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Travel author and urbanologist Grinnell is working on a book documenting the legacy of the Federal Writers Project, which produced the American Guide Series, written during the Depression. In preparation for a visit on March 4 to the Clearwater East Library, Grinnell invites local writers to send poetry or prose (350 words or less) to a contest to win one of his travel books. There's one catch: The work must include the words "Sewell Ford'' and "cottony cushion scale.'' Ford was an early 20th century journalist who lived in Clearwater; the cottony cushion scale is a pest that wreaked havoc on the citrus industry and was first noticed in Clearwater in 1898. All entries should be submitted to by Friday. Grinnell divides his time between Boston and Chicago.

What's on your nightstand?

The City in Slang: New York Life and Popular Speech by Irving Lewis Allen. I was in the Strand Bookstore in New York City looking for another book, and this one literally hit me in the head. I'm also reading Becoming the Second City: Chicago's Mass News Media, 1833 to 1898 by Richard Junger. I've always been fascinated with details of Chicago and the role of journalism, yellow and otherwise.

What books does a kid read before he grows up to be an urbanologist?

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. It always seemed starting out in Scotland and ending up on a tropical island was a perfect traveling experience.

Piper Castillo, Times staff writer

What's Max Grinnell reading? 02/19/11 [Last modified: Saturday, February 19, 2011 3:30am]
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