We Floridians have many reasons to be proud, as Rick Smith will tell us. Rick is the son of famed author Patrick Davis Smith. Patrick Davis Smith’s book, “A Land Remembered” chronicles over a century of rugged Florida history from 1858 to 1968. This historical fiction is told through the author’s story of three generations of the MacIveys. They were a pioneer family faced with the challenges of taming the land they settled.
The writer moved to Florida from Mississippi in 1966. He became keenly interested in Florida’s natural resources and the indigenous population of Seminole Indians. Often likened to the style of James Michener, Smith created characters intricately shaped by their environment. Today, he is recognized as one of the most significant writers on Florida heritage and culture.
Smith has authored eight novels and two non-fiction books. “A Land Remembered” is his most acclaimed work. The author is a 1999 inductee into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame. This is the highest cultural honor that can be bestowed upon an individual by the state of Florida. Patrick Davis Smith’s lifetime work was nominated for the 1985 Nobel Prize for literature.
To bring his father’s legacy to life, Smith’s son Rick designed a multimedia show which showcases his father’s unique career and works. “My background in media, specifically film and video, makes this experience visually rewarding.”
The Harbor Hills Garden and Women’s Club is honored to host Rick Smith on March 6th, 2020. For this exceptional program, the club has opened up attendance to members’ spouses, friends and their friends. Details will be sent via Evite the second week of February. Seating is limited and a quick response to the invite is requested.