The Florida Book Review features reviews of books with Florida settings or subjects, as well as interviews and essays about Florida's literary scene.
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Our Latest Feature: Kerouac's Orlanda Blues
Of Jack Kerouac's two periods living in Florida, "the first stint, in Orlando, stretching between 1957-58, was incredibly productive though relatively unknown," writes Ariel Francisco, who finds clues in Orlanda Blues, a section of Kerouac's Book of Blues. Read our feature here.
Left: The cottage in Orlando where Kerouac and his mother rented rooms in the back. Today the restored house is the site of The Kerouac Project, which runs writers' residencies and other programs in Central Florida.
FBR Reports: Blogging from Literary events
Mark your calendar: We will be doing our annual live-blog of Miami Book Fair International in November. The Book Fair schedule has now been posted, and a downloadable schedule is available.
We live-blogged from O, Miami poetry festival all through the month of April.
Postings about other Florida literary events are on our Blog Page.
On our Classic Florida Reads Page: Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys
Catch up with recent Florida Fiction
Recent Florida Crime Writing
Classic Florida Reads
Moving to Miami: Classic YA
Post-Apocalyptic Florida, Fifties Style, a Classic Florida Read
From the Seventies: Schemers and a Geriatric Sleuth, a Classic Florida Read
Dina Weinstein takes a look at Robert Kimmel Smith's 1976 novel, Sadie Shapiro in Miami, and finds those Florida crime staples, comically wacky building schemes and swindlers, but the book's real strength is its "timelessly funny and refreshing protagonist," Sadie Shapiro, "an unlikely geriatric celebrity." Read this Florida Book Review Reconsideration our Florida Crime Writing page.
What's New in Florida Fiction
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On our Children's Books Page
"Beautifully illustrated and fun-filled, Gator Dad tells the story of a stay-at-home dad with three young children," writes our reviewer, Jaimie Eubanks of this just-published book from stay-at-home dad and award- winning author and illustrator Brian Lies. Read the review.
Florida Young Adult Fiction
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Classic Florida Reads:
A Land Remembered: A Reconsideration
Patrick D. Smith's novel A Land Remembered has become a beloved classic, taught in Florida schools. After reading it for the first time, Pamela Akins says, "every newcomer to the Sunshine State should read this 1984 action-packed saga of the taming of the Florida frontier. It not only offers a glimpse of what has come before, but what we are fast losing." Read more on our Classic Florida Reads page.
Classic Florida Memoir
Recent Florida Poetry
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