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Scent of a Scandal

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By Lou Elliott Jones

Craig Pittman, author of “Scent of a Scandal,” spoke to a devoted crowd that braved Saturday's rain and tornado watch to hear him speak at the Cedar Key Public Library. Pittman's books, including “Manatee Insanity” and “Paving Paradise” – co-written with Matthew Waite, are on the Non-Fiction Book Bunch's reading list this season. Pittman entertained the full house with tales of the orchid lover's world and fanaticism for owning “the next big thing” and the lengths some will go to earn fame on the orchid growers’ circuit. In “Scent of a Scandal” Pittman details the troubles caused when a man seeking orchid fame smuggles a previously unknown plant out of Peru, brings it to Selby Gardens and the frenzied effort to have it named after him.