Join us on October 29 at 6 pm to hear award-winning journalist Art Levy talk about his book Made in Florida: Artists, Celebrities, Activists, Educators, and Other Icons in the Sunshine State. Art will be pleased to sign copies of his book after his talk.
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Discover some of Florida’s most fascinating personalities in this entertaining kaleidoscope of interviews. Made in Florida showcases a colorful lineup of notable people who got their start in the state and who have helped make it the unique, diverse place it is today. Hear from Carl Hiaasen and Dave Barry about their weirdest writing inspirations. Discover why Shaquille O’Neal never complains. Learn about the lives of Seminole Tribe elder Louise Gopher, pop art painter Romero Britto, NASA senior executive JoAnn Morgan, circus daredevil Bello Nock, football coach Steve Spurrier, state CFO Alex Sink, and Muhammad Ali’s “fight doctor” Ferdie Pacheco. In addition to the widely celebrated, Art Levy also introduces many unsung individuals, such as innovative industrialist “Chainsaw Al” and dedicated naturalist Eugenie Clark (“The Shark Lady”). Mingle with a legendary rancher, a civil rights historian, and a commercial fisherman. Marvel at an anticrime crusader, a space skydiver, and a snake-venom enthusiast.
Art Levy is an award-winning journalist. He is associate editor of Florida Trend magazine. He has also written for the St. Petersburg Times and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Over the years, his stories have won more than 20 awards.