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Klinkenberg to Speak at Matheson Museum

Writer Jeff Klinkenberg will speak at the Matheson History Museum at 6 p.m., September 21, about his love of Florida and why the state is still so special. A book signing will follow his presentation. Although some may think the real Florida is a thing of the past, he says, "Do not tell me Florida is no longer a paradise." His latest book is Son of Real Florida: Stories from My Life.


Klinkenberg wrote for the Tampa Bay Times from 1977 to 2014. He is the winner of the Florida Humanities Council 2018 Florida Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing; a two-time winner of the Paul Hansell Distinguished Journalism Award, the highest honor given by the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors; and a recipient of a 2018 Florida Folk Heritage Award.


Klinkenberg portrays Florida's people, places, food and culture with a deep understanding that does not relegate them to cliché. He writes with warmth and authenticity of a state he still sees as wondrous in its own ways.


Admission is free. Location: 513 E. University Ave., Gainesville. For more information, call 352-378-2280, email [email protected] or visit

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