Son of Real Florida: Stories from My Life
with author Jeff Klinkenberg
Jeff Klinkenberg recounts what it was like to grow up in pre-air conditioning Florida and how he became a newspaper reporter in mid-century Miami. He introduces us to the stout-hearted folks who have learned to live and even prosper among the insects, sharp toothed critters, and serious heat. We meet beekeeper Harold P. Curtis and his prized orange blossom honey; frog whisperer Avalon Theisen; Sheepshead George of St. Petersburg; and Miss Martha, the oyster-shucking queen of Apalachicola.
Klinkenberg also takes us to some of the most interesting, little-known places in the state. We travel to Solomon’s Castle of reclaimed materials, the neighborhood of “Rattlesnake, Florida,” and the smallest post office in the United States. Along the way, he stops to impart true Florida wisdom, from how to eat a Key lime pie to which writers and artists every Floridian should know.
In this heartfelt tribute, Klinkenberg portrays Florida’s people, places, food, and culture with a deep understanding. He writes with warmth and authenticity of a state he still sees as wondrous. Though some may think the real Florida is a thing of the past, he says, “Do not tell me Florida is no longer a paradise.”
Jeff Klinkenberg wrote for the Tampa Bay Times from 1977 to 2014. He is a two-time winner of the Paul Hansell Distinguished Journalism Award, the highest honor given by the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors, a recipient of the 2018 Florida Folk Heritage Award, and the winner of the Florida Humanities Council’s 2018 Florida Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing. He is the author of “Alligators in B-Flat: Improbable Tales from the Files of Real Florida,” “Pilgrim in the Land of Alligators: More Stories about Real Florida,” and “Seasons of Real Florida.”
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 in 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.