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Naturally Speaking: Award-winning author to appear at Annette’s Book Nook book signing

April 19, 2011
By MELISSA SCHNEIDER, mschneider@breezenewspapers.com
By MELISSA SCHNEIDER

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Longtime Southwest Floridian, Sanibel Islander and multiple-award-winning author Charles Sobczak is proud to announce he’s recently released his latest work, “The Living Gulf Coast: A Nature Guide to Southwest Florida,” with copies available throughout the area and beyond.

This 500-plus-paged full-color masterpiece guide is the perfect tool for any wildlife adventure from here to northern Florida. And, just as it states on the cover, Charles’ most recent work truly is a naturalist’s guide, complete with places to check-mark and highlight, allowing its user to be totally interactive with the guide and the nature that surrounds them.

The novelist explained why he decided to come out with such a great natural Florida guide.

“I finished the companion book, ‘Living Sanibel - A Nature Guide to Sanibel & Captiva Islands,’ and I realized that, although it worked great for the islands, it didn’t really fit once a person crossed over the causeway,” he said. “Thinking about all the different wildlife: rattlesnakes, turkeys, bears, panthers, etc., I decided to broaden the scope and write ‘The Living Gulf Coast.’”

This extremely informative guide not only shows its readers what type of wildlife is out there in our natural land, but the best known and unknown paths and parks around that not many even know about.

“You have no idea how many great natural places there are around here until you read this book,” Charles said. “I guarantee there’s at least one place in this book you never knew even existed.”

Along with an extensive look at the multiple forms of wildlife and natural habitats throughout our area, Charles was sure to include thousands of amazing photos from local nature photographers.

“The photographers in the book are brilliant,” Charles said. “Alan Maltz is the official fine arts and wildlife photographer for the State of Florida. Dick Fortune, Sara Lopez, Judd Patterson, R.J. Wiley have all won numerous awards and are totally dedicated to their art. It’s the quality of their work that adds to the overall quality of the book.”

And quality there is, indeed. In fact, upon its first release, “The Living Gulf Coast” hit shelves with a whirlwind of excitement, selling more than 1,000 copies in the blink of an eye – less than a month.

“It just shows how great this book is,” Charles said, speaking of the multiple nature facilities and educational institutions that grabbed up cases of the book as soon as it was released, not to mention the many book stores and individual purchases around town.

Living in Southwest Florida for over 27 years, it’s no wonder Charles is so attracted to the natural, tropical beauty we live within year-round.

“Southwest Florida is unique,” he said. “Unlike the east coast of Florida, we still have open spaces that matter. The people here are more laid back, and the birding, as well as the wildlife and fishing, is nothing short of amazing. It is always good advice to write about what you know, and Southwest Florida is what I know best.”

An independent publisher since first professionally writing novels, Charles has done an amazing job getting his multiple releases out to the mass public.

“My second novel, (currently out of print), called ‘Way Under Contract: A Florida Story’ won the Patrick Smith Award for best Florida fiction in 2001. My first non-fiction work, ‘Alligators, Sharks & Panthers: Deadly Encounters With Florida’s Top Predator-Man,’ won a bronze IPPY Award for the best regional non-fiction title and we are hoping Living Sanibel is in the running this year for a gold medal from IPPY. We’ll know in late May,” the author eagerly stated.

This is Charles’ eighth release, his third non-fiction piece. It seems after his first dabbling in non-fiction, “Alligators, Sharks & Panthers,” Charles has shown his true passion for local nature and wildlife.

“When I sit back and ask myself why I wrote this book, I cannot help but think of them: the birds, the mammals, the snakes and the countless other living things that do not have a voice in the industries of mankind,” he said. “I would like to think of myself as their voice. I hope that these Living books help people appreciate that all living things should be cherished and respected. I speak for them, their future, their lives and their stories.”



Charles’ upcoming signings

You can come meet Charles Sobczak yourself during a book signing at Annette’s Book Nook in the Santini Marina Village, 7205 Estero Blvd., Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., where copies of his latest release, among others, will be available.

A portion of the proceeds of the sale of each book goes toward the author’s continued support of organizations such as the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club, Audubon Society, World Wildlife Fund, and other groups dedicated to regional and worldwide conservation projects.

To order, or read an excerpt from “The Living Gulf Coast,” go to IndigoPress.net.

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Longtime Southwest Floridian, Sanibel Islander and multiple-award-winning author Charles Sobczak is proud to announce he’s recently released his latest work, “The Living Gulf Coast: A Nature Guide to Southwest Florida.'

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You can come meet Charles Sobczak yourself during a book signing at Annette’s Book Nook in the Santini Marina Village, 7205 Estero Blvd., Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., where copies of his latest release, among others, will be available.

 
 

 

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