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Lauren Groff’s ‘Florida:’ A Psychological State Imposed by the Natural World of Florida


WUFT’s Glenn Richards speaks with world-renown, best-selling Gainesville author Lauren Groff. She is the author of five books, including her last book, the National Book Award Finalist, Fates and Furies. It won the 2015 American Booksellers’ Association Indies’ Choice Award for Fiction, was a New York Times Notable book and Bestseller, and Amazon.com’s #1 book of 2015. It was also President Obama’s favorite book of 2015.

Groff’s new book is a collection of short stories called, Florida. It is being published today (Tuesday, June 5, 2018) by Riverhead Books/Penguin Random House and will be celebrated with a free Book Launch Party at 6:00 p.m. at the Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention in Gainesville.

It is already receiving early favorable attention from The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, The Chicago Tribune, Vogue, NPR, and more. It looks like Florida is quickly becoming a must-read book for summer reading lists.

More information is available at: laurengroff.com and cademuseum.org.

About Glenn Richards

Glenn Richards is Operations Coordinator and local host for Morning Edition on WUFT-FM. His background includes 30+ years of radio in South Florida as an air personality, promotion director, and morning show producer (WSHE, WZTA, & WFLC). His previous education includes a Bachelor of Science in Communication from the University of Miami where he was also general manager of WVUM-FM. Upon his arrival in Gainesville in 2006 to pursue a telecommunication master’s degree at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, he worked as an air personality at WRUF-FM (both Rock104 and Country 103.7 The Gator). One of Glenn’s passions is local music. Since 1990, he has produced and hosted local music programs in both South Florida and Gainesville, playing demos and independent releases from unsigned artists, many of whom went on to national prominence including: Marilyn Manson, Sister Hazel, For Squirrels, Matchbox 20, Saigon Kick, Mary Karlzen, Nil Lara, Hundred Waters, and more.

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  1. Loved this piece and learning more about Ms. Groff. Funny enough, “Oranges” by John McPhee was one of my first favorite books on Florida, second only to “A Naturalist in Florida” by Archie Carr. I’ll be looking forward to reading Ms. Groff’s book soon.

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