News Release

For immediate release - March 12, 2012

Award Winning Maritime Author Robert Macomber

Robert N. Macomber will be featured as part of the 2012 Festival of Reading on Thursday, March 29th at 2 p.m. in the Leesburg Public Library. The author will speak on “The Southernmost War”, the naval Civil War in Florida. The program will be moderated by Bob Grenier and hosted by the Daughters of the Confederacy. On Friday, March 30th at 10 a.m. he will discuss his best-selling series “At the Edge of Honor” in the Cooper Memorial Library with introduction by Mr. Brian Rogers, Historian, Lake-Sumter Community College . Mr. Macomber will also appear at the Author Reception on Friday, 6:30 p.m. in the Lady Lake Public Library. All programs are free and open to the public.

Robert Macomber is an internationally recognized award-winning maritime writer, lecturer, television commentator, and defense consultant. He is a continuing lecturer in the Distinguished Military Author Series at the Center for Army Analysis at Fort Belvoir, near Washington DC, and has presented at the U.S. Southern Command’s Notable Military Author Series, the West Point Society, NATO Headquarters in Belgium, the U.S. European Command in Germany, and at the Office of Naval Intelligence. Mr. Macomber has been an annual guest author and speaker aboard the Queen Mary 2 since her maiden voyage, as well as aboard Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth, and other ultra-luxury liners. He is also a maritime commentator for Florida PBS documentaries. His lectures span 39 various maritime and literary topics.

Mr. Macomber is the author of the acclaimed Honor Series of naval novels, with fans (who call themselves "Wakians"---after his main character, Peter Wake) across North America and Europe. His literary awards include an Outstanding Achievement Award for his non-fiction work on Florida’s maritime history, the Patrick Smith Literary Award for Best Historical Novel of Florida (At the Edge of Honor), the John Esten Cooke Literary Award for Best Work in Southern Fiction (Point of Honor), and the highest national prize in his genre, the American Library Association’s 2008 W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction (A Different Kind of Honor). He is guest author at regional and international book festivals, and was named by Florida Monthly Magazine as one of the 22 Most Intriguing Floridians of 2006 and The Most Intriguing Author. His seventh novel, The Honored Dead, came out in 2009 to rave reviews in the United States and Great Britain, and considerable interest in the film industry.

When not on lecture, research, or book tour journeys, Mr. Macomber lives a quiet life at Twin Palm Cottage by Serenity Bay at Matlacha Island, an old southwest Florida fishing village.

The complete schedule for the Festival of Reading including writing workshops and author events are posted on All programs are presented free to the public thanks to our sponsors Lake County Office of Economic Development and Tourism; SECO, HarperCollins Publishers; Raintree Books and the Florida Humanities Council.



Media contact:
Judy Buckland
Program Coordinator

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