On Saturday, Governor Rick Scott presented a “Great Floridian” award to world-renowned Florida author Patrick Smith. The “Great Floridian” designation is given in recognition of the outstanding achievements of men and women who have made significant contributions to the progress and welfare of Florida.
Governor Scott said, “Patrick Smith touches the hearts of readers with his tale of Florida’s history, A Land Remembered. Mr. Smith vibrantly captures the true essence of what makes Florida the best place in the nation – our strong families. It is an honor to have Florida’s history told by such a talented, world-renowned author, and to be able to present him with a “Great Floridian” award.”
Patrick Smith said, “It is an honor to receive a Great Floridian award from Governor Scott. I am proud to have written about the struggles and successes of Florida and her families.”
Smith is the author of seven novels: The River Is Home, The Beginning, Forever Island, Angel City, Allapattah, A Land Remembered, and The Seas That Mourn, and a story collection, A White Deer. He is also co-author of the non-fiction book The Last Ride, and author of the non-fiction book In Search of the Russian Bear.
Smith has been nominated three times for the Pulitzer Prize; in 1973 for Forever Island, which was a 1974 selection of Reader’s Digest Condensed Books both in the English language edition and in all of the worldwide foreign language editions; in 1978 for Angel City, which was produced as a “Movie of the Week” for the CBS television network; 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 also nominated for the 1985 Nobel Prize for Literature.
Only 71 individuals since 1981 have been given this distinct honor, and those honorees represent former governors, civil rights activists, military heroes, Florida Supreme Court Justices and others.