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Famous Author Lecture & Lunch

Craig Pittman

Monday, January 10th

12pm – 2pm

General Admission | $45

Table of 8 | $360

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Famous Author Lecture Series Sponsored By:

Our Famous Author Lecture Series brings national and international bestselling authors to Fort Myers, enriching the community with high-quality literary experiences. These 2-hour events invite guests to enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by Friscos and a lecture from the series author, offering insights into their works.

 (Past guest authors include: Neely Tucker, Tim Dorsey, Alex Segura, Lisa See, Hallie Ephron, Brad Meltzer, Anthony Franze, Katherine Neville, Deborah Crombie, and Hank Phillippi Ryan, among others.)

Author Lecture: Craig Pittman

Craig Pittman is a native Floridian. Born in Pensacola, he graduated from Troy State University in Alabama, where his muckraking work for the student paper prompted an agitated dean to label him “the most destructive force on campus.” Since then he has covered a variety of newspaper beats and quite a few natural disasters, including hurricanes, wildfires and the Florida Legislature. Since 1998, he has covered environmental issues for Florida’s largest newspaper, the Tampa Bay Times. He has won the Waldo Proffitt Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism in Florida four times, and twice won the top investigative reporting award from the Society of Environmental Journalists. Stories he has written for Sarasota magazine have won three first-place awards from the Florida Magazine Association.He’s the co-author, with Matthew Waite, of Paving Paradise: Florida’s Vanishing Wetlands and the Failure of No Net Loss, (2009), which won the Stetson Kennedy Award from the Florida Historical Society. His second book was Manatee Insanity: Inside the War Over Florida’s Most Famous Endangered Species (2010), which the Florida Humanities Council named one of 21 “essential” books for Floridians. His latest book The Scent of Scandal: Greed, Betrayal, and the World’s Most Beautiful Orchid, was just published. His latest book, Oh, Florida! How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country was released in 2016 and Cat Tale: The Wild, Weird Battle to Save the Florida Panther, released in 2020. 

Catered by Frisco’s 


Barcelona Salad-Fresh greens topped Serrano ham, manchengo cheese,
grape tomatoes, black olives, green olives, purple onions, cucumber, & red
wine vinaigrette.

NY Style Cheesecake w/ Raspberry Sauce

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All sales are final. There are no refunds or exchanges on tickets except for cancelled events that are not rescheduled. SBDAC does not offer refunds on purchased ticket. In rare circumstances when a performance may be cancelled (due to extreme weather, artist absence, or other unavoidable situations) we offer refunds or replacement tickets for another performance.

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