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Calling All Authors for Jax Book Fest 2020

Calling All Authors to sign up for the 2020 Jax Bookfest at the Jacksonville Public Library

Jax Book Fest—a perfect commingling of authors and readers—will return for its fourth year Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at the Main Library in downtown Jacksonville.

A Life Beyond Reason: A Father's Memoir

A Life Beyond Reason, Chris Gabbard, Completely Booked Podcast, Jacksonville Public Library, Chris Gabbard and son, August Gabbard

Chris Gabbard is a local author and UNF professor who recently published his first book, A Life Beyond Reason: A Father's Memoir. It's an incredibly poignant story about his son, August, whose life began and ended with medical malpractice.

Calling All Authors!

Jax Book Fest logo, Sat. Feb. 23, 2019, call for author applications

The Jax Book Fest application for authors and literary-related vendors is now open.

Children for Sale - Author Kristina McMorris

Hurley and Jenna with Author Kristina McMorris holding her new bookKristina McMorris is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author published by Sourcebooks Landmark, Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, and Kensington Books. She stopped by our Pablo Creek Regional Library on her 50-stop book tour to discuss her latest novel Sold On a Monday.

Sold On a Monday was inspired by an actual newspaper photograph of four children sitting on a stoop by a sign that reads "Children for Sale. Inquire within." Kristina tells how she came to befriend one of the children in the original photo and all about her love for historical fiction.

Jax Makes 2018

child dressed up for Maker Con at the library

Calling all makers, artisans, and creatives galore! Join us for this year's Jax Makes on Saturday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Main Library.

Tropical Shirts and Tight Deadlines - Tim Dorsey

Bryan, Hurley and Jenna holding Tim Dorsey's books while posing with author Tim DorseyJenna and Hurley go live with author Tim Dorsey from the Beaches Branch Library. Tim Dorsey is a dark satirical Florida author from Tampa, known for his outrageous serial character Serge A. Storms. Tim takes time before his appearance at the Flamingo Book Club at the Beaches Library to talk about his transition from life as a reporter to writing 23 novels. 

Local Author Collection at JPL

If it's always been your dream to see your published work on the shelves of your local library then we have a dream come true for you—submit your work for the Local Author Collection! Jax Library is working on developing a new collection—the Local Author Collection—and we want your work to be included. Here's what you need to know for your submission to be considered: ilovejpl blog post image

Calling All Authors

Hey authors, are you looking to participate in the literary event of the year? Check out the Jax Book Fest at the Main Library on Saturday, March 3, 2018. It’s the best chance for readers to meet and mingle with best-selling and local authors, purchase books, attend workshops and favorite genres.

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