Camino Island

Dec 20, 2017

In a slight departure from the standard John Grisham thriller, the ever-present courtroom halls are traded in for a (fictional) quiet island off the coast of Florida. The rest is Grisham through and through.

A Million Fragile Bones

Aug 22, 2017

Florida native, Connie May Fowler, is a prolific writer with six novels and two memoirs to her name. Oprah Winfrey adapted her book “Before Women Had Wings,” winner of the 1996 Southern Book Critics Circle Award, into a film. Fowler teaches in the MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts and also lives in Mexico where she founded the Yucatan Writing Conference. Sally Bissell reviews her latest release.

The historic neighborhoods that line McGregor Boulevard are filled with architectural beauty and stories of days past, inviting passers-by to admire and wonder. Who built these beautiful homes?  Who lived here over the years?  And what do they look like inside.

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So-called "food deserts" denote areas without access to grocery stores or fresh food, but Sarasota County Libraries and the Sarasota Housing Authority are launching the Book-Rich Environment campaign to address "book deserts" by bringing books into homes and helping families engage with their local libraries.

Best State Ever

Jul 11, 2017

Prolific author Dave Barry should need no introduction to Florida readers, but if you’re new to the Sunshine State you’re in for a treat. For more than 20 years Barry wrote a weekly column for the Miami Herald for which he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in Commentary. He’s also written more than 25 books of humor dealing with aging, dating, marriage, and parenthood. Now he turns his jaundiced eye on Florida with “Best. State. Ever. A Florida Man Defends His Homeland”.