Matheson History Museum presents “Writing a Florida Novel” on January 21

Press release from Matheson History Museum

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida author, Rebecca J. Johnston, will speak about World War I, Floridians returning from the war, prohibition, the Bonus Army, the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, and the process of writing these topics into her novel, Not to Keep.

Not to Keep follows the lives of five young friends as they grow from their shared childhood in the woods and swamps of North Central Florida through their experiences in World War One and their return home from war. Their story weaves through the history of America’s reception of returning WWI vets as they experience the Bonus Army in Washington D.C. and the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935. Due to the lack of care and concern shown to WWI veterans, we now have the Veterans Administration.

The event will take place at 4 p.m. on January 21. Parking is available at the Matheson, next door at the law offices of Folds & Walker, and the Alachua County Public Schools District Offices.

Registration – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/writing-a-florida-novel-tickets-493833718947

Zoom Registration – https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BZ_ULum7TpqWEWV1fxGE7Q

Rebecca J. Johnston is an English professor at Santa Fe College and a doctoral candidate at the University of Exeter. She also serves as the Vice President of the Florida Hemingway Society. She has researched along the Italian Front of WWI through grants from the International Hemingway Society. Her debut novel, Not to Keep, was published in January 2022.

This event is sponsored in part by Visit Gainesville/Alachua County, FL and by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of the Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida.