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A rare double-book signing is being hosted at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Lone Palm Country Club in Lakeland for James Michael Denham, director of the Lawton M. Chiles Center for Florida History of Florida Southern College in the city.

The most recent book, “Florida Founder William P. DuVal: Frontier Bon Vivant” arrived this summer about a month after the publication of Denham’s book covering the history of  federal court in Florida, “Fifty Years of Justice.”

The rare coincidence prompted friends to host a signing for both books.

Former Ledger of Lakeland columnist Bill Rufty is Central Florida political correspondent for SaintPetersBlog and Florida Politics. Rufty had been with the Ledger from 1985-2015, where, as political editor, he covered a wide range of beats, including local and state politics, the Lakeland City Commission, and the Florida Legislature. Ledger editor Lenore Devore said about Rufty’s 30-year career: “[He is] a man full of knowledge, a polling expert and a war history buff … who has a steel trap in his brain, remembering details most of us have long since forgotten.”

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