Event scheduled at Bradenton Yacht Club
Jack E. Davis, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Gulf, The Making of an American Sea, will be the featured speaker at the Suncoast Waterkeeper’s annual Brunch for the Bay, set for March 8 at the Bradenton Yacht Club, the Suncoast Waterkeeper has announced.
“Davis is intimately familiar with Southwest Florida’s waters,” which are part of more than 200 estuaries around the shores of The Gulf of Mexico, a news release says. “His talk will focus on why we should feel optimistic about the future ecological health of our Gulf,” the release adds.
Tickets are $75, the event webpage says.
The Bradenton Yacht Club is located at 4307 Snead Island Road in Palmetto.
“Significant beyond tragic oil spills and hurricanes, the Gulf has historically been one of the world’s most bounteous marine environments, supporting human life for millennia,” the release explains. “The book itself is a vast saga, opening with Winslow Homer’s first encounters with a sea ‘flush with crabs, mollusks, and a thousand living things unseen,’” the release continues.
Davis “takes his audience on a compelling journey from the Florida Keys to the Texas Rio Grande, along marshy shorelines and majestic estuarine bays, profoundly beautiful and life-giving,” the release says.
Davis is a professor of history and the Rothman Family Chair in the Humanities at the University of Florida, the release notes. In 2018, his book about the Gulf won the Pulitzer Prize in history. The Gulf was a New York Times Notable Book for 2017 and made several “best of” lists for the year, including those of I Washington Post, National Public Radio, Forbes and the Tampa Bay Times, the release points out.
In 2019, Davis was one of 32 recipients nationwide of an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, which was awarded to support the writing of his latest book, Bird of Paradox: How the Bald Eagle Saved the Soul of America, the release explains.
Suncoast Waterkeeper is a grassroots nonprofit organization “with a mission to protect and restore the Florida Suncoast’s waterways through enforcement, fieldwork, advocacy, and environmental education for the benefit of the communities that rely upon these precious coastal resources,” the release points out.
To register for Brunch for the Bay, visit www.brunchforthebay.com.