Pulitzer Prize winning author at Hancock library

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018 1:4PM
HancockAuthor to discuss award-winning book

Jack Davis will talk about his book, The Gulf: The Making of An American Sea, which won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for History, today at 7 p.m. at the Hancock library.

The book is a sweeping history, from geological formation to the present, of how the Gulf of Mexico converged with human life around it. The New York Times writes about the book, “Davis has written a beautiful homage to a neglected sea, a lyrical paean to its remaining estuaries and marshes, and a marvelous mash-up of human and environmental history.”

The Gulf was also a New York Times Notable Book for 2017, a Washington Post Best Book for 2017, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction, and winner of the 2017 Kirkus Prize for nonfiction.

Davis is an author and professor of history at the University of Florida, where he teaches environmental history and sustainability studies. He divides the seasons between two “villes”: Gainesville, Fla., and Harrisville, N.H.