Jax Book Fest

jax-bookfest-blog-header-150dpiJoin us for the Jax Book Fest, Saturday, March 25th from 10AM- 3PM at the Main Library!

The Jacksonville Public Library’s inaugural event will feature children’s authors and illustrators, zine creators, young poets, and local Florida authors. This will be the culminating event at the end of our Read 66 initiative.

Jax Book Fest will be EDUCATIONAL & ENTERTAINING. We’ll feature:

  • Author meet-and-greets
  • Self-publishing Classes
  • Engaging Presentations
  • Book Signings
  • Exhibit Halls
  • Book Sales
  • Face painting and balloons for kids
  • A Zoo Trek presentation from the Jacksonville Zoo
  • and more!


The children’s literacy programs are sponsored in part by the Joy G. Korman endowment.

The day will kick off at 10AM with an engaging panel presentation of children’s authors, including:

karen-croppedKaren Beaumont is a New York Times bestselling author of many picture books for children. She is the recipient of three American Association Notable Book Awards, a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award, and many state “Children’s Choice” awards.








David Catrow is a writer and illustrator of books for children with over 70 published works in print. His scholastic book series MAX SPANIEL has sold over a million copies. He also has several New York Times best sellers and two New York Times Best Illustrated Books.






Ethan Long is a popular, award-winning and internationally recognized author and illustrator with over 80 children’s book titles. Many local parents may recall Ethan from the Jax Kids Book Club series. His accolades include a Theodor Seuss Geisel Award and an Emmy-nominated television series to his credit. Two of his children’s books, Scribbles and Ink and Chamelia, are currently being developed into television series.







Fiction, nonfiction and young adult authors will also be participating in the days events.


11am – 12pm

Brenda Jackson is an American novelist who writes contemporary multicultural romance novels. She was the first African-American author to have a novel published as part of the Silhouette Desire line, and has seen many of her novels reach the New York Times and USA today Bestsellers lists. Brenda reached a milestone in her career in October, 2013 when she published her 100th novel, becoming the first African-American to achieve such an accomplishment.



12pm – 1pm

Rodney L. Hurst, Sr. speaks extensively on Civil Rights, Black History, and Racism. He is the author of It was never about a hot dog and a Coke®!”  It’s subtitled “A Personal Account of the 1960 Sit-in Demonstrations in Jacksonville, Florida and Ax Handle Saturday”.  It was never about a hot dog and a Coke®! is the winner of  more than a dozen awards, including the USA Book News Book First Place Gold Medal Award for Multi-Cultural Nonfiction, and the Florida Book Awards Bronze Medal in Nonfiction.







1pm – 2pm

Leela Corman is an illustrator, cartoonist, and Middle Eastern dancer. She began her career in comics as an undergraduate, self-publishing three issues of her mini comic, Flimflam. This caught the eye of many readers and small press fans, and she went on to win a Xeric Grant in Fall 1999 for the publication of her first graphic novel, “Queen’s Day”.








2pm – 3pm (Finale)

Maggie Stiefvater is an American writer of young adult fiction. New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races. Artist. Driver of things with wheels. Avid reader. According to her website, some of her books are about dead Welsh kings. Some are about werewolf nookie. Some are about neither. She has worked as a wedding musician, a technical editor, a portrait artist, and a waitress. She also plays several musical instruments, and she likes to make art.







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