Author Ace Atkins to speak at FSC’s Florida Lecture Serie
LAKELAND, Fla. (March 1, 2007) — Florida Southern College’s Center for Florida History welcomes author Ace Atkins to the Florida Lecture Series on March 15. Atkins, the Robert and Rose Stahl Visiting Lecturer in Criminology, will discuss “The White Shadow.” The lecture will start at 7 p.m. in the William M. Hollis Seminar Room on campus. The author will sign copies of his book “White Shadow” following the lecture. The event is free and open to the public.
“Ace Atkins’ novel ‘White Shadow’ merges first-rate reporting with a flair for fiction. His thrilling account of the slaying of Mobster Charlie Wall sizzles with the sights, sounds, and smells of Old Tampa,” said James M. Denham, professor of history and director of FSC’s Center for Florida History.
Born in Troy, Ala., Atkins attended Auburn University where he honed his skills as both a writer and a defensive end on the undefeated 1993 Auburn University football team. Before turning to writing full time, Atkins worked as a crime reporter in the newsroom of The Tampa Tribune, earning a Pulitzer Prize nomination for his seven-part series on the 1955 unsolved murder of Tampa socialite and gambling king pin Charlie Wall. Atkins wrote two crime novels set in the South, “Crossroad Blues: A Nick Travers Mystery” (1998) and “Leavin’ Trunk Blues” (2001) while working as a reporter. Commercial success as a novelist and an offer to become a visiting journalism professor at the University of Mississippi convinced him to concentrate on writing full time. He wrote the highly acclaimed “Dark End of the Street” (2002), “Dirty South” (2004), and “White Shadow” (2006). The latter is based on his five years of research on the Wall slaying, including sealed court and police records, countless interviews with players of that period, and an extended research trip to Havana.
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