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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.

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!

Jax Psycho Geo - Tim Gilmore

Jenna and Hurley smiling with Tim GilmoreAuthor, historian, and local celebrity Tim Gilmore shares some of his favorite memories of writing and researching the sketchy history of our peculiar city. Tim is the author of 17 books, the founder of the JaxbyJax literary festival, and the creator of jaxpsychogeo.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barefoot Brain - Dr. Tracy Alloway

Jenna and Hurley with Dr. Tracy AllowayDr. Tracy Alloway is an associate professor of Psychology at UNF and a working memory expert. Dr. Alloway stops by to tell us how her research of working memory can improve our health. She also explains the reasoning behind her odd hobby of barefoot running.

Nevertheless She Persisted - Nikesha Williams

Jenna and Hurley posing with Nikesha Williams in front of the local author collectionThis week, local author Nikesha Elise Williams joins us to chat about her books, Four Women and The Appeal of Ebony Jones. As a television producer, many of the stories in her books derived from real news events, such as the killings of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis. Williams shares her motivation for writing fiction, plus a startling tale of a novel she lost in a technology incident.

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

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