Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis, by Cynthia Barnett (UF JM, 89; UF History MA, 03), is this month’s “Gators Read” selection sponsored by the UF Libraries. Barnett completed a master’s thesis in the history department under the supervision of Dr. David Colburn on growth management in Florida. A former senior staff writer for Florida Trend magazine, she published her first book, Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S., in 2008. Mirage won the gold medal in the non-fiction category of the Florida Book Awards and has been an inspiration to the movement to save Florida’s freshwater springs. Blue earned praise in the national media and Barnett a honorary doctorate from Unity College. Barnett, who is now an independent environmental writer and journalist, is writing a new book on the human and natural history of rain.
Librarians have made reserve copies of Blue available at the Library West, Architecture, and Health Science Center libraries for anyone who would like to join the read. A public talk by Barnett will follow on October 2. For more information on the talk, click the photograph above.