Author of ‘Snakes of St. Augustine’ to speak


In her novel, “Snakes of St. Augustine,” Ginger Pinholster has combined the theft of three rare Eastern indigo snakes with the disappearance of a troubled brother and a healthy helping of Florida weirdness. Pinholster takes center stage to discuss her book at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library as part of the FOL Speaker Series.

Acclaimed novelist Connie Mae Fowler called “Snakes of St. Augustine” “… relentlessly beautiful and compelling, filled with insight, grace, and humor.”

As Serena searches for her brother and falls for a mysterious man named Jazz, an exhausted cop’s search for the pilfered snakes puts them all on a dangerous collision course.

Pinholster earned her M.F.A. degree from Queens University of Charlotte and a B.A. from Eckerd College. Her first novel, “City in a Forest,” won a Gold Royal Palm Literary Award from the Florida Writers Association in 2020.

A resident of Ponce Inlet in Volusia County, she serves as vice president for communications at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach. During sea turtle season, you’ll find her patrolling the Ponce Inlet beach with the Volusia-Flagler Turtle Patrol.

Pinholster will have books available for purchase, with a percentage of all sales benefiting the Friends of the Library. Her appearance marks the end of the 2023 Speaker Series. A new series begins Jan. 9.