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Summer reading special: Authors Lauren Groff, Doris Kearns Goodwin and Dick Batchelor on Florida

Photo of the outside of The Lynx, an independent bookstore in Gainesville, Florida. Painted on the exterior of the off-white building is a mural of a lynx, a wildcat native to Florida.
Cooper Dean
The Lynx, an independent bookstore in Gainesville. The lynx — scientific name Lynx rufus floridanus— is native to Florida.

This week on a special "summer reading" edition of The Florida Roundup, we spoke with three authors — historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, novelist Lauren Groff and former Florida lawmaker Dick Batchelor.

We delved into free expression, leadership and discovering civility again.


  • Lauren Groff, Florida-based novelist and owner of The Lynx bookstore.
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin, American biographer and historian. 
  • Dick Batchelor, author and former member of the Florida House of Representatives.
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