Alachua County Library District welcomes Pulitzer Prize-winning author and University of Florida professor Jack E. Davis on Thursday, Aug. 30, at 6 p.m. to Newberry Branch. Professor Davis will talk about his nonfiction epic The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, and share his beliefs about the identity of the Gulf of Mexico as an integral character in American culture and its value beyond a source of oil. Davis will also answer questions and have copies of his book available for purchase and signing at Newberry Branch, 110 S. Seaboard Drive, Newberry.
The New York Times Book Review called his book a “beautiful homage to a neglected sea.” The Gulf was a New York Times Notable Book for 2017, and made several “best of” lists for the year, including the Washington Post, NPR, Forbes and the Tampa Bay Times. In addition to winning the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for history, it was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction and winner of the 2017 Kirkus Prize for nonfiction. Professor Davis is now writing a book on the cultural and natural history of the bald eagle. He divides the seasons between Gainesville and Harrisville, New Hampshire.
Before teaching history and sustainability studies at the University of Florida, Davis taught at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Eckerd College, and in 2002 was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Jordan in Amman. His Race Against Time: Culture and Separation in Natchez Since 1930 won the Charles S. Sydnor Prize for the best book in southern history published in 2001. His next book, An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century (2009), received a gold medal from the Florida Book Awards. In 2014, he was a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, where he worked on his latest book, The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea.
To reserve a copy of his books or for more information, visit the library at www.aclib.us or call (352) 472-1135.
If a person with a disability needs an accommodation in order to participate in this event he or she is entitled, at no cost to him or her, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Alachua County Library District at 352-334-3910 at least three (3) days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).