We Can’t Help It If We Are From Florida

February 18, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

We Can’t Help It If We’re From Florida, an anthology of new stories and essays by current and former Floridians. Lauren Groff says of the book, “While no book could ever fully explain the mysteries of today’s Sunshine State, this smart chorus of varied and brilliant voices comes as close as any I’ve read,” and Karen Russell calls it “as weird and funny and beautiful and unnerving as you might expect from some of our state’s best writers.”
Readers include:
Sarah Gerard, Michael Seidlinger and, Jeff Parker

“As hot and wild and dangerous as our beloved (or is it bedeviled?) state, itself.” – Lauren Groff, author of Fates & Furies

“As weird and funny and beautiful and unnerving as you might expect from some of our state’s best writers.” – Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!

“A heartfelt, complex counter to all those #FloridaMan jokes.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Vivid scenes in each piece provide both nostalgic and newly discovered images of Florida’s landscape and culture.” – Foreword Reviews

Florida is more than just fodder for hard-boiled crime novels and zany farces. This anthology of new stories and essays challenges a star-studded line up of current and former Floridians to write about the state through a literary lens, though not without the requisite weirdness. The Florida within this book contains: lightning, oil spills, road rage, a lizard tied to a balloon, swimmers, sleepwalkers, characters that love Florida, characters that hate Florida, and at least three sinkholes.

Questions, contact fiction director Suzanne Dottino suzannedottino@gmail.com

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,