Florida Stories, Saving Manatees and other Wildlife

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Craig Pittman

The Miami Guide sat down with Florida-grown author Craig Pittman, award-winning author of “Oh, Florida!” “The Scent of Scandal” and “Manatee Insanity,” and co-author of “Paving Paradise.”

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Florida-grown author Craig Pittman is coming to the Miami Book Fair, where he’ll promote his newly released books exploring some bizarre facet of the Sunshine State.

Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Miami Book Fair, Nov. 13 – 20, will once again host top authors, including music, theater, and sports celebrities. This year’s evening author events include comedian Kevin Nealon; actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein; journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault; football coach Jimmy Johnson; musician Patti Smith; and rapper and producer Jose “Fat Joe” Cartagena; and Pulitzer-winning physician Siddhartha Mukherjee, among others. 

Each evening event ticket includes a free pass to the weekend Street Fair, where attendees can enjoy literary events, live music, children’s activities, booksellers, local artisans, and a variety of refreshments. 

Interview Notes:

  • Craig talks about how he got started as an author
  • He shares what inspires him and where he finds his creativity to write
  • Craig talks about manatees and what he likes about them
  • He shares the best places to find Manatees
  • We talked about his favorite all-time authors
  • Craig shares his advice for emerging writers
  • And he talks about his exciting upcoming book

Quotes from the interview:
“Florida is an inexhaustible source of stories,” Pittman tells The Miami Guide. “It’s a storyteller’s paradise. It’s been that way for decades.”

Who is Craig Pittman
Craig Pittman is a native Floridian. Born in Pensacola, he graduated from Troy State University in Alabama, where his muckraking work for the student paper prompted an agitated dean to label him “the most destructive force on campus.” Since then he has covered a variety of newspaper beats and quite a few natural disasters, including hurricanes, wildfires and the Florida Legislature. Since 1998, he has covered environmental issues for Florida’s largest newspaper, the Tampa Bay Times. He has won the Waldo Proffitt Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism in Florida four times, and twice won the top investigative reporting award from the Society of Environmental Journalists.

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  • How did you get started as an author?
  • What inspires you and your creativity?
  • Who are some of your all-time authors?
  • Do you have any advice for emerging writers?
  • What do you you like about Manatees and why?
  • What’s a good place to find Manatees?
  • How bad is pollution in Florida?
  • What’s next? upcoming books?


Follow Craig Pittman
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/craigpittman78/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/craigtimes
Podcast: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1169570

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