On March 31, 2022, at the last Literary Series event of the season, Susan Hanafee spoke in the Johann Fust Library courtyard and loggia to a gathering of fans and readers. Susan is an emerging mystery writer who has written three novels. Her most recent mysteries are set on Boca Grande. She spoke about the characters and legends and how the lines between truth and fiction are drawn.
Susan Brind Morrow
The Library Foundation was honored to present author and poet Susan Brind Morrow In a Literary Series event Susan spoke on March 24, 2022, in the Houghton Room of the Boca Grande Community Center. She has written extensively on language and metaphors drawn from the natural world. On March 11, 2022, Susan was notified that she was the recipient of a 2022 Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Award.
The Library Foundation is honored that author and journalist Lance Morrow will speak in the library loggia. His essays appeared for many years in Time Magazine, where he wrote over 150 cover stories, eight Man of the Year profiles, and hundreds of essays. He covered wars from Vietnam to the Middle East and Bosnia, every presidential election from Nixon to Biden, and the radical changes in American life in the second half of the 20th century into the 21st. He is a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal. Lance’s comments were concerned with the concept of evil. He read from his book titled Evil and reflected on the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
On March 10, 2022, the Johann Fust Library Foundation was honored to present Stephen Ives as our featured speaker at this year’s Annual Benefit. Throughout his three-decade career, Emmy Award-winning writer and director Stephen Ives has established himself as one of the nation’s leading documentary filmmakers. His landmark series The West was one of the most-watched PBS programs of all time.
As part of the Johann Fust Library Foundation’s Literary Series, Boca Grande author Sandy Jacobs spoke in the library loggia on March 1, 2022. Sandy has written many articles and stories for magazines and newspapers, but it wasn’t until she was eighty that she began to write books. She has now written three novels. Her first book, Francie’s Story, was published in 2020. In 2021, she released Tropical Disturbances, and its sequel, After the Storm.
On February 17, 2022, the Johann Fust Library Foundation presented “Literature in the Courtyard 2022.” This was the first in a series of annual events endowed by Cotton Hanley. The Library Foundation was honored to feature award-winning author Tom McGuane in conversation with John Cleghorn for this inaugural event.
Tom’s impressive work includes ten novels, four short story collections, and three nonfiction works. He also wrote four screenplays: Rancho Deluxe, The Missouri Breaks, Tom Horn, and 92 in the Shade – which he also directed. In 2018, Tom released Cloudbursts, thirty-eight pieces of collected and new stories. The book was a “Ten Best Books of the Year” selection in the Wall Street Journal. In Tom’s fiction, original characters play out compelling human dramas against backdrops of vivid American landscapes.
His many honors include a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, election to the prestigious Academy of Arts and Letters, and a National Book Award nomination. In addition to his many literary accolades, he was also elected to the National Cutting Horse Association Hall of Fame and the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame.
On Tuesday, February 1, 2022, Daly Walker spoke in the library loggia about his most recent collection of short stories titled Doctor’s Dilemma. Alice Gorman joined Daly in a discussion about his writing, narrative medicine, and the challenges faced by health professionals in the world of medicine today.
“Playing with Fire”
On Tuesday, January 25, 2022, Noha Ryder was on-hand in the library loggia to talk about Apollo’s Fire. An informal conversation took place with a group of people who had attended the documentary, Playing with Fire, the previous afternoon.
Here is a recording of the conversation: