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Library Kicks off Monthly Author Talk Series (Oct. 3, 2017)

Indie Author Day and Local Historical Fiction Headline October

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 3, 2017 — In an effort to connect more readers with authors, and provide a deeper understanding and appreciation on a variety of topics, Jacksonville Public Library is proud to launch Author Talks beginning in October. Authors and library locations will vary each month. All author talks are free and open to the public.

October Author Talks – Local Historical Fiction

Gracie Chandler

Thursday, Oct. 5, 7 – 8 p.m. Webb Wesconnett Regional Library, 6887 103rd St.

Chandler, a 2015 Florida Book Award Silver Medal Winner, will discuss Free to Be, a novel that tells the story of a field hand and medicine woman living off the islands of South Carolina during the Civil War.

Jane R. Wood

Saturday, Oct. 7, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Main Library, Lounge at 303 North, 303 Laura St. N.

Wood, a Mom’s Choice Award, Silver Recipient, will discuss Voices in St. Augustine, a novel that takes us into the world of a young boy who hears strange voices in the nation’s oldest city.

Madeline Martin

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 7 – 8 p.m., Willowbranch Branch Library, 2875 Park St.

Martin, a USA Today best-selling author of Scottish historical romance, will discuss her popular Highlander series.

G.W. Reynolds

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 7 – 8 p.m., Pablo Creek Regional Library, 13295 Beach Blvd.

Reynolds, a lifelong Jacksonville Beach resident, will speak about his best-selling Jetty Man series, which tells a continuing story about the superstitions and beliefs that existed in Mayport, Florida in the 1950s.

J.R. Sharp

Thursday, Oct. 19, 7 – 8 p.m., Southeast Regional Library, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd.

A retired Mustang naval Officer Commander, Sharp will speak about Feeding the Enemy, a true story based on an Italian family determined to survive in the face of evil during World War II.

Indie Author Day – Oct. 14, 2017

Indie Author Day (part of Maker Con)
Saturday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Main Library
Jacksonville Public Library joins in the international celebration of independent authors with an entire day of indie author events including video presentations, Local Indie Author Panel, JPL Authors Roundtable, Book Production 101, and workshops to learn about SELF-e, a self-publishing platform that helps authors learn how to publish and submit their e-books for the library’s digital collection.

The Jacksonville Public Library is committed to making its programs accessible to all persons. If you need special accommodations, please call 630-2665 at least 72 hours prior to the event. 

About the Jacksonville Public Library

The mission of the Jacksonville Public Library is to enrich lives, build community and foster success by bringing people, information and ideas together. Last year, more than 3.4 million visits were made to Jacksonville Public Libraries, items were checked out more than 5.7 million times, and over 13,000 programs and services were offered to Duval County residents at the Main Library and 20 branch locations. For more information about the Jacksonville Public Library, call 630-BOOK (2665) or visit  

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

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