issue 45: November -
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1. He once wrote an
essay concerning Miami Beach, which contains a 234-word sentence and this memorable
description: "Over hundreds, then thousands of acres, white sidewalks, streets and
white buildings covered the earth where the jungle had been. Is it so dissimilar from
covering your pubic hair with adhesive tape for fifty years?"
2. Florida native who
utilized her research into the folkways of Haiti and the West Indies in much of her work;
perhaps her most famous novel is that of a woman who bucks the social traditions of the
all-black Florida town of Eatonville in the early 20th century. Zora Neale Hurston
3. Well-known contemporary
Florida author who blends mystery with scathing attacks on the abuses of land development,
the environment, politics and everything else that seeks to destroy his native
stateincluding the Disney Corporation. Carl Hiassen
4. Environmental activist
and founder of an organization that helps women and children in need, this Florida
natives bestselling novels deal with themes of domestic abuse, broken homes,
poverty, courage and redemptionthemes which appear in her memoir of 2002.
Connie May Fowler
5. Cuban-American author
whose second novel portrays two sisters - one who remains in Cuba; one who flees and joins
the excile community in Miami where she pursues the American Dream.
Name the book title:
6. A young boy growing up
in the backwoods of Florida in the early 1900s adopts an orphaned fawn.
The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
7. A blue-collar worker
from New Hampshire moves his family to a trailer park in Florida where he meets a Haitian
woman also in search of a better life.
Continental Drift by Russell Banks
8. On a scruffy plot of
coastland between Jacksonville and St. Augustine in the 1960s, an unconventional family of
four opens a drive-in theater.
The Flamingo Rising by Larry Baker
9. The film adaptation had
a different title and was set in L.A. but in the novel Jackie Burke and Max Cherry hail
Rum Punch by Elmore Leonard
10. Hell-raisin cult
writer from Gainsville knocked out a riot of essays, articles and short stories in this
collection that covers such topics as cockfighting, dogfighting, poaching gators and
mending an injured hawk.
Florida Frenzy by Harry Crews
Name the character:
11. A salvage
consultant and unlicensed private investigatgor, he lives in Fort Lauderdale on a
houseboat he won in a poker game, and appears in 21 novels.
Travis McGee, created by John D. MacDonald
12. South Florida folk hero
and outlaw from the early 20th centruy, he was a bootlegger in the Everglades, pursued
though the years by lawman Bobby Baker.
John Ashley, from Red Grass River by
James Carlos Baker
13. Former covert ops agent
cum marine biologist, now making his eleventh appearance in a series, this character
recently inspired the creation of a rum bar and grill, located on Sanibel Island, where
the ex-fishing guide author hangs out.
Doc Ford, from the mystery series by Randy
14. In Moat County,
Florida, Sheriff Thurmond Call is murdered, and from the swamps, infamous for its
intermarriage and violence, this man is arrested, tried, and convicted of the crime.
Hillary Van Wetter, from Pete Dexters The
15. This Florida governor
eats road kill and wears a shower cap.
Skink, from Carl Hiaasens Skinny Dip
Locations and Place Names . . .
16. Hemingway lived
there, wrote about it, and hung out in its bars such as Sloppy Joes.
17. Its a
state-of-mind kind of place: "When you are there, you will know it," says the
singer/songwriter/author, who got "wasted away" there.
18. The wild swamp area
where the orchid thief pursued the ghost orchid and was eventually arrested.
Fakahatchee Strand State
19. In the first of the
wild and wacky Serge Storms crime series, Serge ends up in Miami Beach, but the novel
begins in Tampa
20.Writers Mark Winegardner, Robert Olen Butler and
Virgil Suarez live and work in this city. Tallahassee
Nothing to do with fiction or essay, but you gotta know anyway . . .
21. Name the head coach of
the Miami Dolphins from 1970 to 1995, the "winningest" coach in NFL history, who
did, incidentally, co-author the well-received Everyone's a Coach. Don Shula
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