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Published: Sunday, January 18, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 18, 2004 at 12:17 a.m.

Discover Florida through novels

David T. Warner's 1998 novel, "High Sheriff Jim Turner: High Times of a Florida Lawman" (Black Belt Press, $14.95) is being reissued with a new cover and more illustrations. The book is the story of Warner's distant cousin, James Turner, who was elected sheriff of Levy County five times by the time he was 80 years old. The book, told through Sheriff Turner's vantage point - his front porch in Fowler's Bluff, overlooking the Suwanee River - is the story of 1900 rural Florida.

In "Bimini: Tales of an Island Getaway" (River City Publishing, $20) Warner writes about Bimini, an island he's known since his youth. Rather than write a travel guide, in his new book Warner recreates the excitement and danger of the Bimini he has come to know. Captivated by the island's quirky natives and their relaxed culture, Warner introduces readers to the eclectic personalities of the people of the island - the fishermen and smugglers, the Hemingway scholars and the Hemingway compatriots, the lawless and the lovelorn - and recounts the adventures they lived.

Warner is a contributing editor for Gulfshore Life and Sarasota Magazine. He lives in Lochloosa, near Cross Creek.

Authors at Goerings

Tim Ward, author of "Arousing the Goddess: Sex and Love in the Buddhist Ruins of India" (Monkfish Book Publishing, $16.95), will read from his book at 8 p.m. Thursday at Goerings Book Store, 3433 W. University Ave. The book is the story of a would-be monk's sexual and spiritual awakening in India. It also deals with the Hindu tradition of the goddess worship that stretches back to Buddhist India and to the present devotiton to Kali-Durga. The event is open to the public.

'Groveland Four' discussion

Gary Corsair, author of "The Groveland Four: The Sad Saga of a Legal Lynching" (1stBooks, $25.95), will discuss his work at 2 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Headquarters Library, room A.

In 1999, Gary Corsair, while working as a television news reporter, stumbled on the story of the "Groveland Four" in the yellowing pages of an old newspaper at the Leesburg Historical Society. A photo of three forlorn looking African-American men standing in front of a jail cell caught his eye in the August, 1949 newspaper. The accompanying article reported that the three men were about to go on trial for raping the teenage bride of a Lake County farmer. That photo was the beginning of Corsair's journey to uncover the tragic story of the "Groveland Four" - a story that would involve the governor of Florida, the NAACP, the Supreme Court and a small central Florida community. A unique collaboration led to the publication of "The Groveland Four: The Sad Saga of a Legal Lynching," and the production of a spellbinding documentary film by three University of Central Florida students, both exposing a mystery that had endured for more than 50 years. Corsair will speak about his research and writing as well as show the documentary film on Feb. 22. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Alachua County Library District.

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