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Macomber to present ‘Cuba: Journey into the Heart of the Caribbean’ Jan. 23

January 10, 2020
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

On Thursday, Jan. 23, the IMAG History and Science Center will present local award-winning author Robert Macomber in its distinguished speaker series. Macomber, who's written an entire series of historical thrillers, will give a lecture on the relationship between Florida and Cuba.

Macomber, a Pine Island resident, said the very word Cuba conjures up many different emotions for different people. He researches, writes about, and often even goes so far as to take his readers there to educate them on the rich history Cuba shares with Southwest Florida, including the islands.

"I want to bring the people that come to this right into Cuba," Macomber said of his upcoming lecture. "There's also a great film that will premier that night called 'Cuba: Journey into the Heart of the Caribbean.'"

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Robert Macomber

No stranger to writing, Macomber will launch the 15th book in his Honor Series this year. He currently lectures on 58 different topics, which he's been doing for 30 years and he has been writing commercially for 22 years. His work includes having written nonfiction periodicals for several years, doing book reviews for the New York Journal of Books, which he continues to do, though he's had to downsize his commitments to focus on his books and lectures, simply for a lack of time.

"The reviews are an intriguing challenge for me," said Macomber, "because it's writing about writingand I get great books before they even come out."

Currently Macomber covers 70-90 events around the world each year. In 2019 alone he managed approximately 80 events in at least eight different countries. He said his schedule keeps him too busy to sit around and wonder what he's going to write about.

"I do a lot of research on each one of the book projects," said Macomber. "It takes me a minimum of four years to do a book, from conception to the bookstoresometimes they take more."

Speaking about his research-intensive work, he said the problem is never about not having enough to write, or what to write, but rather having too much to write. Because his fictional novels are enmeshed in real history, he finds himself having to prioritize his time in order to write with precision and accuracy.

"When I start a project," said Macomber, "I know by six months into it what the project is going to be. I also go to the places in the world that I write about, so I get, not only the research facts-the academic facts, but I also get the flavor of the places and the people and the cultures."

Because his goal is to have a book released each year, in order to stay on target, Macomber is often working on four or five book projects, in their various phases, at the same time. A steady goal for his upcoming lecture, "Cuba: Journey into the Heart of the Caribbean," is that he might ignite a curiosity for the subject in people. He says he wants his audience to be captivated by our historical relationship with Cuba.

"It's a fascinating place," said Macomber. "I've been there about 25 times over the last 10 years. I want people to come and be intrigued, entertained and also a little bit educated in a pleasant way - there's no test.

"Come relax and go on a journey, from this coast down to Cuba."

After the figurative journey, the images he will show, and the film, Macomber is certain people will want to know more about Cuba or even make a trip there.

For information on Macomber's schedule of upcoming events visit his website,

The IMAG History & Science Center will feature "The SWFL - Cuba Connection" Jan. 23, from 6-8:30 p.m. The center is at 2000 Cranford Ave., Fort Myers, FL 33916. Call 239-243-0043 for additional information.



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