Great Southern Cracker Roadshow

Priscilla Proctor reported to the St. Augustine local news desk that Flagler College’s Writers-In-Residence program will feature Janis Owens and Dana Ste. Claire in the “Great Southern Cracker Roadshow” next month.

The presentation is scheduled for February 5th at 7:00 p.m. in the Flagler College Auditorium, located at 14 Granada St.

Owens is a fiction writer and the author of “The Cracker Kitchen: A Cookbook in Celebration of Cornbread-fed.” Her other titles include “Down Home Family Stories” and “My Brother Michael.”

The daughter of an Assembly of God preacher, Owens is a native of North Florida, and she grew up just a few miles south of the Alabama/Georgia border in Marianna. She graduated from the University of Florida in 1983.

Dana Ste. Claire is a former feature columnist with the Orlando Sentinel, a PBS television host for the Florida Crackerbarrel and has authored three books, including the award-winning “Cracker: The Cracker Culture in Florida History” and “Borders of Paradise.” He is the current National Director of Museums for Historic Tours of America. Most recently, he was chosen as the Intern Director for St. Augustine’s 450th Anniversary.

Other events for the 2009-2010 series include:

Feb. 3 – Screening of “The Big Kahuna” in the Gamache-Koger Theater
Feb. 10 – Forum and Discussion with award-winning playwright Roger Rueff at 7 p.m. in the Gamache-Koger Theater
Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23 – Performances of “The Imperative” at The Limelight Theater, Old Mission Avenue
Feb. 16 – Lecture: “Tiptoeing Through the Taboos: Contemporary Free Speech Controversies” with Joan E. Bertin, executive director of the National Coalition Against Censorship
March 8-10 – “A Critical Lens: Hitchcock Films – Three Nights of film viewings and discussions at 7 p.m., Flagler College Auditorium

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