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Public Square Speakers Series

WSRE’s Public Square Speakers Series brings personalities, who have achieved renown for their contributions to education, the arts, sciences or media, to the Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio for public conversations on noteworthy topics and important issues. Public Square events are open to the public. Admission is free!

Coming up next:

  • Jeff Klinkenberg (Tues, Aug 28)
  • Jack E. Davis (Tues, Feb 5)
  • Ersula Knox-Odom (Tues, March 5)
  • Cynthia Barnett (Tues, April 23)

Past Speakers:

  • Rick Bragg
  • Rory Kennedy
  • Caroll Spinney
  • Alexandra Cousteau
  • James McLurkin
  • Trace Beaulieu & Frank Conniff
  • Sonia Manzano
  • Ellen Prager
  • Margot Carlson Delogne & Anthony Istrico
  • Tegan Griffith & Terrence Davenport from "American Creed"
  • Wayne Flynt & Nancy Anderson

Programs begin at 7 p.m. ▪ Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
WSRE Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio
Open to the Public ▪ Free Admission

Directions: WSRE is located on the Pensacola State College campus (building 23) at 1000 College Blvd. in Pensacola. The station sits at the corner of 12th Ave. and College Blvd. Parking for the Amos Studio is located at the west end of the station, off College Blvd. near the PSC Hartsell Arena and pool.

Jeff Klinkenberg

“Books That Every Floridian Should Have on the Shelf”

August 28, 2018

While many authors have called Florida home, some truly define the state’s literary heritage. Award-winning writer Jeff Klinkenberg will discuss some of his favorite Florida books, working his way up from William Bartram in 1791 to Jack E. Davis in 2017.

Klinkenberg, who wrote about Florida culture for nearly four decades for the St. Petersburg Times (now Tampa Bay Times), won the Florida Humanities Council’s Lifetime Achievement for Writing Award in 2018. His newest collection of book essays, “Son of Real Florida: Stories from My Life,” was published by the University Press earlier this year, as well. Previous books, including “Alligators in B-Flat,” “Pilgrim in the Land of Alligator,” “Seasons of Real Florida” and “Dispatches from the Land of Flowers,” have been best sellers.

Also this year, Florida’s Secretary of State conferred a Florida Heritage Award on Klinkenberg, who joined Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Zora Neale Hurston as previous inductees. Hurston’s novel, “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” along with “The Yearling” by Rawlings, is on Klinkenberg’s list of must-read books for Floridians to be discussed during his talk at WSRE.

This WSRE Public Square Speakers Series event is being presented in conjunction with “The Great American Read”—the PBS series which goes in search of America’s best-loved book—and in partnership with Pensacola State College and the Florida Humanities Council as part of the Florida Humanities Series.

Admission is free. Book signing to follow.

WSRE’s Public Square Speakers Series presents: Books That Every Floridian Should Have on the Shelf
Tuesday, August 28 at 7pm in the Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio
Free and open to the public. RSVP is encouraged but not required.
Questions? Call (850) 484-1200