CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

It's A First: Florida Has Its Own Book Review

Florida is bound to make headlines with another active hurricane season, but if you really want to be swept off your feet, check out The Florida Book Review at

A new web site devoted to books with Florida settings, written by Florida authors, and/or of special interest to Floridians, The Florida Book Review is the first of its kind.

The Florida Book Review taps into the growing body of Florida-specific books from both nationally known authors like Carl Hiaasen and new discoveries, such as Miami native Karen Russell.

Lynne Barrett, Professor of Creative Writing at Florida International University, founded the website.

"I want The Florida Book Review to help satisfy the hunger I find in readers to understand this place," Barrett says. "Our trash and pleasure, our serious concerns about the environment and politics—it all infuses our fiction and nonfiction, crime writing and poetry. Shouldn't they be read in the context of Florida's rich history of writing by Ernest Hemingway, Zora Neale Hurston, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, John D. Macdonald and so many more?"

The website features reviews of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, crime writing, books for children and young adults, and Florida history. It also includes author interviews and reappraisals of classic Florida works. Visitors to the site can click on helpful links to Florida bookstores, reading series and writers conferences, as well as get updates on the latest local literary news in the Sunshine State.

The debut issue looks at James W. Hall's new book Magic City , Chantel Acevedo's novel of Cuba and Florida Love and Ghost Letters, Ginny Rorby's award-winning young adult novel Hurt Go Happy , and Bill Belleville's Losing it All to Sprawl, a personal account of Florida's ongoing conflict between nature and development. Neil de la Flor interviews poet Michael Hettich, and Joe Clifford reconsiders Russell Bank's Continental Drift twenty years after its first publication.

A resource for writers and readers alike, The Florida Book Review will have everyone talking. It is as Florida as the sun, the sand, and, yes, even hurricane shutters. See for yourself at
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