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April 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
In-Person: An Evening with Mark Potter
Books & Books presents…
AN EVENING WITH MARK POTTER
(Pineapple Press, $29.95)
Sunday, April 2nd, 6:00 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables
Books & Books is thrilled to present an evening with Mark Potter discussing his book: Sunrise: A Photographic Journey of Comfort, Healing, and Inspiration (Pineapple Press, $29.95).
This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the night of the event so make sure to stay after the talk for a book signing! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.
About the Book:
Sunrise, A Photographic Journey of Comfort, Healing and Inspiration tells the poignant story behind a collection of brilliant sunrise, landscape and wildlife photographs taken by former television journalist Mark Potter in honor of his wife, Judith Rodriguez Potter, who died from ovarian cancer. It is the unvarnished truth that all of Potter’s bright and colorful photographs began from tragedy, fear and grief when he was his wife’s full-time caregiver. But as miracles will sometimes have it, the images turned out the exact opposite of the way they began. They are upbeat and exciting, but also comforting and calming while capturing the natural world of Florida as it awakens to each new day. Novelist and former Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen wrote: “The heartrending story behind Mark Potter’s marvelous photographs gives them a healing and hope-filled force.”
About the Author:
Mark Potter is a 41-year veteran of television news and was an on-air correspondent for ABC News, CNN and NBC News. He also reported for local stations in Miami (WCKT and WPLG) and
Evansville, Indiana (WTVW). Potter now devotes his retirement to photographing the Florida outdoors, turning his cameras toward sunrises, landscapes, wildlife, sunsets and night scenes. He is the author of the book, Sunrise: A Photographic Journey Of Comfort, Healing, And Inspiration, written in memory his wife, Judith Rodriguez Potter, who passed away in 2019 after a three-year battle with ovarian cancer.
Among the major stories he covered were the Mariel Cuban boatlift, the Colombian drug war, Miami’s cocaine cowboys, the Grenada invasion, the arrest and trial of Panama’s Manuel Noriega, the Theodore Bundy murder trial, the 1980 McDuffie race riot in Miami, the Mexican drug war, the U.S. Southwest border crisis, the Israel-Hezbollah war, the Haitian and Cuban rafter crises, the Oklahoma City and Atlanta Centennial Park bombings, the Elian Gonzalez legal battle, the Gianni Versace murder and the dramatic prison tunnel escape of Mexican drug kingpin, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
During his journalism career, Potter traveled extensively, worked on investigative units and won national awards for his reporting on narcotics trafficking, migrant smuggling and civil rights. He was often a guest lecturer at the University of Missouri, the University of Kansas and the University of Miami where he donated 25 of his sunrise photographs to the Lennar Foundation Medical Center to honor his wife and the medical staff that cared for her.