For nearly half a century, award-winning journalist and author Jeff Klinkenberg has written about the emerging culture, politics and economics of Florida. At 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8 in the Pugh Hall Ocora, Klinkenberg will give the audience a taste of his latest heartfelt tribute to the state, Son of Real Florida, a new book from University Press of Florida that retrospectively explores what makes Florida so unique.
Klinkenberg will recount growing up in pre-air conditioning Florida and will introduce the audience to the little-known characters from across the state who have learned to live and even flourish among the insects and serious heat.
A graduate of UF’s College of Journalism and Communications, Klinkenberg is a two-time winner of the Paul Hansell Distinguished Journalism Award. In 2018 he won the Florida Humanities Council's Florida Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing, joining previous recipients, Carl Hiaasen and Patrick Smith. In 2018, the state of Florida gave him its Heritage Award for his Florida essays, joining the likes of Marjory Kinnan Rawlings and Zora Neale Hurston.
Klinkenberg's other books include Dispatches from the Land of Flowers, Seasons of Real Florida, Pilgrim in the Land of Alligators and Alligators in B-Flat.