A White Deer And Other Stories by the author of A Land Rememberedby Patrick D. Smith PatrickSmithOnline.com
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This is a collection of six short stories and a poem from Patrick D. Smith, the author of A Land Remembered, voted best Florida book for 7 years in a row. The short stories were written throughout Smith's writing career, going back as far as the 1960's. Reading them, you can see him developing the literary style for which he later became famous. They are a delightful trip back into the deep South. The poem was written when he was 16 years old.
Son Patrick Smith, Jr. (Rick) adds, "These stories of my father's go back a long way. I read some of them when I was a child. He was much younger than I am now when he wrote them. I remember the cat he wrote about in The Demise of Bester Boo Boo. We lived in Oxford, Mississippi then. That story was real. We really had that cat."
"I was thrilled to learn" he continues, "that Dad had kept all of these stories safely tucked away in file folders. I was honored when he said I could publish them. When I read them as a young boy, in my wildest dreams I could not have imagined that one day I would publish them."
Rick adds, "Re-reading these stories, I can see that even back when Dad was writing them, he was laying the foundation for his later literary work. The style is quintessential Patrick Smith. I'm sure he wrote them for the pure joy of writing; a writer has to write to hone his skills. He couldn't have known that one day he would author a beloved novel like A Land Remembered, write a book called Forever Island that would be printed in 46 countries, or have a novel like Angel City made into a movie. Back then he was working a day job in public relations, raising a family, and writing when he had the time and inspiration to do so. The honors and awards would come later."
It is Risk's privilege to bring these stories out of the file folders where they have been patiently waiting and make them available for you to enjoy.
You will love these stories.
• A White Deer
• Journey Into Karma
• Miss Jenny And the Minnows
• The Demise Of Bester Boo Boo
• A Pair Of Blue Shoes
• Fried Mullet And Grits
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Meet the Author
Patrick D. Smith is a 1999 inductee into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, the highest and most prestigious cultural honor that can be bestowed upon an individual by the State of Florida. Prior inductees include writers Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Zora Neale Hurston, and Ernest Hemingway.
In May 2002 Smith was the recipient of the Florida Historical Society’s Fay Schweim Award as the “Greatest Living Floridian.” The one-time-only award was established to honor the one individual who has contributed the most to Florida in recent history. Smith was cited for the impact his novels have made on Floridians, both natives and newcomers to the state, and for the worldwide acclaim he has received.
Smith has been nominated three times for the Pulitzer Prize, in 1973 for Forever Island, which was a 1974 selection of the Reader’s Digest Condensed Book Club and has been published in 46 countries; in 1978 for Angel City, which was produced as a “Movie of the Week” for the CBS television network and has aired worldwide; and in 1984 for A Land Remembered, which was an Editors’ Choice selection of the New York Times Book Review. Smith’s lifetime work was nominated for the 1985 Nobel Prize for Literature, and since then he has received five additional nominations.
In 1995 Patrick Smith was elected by The Southern Academy of Letters, Arts and Science for its highest literary award, The Order of the South. Previous recipients include Eudora Welty, James Dickey, and Reynolds Price. In 1996 he was named a Florida Ambassador of the Arts, an honor given each year by the state of Florida to someone who has made significant contributions to Florida's cultural growth.
In October 1990 he received the University of Mississippi’s Distinguished Alumni Award and was inducted into the University’s Alumni Hall of Fame. In 1997, the Florida Historical Society created a new annual award, the Patrick D. Smith Florida Literature Award, in his honor.
By an act of the 2006 Florida Legislature, a section of a major highway, SR 520 running from East Merritt Island across the Banana River to Cocoa Beach, was named the Patrick D. Smith Causeway. Secretary of State Sue Cobb was the dedication speaker with Senator Bill Posey acting as MC.
Smith resides with his wife Iris on Merritt Island, Florida.
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