“Son of Real Florida” with Jeff Klinkenberg

September 21, 2018
Matheson History Museum
6 p.m.

In his latest book Son of Real Florida: Stories from My Life, Jeff Klinkenberg portrays Florida’s people, places, food, and culture with a deep understanding that does not relegate them to cliché. He writes with warmth and authenticity of a state he still sees as wondrous in its own ways. Though some may think the real Florida is a thing of the past, he says, “Do not tell me Florida is no longer a paradise.”

Klinkenberg recounts what it was like to grow up in pre-air conditioning Florida and how he became a newspaper reporter in mid-century Miami. He introduces us to the stout-hearted folks who have learned to live and even prosper among the insects, sharptoothed critters, and serious heat. He also takes us to some of the most interesting, little-known places in the state. Along the way, he stops to impart true Florida wisdom, from how to eat a Key lime pie to which writers and artists every Floridian should know.

Jeff Klinkenberg will speak at the Matheson on Friday, September 21, about his love of Florida and why the state is still so special. A book signing will follow his presentation. This program is a part of the Florida Humanities Speaker Series “Weird, Wild, Wonderful Florida.”