Stephen O Sears Scheduled for "Sunniland" Presentation

Sears at St Petersburg PresentationDr. Sears at the St Petersburg Museum of History Presentation on Thursday, August 22.    

Former Department Chairman and Professional in Residence Dr. Stephen O. Sears will visit campus on Thursday, October 24 and present a non-technical talk on his newly-published work of fiction Sunniland. The presentation will be in 1202 Patrick F Taylor Hall beginning at 4:30 P.M. and is open to the public. A small reception will follow. For who are those interested, Dr. Sears will be happy to sign a copy of his novel, that he will have on sale after the presentation.

Sunniland partly began after Sears researched the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 and media were asking questions regarding the long-term impact. His earlier research on the German U-Boats that sank oil supplies during World War II, which created a larger impact during that time, inspired him further. The story for his novel grew from there. The setting of the book is the Everglades during WWII and brings to life the adventure of Jerry MacDonald and his wife Maria in the spring of 1943. Sunniland spins a tail of the MacDonalds' adventures during this trip to an exotic location during a tumultuous time.

This talk will be the second non-technical lecture Dr. Sears has presented for his novel, and the third book signing. After a book signing in Mandeville, La in early August, Sears gave a presentation at the St. Petersburg Museum of History in Florida on Thursday, August 22, 2019. Additionally, this Saturday, October 26 from 1-3p, he will be available for a book signing at the LSU Barnes & Noble.