Presented by Rick Smith.
Few if any books have captured the spirit and colorful history of Florida’s past as has Patrick Smith’s beloved novel, A Land Remembered. It has been said many times that people should be issued a copy of A Land Remembered when they cross the Florida state line and that everyone living in Florida should read it. It shows you the real Florida, not the vacation destination so many people think of it as.
Author Patrick Smith’s son, Rick, presents an unforgettable show about his father and the experiences that led him to write his beloved novels, with special emphasis on his popular saga of Florida pioneers, A Land Remembered.
A Land Remembered is a key theme of the show, but in order to understand what led him to write this book Rick also talks about the other books that were important steps in his father’s writing career. This show is the best possible way to meet the author and understand his work more deeply as Rick takes the stage with this multimedia show about him and the extraordinary experiences that enabled him to write such unforgettable stories about the “river rats” of Mississippi, the Seminoles of South Florida, the plight of migrant workers and ultimately, the pioneers so accurately portrayed in A Land Remembered.
At the conclusion of the show, Rick takes the audience on a heart-warming and nostalgic trip back in time to a Florida that once was, is no more, and never again will be.
In a letter of nomination for the Pulitzer Prize, the National League of American Pen Women said, “The universal truth expressed in Patrick Smith’s work transcends regions, languages, and races. He issues a clarion call for man to re-examine his own sense of self-importance in relation to the world around him, and to reassess his role in preserving life on this planet we must all share with nature if the human race is to survive. His work has been overlooked by ”academic critics” in his own country because of its extreme realism based on life as it really exists among those who dwell in the lower stratum of American society; but it has become immensely popular with the people, and perhaps that is the ultimate test of literature that lives.”