Sarasota County Libraries will be hosting the 2014 ‘One Book’ author, Bryan Mealer, at three free events this month. The public is invited to meet the author of the 2014 One Book One Community selection, “Muck City: Winning and Losing in Football’s Forgotten Town.”
As a journalist, Bryan Mealer lived in Belle Glade, Fla., for one year and followed the Glades Central High School football team and community members and recorded their stories.
“Muck City” presents a town of Floridians, who for generations, have lived in poverty and isolation. In this tight, close-knit, community it is a common quest to improve one’s lot, despite familiarity with despair and failure. Incredibly for this woeful and neglected town, we learn that Belle Glade produces football legends by the legions, many garnering coveted multimillion dollar professional contracts and lucrative scholarship packages,” said Barb McDonald, Sarasota County Library System outreach coordinator.
Bryan Mealer will discuss his book at the following times and locations:
Thursday, Jan. 30, at 3 p.m.
Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Library
4143 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice, FL 34293
Friday, Jan. 31, at 10:30 a.m.
North Sarasota library
2801 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34234
Friday, Jan. 31, at 5:30 p.m.
1331 First St., Sarasota, FL 34236
Susan Rife, Arts & Books Editor, Herald Tribune will moderate
Many readers will recognize the names of football players who appear in the book. Kelvin Benjamin, for example, who scored the winning touchdown for the Florida State University Seminoles at the 2014 Bowl Championship Series’ National Championship Game, is featured prominently in the book.
The programs are free and open to the public.
The month of February will be dedicated to book discussions at the nine Sarasota County public libraries. Please refer to the events calendar for more information.
Since 2003 thousands of people have joined a conversation about the “One Book” they have read and share in common.
For more information, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000.