One Book One Community announces that the 2016 One Book selection is the entire works of author John D. MacDonald, in commemoration of his 100th birth anniversary.
John D. MacDonald lived and worked in Sarasota from 1952 until his death in 1986. He was a prolific novelist and short story writer, completing 78 books across several genres including thrillers and science fiction. He was most well-known for his 21-book Travis McGee crime thriller series, and the novel “The Executioners,” which was adapted into the film “Cape Fear.” Many of his stories brought attention and concern to Florida’s rapid growth and environmental issues long before they were popular. His definitive hurricane disaster novel “Condominium” was just selected as the Florida Library Association’s One Book One State for 2016. His many accolades include being named a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America in 1962 and winning a National Book Award in 1980.
One Book is partnering with the Friends of the Selby Library Tribute Committee to recognize John D.’s literary legacy. The seven-month celebration in 2016 will include events at the Sarasota County Public Libraries as well as other locations around the county, and conclude with a cake-cutting celebration at Selby Library on July 23, 2016, the day before MacDonald’s 100th birth anniversary.
MacDonald’s influence on other writers is legendary. His Travis McGee series set the stage for other Florida mystery writers, including Randy Wayne White, James Hall, Carl Hiaasen, and Tim Dorsey, all of whom acknowledge a debt to MacDonald. Stephen King called MacDonald “The great entertainer of our age,” and Kurt Vonnegut said, “To diggers a thousand years from now, the works of John D. MacDonald would be a treasure on the order of the tomb of Tutankhamen.”
Join One Book and the Tribute Committee for this celebration of all things John D. MacDonald!