Martin County Library System Press Releases

January 3, 2012

Florida Authors Discuss Zora Neale Hurston at Blake Library Jan. 28, Anniversary of Her Death


Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body and Spirit




Contact: Martin County Library System Public Relations

(772) 221-1403


Florida Authors Discuss the Late Zora Neale Hurston

at Martin Chautauqua South Lecture Series



(Stuart, FL – January 3, 2012) Three noted scholars will be discussing different aspects of the life of the late Harlem Renaissance author Zora Neale Hurston, as the Martin County Library System Friends groups kick off the annual Chautauqua South series in January. 


A highlight of the series – Zora Neale Hurston: Following Her Dust Tracks – will be a presentation by Dr. Anna Lillios, author of Crossing the Creek: The Literary Friendship of Zora Neal Hurston and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Lynn Moylan, author of Zora Neale Hurston’s Final Decade and Indian River State College professor Steven Knapp, author of Florida in the Popular Imagination: Essays on the Cultural Landscape of the Sunshine State.  Their panel will be Saturday, January 28 at 2 p.m. in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart.  January 28 is the 52nd anniversary of Hurston’s death in Fort Pierce. 


Dr. Lillios, a professor at University of Central Florida, is also head of the Zora Neale Hurston Electronic Archives based at UCF.  Lillios’s book, released in the Fall of 2010, discusses the relationship between Hurston and the late Cross Creek author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. The Florida Humanities Council recognized Lillios’s work with a Bronze Award in the 2011 Florida Book Awards. 


Knapp, who teaches IRSC students about Hurston and who has become a scholar on the famed Harlem Renaissance author, will present The Secret Zora Neale Hurston: Things Neither Hurston’s Friends Nor Hurston’s Foes Reveal About This Iconic Author.  Knapp has been a guest speaker at several Hurston events commemorating special events and anniversaries in her life.  He recently was honored by The Florida College English Association’s Glassman – O’Sullivan Writing Prize.


Moylan, a Palm Beach County school teacher, studied the last 10 years of Hurston’s life and collected stories from individuals who knew Hurston when she was alive.  The book covers her years of living in Fort Pierce, where she is buried, life in Eau Gallie in Brevard County where she worked at the Patrick Air Force Base Library, in Belle Glade where she worked in a florist shop, and in Miami, where she was a maid in a Miami Beach home.  All the while, Hurston continued to write articles for national publications and in 1952 covered the Ruby McCollum trial for The Pittsburgh Courier


Panelists’ books will be available for sale and signing.  Also available for sale will be Zora Neale Hurston’s Dust Tracks on a Road: An Autobiography and Their Eyes Were Watching God.


The program is FREE and open to the public.  For additional information, contact the Martin County Library System at (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection or Chautauqua South brochure at any Martin County library or visit the library website,




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