Special Initiatives

Special Initiatives

The humanities cast a wide net in terms of ideas, disciplines of study, and human experiences to highlight. The Florida Humanities Council recognizes the need to draw special attention within that broad spectrum to those topics or communities that are deserving of enhanced public awareness. Our programs and media are currently focusing on the following three humanities-themed initiatives.


The Great American Read

The Great American Read is an eight-part PBS televised series running this summer that promotes the joy of reading through a selected list of 100 novels.

Get Ready for the Great American

Florida Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing

The Florida Humanities Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing honors a living Florida author for a distinguished body of work that has had a major influence on Floridians. The award is given annually and is selected by an independent panel of judges.

Nominations are now being accepted for 2019

Florida Book Awards

Showcased every fall in our award winning Forum magazine, the Florida Book Awards seek to recognize, honor, and celebrate the best work of Florida writers. Co-sponsored with a dozen literary and cultural organizations around the state, the program has nine categories of competition.

Catch up on your favorite Florida authors

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