The first installment of “Florida Scribes & Stories” will feature Bryan Brooks, author of “PALMETTOS AND SALTWATER: A Love Song for a Place that No Longer Exists, Old Ft Lauderdale.” This fictional story takes place in Fort Lauderdale in the middle of World War II. A decorated Naval officer returns home, now supposedly a disgraced coward, to find his city awash with racial strife, German submarines offshore and the girl he loved questioning his real purpose for returning. Brook is also the author of “Sea Wyfe, Gray Wolf and the Buckskin Coat: A sweeping tale of love and mystery, affecting people from different times and cultures, bound by a gray wolf who travels through time.”
Brooks lives in North Florida and is descended from ancestors that sprang from deep southern roots. Though much of his writing was influenced by a 30-year career in the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, much more of it flows from spending over three thousand hours of his life underwater. Passion for ocean waves slamming onto sandy beaches combined with a lifelong interest in American History helped him insert fictional characters into actual historical events, all while staying faithful to the spirit of the times.
“We’re thrilled to showcase these local talented writers who pen historical themed fiction and nonfiction during our new of ‘Florida Scribes & Stories’ series,” said Patricia Zeiler, executive director of History Fort Lauderdale. “Our mission is to bring history to life and these storytellers ignite the imagination by creatively weaving fantastic stories and presenting enjoyable narratives that preserve our legacy. We invite readers of all ages to be inspired and learn more about our great city through these authors.”
Upcoming authors in the “Florida Scribes & Stories” include Christiana Lilly on November 7, Fred Fejes on December 7 and Donn R. Colee, Jr. in January 2023. Additional novelists and dates will be announced.
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