News Release

For immediate release - March 23, 2012

Salvaging the Real Florida: Lost & Found in the State of Dreams

The Festival of Reading presents Bill Belleville, award winning author and documentary filmmaker on Wednesday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the W. T. Bland Public Library, Mount Dora. Mr. Belleville has written six books, most recently the critically acclaimed collection of his nature essays, Salvaging the Real Florida: Lost & Found in the State of Dreams. The book won top honors in the National Outdoor Book Award competition in the Natural History Literature category. Bill, who lives in Sanford, has also authored over 1,000 articles and essays for publications, co-produced and scripted films for PBS and radio documentaries for NPR, and traveled widely overseas for the Discovery Channel to the White Sea of Russian, the Great Barrier Reef, the Galapagos, and throughout Latin America.

His critically acclaimed River of Lakes: A Journey on Florida’s St. Johns River won the Michael J. Shaara Award for Excellence in Writing. His book Losing it all to Sprawl was named one of "Best Books of 2006" by the Library Journal; was given the 1000 Friends of Florida's Al Burt Award for Excellence in Journalism; and was a Bronze Medal winner in the 2007 Florida Book Awards.

The program is supported by the Florida Humanities Council with funding from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs. FHC is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and funds and coordinates statewide public humanities programs and publications that explore people, places and ideas that shape our state.

The complete schedule for the Festival of Reading including writing workshops and author events are posted on



Media contact:
Judy Buckland
Program Coordinator

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