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A Land Remembered Tour Spring 2017 Schedule

Audiences all over Florida have raved about the A Land Remembered Multimedia Show about my father, Patrick D. Smith, and his beloved books, especially A Land Remembered. I call the show Patrick Smith’s Florida IS A Land Remembered. It isn’t a stuffy “lecture” or a “talk.” I call it visual storytelling and it’s a fun, fast-paced and entertaining “show!”

While A Land Remembered is a key theme of my show, in order to understand what led him to write this book l also talk about the other books that were important steps in his writing career. In my opinion, every one of them is a gem and this is the best possible way to meet the author and understand his work more deeply as I take the stage with this multimedia show about him and the extraordinary experiences that enabled him to write such unforgettable stories about the “river rats” of Mississippi (The River is Home), the Seminoles of South Florida (Forever Island and Allapattah), the plight of migrant workers (Angel City) and ultimately, the pioneers so accurately portrayed in A Land Remembered.

I love taking this show on the road and I hope to meet you along the way in March 2017. Here is where the A Land Remembered tour will be. Be sure to click on the link for to get times, ticketing information, addresses and other details about a specific show. These are the public shows. There are several private and school presentations too.

Sebring, March 2
Punta Gorda, March 4
Merritt Island, March 8
Lake Wales, March 9
Melbourne, March 11
Bartow, March 13
Jupiter, March 18
Naples, March 23
West Palm Beach, March 25
Advent Christian Village, March 30
Live Oak, March 30

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A Land Remembered Tour Spring, 2016 Schedule

Here is where the A Land Remembered tour will be in February and March of 2016. Be sure to click on the link for to get times, ticketing information, addresses and other details about a specific show. These are the public shows. There are several private and school presentations too. I still have a few available dates: if interested contact me through Facebook.

Ormond Beach, February 27
Dade City, March 210553413_10152926628893783_7401017545003393408_n
Oldsmar, March 3
Fort Myers, March 5
Punta Gorda, March 8
Hobe Sound, March 10
Fort Myers, March 14
Winter Park, March 17
Stuart, March 17
Pembroke Pines, March 19
Estero, March 22
Cape Canaveral, March 24

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Interview with Patrick Smith for FORUM Magazine

In 2013, the Florida Humanities Council interviewed Patrick Smith for inclusion in their May 2013 issue of their award-winning FORUM magazine. His words were in the feature story, Journey to the Heart of Florida. Recently, with the power of technology, the magazine is online and you can actually listen to Patrick Smith’s interview in its entirety!

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Here is how to listen to the interview – simply click on the listen button on the magazine page

 

If you want to know more about Florida, you’ll want to read the FORUM magazine. You’ll enjoy wonderful stories, beautifully illustrated, about the state and its people, past and present.

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The Last Ride… Rides Again!

Introducing The Last Ride … a real bull ride of a book. Get it today for $3.00 off.

We recently unearthed “the lost books” of my father, Patrick D. Smith. You are probably familiar with A Land Remembered, Forever Island, Allapattah, The River is Home, Angel City and The Beginning, but three of Dad’s books have been all but impossible to find, so few people are even aware they exist. That’s why we call them the “lost books.” They areThe Seas That Mourn, In Search of The Russian Bear and The Last Ride.

All three titles are fascinating books that deserve to be read. I love them all and I’m happy to tell you that I’ve bought the rights and all inventory from the previous publisher and am making them widely available for the first time. I want to introduce you to them one at a time, starting today with The Last Ride.

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Below is a short video to introduce you to the book. Click anywhere on it to start it playing.

The Last Ride is unique among the books written by Patrick D. Smith. It is the true story of a young man’s life and the unfortunate turn it took.

This story takes the reader on a personal journey with former bull riding champion Glen “Pee Wee” Mercer, who on November 11, 1995, at the age of 25, suffered an accident while dismounting a bull at the Southeastern Circuit Final at Brighton, Florida. This resulted in a broken neck and severed spinal cord, thus changing his life forever. The Last Ride is the dramatic story of his life both before and after the accident.

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Patrick Smith met Mercer following a speaking engagement for the Friends of the Library in Williston, where Mercer lived. The two struck up a bond of friendship. Mercer was unable to write but had a colorful life’s story to tell. Smith agreed to help Mercer share his story and so they collaborated on the book. The result seven months later was publication of The Last Ride.

Although this book covers Pee Wee’s rodeo career throughout Florida and many other parts of the United States, it is not just a book about rodeo. It is also the story of young love gone awry, of adventure, high humor, youthful exuberance during those years when people think they are indestructible, of hopes and dreams of the future and how those hopes and dreams are shattered forever in just one split second of time.

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This is also a heartfelt story of courage, of the determination to endure in a world few others can even imagine. Sometimes it is a very lonely world indeed, one peopled only with memories.

Smith said that “Working with Pee Wee on this book has been one of the most gratifying experiences of my lifetime. Sometimes the greatest gift you can receive in life is helping someone less fortunate than yourself. I will always remember with pleasure the road Pee Wee and I have traveled together.” Smith went on to describe Pee Wee as a “Profile in Courage.”

The Last Ride will grip the interest and emotions of all readers, young and old alike. It is much like taking a literary rafting trip down a turbulent mountain stream. You will become part of the action and will be there every step of the way.

I am certain you will enjoy this book. It deserves a place in the collection of all Patrick Smith fans.

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Patrick Smith’s “Lost” Books Found

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We call these the “Lost Books” because most people have never heard of them due to poor distribution. We have now acquired rights to them and are thrilled to make these books available. We’ll have them for sale on our upcoming multimedia tour and soon they will be available here, online.

The Seas That Mourn

New-Seas3inchIn 1942 alone, German U-Boats sank almost four million gross registered tons of Allied ships convoying goods and war supplies to the war ravaged European continent, Britain and North Africa. That same year, 17-year old Jimmy Kendall leaves his small Mississippi town to join the Merchant Marine.

He soon discovers that supplying the troops in unprotected waters exposes him to some of the fiercest battles in WWII. The Seas That Mourn is a riveting story of unsung heroes who navigated dangerous waters and perilous conditions to provide American and Allied troops with critical supplies of ammunition, fuel and goods. These sailors, often overlooked for their service, were key in turning the tide of the war.

“In The Seas That Mourn, Pat Smith does for the Merchant Marine what his previous novels have done for Florida Crackers. Flourishing his decency and humanity, as always, he has come through with another fine book for Smith collectors.” ~Al Burt, Former Miami Herald Columnist & Award Winning Author

“Once again, Patrick Smith is back. This time, though, he has taken to the high seas in a novel based on his experiences with the merchant marine during WWII. This heartfelt work shows that Patrick Smith is a novelist who is never off his game.” ~ Anonymous

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LastRideSmallThe Last Ride

On November 11, 1995, at the age of 25, former bull riding champion Glen “Pee Wee” Mercer suffered an accident while dismounting a bull at the Southeastern Circuit Final at Brighton, Florida, which resulted in a broken neck and severed spinal cord, thus changing his life forever. The Last Ride is the dramatic story of his life both before and after the accident.

Although this book covers Pee Wee’s rodeo career throughout Florida and many other parts of the United States, it is not just a book about rodeo. It is also the story of young love gone awry, of adventure, high humor, youthful exuberance during those years when people think they are indestructible, of hopes and dreams of the future and how those hopes and dreams are shattered forever in just one split second of time.

This is also a heartfelt story of courage, of the determination to endure in a world few others can even imagine. Sometimes it is a very lonely world indeed, one peopled only with memories.

The Last Ride will grip the interest and emotions of all readers, young and old alike. It is much like taking a literary rafting trip down a turbulent mountain stream. You will become part of the action and will be there every step of the way.

$18 (hardbound) – Add to Cart

View a promotional video here. 

 


 

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In 1983, Florida author Patrick Smith and his wife Iris traveled throughout the Soviet Union and Uzbekistan through an invitation from the Soviet Writers Union. Smith relates these experiences through fascinating stories and images in the fun, factual chronicle.

There is high humor in this book, as well as heartfelt moments. It paints vivid pictures of places few Americans have seen or will see. The descriptions are so real that readers will feel that they have been there. There is also much in this book for food lovers to enjoy. The descriptions of food, both Russian and Uzbek, are exceptional.

In Search of The Russian Bear is unlike any other book set in Eastern Europe and Middle Asia. It is unique and will take readers on a fascinating journey.

Softbound, 242 pages $12.95 Add to Cart

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