issue 45: November - December 2004 

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Name the author:

1. He once wrote an essay concerning Miami Beach, which contains a 234-word sentence and this memorable description: "Over hundreds, then thousands of acres, white sidewalks, streets and white buildings covered the earth where the jungle had been. Is it so dissimilar from covering your pubic hair with adhesive tape for fifty years?"       Norman Mailer

2. Florida native who utilized her research into the folkways of Haiti and the West Indies in much of her work; perhaps her most famous novel is that of a woman who bucks the social traditions of the all-black Florida town of Eatonville in the early 20th century.     Zora Neale Hurston

3. Well-known contemporary Florida author who blends mystery with scathing attacks on the abuses of land development, the environment, politics and everything else that seeks to destroy his native state—including the Disney Corporation.     Carl Hiassen

4. Environmental activist and founder of an organization that helps women and children in need, this Florida native’s bestselling novels deal with themes of domestic abuse, broken homes, poverty, courage and redemption—themes which appear in her memoir of 2002.    Connie May Fowler

5. Cuban-American author whose second novel portrays two sisters - one who remains in Cuba; one who flees and joins the excile community in Miami where she pursues the American Dream.      Cristina Garcia

Name the book title:

6. A young boy growing up in the backwoods of Florida in the early 1900’s adopts an orphaned fawn.
The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

7. A blue-collar worker from New Hampshire moves his family to a trailer park in Florida where he meets a Haitian woman also in search of a better life.
Continental Drift by Russell Banks

8. On a scruffy plot of coastland between Jacksonville and St. Augustine in the 1960s, an unconventional family of four opens a drive-in theater.
The Flamingo Rising by Larry Baker

9. The film adaptation had a different title and was set in L.A. but in the novel Jackie Burke and Max Cherry hail from Miami.
Rum Punch by Elmore Leonard

10. Hell-raisin’ cult writer from Gainsville knocked out a riot of essays, articles and short stories in this collection that covers such topics as cockfighting, dogfighting, poaching gators and mending an injured hawk.
Florida Frenzy by Harry Crews

Name the character:

11. A salvage consultant and unlicensed private investigatgor, he lives in Fort Lauderdale on a houseboat he won in a poker game, and appears in 21 novels.
Travis McGee, created by John D. MacDonald

12. South Florida folk hero and outlaw from the early 20th centruy, he was a bootlegger in the Everglades, pursued though the years by lawman Bobby Baker.
John Ashley, from Red Grass River by James Carlos Baker

13. Former covert ops agent cum marine biologist, now making his eleventh appearance in a series, this character recently inspired the creation of a rum bar and grill, located on Sanibel Island, where the ex-fishing guide author hangs out.
Doc Ford, from the mystery series by Randy Wayne White

14. In Moat County, Florida, Sheriff Thurmond Call is murdered, and from the swamps, infamous for its intermarriage and violence, this man is arrested, tried, and convicted of the crime.
Hillary Van Wetter, from Pete Dexter’s The Paperboy

15. This Florida governor eats road kill and wears a shower cap.
Skink, from Carl Hiaasen’s Skinny Dip

Locations and Place Names . . .

16. Hemingway lived there, wrote about it, and hung out in its bars such as Sloppy Joe’s.      Key West

17. It’s a state-of-mind kind of place: "When you are there, you will know it," says the singer/songwriter/author, who got "wasted away" there.

18. The wild swamp area where the orchid thief pursued the ghost orchid and was eventually arrested.      Fakahatchee Strand State Reserve

19. In the first of the wild and wacky Serge Storms crime series, Serge ends up in Miami Beach, but the novel begins in  Tampa

Writers Mark Winegardner, Robert Olen Butler and Virgil Suarez live and work in this city.  Tallahassee

Nothing to do with fiction or essay, but you gotta know anyway . . .

21. Name the head coach of the Miami Dolphins from 1970 to 1995, the "winningest" coach in NFL history, who did, incidentally, co-author the well-received Everyone's a CoachDon Shula

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