Press Release for Tuesday, February 8, 2005

UNF: Author to Speak on Re-making the Wild World

February 8, 2005
Contact Sharon Ashton
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2115

The author of the American Book Award-winner Ecology of a Cracker Childhood will speak at the University of North Florida on Monday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the UNF University Center.
Janisse Ray, who was the 2003-04 John and Renee Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi, will speak on “Ecology of a Cracker Childhood: Re-making the Wild World.” Her Distinguished Voices lecture is free and open to the public.
A naturalist and environmental activist, Ray grew up in a junkyard along U.S. Highway 1 in rural Baxter, Ga. She details her colorful family and surroundings and her later desire to save the longleaf pine ecosystem in Ecology of a Cracker Childhood. She is also the author of Wild Card Quilt, which details her return to rural Georgia with her son.
For a complete list of Distinguished Voices lectures at UNF that are free and open to the public, visit and click on the Distinguished Voices link.
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