Nature Writer Bill Belleville to Lecture on "Preserving a Sense of Place in Florida"
LAKELAND (March 7, 2013) – An award-winning nature writer and filmmaker will be the next speaker in the Florida Lecture Series at Florida Southern College.
Bill Belleville will speak on “Preserving a Sense of Place in Florida: How Nature Shapes Culture.” The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. March 14 in the Hollis Room on the Florida Southern campus in Lakeland. The event is free and open to the public.
Belleville has authored six books, contributed to eight national anthologies, written more than 1,000 articles and essays, and scripted and co-produced seven films. He says of his work: “I make my living as a nonfiction writer specializing in nature and conservation. On assignment, I’ve traveled to Australia, the White Sea of Russia, the Galapagos, Central and South America, Cuba and throughout the Antilles. Florida, where I live, remains my favorite place for its natural diversity and wonderful surreality.”
His latest book, Salvaging the Real Florida, won the 2011 National Outdoor Book Award and sheds light on Florida’s lesser-known natural wonders. In this collection of narrative essays, Belleville explores the swamps and jungles of Florida, investigates a shipwreck and a historical riverboat town, and searches for native wildlife such as the black bear and the cave-dwelling shrimp.
“Bill Belleville’s passion for Florida’s unique landscapes shines through in his many books and films,” said James M. Denham, Professor of History and Director of the Lawton Chiles Center for Florida History. “No one comes away from reading Belleville untouched. His prose is a feast for the heart and the senses.”
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