Randy Wayne White, 2019 Lifetime Literary Award Winner
Randy Wayne White spent 13 years working as a full-time fishing guide out of Tarpon Bay Marina on Sanibel. He was on the water 300 days a year and had more than 3,000 paid charters when it all came to a sudden halt.
Ray Arsenault, 2019 Lifetime Literary Award Winner
Ray Arsenault’s writing chronicles a changing South, from biographies of civil rights champions to the legendary Arthur Ashe. As Ray Arsenault looks back at the trajectory of his life, one moment stands out.
Celebrating the power of the word
Words, carefully chosen and placed in the right order, convey who we are and what we value. It is no surprise that literature, poetry, and the study of languages are considered essential humanities studies.
Carl Hiaasen, 2011 Lifetime Literary Award Winner
Carl Hiaasen is known internationally for his satirical novels featuring screwball characters in weird situations that could happen only in Florida. He’s been credited with almost single-handedly creating the “Florida noir” mystery genre.
Michael Gannon, 2010 Lifetime Literary Award Winner
A former Catholic priest and civil rights activist, he became one of the most influential professors at the University of Florida. “He has taught so many people who have gone on to lead Florida in so many areas: politics, academics, law, business,” said Kathleen Deagan.
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