Venice History Illustrated

by Kim Cool

© 2014 Kim Cool
80 pages

978-0-9846321-3-8 (hardcover)

Price $22.95

Historic Venice Press
PO Box 800
Venice, FL 34285


From back of book --

Award-winning writer Kim Cool and artist Ilse Kern each found her own way to capture the charm, history and mystery of Venice, Florida. In Venice History Illustrated their words and pictures have been combined in one volume to preserve the essence of one of the most historic cities on the Gulf Coast, a planned community that has not only withstood the trials and tribulations of time and tide but has more than fulfilled the vision of its founders, planners and earliest settlers. The hopes, dreams and careful planning of those people combined with an appreciation of their efforts by succeeding generations has resulted in a city that is far more than simply the “Shark Tooth Capital of the World.” Venice residents come from everywhere —drawn by climate and culture as much as by magnificent sunsets and all the things that have made Venice so very special. Venice History Illustrated was written as much for visitors who want to take a piece of Venice with them as for the residents who make Venice what it is today. Veni, vidi, vici, Venezia.


About the Author --

Kim Cool has been a writer for the Venice Gondolier Sun for 10 years, covering the city, the arts, business, homes, travel and local history as are porter, business editor, arts and leisure editor and most recently, features editor. She has won numerous journalism awards for environmental, religion, headlines and criticism writing. After growing up in Shaker Heights, Ohio and graduating from Sweet Briar College with a degree in economics, she operated a needlework shop in University Heights, Ohio for about 20 years before moving to Venice and embarking on a new career in journalism. While still in Cleveland, she co-authored several books in the craft and needlework fields and two business books. Venice History Illustrated is the sixth book in a growing series of regional interest books, which include ghost stories and legends, a circus history and a series of road trip books featuring Florida destinations. She is a member of the Florida Press Club, the Florida Press Association, the Publishers Marketing Association, the Venice Archives and Area Historical Collection, Historical Society of Sarasota County, The Circus Historical Society, the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army of Venice, a national synchronized, senior competition and gold test judge for United States Figure Skating, a former competitive curler at the national level and a charter member of the Florida Curling Club. Cool won awards from the Florida Press Association, the Florida Press Club and the Small Business Administration. Venice History Illustrated won a bronze medal for Best Regional Non-Fiction in the 2007 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY). She is listed in Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World and other reference works. She won additional awards from the Florida Publishers Association for several other books, including Turtle Tales in 2013.Cool became acquainted with Ilse and Gunther Kern while covering the arts. She is grateful to them both for their help, inspiration and most of all, their friendship.

Kim Cool


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