Library Services will host New York Times bestselling author Randy Wayne White as he delivers a talk on the importance of the written word followed by a book signing of his newly released novel, Deep Blue, on Wednesday, March 23 at 4:00pm in Reed Hall 249. To RSVP, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Copies of Deep Blue will be on sale before and after White's talk, which will be immediately followed by a book signing. The novel is the 23rd in a series following character Doc Ford, the marine biologist who inspired Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille. In this latest thriller, Doc Ford is enlisted for a deadly covert operation to track down an ISIS sympathizer in Mexico. The truth slowly begins to come to light after Ford returns home to Sanibel Island, Florida, only to find that someone has followed him. The plot that he had been hired to stop is broader, and far more insidious, than initially expected.
If White's talk is anything like his life, the audience is in for a good time. The author has been a farm hand, a brass and iron foundry worker, a telephone lineman, and, for thirteen years, a full-time fishing guide at Tarpon Bay Marina on Florida’s Sanibel Island. He has been stabbed, “shot at with intent,” and was in a hotel that got blown up by Shining Path Anarchists in Peru. As a columnist for Outside magazine he has covered the America’s Cup races in Australia, gone dog sledding in Alaska, searched for wild orangutans on Borneo, brought back refugees from Cuba, been diving in the infamous Bad Blue Hole lake on the desolate Cat Island in the Bahamas, and even participated in a mission to steal back General Manuel Noriega’s bar stools.
In addition to the Doc Ford series, White has also had four collections of his columns for Outside magazine elsewhere published in addition to his Hannah Smith and Randy Striker series.
White has been awarded the Conch Republic Prize for Literature as well as the John D. Macdonald Award for Literary Excellency. He is one of only four writers named as an Editor At Large by prestigious Outside Magazine (Jon Krakauer, Hampton Sides and Tim Cahill are the others). In 2011, White was named a Florida Literary Legend by the Florida Heritage Society. A fishing and nature enthusiast, he has also written extensively for National Geographic Adventure, Men’s Journal, Playboy and Men’s Health.
He lives on Sanibel Island, Florida, where he was a light-tackle fishing guide for many years, and spends much of his free time windsurfing, playing baseball, and hanging out at Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille.