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Best of the Blog 2014

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BEST OF THE BLOG
2014

Dear Reader,
During the past year, we've had a great time keeping you updated with weekly posts on our blog, The Florida Bookshelf. From author guest posts to holiday-themed guides, our blog presence has grown. We're looking forward to another great year of Q&A's, review roundups, and publication announcements, but we wanted to make sure you didn't miss out on some of the best blog entries of the year. Take a look at the most popular posts of 2014, and stay tuned to The Florida Bookshelf in 2015.

Fans of FX's incredibly popular American Horror Story: Coven recognize Madame Lalaurie and Marie Laveau as characters played by Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett in a mesmerizing world of intrigue, witchcraft, and gore set in New Orleans. 

In this post, Carolyn Long, the author of biographies on both of these fascinating women--Lalaurie and Laveau--takes each episode and offers captivating facts to counter and compliment the over-the-top fantasy depicted on screen.

For Valentine's Day 2014, we introduced what could possibly be the world's FIRST EVER book acrostic love poems. 


This Valentine's Day challenge came from our current marketing manager, Romi Gutierrez. In the post, you'll find four poems written by members of UPF's marketing department--with the help of some titles we ♥. 


In July 2014, Sony Pictures outbid Warner Bros. and Paramount to acquire the rights to Bob Kealing's  Tupperware Unsealed: Brownie Wise, Earl Tupper, and the Home Party Pioneers. The movie will be directed by Tate Taylor (The Help) and will star Sandra Bullock in her first role since her Oscar-nominated performance in Gravity.

Tupperware Unsealed tells the story of Brownie Wise, the first woman to appear on the cover of Business Week. and the creator of the Tupperware "home party" phenomenon.

When Lee Wilson, author of Rebel on Pointe: A Memoir of Ballet and Broadway, first began dancing, she wore tap shoes and took lessons in her neighbor's basement. But it was after watching ballet company after ballet company perform that Wilson found a new art. After dancing on pointe in Europe and with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet in New York, Wilson again felt drawn to a new dance outlet: Broadway.

 

What exactly is it about Broadway that attracts ballet dancers? In this post, Wilson shares some of the reasons why ballet dancers turn to Broadway. 

 

In 1960s Ft. Pierce, Florida, a group of 26 self-taught African-American artists sold their 24" x 36" Upson board paintings out of their car trunks. Even without a name for themselves, they made a living by painting landscapes in their backyards and selling them on the highway. Only decades later, in 1994, did these painters become recognized and lauded as "The Highwaymen," the creators of over 100,000 oil paintings.
In our holiday gift guide, we tackled the age-old question that crops up every holiday season:  What do you get the person who has everything? Our answer? Books, of course. Whether a birthday, anniversary, holiday, or any other special occasion,  you can still find ideas in this post.

At the University Press of Florida, we're proud of the fantastic work we publish--about 90 books a year--on an incredibly wide variety of topics. But in our excitement over announcing great books, sending them into the world, and tracking their journeys and successes, we often neglect to mention our staff who make the books possible. In this post, we offer a glimpse at what goes on behind the scenes every day here at the University Press of Florida. 

 

Florida may not exactly have the type of fall weather that inspires you to curl up in a thick sweater by a roaring fireplace, but when it comes to food, the Sunshine State is home to exotic cuisine that can make your Thanksgiving dinner uniquely delicious.

 

The authors of three brand-new Florida cookbooks teamed up with Mark DeNote, author of The Great Florida Craft Beer Guide, to offer some recipes--and craft beer pairings!--that will add fresh local Florida flavor to your holiday or any day of the week.

 

It was that time of year again, when we here at the University Press of Florida partake in the semiannual merry-go-round that is the assembly of our seasonal sales kits. 

Watch as interns, publicists, marketing and metadata managers join together to make this amazing achievement happen in a matter of hours-all to the tune of "Jerusalem Ridge" by local Gainesville musician/fiddler, Jon Gaunt.
Marketing intern Micole Kaye worked closely with Mac Stone's Everglades: America's Wetland during her internship at the University Press of Florida and discovered some amazing facts about America's largest wetland. In this post she shares some of the wonders you can find in the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States.

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