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January - March 2013     VOLUME 17 ISSUE 1
 
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Wild Places in Florida

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 Bill Belleville will appear at 6:30 p.m. in the Astor County Library. Anyone interested in natural Florida is invited to attend this photo filled presentation by award winning author and documentary filmmaker Bill Belleville. Salvaging the Real Florida: Lost & Found in the State of Dreams won a National Outdoor Book Award and his book Losing it all to Sprawl was named one of the "Best Books of the Year" 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. Bill will cover his work including his latest venture as the script writer and co-producer of Michelle Thatcher's "Alligator Princess of America's Nile" documentary.

Bill has also been honored with the annual Marjory Stoneman Douglas Media Award from the Florida Lake Management Society. He serves on the advisory boards of the St. Johns RiverKeeper, Reef Relief of Key West, and the Board of the Friends of the Wekiva River, Inc.

His critically acclaimed River of Lakes: A Journey on Florida’s St. Johns River won the Michael J. Shaara Award for Excellence in Writing. He is also the author of Deep Cuba: The Inside Story of an American Oceanographic Expedition and Sunken Cities, Sacred Cenotes and Golden Sharks: Travels of a Water-Bound Adventurer. His film making credits include an Emmy award for Wekiva: Legacy or Loss.

Salvaging the Real Florida: Lost and Found in the State of Dreams is a collection of narrative essays. Belleville explores the swamps, beaches, and jungles of Florida, investigates a shipwreck and a historical riverboat town, and searches for native wildlife such as the black bear and the cave-dwelling shrimp. Although the essays incorporate information gleaned from journalistic research, they do not attempt to be objective; instead, they are nonfiction vignettes highlighting conservation topics, pondering spiritual issues, and reflecting on the ideas of nature writers of the past and present. The book includes nature photos and personal photos, plus historical illustrations.