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Writers from Newly-Released "The Book of the Everglades" Visit Southwest Florida for Reading, Book Signing
1/15/2002

FORT MYERS, FL - Writers from Milkweed Edition’s newly released "The Book of the Everglades" will be at Florida Gulf Coast University for a reading and book signing for two hours beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4 in the Arts Complex black box theater. The public is invited to attend.

The Book of the Everglades, a collection of essays, captures the changes that occurred in the southern half of Florida over the last 50 years.

Milkweed Edition says, “It’s a story of how one of North America’s largest freshwater lakes ended up with a moat around it. A story of the sugar barons who were kicked out of Cuba and settled in what is now known as the Everglades Agricultural Area. A story of the largest subdivision in the world, platted on drained wetlands. A story of the soil that is no longer replenished and gives way at the rate of one foot every ten years. It is a story told by writers who know how to tell a story, and who convey the workings of the entire Everglades ecosystem and the impact of its inhabitants.”

Susan Cerulean of Tallahassee edited the 312-page paperback. She is a writer, wildlife educator and biologist who worked on conservation issues in Florida for 20 years. In 1997, the Governor’s Council for a Sustainable Florida named her Environmental Educator of the Year.

The Book of the Everglades writers attending the tour include:

     Paul Gray, sanctuary manager for Audubon of Florida;

     Lola Haskins, two-time Pulitzer nominee and computer science faculty at the University of Florida;

     Julie Hauserman, two-time Pulitzer nominee, capitol bureau reporter for the St. Petersburg Times and commentator for Florida Public Radio;

     Susan Diane Jewell, author and Certified Wildlife Biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Washington, D.C.;

     Jeff Klinkenberg, essay author and columnist for the St. Petersburg Times; and

     Jono Miller, conservationist and environmental studies faculty at New College of Florida.

A second reading and book signing will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 5 at the Barrier Island Group for the Arts, or BIG ARTS, Phillips Gallery on Sanibel Island. For more information about the Sanibel reading, contact Suzanne Weinheimer at (239) 472-0214 or suzbw33@aol.com .

"The Book of the Everglades" tour is funded in part by a grant from the Florida Humanities Council and is sponsored by ECOSanibel and the Estero Bay Buddies.

For more information, contact FGCU chair of the Division of Humanities and Arts Jim Wohlpart at (239) 590-7181 or wohlpart@fgcu.edu .

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