida Panther Cover Image
ISBN: 9781335938800
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hanover Square Press - January 21st, 2020

"Witty and passionate." --Lauren Groff

"Craig Pittman has a remarkable talent for telling stories set in the Sunshine State that never fail to fascinate and entertain."--Gilbert King