Just ask Ernest Hemmingway or Carl Hiassen – Florida can be a great place to be an author. This week, we talk to three Florida authors about the state that serves as their inspiration:
- Immigration is a hot topic these days, and there’s a new book on the subject by former Tampa Bay Times journalist Saundra Amrhein. "Green Card Stories" is a collection of profiles and portraits of 50 recent U.S. immigrants. Florida Matters' Dalia Colón talks with Amrhein at her home office in Brandon.
- A new book from a retired Special Forces commander raises questions about how we’re waging the war in Afghanistan and the nature of modern conflict. Retired Lt. Col. Tony Schwalm traces his personal journey from tank commander to commander of Special Forces officer training in his book: "The Guerrilla Factory: The Making of Special Forces Officers - The Green Berets."
Schwalm now lives in the Tampa Bay region and he sat down with Florida Matters' Bobbie O’Brien to discuss his book, and the problem with U.S. foreign policy toward Afghanistan.
- Dennis Lehane grew up in Boston, but he spends part of the year in the Tampa Bay area. And Ybor City is one of the settings of his new book, "Live By Night." Florida Matters' Susan Giles Wantuck asks him, why set his book in Tampa?
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