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Down the Hatch - Jessica Hatch

Jessica Hatch, literary editor for Hatch Editorial Services and Hatch Books in Jacksonville, at the Jacksonville Public Library for a podcast interview.Ever wondered what it takes to take a book from manuscript to publication? Literary editor Jessica Hatch of Hatch Editorial Services is here to walk us through the process. How does a book get picked up for trade publishing? What makes a bestseller a bestseller? Find out on this episode!

Goosebumps - R.L. Stine

Completely Booked podcast host Jenna, sitting next to Goosebumps author RL Stine for his interview on the JPL podcastR.L. Stine is on the podcast! Bob (he let us call him Bob) stopped by the Completely Booked studio while he was in Jacksonville for Jax Book Fest on Feb. 23, 2019.

Stronger Than Stigma - Gabrielle Magid

Stronger Than Stigma founder Gabrielle Magid in Jacksonville, FL at the Main LibraryGabrielle Magid is Stronger Than Stigma. The nonprofit organization founder started focusing on millennial mental health advocacy back in 2013 when she was a student at the University of Florida. During our conversation, Gabrielle shares the challenges of running a nonprofit from a young age, the mission behind her Nobody's Happy comedy tour, as well as the reasons why we should stop throwing around words like "crazy" and "depressing."

Duval Folx - GeeXella

DJ, rapper, and LGBTQ+ social justice activist GeeXella at the Main Library in downtown jacksonville, FL.DJ, rapper and queer-identifying social justice warrior GeeXella is on our show today. We discuss Duval Folx, an inclusive dance party they established in 2018, as well as the tragic car accident that shaped their life.

Civil Rights in Jacksonville - Rodney L. Hurst, Sr.

Rodney L. Hurst, Sr., author of It was never about a hot dog and a coke and Unless we tell it, it never gets told. The author was a witness at the historic Axe Handle Saturday massacre in Jacksonville, FL in Hemming Park.We're lucky to have historian Rodney L. Hurst, Sr. on our show today. The author of It was never about a hot dog and a Coke! and Unless WE tell it... it never gets told! shares his account of the historic 1960 Ax Handle Saturday massacre in Jacksonville, FL.

WWE Diva - Alicia Fox

Jenna and Hurley with Alicia FoxVictoria Crawford, or Alicia Fox as she's known in the ring, is on the show today! The Jacksonville native is the longest contracted WWE Diva, or female WWE wrestler, in WWE history. She tells us about her career in the ring, as well as what she has coming up in her life beyond WWE. 

NEW BOOKS 2019! - Jill Haile + Alison McCarty


We love books around here, especially new books. Our resident Librarian Ninjas are telling us what's hot in 2019, and how the library decides which books to buy.

Grow Your Groceries - Nathan Ballentine

Jenna and Hurley with Nathan Ballentine

Nathan Ballentine, aka the Man in Overalls, is here to save the day... and your dead plants. Nathan is a huge advocate for growing your own groceries, and he offers lots of free resources to help you do it. He also lends his expertise to get your own personal garden started. 

Hurley and Jenna also start a new segment called "Renew or Return," where Producer Bryan asks if they would renew (keep it) or return (didn't like it) different stuff. Check the new theme music, too!

Let's Get STEAMy - William Jackson

Jenna and hurley smiling with william jackson in the ansbacher map room at jacksonville public libraryWilliam has been an educator for 31 years and has a passion for technology and teaching students about STEAM. William is also a proud Educator Cardholder and listener of the Completely Booked podcast. He tells us about his love of educating and why STEAM is so important for children.

Diversity in Children's Books - Dontavious Pittman and Natalie McGriff

Jenna and Hurley with Natalie McGriffWE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS! And our guests on the show today, Dontavious Pittman and Natalie McGriff, both agree. These incredible authors have taken it on themselves to write encouraging and diverse children's book. Natalie wrote her first book when she was just seven years old!

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