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Punta Gorda bookstore to feature Sobczak presentation Sunday

By Staff | Mar 22, 2012

Sunday afternoon, March 25, Sanibel author Charles Sobczak will be doing a PowerPoint presentation at the Sandman Bookstore, located at 16500 Burnt Store Road, Punta Gorda. The presentation will get under way at 1 p.m. The name of the presentation is “The Nature of Southwest Florida.” It contains material, including old postcards, photographs and writing, from Sobczak’s last three non-fiction titles: “Alligators, Sharks & Panthers,” “Living Sanibel” and “The Living Gulf Coast.” Many of the slides are from award-winning photographers such as Alan S. Matlz, Dick Fortune, Sara Lopez and Judd Patterson.

The presentation is a unique and, at times humorous, look at our relationship with the Florida environment: from the arrival of Ponce de Leon in 1513 through the current status of the parks, preserves and the invasive Burmese pythons of today. There is no admission charge to the event and there will be a brief question and answer period directly following the presentation.

Sobczak’s latest book, “The Living Gulf Coast A Nature Guide to Southwest Florida.” recently won a gold medal from the Florida’s Publishers Association as the best non-fiction title in the Sunshine State, 2011. His first non-fiction book, “Alligators, Sharks and Panthers,” won two silver medals and one regional bronze medal in 2007. His first novel, “Six Mornings on Sanibel,” recently had an unprecedented seventh printing. Excerpts from his latest book, “The Living Gulf Coast,” appear in five regional newspapers weekly with a combined circulation of 80,000 newspapers.

The author will also be introducing an excerpt from his new, forthcoming novel, which is set in the year 2043. The work is titled, “The Year of the Bad Decision,” and the story line looks back on the effects of climate change between the present time and 30 years from now. It is a futuristic thriller in the tradition of “Brave New World” and “1984.” It is the scariest book the author has ever written.

Copies of all of the authors’ books will be made available after the presentation and are always available at the Sandman Book Company. This presentation is a “must see” for nature lovers throughout Southwest Florida. For more information about the event, call the Sandman Book Company at (941) 505-1624.