Five nature writers to be honored at SF College on Monday


Published: Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 5:20 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, April 22, 2013 at 9:40 a.m.

North Central Florida's natural riches, namely its springs, have lured nature writers for hundreds of years — and that literary heritage will be celebrated on Monday evening at an event featuring four Gainesville-based Florida Book Award winners.

The event at Santa Fe College, titled "Of Thirst, Beauty and Vision: Writing to Save Our Waters," also inaugurates the Vision Award from Florida's Eden, an arts nonprofit spanning 30 counties in North Florida.

The group and the four writers being honored on Monday selected Ron Cunningham, former editorial editor of The Gainesville Sun, who wrote extensively on water issues, for the Vision Award.

Other writers to be honored include Cynthia Barnett, best known for her nonfiction book "Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S."; Jack Davis, history professor at the University of Florida and author of "An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century"; poet Lola Haskins, a two-time Florida Book Award winner for "Still, the Mountain" and the "The Grace to Leave"; and painter Margaret Ross Tolbert, author of "Aquiferious: 12 Florida Springs, with Art & Narrative."

Monday's event begins at 7 p.m. in the Building E Auditorium at Santa Fe College's Northwest Campus.

Monday is also Earth Day, and the literary event closes Gainesville's Primavera spring arts festival.

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