Florida Lore: The Barefoot Mailman, Cowboy Bone Mizell, the Tallahassee Witch and Other Tales
with author Caren Schnur Neile
About the program: Florida’s lore includes folktales and legends featuring an astonishing array of characters — some real, some nearly real. In this dynamic lecture, meet the Everglades Queen and gun moll Laura Upthegrove, hear the Seminole tale of the creation of Lake Okeechobee, enjoy a chilling ghost story from the Panhandle, and more. It’s a rollicking trip through the state without leaving your chair, and it will remind you why stories matter.
About the book: Every state has its stories, but Florida’s might just take the prize for originality! Florida Lore is a lively collection of the legends and folktales that make up this great state — including tales from the ethnic groups that make it so fascinatingly diverse. The book includes an introduction that explains some of the definitions, contexts and controversies connected to the field of folklore.
About the author:
Caren Schnur Neile, Ph.D., has taught storytelling studies at Florida Atlantic University since 2001. She has appeared and taught in six countries and 10 states, including as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Vienna and Jerusalem. Dr. Neile was a founding editor of the international academic journal Storytelling, Self, Society,and her numerous publications include the book The Great American Story, as well as magazine articles and entries in anthologies and encyclopedias.
The Florida Voices series offers you the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialog with celebrated Florida authors. Each program features a presentation by the author, a Q&A, and a book signing.
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Florida Voices is generously supported by the Fred J. Brotherton Endowment for Literature, established at The Four Arts by the Fred J. Brotherton Charitable Foundation. Fred Brotherton, who died in 2003, was for many years a Benefactor of The Four Arts and a strong supporter of its programs. Florida Voices, featuring the state that was Mr. Brotherton’s winter home, serves as a continuing memorial to this much-respected member of The Four Arts.