Martin County Library System Press Releases

April 23, 2014

2013 Best Florida Fiction winner Mary E. Dawson to discuss one of FL’s most beautiful roads May 3

For immediate release: April 23, 2014
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, 772-463-3205

Palm City, FL – Come and explore the Martin Grade through photos and stories with award-winning author Mary E. Dawson, Saturday May 3 from 2 to 3pm at the Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 SW Matheson Ave, Palm City.

The Martin Grade in western Martin County was recently named one of Florida’s most beautiful roads. Discover its history; what you can do along the way, what makes the Grade’s magnificent tree canopy unique, and how designating it a Florida Scenic Highway can protect the trees and the “Martin County difference.”

Mary E. Dawson is the author of two prize-winning novels, “The River Way Home: The Adventures of the Cowboy, the Indian, and the Amazon Queen,” which is now available at and “Code Name Nanette,” which is in production. “The River Way Home” is a tale of old Florida for young and old alike. Rich in historical detail, it draws the reader deep into the beauty and mystery of Florida’s unique environment to experience her characters’ exploration of friendship, loss, and possibility.

A former professional photographer, editor for NASA, community activist, elected official, and attorney, Mary searched from New Orleans, to Seattle, to Houston, and Miami, before she found the place she calls home – a small remnant of Florida’s last frontier, which she shares with friends, family, and a black-and-tan hound that wandered out of the Allapattah Flats one sunny afternoon.

For more information, call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any library location, or visit the library website at




January 2, 2014

Alligators! Outlaws! And Tourists! with author Mary E. Dawson begins January 21

For immediate release: January 2, 2014
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, Public Relations,

Beginning Tuesday, January 21 through April 12, Mary E. Dawson, award-winning author of The River Way Home: The Adventures of the Cowboy, the Indian & The Amazon Queen, will be taking attendees on a journey through the alligator-infested swamps and pristine rivers of western Martin County a hundred years ago-to the city of Stuart in the year it became a city. Through historical photographs and true stories, you’ll meet the real people and places that inspired her rollicking old-Florida adventure which was named Best Florida Fiction for 2013 by the Florida Authors and Publishers Association. Plus, you’ll learn something fun and new about Martin County’s history!

Providing a vivid snapshot of Martin County in 1914, The River Way Home tells the story of three teens from different cultural backgrounds, a Cracker, a Seminole, and an African-American girl, when they lose their boat in a storm on Lake Okeechobee and must navigate their way back home through the Floridian jungle of western Martin County. History buffs will be excited to learn that the novel also includes a section dedicated to old photographs and historical essays that explain the origin of the characters’ issues, and events portrayed in the tale.

Mary E. Dawson will be presenting at all six Martin County Library Locations, a schedule follows:

January 21, 2:00-3:00 pm
Blake Library

February 12, 6:00-7:00 pm
Robert Morgade Library

February 28, 6:00-7:00 pm
Hoke Library

March 15, 3:00-4:00 pm
Elisabeth Lahti Library

March 29, 2:00-3:00 pm
Peter & Julie Cummings Library

April 12, 2:00-3:00 pm
Hobe Sound Public Library

To learn more about the Martin County Library System, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library location, call 772-221-1403 or visit the library website at



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