Keynote Speaker

Jack E. Davis

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jack E. Davis is a professor of history at the University of Florida. He holds the Rothman Family Endowed Chair in the Humanities and teaches environmental history and sustainability studies at the University of Florida. He is the author or editor of ten books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea. His latest book, The Bald Eagle: The Improbable Journey of America’s Bird was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice.

Other award-winning books include his Race Against Time: Culture and Separation in Natchez Since 1930 which won the Charles S. Sydnor Prize for the best book in southern history, and An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century, which received a gold medal from the Florida Book Awards.

Before joining the UF faculty, he taught at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Eckerd College, and was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Jordan in Amman. The Sunshine State Book Festival is honored to have him as our 2024 Keynote speaker.

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