Fans of smart, funny Florida nonfiction can welcome author Jeff Klinkenberg to Apalachicola this Friday, Oct. 18, beginning at 6 p.m.
The place is Cafe con Leche, 234 Water Street. Tapas and sangria will be served. Books will be signed. Downtown Books will be there to handle book sales.
Klinkenberg, who grew up in Miami, began working in newspapers at age 16, and has been writing for the Tampa Bay Times since 1977. He calls himself a "cantankerous gray-haired bastard,” but his habitual grin and deep affection for all things "real Florida" belie that.
The tales in his latest book, “Alligators in B-Flat,” introduce the reader to some of the most interesting and off-kilter people and places between the Panhandle and Key West.
The title story recounts Klinkerberg's investigation of a National Public Radio report about alligators responding with mating bellows to a sustained low B-flat note. This involves a trip to the kitschy Gatorland theme park in the company of two classically-trained musicians with tubas.
"Oil Boy" is a profile of Apalachicola's own artist and barrista extraordinaire Frederic Kahler. Other pieces introduce Tommy Ward and the 13 Mile Seafood and Trucking Company, the Indian Pass Raw Bar, Bradley's Country Store in Tallahassee, and Sopchoppy's worm-grunting Revell family.
He also has some very nice things to say about a certain Water Street cafe and an "amazing" little Apalach bookstore.
“"If Jeff Klinkenberg isn't careful, he might give journalism a good name,” wrote famed Florida humorist and fellow newspaperman Carl Hiaasen, in praising Klinkenberg’s work.