Author Doris Bloodsworth Explores Central Florida's Past in 'Images of America: Groveland'

Carved out of the longleaf pine forests of central Florida, the city of Groveland was founded by hardworking men and women. In 'Images of America: Groveland,' released today, author and journalist Doris Bloodsworth shares an affectionate history of the city -- the second fastest growing community in Lake County, Florida. Bloodsworth, a Pulitzer-nominated, award-winning writer, helped found the Groveland Historical Museum. The book is the result of extensive research and photographs mined from dozens of sources, including state archives and rare, private collections. The book was chosen for a community-wide summer reading program in Groveland.

Groveland, Fla. (PRWEB) June 22, 2009

The first, comprehensive history book of Groveland, Fla. was released today by Arcadia Publishing. "Images of America: Groveland was written by Pulitzer-nominated writer Doris Bloodsworth," according to the Groveland Historical Society. Bloodsworth is an award-winning journalist who formerly worked for The Wall Street Journal and currently helps cover the Florida federal courts for Bloomberg News.

Images of America: Groveland is a fascinating read, especially for historians interested in Florida's pioneer past. The book was chosen for a community-wide summer reading program in Groveland.

During July, the City of Groveland, Marion Baysinger Memorial Library and the Groveland Historical Society are encouraging the public to read Images of America: Groveland and discuss it during weekly Brown Bag Lunch Discussion Groups at the library and online.

"Images of America: Groveland is the first known comprehensive history of Groveland, Fla.," said Bloodsworth who added she was proud to share the city's compelling story with others.

During the July discussions, author Doris Bloodsworth will lead slideshow presentations of selected chapters and share photos and stories from her research.

Groveland's Mayor Richard Smith, speaking on behalf of the Groveland City Council said, "We believe that when people read about Groveland's past, it will inspire community pride and optimism about our future."

Library branch manager Katherine Spurgeon said, "We are enthusiastic about this reading program that promotes a connected community." Spurgeon said the library's Brown Bag Lunch Discussion program will run every Wednesday in July from noon to 1 p.m. beginning July 8. People are invited to bring a brown bag lunch and discuss the book with the author.

The book includes more than 200 photos and stories of hundreds of men and women from diverse backgrounds who played a role in shaping the city's history. Among the fascinating facts from the book: Groveland was once home to the largest sawmill in the Southeast United States. The city also was the birthplace of Florida Telephone Co. Groveland High School held the bragging rights of having the 'winningest' football record of any school its size in the state of Florida.

Bloodsworth is hosting a launch party for those who shared their photos and stories at Groveland's historic Lake David Center on June 27 at 1 p.m. The first official public launch of Images of America: Groveland will be during the city's signature, annual 4th of July celebration.

Bloodsworth will hold numerous book readings and signings around Lake County and Orlando, Fla., throughout the summer. Those interested in meeting the author or getting a signed copy of the book can check the updated schedule at her blog. Her Orlando book signing schedule includes events at the Barnes and Noble Colonial Plaza on July 11 from 1 PM - 3 PM and at Urban Think! Bookstore on July 18 from 3 PM - 5 PM.

A significant portion of the proceeds from the books sold through the author will go toward funding the Groveland Historical Museum, a 501 c3 charity Bloodsworth helped found to fulfill the dying wishes of a schoolmate.

The book can be purchased through the Groveland Historical Museum's Web site.

About the author:
In addition to writing the pictorial history book, Bloodsworth is the founder and president of Crosswords Communications Co. in Orlando, Fla. Her broad experience includes working in higher education and the insurance, aviation and sports industries before her career in journalism. She graduated with highest honors from the University of Florida where she earned various awards, including the Society of Professional Journalists Award for reporting and ethics. Bloodsworth also earned the Orlando Sentinel's Newsgathering Award and is a Knight fellow.

Bloodsworth's journalism career includes writing for the Sanford Herald, Gainesville Sun and Wall Street Journal. She is a member of the Florida Writers Association and the University of Florida Alumni Association.