A Former Navy Pilot, Historian, Researcher, and Documentary Filmmaker Will Present Their Unique Stories

From cheating death while piloting a supersonic Tomcat fighter aircraft, to celebrating the wild side of Florida, to the controversial history of Florida’s Cross Barge Canal, library visitors will have a wide range of fascinating topics to pick from in this fall’s lineup of author presentations. All events are free and open to the public.

13-08059AUTHOR:     Dave Baranek, “Topgun Days”

WHEN:    Saturday, Oct. 3, 1 p.m.

WHERE: Beaches Branch Library, 600 3rd St., Neptune Beach – 32266

A former instructor at the Navy’s elite Topgun Fighter Weapons School and Hollywood advisory, Baranek will discuss his life as a pilot and provide a behind-the-scenes look at the movie, “Top Gun.” Books will be available for purchase.

51lLKHw3+AL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_AUTHOR:   Steve Noll and Dave Tegeder, “Ditch of Dreams: The Cross Florida Barge

Canal and the Struggle for Florida’s Future”

WHEN:      Saturday, Oct. 24, 1 p.m.

WHERE:   Main Library, 303 Laura St. N. – 32202

Based on the award-winning book, this presentation examines the long and controversial history of the Cross Florida Barge Canal and environmentalist Marjorie Carr’s successful movement to halt the project before completion.


img_1958aAUTHOR:     Bill Belleville, “Celebrating the Wild Side of Florida”

WHEN:      Saturday, Nov. 14, 1:30 p.m.

WHERE:   Main Library, 303 Laura St. N. – 32202

An author and documentary filmmaker specializing in nature, Bill Belleville will celebrate the wild side of Florida and give a compelling presentation about identifying our natural landscapes.

The Jacksonville Public LibraryBill Belleville is committed to making its programs accessible to all persons. If you need special accommodations, please call 630-2665 (TTY 630-1999) at least 72 hours prior to the event.

About the Jacksonville Public Library

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