Cynthia Barnett

Johanna Lawshea

Cynthia Barnett has worked for newspapers and magazines for twenty-five years. Her numerous journalism awards include a national Sigma Delta Chi prize for investigative magazine reporting and eight Green Eyeshades, which recognize outstanding journalism in eleven southeastern states. Barnett’s first book, Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S., won the gold medal for best nonfiction in the Florida Book Awards and was named by the Tampa Bay Times as one of the top-ten books that every Floridian should read. Her Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis was named by the Boston Globe as one of the top-ten science books of 2011. In her latest, Rain: A Natural and Cultural History (Crown), Barnett examines one of the great, yet overlooked, forces in the world. The Miami Herald writes, “In a state where the governor has prohibited the discussion of climate change, Rain is as welcome as a summer afternoon shower on a hot day.”