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10.09.2012

The Vanishing Cracker Culture and Ecology

Janisse Ray is the featured speaker at the upcoming Leon County Sustainability Summit on October 31st in the Turnbull Center, Tallahassee.  

Her book, Ecology of a Cracker Childhood is a long term a resident on my bookshelf.  Published in 1999, this literary nonfiction examines the vanishing cracker culture in relation to its diminishing longleaf pine forest. Her narrative looks at  family, poverty, and a dying ecosystem.  The book ends with a list of endangered species and longleaf resources, as well as comprehensive lists of southeastern organizations dedicated to preserving and restoring the longleaf pines.

Her book won the Southeastern Booksellers Award for Nonfiction in 1999 and the Southern Environmental Law Center Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern Environment, the Southern Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, and the American Book Award in 2000.
She continued chronicling her legacy in a second autobiography, Wild Card Quilt: Taking a Chance on Home, which was published in 2003 and other books including:  

  • Pinhook: Finding Wholeness in a Fragmented Land (2005)
  • A House of Branches: Poems (2010)
  • Drifting into Darien: A Personal & Natural History of the Altamaha River (2011)
  • The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food (2012)
Learn more about Janisse at her website.  


You can register for the summit at the Leon County Sustainability  going green website.

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