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Literary program unearths Florida

Whether you are a native Floridian or a Floridian by choice, the Citrus County Library System invites you to "Discover Florida Through the Works of Florida's Novelists," a program series.

Six noted Florida authors from 1997 will discuss their poetry and fiction and non-fiction works during the series. The authors will focus on how Florida's ambience, culture and history inspire their writing.

Each program is free and open to the public.

First on the agenda is David Nolan at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Lakes Region Library, 1511 Druid Road, Inverness. Nolan is author of The Houses of St. Augustine, Fifty Feet in Paradise and The Booming of Florida and was a contributor to The Book Lover's Guide to Florida. He will be joined by Herbert Hiller, a widely known proponent of ecotourism whose articles have appeared in Atlantic Monthly, National Geographic Traveler and other periodicals. They will discuss the people, environment and cultural heritage of Citrus County.

Hiller will give a more detailed presentation on contemporary county issues at 9 a.m. Sunday at Riverside Inn in Homosassa as part of the Florida Humanities Council's "Florida Gathering" event.

His topics range from authors and artists and baseball players to the Civil War period. He is known for revealing many of Florida's astonishing dreamers, schemers and its architecture through his non-fiction novels.

The Citrus County Auditorium on U.S. 41 S, Inverness, will host others in this series. They include Phyllis McEwen, who portrays Zora Neale Hurston, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. April 12; Lola Haskins, Florida poet and author of Hunger, an Edwin Ford Piper Award winner, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. May 10; and Connie May Fowler, whose novel Before Women Had Wings has been chosen for Oprah's Book Club, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 16. David Kaufelt, author of several books influenced by Florida, will take center stage from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 16.

The program series is funded by the non-profit Florida Humanities Council, which is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the state of Florida and private contributors. Its mission is to promote and encourage understanding of the humanities as the means by which we interpret and evaluate our actions, articulate our history and delight in our cultural diversity.