Sanibel author Charles Sobczak will be giving a Power Point presentation at 4:30 p.m. March 21 at the Captiva Memorial Library, 1560 Chapin Lane. He will be presenting "The Nature of Southwest Florida," which includes old postcards, photographs and writing from his last three non-fiction titles "Alligators, Sharks & Panthers," "Living Sanibel" and "Living Gulf Coast." Many of the slides are from award-winning photographers Alan S. Matlz, Dick Fortune, Sara Lopez and Judd Patterson.
The presentation is a unique and, at times humorous, look at our relationship with the Florida environment: from the arrival of Ponce de Leon in 1513 through the current status of the parks, preserves and the invasive Burmese pythons of today. There is no admission charge to the event and there will be a brief question and answer period directly following the presentation.
Sobczak's latest book, The Living Gulf Coast A Nature Guide to Southwest Florida recently won a gold medal from the Florida's Publishers Association as the best non-fiction title in the Sunshine State, 2011. His first non-fiction book, Alligators, Sharks and Panthers, won two silver medals and one regional bronze medal in 2007. His first novel, Six Mornings on Sanibel, recently had an unprecedented seventh printing.
The author will also be introducing an excerpt from his new, forthcoming novel, which is set in the year 2043. The work is titled, The Year of the Bad Decision, and the story line looks back on the effects of climate change between the present time and thirty years from now. It is a futuristic thriller in the tradition of Brave New World and 1984. It is the scariest book the author has ever written.
Copies of all of the authors' books will be made available after the presentation at a discounted price. This program is a part of the Captiva Library's Cultural fest and the reading public is cordially invited to attend. For additional information please contact the Captiva Memorial Library at (239) 479-4636.