Saturday, April 2, beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Writers’ Talks at Rawlings House: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jack E. Davis brings his brand-new book—The Bald Eagle; The Improbable Journey of America’s Bird—to Marjorie Rawlings’ orange grove at the edge of Orange Lake. A book the New York Times calls “rollicking, poetic and wise”. Book signing and discussion by the author, music, and light refreshment. Free with standard park admission. Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park, 18700 County Road 325, Cross Creek. Call 352-466-3672 for more information.
Jack Davis grew up along the Gulf of Mexico which would figure prominently in his work. He is the author of eight books including An Everglade Providence; Marjorie Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century and most recently The Gulf; The Making of an American Sea. The Gulf was hailed as a “non-fiction epic” and won the Pulitzer Prize for history in 2018. The Bald Eagle is again history in Jack Davis’ distinctive style—a broad panorama sweeping through five centuries, from Indian people living peacefully with the great bird to the venerated symbol of an ambitious new nation and finally the miraculous escape from near extinction in the 20th century—twice! Scott Weidensaul (A World on the Wing) calls The Bald Eagle “a magnificent tribute…bridging patriotism, Native Spirituality, environmental carnage and, against all odds, ecological redemption.”
Jack E. Davis is the Rothman Family Chair in the Humanities at the University of Florida. He divides his time between Florida and New Hampshire.