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Beach Author Tonya Clayton to Speak at St. Pete College

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What: As part of Pinellas County Library Programming, author Tonya Clayton will discuss her book How to Read a Florida Gulf Coast Beach: A Guide to Shadow Dunes, Ghost Forests, and Other Telltale Clues from an Ever-Changing Coast (Southern Gateways Guides)

When: Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.

Where: West Community Library at St. Pete College, 6700-8th Ave. N., Saint Petersburg, FL

Contact for more info: 727-341-7183

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Cost: Free

Have you ever wondered why some beaches, like those on Anclote Key, keep getting bigger, while others, like those on St. Pete Beach keep washing away?

Ever wonder why some islands–like Siesta Key, for instance–are shaped like a drumstick; fat at one end and skinny at the other?

Ever notice unusual patterns or tiny holes in the beach sand and wonder what made them?

If you’re curious about those things, then come and hear author Tonya Clayton tell you about her book, which is full of information about familiar island formations like Anclote Key, Honeymoon and Caladesi Islands ( remember Dunedin Pass?), Siesta Key, Pensacola Beach and a whole lot more.

Her book is an absolute goldmine of information. To simply refer to it as a book about coastal geology is to do it a disservice. While it rests on a foundation of geology, it tells the story of the life of our beloved barrier islands and their beaches. Clayton’s book is a joy to read because she keeps it simple and describes beaches and islands most of us are already familiar with.

I’ll be doing a separate book review soon, but I wanted you to get this event on your calendar for the new year.

Grab a copy of Tonya’s book and come to her talk. Let’s show our support for Florida beach authors!