We’re all invited to a party hosted for UF history alumna Cynthia Barnett (MA 2004), who is launching her third book, Rain: A Natural and Cultural History. The Gainesville event will take place on Sunday April 26 from noon to 2:00 at First Magnitude Brewing Company, 1220 SE Veitch St.


Barnett is the author of the award-winning Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S. (2007), and Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis (2011). Crown is publishing Rain in time for spring showers. Here’s what some of the readers have to say about the book:

“Rain is a lovely, lyrical, deeply informative book. It will change the way you look at gray skies, and sunny ones, too.”
—ELIZABETH KOLBERT, author of The Sixth Extinction

“In Rain, Cynthia Barnett has given us a landmark work of environmental history. She brilliantly illuminates the essential weather conditions that allow our blue-marble earth to exist. From now on I’ll think about raindrops differently. Rain is a triumph.”
—DOUGLAS BRINKLEY, author of The Wilderness Warrior; professor of history, Rice University

“Rain is one of those uncommonly wonderful books that are both highly significant and deeply pleasurable to read. As we face the coming time of storms, of flood and drought, nothing will be more important than rain. So all gratitude to Cynthia Barnett for writing a book that is clear, surprising, and filled with fascination.”
—KATHLEEN DEAN MOORE, co-editor of Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril

Barnett will read from her book and sign copies. Sales will benefit Springs Eternal. Kids welcome. Cloudy with a chance of cupcakes.