Marching Forward: 60 Years After the Civil Rights Act

Tuesday July 2nd, 2024 @ 7:00PM – 8:00PM

Join Florida Humanities, Tombolo Books, and Allendale United Methodist Church as we commemorate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act. The event will take place at Allendale United Methodist Church located at 3803 Haines Rd N, St. Petersburg, FL 33703. Registration is strongly encouraged. Please RSVP HERE. A welcome reception with light refreshments and book sales will begin at 6:30pm, followed by the main program at 7pm. Tombolo Books will have copies of Once Upon a Time in Florida as well as other select titles available for purchase at the event.

November 2023

Writer Bill Maxwell reflects on a life of speaking truth to power

Former St. Petersburg Times columnist and editorial writer Bill Maxwell appeared on WMNF WaveMakers  with Janet & Tom on Tuesday (Nov. 14) to discuss a lifetime of speaking truth to power.

Maxwell, who retired from the Times in 2019 after 25 years, published a collection of his columns last year that recently won a Silver medal in the Florida book awards. He continues to write for Forum, the magazine of the Florida Humanities. One article this summer recounted his experiences participating in the civil rights movement in St. Augustine in 1964, which played a big part in the passage of the Civil Rights Act that year.

Link to listen the interview

May 26 |Special Edition – Bill Maxwell

Season 2023 Episode 21 | 27m 39s 

Rob Lorei interviews Bill Maxwell: author, writer, and journalism professor. Bill’s latest book ‘Maximum Vantage’ won the 2022 Florida Book Award for “Florida Nonfiction”.

January 2023

A special thanks to,

Tombolo Books for hosting this “Meet the Author” interview and efforts to support authors, literature & humanities.

Coastal Creative for opening this space for the evening.

Dr. Nashid Madyun of the Florida Humanities for his interviewing.

The Tampa Bay Times for allowing me the platform.

University Press of Florida for their efforts to capture a little piece of Florida.

Friends and family and their support and The audience for showing up for the event.

Watch it here

February 2023

National Public Radio interview – date of broadcast TBD

March 2023

Maximum Vantage New Selected Columns, has been selected as the Silver medal winner in the 2022 Florida Book Awards Florida Nonfiction category.