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Free and Open to the Public
Presented by Coronado Public Library
Saturday, January 6, 2018
640 Orange Avenue Coronado, CA 92118
On Saturday, January 6th at 1pm, Bay Books and the Coronado Library team up to bring you Robert Kittle, author of Franciscan Frontiersmen: How Three Adventurers Charted the West. Pious and scholarly, the Franciscan friars Pedro Font, Juan Crespí, and Francisco Garcés may at first seem improbable heroes. Beginning in Spain, their adventures encompassed the remote Sierra Gorda highlands of Mexico, the deserts of the American Southwest, and coastal California. Each man’s journey played an important role in Spain’s eighteenth-century conquest of the Pacific coast, but today their names and deeds are little known. Drawing on the diaries and correspondence of Font, Crespí, and Garcés, as well as his own exhaustive field research, Robert A. Kittle has woven a seamless narrative detailing the friars’ striking accomplishments. Meet the author and hear about the research process of how this book came to life.
Robert Kittle is a former White House correspondent for U.S. News & World Report magazine and long-time editorial page editor of the San Diego Union-Tribune. An award-winning journalist with extensive experience in national, state, and local affairs, as a much sought-after commentator, he provided regular political analysis on PBS's "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer." He also appeared frequently on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and "Weekend Edition," along with numerous interviews on network and cable television news programs. In San Diego Kittle was a regular guest on KUSI-TV and KPBS radio and television, and hosted his own weekly public affairs program on SignOn San Diego. Now an independent historian, Kittle and his wife live in Carefree, Arizona, and Cayucos, California. The book will be available for sale and signing after the presentation. Refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the event will be held in the Winn Room. For information call the library at 522-7390.