Lynn Waddell: Fringe Florida
Tue., Oct. 8, 7 p.m. 2013
Free admission; books for purchase.
The wacky Sunshine State has been strapped onto a slew of punchlines over the years, but leave it to a former CL/Weekly Planet writer to delve into its recesses with both ethical professionalism and a healthy sense of humor. In Lynn Waddell’s new book, Fringe Florida, no humans or animals were harmed — well, except for, perhaps, Waddell and her travel companion/hubby/good sport, James Harvey, who find themselves in a couple of truly awkward situations. Undaunted, Waddell navigates Florida’s countercultural terrain in entertainingly titled chapters like “Radical Rednecks,” “Alien Riviera” or “Spirits, Fairies and a Blow-Up Mary” — scenarios so well drawn that Fringe Florida has garnered heaps of favorable press, fresh off the presses. The book even earned Waddell this year’s Best of the Bay award for “Best journey into Florida’s underbelly.” Editor David Warner credits Waddell for being “an engaged, curious observer, who without condescension or cheap shots, sheds new light on everything from the Mons Venus to the Holy Land Experience.”