What do you know about Sanibel? When was it settled? What was it like before the causeway? Why didn't it develop into another super-resort with tall buildings?
Marya Repko's little local history books can answer your questions. They are small enough to pack into a beach bag but full of knowledge and old photos. There's a handy time-line to keep the chronology in order and numerous references in the recommended reading for those who want to dig deeper.
Her Brief History of Sanibel Island was praised as being "as perfect as can be" and "It will be a welcome addition to my library," by respected Sanibel historians.
Marya Repko, pictured, will be signing copies of her books at the Island Book Nook on March 26 at 11 a.m. PHOTO PROVIDED.
The children's version The Story of Sanibel Island is a great gift for grannies (and parents) to explain how environmentalists were important in shaping our paradise. It's also an easy read for adults!
You can meet Marya on Wednesday, March 26, at 11 a.m. at The Island Book Nook on Palm Ridge Road in Sanibel where she will be signing her books and chatting with customers.
For more information about The Island Book Nook's "It's a Celebration!" festival featuring a plethora of authors during the winter months, call 472-6777 or see theislandbooknook.com.
For information about Marya's other local history books, which focus on the Everglades area, see her website ecity-publishing.com.