Monthly Book Group

Grab a cup of coffee and join us monthly for an informal discussion
about the best in Florida literature. Topics range from fiction to food, poetry to politics.

Free with registration, the History Center’s book group
meets from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month.

“By Her Own Design: A Novel of Ann Lowe” by Piper Huguley

Discuss with us how Ann Lowe, a Black woman, and granddaughter of enslaved people, rose above personal struggles and racial prejudice to design and create one of America’s most famous wedding dresses of all time for Jackie Kennedy. This month’s book group meets virtually from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19.

"By Her Own Design: A Novel of Ann Lowe" by Piper Huguley

“The Nine Lives of Florida’s Famous Key Marco Cat” by Austin Bell

Excavated from a waterlogged archaeological site on the shores of subtropical Florida by legendary anthropologist Frank Hamilton Cushing in 1896, the Key Marco Cat has become a modern icon of heritage, history, and local identity. This book takes readers into the deep past of the artifact and the Native American society in which it was created. The discussion continues from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16.

"The Nine Lives of Florida's Famous Key Marco Cat" by Austin Bell

“Dreams in a New Century: Instant Cities, Shattered Hopes, and Florida’s Turning Point” by Gary Mormino

It was a time of stunning boom and bust episodes, an era of extremes, and a decade of historical changes that point to Florida’s future. In this book, eminent historian Gary Mormino illuminates early twenty-first-century Florida and its connections to some of the most significant events in contemporary American history. Join the book group virtually from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 16, to review Mormino’s latest book.

"Dreams in a New Century: Instant Cities, Shattered Hopes, and Florida's Turning Point" by Gary Mormino