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Upcoming Events for September-October 2016

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Craig Pitman, O Florida! How America's Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country

(St. Martin's Press, $26.99)

Saturday, Sept. 17 at 7 pm

"Painstakingly reported and researched...compulsively readable. As much as his book is a celebration of Florida, it is also a celebration of journalism." The "New York Times"

"An extraordinary catalog of 'weird Florida'...the definitive guide.[T]his fast-roving narrative has a rollicking pace that readers will enjoy." The "Los Angeles Times"

To outsiders, Florida seems baffling. It s a state where the voters went for Barack Obama twice, yet elected a Tea Party candidate as governor. Florida is touted as a carefree paradise, yet it s also known for its perils-alligators, sinkholes, pythons, hurricanes, and sharks, to name a few. It attracts 90 million visitors a year, some drawn by its impressive natural beauty, others bewitched by its manmade fantasies.

"Oh, Florida!" explores those contradictions and shows how they fit together to make this the most interesting state. It is the first book to explore the reasons why Florida is so wild and weird--and why that's okay. Florida couldn't be Florida without that sense of the unpredictable, unexpected, and unusual lurking behind every palm tree. But there is far more to Florida than its sideshow freakiness. Oh, Florida! explains how Florida secretly, subtly influences all the other states in the Union, both for good and for ill.

Charles Martin, "Long Way Gone," (Thomas Nelson,  $25.99)

Tuesday, October 4 at 7 pm

We are very happy to announce that Charles Martin will launch the publication of his newest novel at the Bookmark. Many of his readers have visited in the past, and we are looking forward to another exciting evening with this fantastic author.  

No matter where you go, no matter whether you succeed or fail, stand or fall, no gone is too far gone. You can always come home.

At the age of eighteen, musician and songwriter Cooper O’Connor took everything his father held dear and drove 1,200 miles from home to Nashville, his life riding on a six-string guitar and the bold wager that he had talent. But his wager soon proved foolish.

Five years after losing everything, he falls in love with Daley Cross, an angelic voice in need of a song. But just as he realizes his love for Daley, Cooper faces a tragedy that threatens his life as well as his career. With nowhere else to go, he returns to his remote home in the Colorado Mountains, searching for answers about his father and his faith.

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Lou Aguilar, Jake for Mayor (Penmore Press, $16.00 pbk)

Tuesday, August 30 at 7 pm

... a refreshingly different read for the political season 

Ken Miller is having a bad run of luck. After torpedoing his career as a campaign manager, he drives through tiny Erie, Colorado, when a homeless beagle named Jake causes a series of mishaps that land him in jail. Ken is granted bail on two conditions: that he not leave town before his trial in three weeks and--much to his chagrin--that he not let Jake out of his sight until then. Stuck in Erie as it prepares for a mayoral election, he's drawn into the local politics by a waitress who vehemently opposes incumbent Charles Dunbar, the only candidate on the ticket. Ken gets a brainstorm. If he can exploit the dog's popularity among the townspeople and get them to elect Jake as a protest candidate, the publicity will put him back on top. But things don't go exactly as planned. Ken warms to the dog, falls for the waitress, and employs her teenage son and his gang as campaign aides in a madcap battle with Mayor Dunbar ... who has no intention of losing to a dog.?

Lou Aguilar was born in Cuba and lived there until age six.  He attended the University of Maryland, where he majored in English, minored in film.  He became a journalist for The Washington Post and USA Today, then a screenwriter, and currently a novelist.


We will kick off the day at 9 am with Story Time with Miss Pat. This is perfect for children ages 3 – 8, and we’ll have coffee for the adults.

Festivities throughout the day will include treats, chances to win prizes, and good conversation with others who also love books.

We are proud to be a part of the beaches community and the Beaches Town Center. We invite you to join us as we celebrate our 26th birthday and give us a chance to show our appreciation.

We look forward to many more years as “your independent bookstore by the sea.”

Joseph Finder, "Guilty Minds," (Dutton Books, $28.00)


Sunday, July 24 at 3 pm

"Finder shows off his top-notch storytelling skills, moving with ease from high places to low in the nation's capital."
 [Kirkus Reviews]

" Finder really knows his way around a thriller, and his sensibilities about Washington, scandal, and the immediacy and threat of digital publishing and electronic surveillance seem chillingly plausible. This is an exciting, insightful thriller with finely sketched characters in other words, a sure bet ...  "Booklist"(starred review) 

The chief justice of the Supreme Court is about to be defamed, his career destroyed, by a powerful gossip website that specializes in dirt on celebs and politicians. Nick Heller is a private spy—an intelligence operative based in Boston, hired by lawyers, politicians, and even foreign governments. A high-powered investigator with a penchant for doing things his own way, he’s called to Washington, DC, to help out in this delicate, potentially explosive situation.

Steve Berry, international bestselling author of fifteen novels (most recently The 14th Colony ) will accompany Finder for this special afternoon event.

Finder is a bestselling author and winner of the Strand Critics Award for Best Novel for Buried Secrets, winner of the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel for Killer Instinct, and winner of the Barry and Gumshoe Awards for Best Thriller for Company Man.  In addition to his fiction, Joe does occasional work for Hollywood, is a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers and Council on Foreign Relations, and has written on espionage and international affairs for a number of publications. 

Brenda Bowen, "Enchanted August," (Penguin Books, $16.00 pbk)

Tuesday, July 19 at 7 pm 

New York literary agent and author Brenda Bowen will discusss her most recent novel which updates the beloved classic "The Enchanted April" ..." a novel of love and reawakening that is simply irresistible."

The ad for “an old, pretty cottage to rent on a small island” in Maine for the month of August was too enticing to resist.  Neither of the two women who saw it could afford to take a month away from their spouses and kids, but one look at Hopewell Cottage online, and they were smitten.  To share expenses, they find two unlikely companions to join them: Caroline Dester, the damaged, beautiful darling of the independent movie scene, and Beverly Fisher, a retiree recovering from a heartbreaking loss.  Though they get off to a rocky start, soon the four begin to relax into island life.  And, as the sea breeze works its magic, they rediscover the best versions of themselves and find (to their surprise) that they can indeed be happy, and with the people they least expect.  


Brenda Bowen is a literary agent.  She lives in New York and spends as much of her summer as she can on an island much like Little Lost Island in Maine.  Enchanted August is her debut adult novel.

Story Time with Miss Pat

Saturday, July 9, 9 am

… for children ages 3 – 8 years old …

Grant Blackwood, "Tom Clancy Duty and Honor : A Jack Ryan Jr. Novel," (G.P. Putnam's Sons, $29)

Monday, June 27 at 7 pm

Grant Blackwood proved himself a worthy successor to the late Tom Clancy with last year’s "Tom Clancy Under Fire,"  and has been praised as “the perfect author to continue the Jack Ryan, Jr. stories.”  He will be accompanied by another NYT bestselling author Steve Berry ("The 14th Colony") for this event.
In this new novel, Blackwood showcases Ryan on his own in an international thriller featuring cutting-edge espionage, heart-pounding action, and the global fight against terrorism.  This time out, Jack gets no help from his colleagues at the ultra-secret U.S. national security organization known as The Campus, from which he is on a probationary six-month leave.  Instead, he must rely on the limited assistance of a young Belgian journalist and a brainwashed French soldier.  After a highly-trained killer tries to assassinate Jack, he races to unravel a complex web of economic espionage, false-flag terrorism, and right-wing political extremism as hundreds of lives hang in the balance.
Blackwood was the co-author with Clancy of the critically acclaimed #1 bestseller "Dead or Alive", and is the New York Times bestselling author in his own right of "Tom Clancy Under Fire" and the Briggs Tanner series.  He is also the co-author with James Rollins and Clive Cussler.

A U.S. Navy veteran, Blackwood spent three years aboard a guided missile frigate as an Operations Specialist and a Pilot Rescue Swimmer.  He lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. Steve Berry is the internationally bestselling author of eleven Cotton Malone novels, including his latest "The 14th Colony."

Book Club Night with HarperCollins Representative Eric Svenson

Monday, June 20 at 7 pm

HarperCollins sales representative Eric Svenson will present some of his favorite  choices for book clubs.  This is a wonderful chance to find out about books that would inspire great discussions and books to add to your reading list.  The evening includes light refreshments, good conversation, and prizes!

Jimmy Stockton (with Susan Brandenburg), "Stockton Safaris: (The Story of James Roosevelt Stockton, Jr.) (Susan the Scribe, $55)

Friday, June 17 at 7 pm

"Adventurer, Outdoorsman, Entrepreneur, Developer and Renaissance Man", one of Jacksonville's most interesting personalities will join us to discuss some of his more memorable experiences and the people who have joined his safari along the way. Those who have been fortunate to know Jimmy Stockton have heard some of his stories (probably not all), and all are in for a treat.  He has traveled and enjoyed the world, family, and friends.  Working with biographer Susan Brandenburg, Stockton has managed to get his adventures between the covers of a book filled with wisdom, humor, and photographs.
Jimmy Stockton is well-known for his involvement in real estate and his adventures as a fishing and hunting guide.  Susan D. Brandenberg is an award-winning biographer and freelance journalist with more than thirty years’ experience.

Mark Woods, "Lassoing the Sun: A Year in America's National Parks." (Thomas Dunne Books, $26.99)

Tuesday, June 14 at 7 pm

 In this remarkable journey, Mark Woods captures the essence of our National Parks:
their serenity and majesty, complexity and vitality—and their power to heal.”
 -- Ken Burns—

This is the perfect homage to the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service.  We are honored that Florida times Union columnist Mark Woods is premiering his book at The BookMark.
Many childhood summers, Mark Woods piled into a station wagon with his parents and two sisters and headed to America’s national parks.  Mark’s most vivid childhood memories are set against a backdrop of mountains, woods, and fireflies in places like Redwood, Yosemite, and Grand Canyon national parks.
On the eve of turning fifty and a little burned-out, Mark decided to reconnect with the great outdoors.  He’d spend a year visiting the national parks.  He planned to take his mother to a park she’d not yet visited and to re-create his childhood trips with his wife and their iPad-generation daughter.  But then, the unthinkable happened: his mother was diagnosed with cancer, given just months to live.  Mark had initially intended to write a book about the future of the national parks, but Lassoing the Sun grew into something more—a book about family, the parks, the legacies we inherit, and the ones we leave behind.
Mark Woods is the Metro Columnist for the Florida Times-Union, and recipient of the Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship.  He lives in Jacksonville with his family.

Karen White, "Flight Patterns," (New American Library, $26)

Friday, June 10 at 7 pm

New York Times bestselling author Karen White, praised as the “queen of Southern fiction” (The Huffington Post), delivers another masterpiece.

Georgia Chambers has spent her life sifting through other people’s pasts while trying to forget her own.  But then, her work as an expert on fine china—especially Limoges—requires her to return to the one place she swore she’d never revisit.  It has been thirteen years since Georgia left her family home on the coast of Florida, and nothing much has changed, except there are fewer oysters and more tourists.  She finds solace in seeing her grandfather, but her estranged mother and sister still rattle her.

Seeing them after all this time makes Georgia realize that something has been missing, and unless she finds a way to heal these rifts, she will forever be living vicariously through other people’s remnants.  To embrace her own life, she will have to find the courage to confront the ghosts of her past and the secrets she was forced to keep.

Karen White is the New York Times bestselling author of nineteen books, including The Sound of Glass, A Long Time Gone, The Time Between, After the Rain, and Sea Change.  She grew up in London but now lives with her husband and two children near Atlanta, Georgia.

Anton DiSclafani, "The After Party." (Riverhead Books, $26)

Thursday, June 2 at 7 pm

Bestselling author Anton DiSclafani returns to The BookMark with her new novel The After Party. Following her critically acclaimed bestselling novel The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, DiSclafani immerses readers in the big, sun-drenched world of 1950’s Texas oil money and social clubs with a story of friendship that is obsessive, euphoric, and consuming as any romance.

The After Party has been described as delicious, engrossing, and a must-read from an accomplished and brilliant author. DiSclafani has a gift for storytelling and voice that is so full of warmth, texture, and personality that you’d happily follow her anywhere. And she knows how to keep a secret.

Anton DiSclafani was raised in northern Florida and now lives in Alabama with her husband and son. She is the Fiction Editor of the Southern Humanities Review

Diana Abu-Jabber, "Life Without a Recipe:A Memoir of Food and Family," (W.W. Norton & Co., $26.95)

Thursday, May 19 at 7 pm.

"Generously seasoned by an abiding love of food and a keen eye for the nuances of human relationships, this book is a reminder that however unpredictable it may be, life is a dish to be savored. A delectably warm and wise memoir. " Kirkus Reviews

Diana Abu-Jabber is returning to our store after her highly succesful visit with "Birds of Paradise."

On one side, there is Grace: prize-winning author Diana Abu-Jaber's tough, independent sugar-fiend of a German grandmother, wielding a suitcase full of holiday cookies. On the other, Bud: a flamboyant, spice-obsessed Arab father, full of passionate argument. Caught between cultures and lavished with contradictory advice from both sides of her family, Diana spent years learning how to ignore others well-intentioned prescriptions.

Hilarious, gorgeously written, poignant, and wise, Life Without a Recipe is Diana's celebration of journeying without a map, of learning to ignore the script and improvise, of escaping family and making family on one's own terms. As Diana discovers, however, building confidence in one's own path sometimes takes a mistaken marriage or two or in her case, three. and the personal courage and fortitude to seek both a serious writing career and becoming a mother. 


William Finnegan, "Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life (Penguin Books/paperback $17.00/hardback $27.95)

Tuesday, May 17 at 7 pm

"Reading this guy on the subject of waves and water is like reading Hemingway on bullfighting; William Burroughs on controlled substances; Updike on adultery. . . . a coming-of-age story, seen through the gloss resin coat of a surfboard." (Sports Illustrated)

This award-winning memoir is a  deeply rendered self-portrait of a lifelong surfer by an  acclaimed New Yorker writer.  Finnegan' s memoir is of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing only looks like a sport. To initiates, it is something else entirely: a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life.

"Barbarian Days is an old-school adventure story, an intellectual autobiography, a social history, a literary road movie, and an extraordinary exploration of the gradual mastering of an exacting, little understood art. Today, Finnegan's surfing life is undiminished. Frantically juggling work and family, he chases his enchantment through Long Island ice storms and obscure corners of Madagascar."

William Finnegan is the author of Cold New World, A Complicated War, Dateline Soweto, Crossing the Line, and Barbarian Days. He has twice been a National Magazine Award finalist and has won numerous journalism awards, including two Overseas Press Club awards since 2009. Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life received the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography. A staff writer at The New Yorker since 1987, he lives in Manhattan.

Children's Story Time with Miss Pat

Saturday, May 14  at 9 am…

Perfect for children ages 3 – 8 … and all adults.  Miss Pat will  read from one of her favorite children's stories, complete with sounds, pictures and appropriate expressions of amazement and awe.  

Ace Atkins, "Robert B. Parker's Slow Burn," (G.P. Putnam's Sons,$27.00)

Thursday, May 12 at 7 pm

Edgar Award-nominated author Ace Atkins returns to The BookMark with his newest contribution to Robert B. Parker's classic New York Times bestselling Spenser mystery series. 
The fire at a boarded-up Catholic church raged hot and fast, lighting up Boston’s South End and killing three firefighters who were trapped.  A year later, as the city prepares to honor their sacrifice, there are still no answers about how the deadly fire started.  While some believe it was just an accident, firefighter Jack McGee suspects arson. Not trusting city investigators, he hires Spenser.  Spenser has to find the firebug before he kills again, and must stay alive himself.
Robert B. Parker was the author of seventy books, including the legendary Spenser detective series, the novels featuring police chief Jesse Stone, and the acclaimed Virgil Cole-Everett Hitch westerns, as well as the Sunny Randall novels.  Winner of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award and long considered the undisputed dean of American crime fiction, Parker died in January 2010.

Atkins is the Edgar-nominated author of seventeen books, including his most recent, The Redeemers, and was selected by the Robert B. Parker estate to continue the Spenser novels, most recently the New York Times bestsellers Robert B. Parkers’s Kickback, and Robert B. Parker’s Cheap Shot.

Betsy Lerner, "The Bridge Ladies." (Harper Wave, $25.99)

Thursday, May 5 at 7 pm.
***This memoir received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist

For the past fifty years, Lerner’s mother Roz has attended Bridge club with the same four women.  When Roz needs her daughter’s help to recover after surgery, the author finds out how little she knows about these women who have been a part of her life forever, including her own mother.
Over the course of two years, Lerner takes up Bridge and becomes a regular fixture at Monday Bridge Club.  In learning to play, she comes to see it as a beautiful and complex game.  There is also the task of learning to work with another and trying to see the bigger picture through the cards you’ve been dealt.  Lerner begins to spend time with each of the ladies individually, and more time with her mother than she ever thought possible.  What began as a project of friendly curiosity soon becomes a cherished ritual.
Betsy Lerner is also the author of The Forest for the Trees and Food and Loathing.  She received her MFA from Columbia University in Poetry and was the recipient of a Thomas Wolfe Poetry Prize, and Academy of American Poets Poetry Prize, and was one of PEN’s Emerging Writers.  After working for 15 years as an editor, she became an agent.

Steve Berry, "The 14th Colony," (Cotton Malone #11), (Minotour Books, $27.99)

Friday, April 29 at 7 pm

Steve Berry returns with his newest Cotton Malone adventure. Shot down over Siberia, ex-Justice Department agent Cotton Malone is forced into a fight for survival against Aleksandr Zorin, a man whose loyalty to the former Soviet Union has festered for decades into an intense hatred of the United States.

In a race against the clock that starts in the frozen extremes of Russia and ultimately ends at the White House itself, Malone must not only battle Zorin, he must also confront a crippling fear that he has long denied, but which now jeopardizes everything.

Steve Berry's trademark mix of history and speculation is all here in this provocative new thriller.

NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories (with Jeff Alulis/Da Capo Press, $22.99)

Saturday, April 23 at 3 pm

Fat Mike and other members of the band will be at The BookMark to sign copies of their new book before their performance at Mavericks (Jacksonville Landing at 6 pm).

When you purchase your book(s) at the BookMark, you will receive a ticket for the signing at the store. You can save time (and get an earlier place in line)  by purchasing your book before the event. The staff will be happy to help you either in the store or over the phone, and your book(s) will be waiting for you to pick up anytime after 10 am on April 12th or at the event.

NOFX has been called one of the world’s most influential and controversial punk bands, but its full story has never truly been told, until now.  In this new book, band members “Fat Mike” Burkett, Eric Melvin, Erik “Smelly” Sandin, and Aaron “El Hefe” Abeyta look back on more than three decades of completely inexplicable success, providing a close-up look at the punk-rock music genre and, by proxy, the punk-rock life.
In the 1970’s and 1980’s, punk-rock defined the counterculture.  With its hard-edged melodies and intense, mosh-pit style concerts, it symbolized everything rebellious youths wanted from their music.  Bands like the Sex Pistols and Black Flag spawned from the movement.  In 1983, inspired by those who had come before them, Mike Burkett and Eric Melvin formed NOFX.  Although band members came and went throughout the years, and though their lives were struck by both wonder and tragedy, NOFX has continued to rise in popularity and make chart-topping albums.
In NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories, current and former band members, along with writer Jeff Alulis, tell the story of the band from the inside—the pranks and fun alongside the horrors of murder, suicide, addiction, riots, and terminal illness on the way to becoming DIY millionaires.


Photo by Richard Pasley

 David Sibley,"The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America,"      (2nd ed., Knopf Publishing Group, $19.95)

Saturday afternoon, April 2 at 3 pm

 Compact and comprehensive, this guide features 650 bird species plus regional populations found east of the Rocky Mountains. Entries include stunningly accurate illustrations—more than 4,601 in total—with descriptive captions pointing out the most important field marks. Each entry has been updated to include the most current information concerning frequency, nesting, behavior, food and feeding, voice description, and key identification features. Here too are more than 601 updated maps drawn from information contributed by 110 regional experts across the continent, and showing winter, summer, year-round, migration, and rare ranges.                                      

Not only is this guide updated, its format has been improved to make it easier to use. It is being touted as “the indispensable resource for all birders seeking an authoritative guide to the birds of the East in a portable format they will want to carry into the field.”

 David Allen Sibley is the author and illustrator of the series of successful guides to nature that bear his name, including the New York Times bestseller The Sibley Guide to Birds. He has contributed articles to Smithsonian, Science, The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, Birding, Birdwatching, and North American Birds. He is the recipient of the Roger Tory Peterson Award for Lifetime Achievement from the American Birding Association, and the Linnaean Society of New York’s Eisenmann Medal. He lives in Concord, Massachusetts.

Celebrate Women's History Month
Monday, March 28 at 6:30 pm
The BookMark and the Jacksonville NOW are partnering to celebrate Women’s History Month. Light refreshments will be served starting at 6:30 pm, and the presentation “Rona Recommends” will begin at 7 pm. The BookMark owner, Rona Brinlee, will talk about good books by and/or about women.
This is the 14th annual BookMark/NOW event to celebrate Women’s History Month and the 9th  year for the “Rona Recommends” program.
It is a great way to enjoy lively conversation, great reading recommendations, and to find out more about Women’s History Month.

Stephanie Evanovich, “The Total Package," William Morrow & Co. ($26.99)

Monday, March 21 at 7 pm

From New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Evanovich, another funny, sweet, and sizzling novel about love and second chances

Heartthrob star quarterback Tyson Palmer has a million-dollar arm and the promise of a Super Bowl ring. But football's biggest star is the ultimate comeback kid. After addiction derailed his career, Tyson recovered his talent and won back the fans.

But one person remains unconvinced: Dani Carr, an ambitious sports journalist. Years ago she and Tyson shared a passionate night but never spoke again. Tyson doesn t realize that the bombshell covering his games is the girl whose heart he broke.

Randy Wayne White, "Deep Blue," (G.P. Putnam's Sons, $27.00)

*****Note Special Time ****Sunday, March 20 at 7 pm

"Lively characters, enough action for three summer blockbusters, and plenty of plot twists make this a great addition to the bestselling series." (Publishers Weekly)

This new novel adds an  "injection of high-tech, grand-scale adventure ...  into what promises to be an entirely new orbiit ....  This twenty-third Doc Ford novel will quickly assume its reserved seat on the New York Times and most other best-seller lists."( Booklist)

 On a moonless night on Sanibel Island, Florida, marine biologist Marion Doc Ford carefully watches a video of a hooded man executing three hostages. The man is an American working with ISIS, and in the next few days, it ll be Ford's job, as part of his shadowy second life, to make sure he never kills anybody else again.

But a lot can go wrong in a few days, and Ford has no way of knowing that not only will the operation prove to be a lot more complicated than he has anticipated, but that he'll end up bringing those complications back with him to the small community of boaters, guides, lovers, and friends in Dinkin ' Bay, where he's long made his home.

Nick Loren, "Farful Foolang from Oolong Panshoo and the Grey-Bubble Goo" ($14.99)

Saturday, February 20 at 3 pm

Highly recommended ...

... cadence resonates with a Seussian echo. Ted (Dr. Seuss) would have liked it!”  
-Audrey Geisel, President of Seuss Enterprises (and Mrs. Dr. Seuss)

“Every generation needs an original story for children that reflects earlier favorite ones. Farful Foolong is one such story!” 
-John Travolta – Actor, Author, and Father
“Farful Foolong is a new, fresh and truly inspired piece of writing with Seussian qualities throughout.” 
-Bill Dreyer, Curator, Art of Dr. Seuss
Nick Loren is an Emmy nominated television host and personality and has spent nearly two decades jumping off of buildings, taking hits and dangling from speeding cars as the stunt double to Hollywood icon John Travolta. His true enjoyments in life are: being the favorite plaything to his three kids – Tysan, Niki and Destiny; the love for his beautiful wife, Denise; and sharing the adventures of Farful Foolong with children everywhere

Tim Dorsey, "Coconut Cowboy," (William Morrow & Co., $25.99)

Friday, February 5 at 7 pm

Coconut Cowboy's favorite trigger-happy, shoot-from-the-hip vigilante history teacher is back and he has a few scores to settle

Serge A. Storms is hitting the road.

Inspired by the classic biker flick Easy Rider, the irrepressible trivia buff and his drug-addled travel buddy, Coleman, head out on a motorcycle tour down the length of the Sunshine State, on a mission to rediscover the lost era of the American Dream. But going from small town to small town, they discover that some have lost much of their former charm--including one particular hamlet of skeezy rural politicos hell-bent on keeping prying eyes out of their ineptly corrupt style of local government.

Traveling across the state, Serge and Coleman engage in some high-life hijinks, complete with the state's trademark crop of jerks, lethal science experiments, drug kingpins, double-crosses, unearthed bodies, barbecue and groovy tunes. And when a few innocent newcomers stumble into the mix, the stakes are raised to new backwoods heights.

This promises to be one of Dorsey's best books, and his fans should look forward to a very fun evening.

Tim Dorsey was a reporter and editor for the Tampa Tribune from 1987 to 1999, and is the author of eighteen other novels: Shark Skin Suite, Tiger Shrimp Tango, The Riptide Ultra-Glide, Pineapple Grenade, When Elves Attack, Electric Barracuda, Gator A-Go-Go, Nuclear Jellyfish, Atomic Lobster, Hurricane Punch, The Big Bamboo, Torpedo Juice, Cadillac Beach, The Stingray Shuffle, Triggerfish Twist, Orange Crush, Hammerhead Ranch Motel, and Florida Roadkill. He lives in Tampa, Florida.

Patrick Carman, "Voyagers: Omega Rising." (Random House Books for Young Readers, $12.99) For readers ages 8-12

Tuesday, January 19 at 7 pm

This will be an exciting evening for young readers (and their parents) to meet one of the most popular New York Times bestselling authors as he discusses his newest book in the Voyager series.

The Earth is in danger! The only thing that can save our planet are six essential elements that can fuse into a new source of clean energy. But the elements are scattered throughout the galaxy. It is up to the Voyagers -- a team of 4 remarkable kids and an alien -- to gather them all and return to Earth. But the Voyagers have company in space. Team Omega has its own reason for wanting to gather all six elements, and the Omegas will do just about anything to win.

Voyagers series creator and architect, Patrick Carman is a New York Times bestselling children's author with millions of books in print in 20+ languages across 30 titles. He is known as a top leader in creative development, multi-platform storytelling, and world building. In 2011 he created a popular TED talk on the subject of reaching 21st century readers. He was also one of the first authors chosen for 39 Clues. Carman’s books have been included on over 40 of the most prestigious state, national, and international awards lists. An enthusiastic reading advocate, he has visited more than 1400 schools in the past decade

James Rollins, "The Bone Labyrinth: A SIGMA Force Novel"  ( Sigma Force Novels #10 )  (William Morrow & Co. $27.99)

Thursday. January 14 at 7 pm

One of James Rollins' most ambitious stories to date, "The Bone Labyrinth" combines science, adventure, historical mystery, archaeology, technology, and legend in a brilliantly inventive tale that connects early man and the fate of the Neanderthals, while exploring the evolution of human intelligence from its wellspring to where we, as a species, may be headed next. Full of ingenious twists, it is a pulse-pounding epic from a master storyteller at the pinnacle of his creative powers.

James Rollins is the "New York Times" bestselling author of the Sigma Force series. Blending science and history his action-adventure novels have been praised as enormously engrossing (NPR) and smart, entertaining adventure fiction ("New York Journal of Books"). Before pursuing a writing career he obtained a degree in veterinary medicine and established a successful practice in California. He currently resides in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Special Sunday Afternoon Children's Author

Brad Meltzer, "I am Martin Luther King, Jr." (Dial Books Press, $12.99)

Sunday, January 10 at 3 pm

We can all be heroes. That s the inspiring message of this  "New York Times" bestselling picture book biography series from historian and mystery author Brad Meltzer.

Even as a child, Martin Luther King, Jr. was shocked by the terrible and unfair way African-American people were treated. When he grew up, he decided to do something about it peacefully, with powerful words. He helped gather people together for nonviolent protests and marches, and he always spoke up about loving other human beings and doing what s right. He spoke about the dream of a kinder future, and bravely led the way toward racial equality in America.
This lively, "New York Times" Bestselling biography series inspires kids to dream big, one great role model at a time. You' ll want to collect each book.  (Copies of his mysteries will also be available.)  

Brad Meltzer is the "New York Times" bestselling author of "Heroes for My Son," "Heroes for My Daughter," and a number of suspense novels for adults. He is also the host of the History Channel television shows "Brad Meltzer s Decoded" and"Lost History." He lives in Florida with his wife and their three children.
Christopher Eliopoulos began his illustration career as a letterer for Marvel, and has worked on thousands of comics, including "Franklin Richards: Son of a Genius," "Pet Avengers," and "Cow Boy," all of which he wrote and illustrated. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and their identical twin sons."


Chris Bohjalian, "The Guest Room," (Doubleday, $25.95)

Wednesday, January 6 at 7 pm

New York Times "bestselling author of "Midwives "and "The Sandcastle Girls " Chris Bohjaliian returns to The BookMark with this spellbinding tale of a bachelor party gone horribly wrong: two men lie dead in a suburban living room, two women are on the run from police, and a marriage is ripping apart at the seams.  In the aftermath, Kristin and Richard 's life rapidly spirals into nightmare. The police throw them out of their home, now a crime scene, Richard 's investment banking firm puts him on indefinite leave, and Kristin is unsure if she can forgive her husband. This story exposes the dark side of human trafficking as it rushes toward what Kirkus review calls "[A] compulsively readable train wreck."

 Chris Bohjalian is the author of numerous books, many of which have been on the "New York Times" bestseller lists. His novel "Midwives "was an Oprah Book Club pick and a #1 "New York Times" bestseller. His work has been translated into over twenty-five languages.

DOROTHY FLETCHER , "Historic Jacksonville: Theatre Palaces, Drive-Ins and Movie Houses" (History Press, $22.99)

Monday, December 7 at 7 pm

Join us at the launch for this new book by popular local writer Dorothy Fletcher. Jacksonville's theatre and performance history is rich with flair and drama. The theatres, drive-ins and movie houses that brought entertainment to its citizens have their own exciting stories. Some have passed into memory. The Dixie Theatre, originally part of Dixieland Park, began to fade in 1909. The Palace Theatre, home to vaudeville acts, was torn down in the '50s. The Alhambra has been everyone's favorite dinner theater since 1967's debut of Come Blow Your Horn.  

Dorothy Fletcher taught English in Jacksonville public schools for 35 years. She is the author of several other books, including the very popular Lost Restaurants of Jacksonville and Growing Up Jacksonville.    

Join us for a special morning get together with Tim Deegan ...

Saturday, December 5 at 9 am

LET’S TALK ABOUT THE WEATHER OVER MORNING COFFEE WITH  METEOROLOGIST TIM DEEGAN.  To help us understand the complex concept of "weather" Tim will discuss the new book by Lauren Redniss, "Thunder & Lightning: Weather Past, Present, Future." Redniss combines exquisite artwork with poetic prose to create a book that can help anyone have a better understanding of this complex subject..  

Tim Deegan is a Meteorologist at First Coast News. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology, and is a member of the American Meteorological Society. He is also an avid surfer, marathoner and skygazer

David Baldacci, "The Guilty," (Grand Central Publishing, $28.00)

Monday, November 30 at 7 pm

Will Robie is the government's most professional, disciplined, and lethal assassin. But now, his skills have left him. To recover what he has lost, Robie must confront his own past in Cantrell Mississippi, when his father is charged with murder. Father and son haven't spoken or seen each other since the day Robie left town. In that time, Dan Robie--a local attorney and pillar of the community--has been elected town judge. Despite this, most of Cantrell is aligned against Dan. His guilt is assumed, and he won't defend himself. Robie ignores his father's wishes and begins his own desperate investigation into the case. But Robie is now a stranger to his hometown, and his attempts to save his father are met with distrust and skepticism . . . and violence.

Robie is drawn into the hidden underside of Cantrell, where he must face the unexpected and possibly deadly consequences of the long-ago choices made by father and son.

As part of Baldacci's foundation to provide books to local area foodbanks to promote literacy, you are invited to donate new or gently used books by dropping them off or bringing them to the event. 

David Baldacci is a worldwide bestselling novelist. With his books published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, and with over 110 million copies in print, he is one of the world's favorite storytellers. David Baldacci is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America (

Children's Story Time with Miss Pat

Saturday, November 14, 9 – 10 am… perfect for children ages 3 – 8 … and all adults …

Ennos Armon Davis, "Jacksonville (Images of Modern America)," (History Press, $22.99)

Friday, October 16 at 7 pm

Local author Ennis Armon Davis' new book explores Jacksonville's transformation into the largest city in the contiguous United States with images of significant events in its history. Like many of the country's older cities, Jacksonville suffered from the negative impacts of rapid urban sprawl after World War II.

Davis explains how, amid a declining tax base, public schools losing their accreditation, and government corruption scandals, Jacksonville voters approved a referendum to consolidate the struggling city with Duval County to create "The Bold New City of the South." These changes, along with many others, have continued to guide this Southern metropolis into the 21st century.

Using postcards, photographs from personal collections, and images from various state and local sources, author Ennis Armon Davis takes readers on an iconic journey through the evolution of Jacksonville from a stagnant postwar community to a 21st-century metropolis. This will be a great Christams present.

Davis is an urban planner who has been involved with the revitalization of Jacksonville's urban core since 2003. He is also the co-founder of His other books include "Reclaiming Jacksonville" and "Cohens: The Big Store."

Book Club Night with Random House

Wednesday,  September 23 at 6:30 pm

Random House representatives will be at The BookMark to recommend book club selections. The BookMark's two sales representatives will present great ideas for book club selections and for your reading enjoyment. Their recommendations will include both fiction and non-fiction titles and have been hand-selected for The BookMark.

Join us for an evening of good conversation and great reading recommendations.

Deanna Raybourn, "A Curious Beginning: A Veronica Speedwell Mystery," (New American Library, $25.95)

Wednesday, September 2 at 7 pm

New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn, author of the award-winning Lady Julia Grey series, will discuss the first novel in her new mystery series, "A Curious Beginning: A Veronica Speedwell Mystery."  In 1887 England, Veronica Speedwell's life of romantic adventure as an explorer and naturalist is interrupted when she finds herself embroiled in intrigue.  After her home is ransacked, she receives a visit from the mysterious Baron von Stauffenbach, warning her of additional danger.  Instinctively trusting him, she accepts his offer of sanctuary in London.  But when the Baron is found murdered, Veronica is left with her host's associate, an ill-tempered naturalist named Stoker.  Together, they must evade unknown assailants while unraveling the mystery of the threat against Veronica—a threat tied to her true parentage.  

Kirkus Review opines that "[a]s Veronica and Stoker careen through dastardly plot twists, they match wits, bantering with skill worthy of Tracey and Hepburn. A thrilling-and hilarious-beginning to a promising new series."

Deanna Raybourn is the author of the award-winning, New York Times bestselling Lady Julia Grey mysteries and several stand alone novels. She lives in Virginia with her family.



You're Invited!

The BookMark is celebrating  its 25th Birthday

Saturday, August 29 from 10am-6pm

Festivities include treats, prizes, and good conversation.   We are proud to be a part of the beaches community and the Beaches Town Center.  We invite you to join us as we celebrate our 25th birthday and give us a chance to show our appreciation.  We look forward to many more years as “your independent bookstore by the sea."

Linwood Barclay, "Broken Promise, (New American Library, $25.95)

Monday, August 3 at 7 pm

From the" New York Times" bestselling author of "No Safe House" comes an explosive novel about the disturbing secrets of a quiet small town.
After his wife's death and the collapse of his newspaper, David Harwood has no choice but to uproot his nine-year-old son and move back into his childhood home in Promise Falls, New York. David believes his life is in free fall, and he can't find a way to stop his descent.
Then he comes across a family secret of epic proportions. A year after a devastating miscarriage, David s cousin Marla has continued to struggle. But when David's mother asks him to check on her, he's horrified to discover that she's been secretly raising a child who is not her own a baby she claims was a gift from an angel left on her porch.
When the baby's real mother is found murdered, David can t help wanting to piece together what happened even if it means proving his own cousin's guilt. But as he uncovers each piece of evidence, David realizes that Marla's mysterious child is just the tip of the iceberg in this small town's past.

Patti Callahan Henry, "The Idea of Love," (St. Martin's Press, $25.99)

Tuesday, June 30 at 7pm

Patty Callahan Henry returns to The BookMark with another great southern love story, perfect for the summer season.

Ella's life has been completely upended. She's young, beautiful, and deeply in love--until her husband dies in a tragic sailing accident while trying save her. Or so she'll have everyone believe. Screenwriter Hunter needs a hit, but crippling writers' block and a serious lack of motivation are getting him nowhere. He's on the look-out for a love story. It doesn't matter who it belongs to.

When Hunter and Ella meet in Watersend, South Carolina it feels like the perfect match, something close to fate. In Ella, Hunter finds the perfect love story, full of longing and sacrifice. It's the stuff of epic films. In Hunter, Ella finds possibility. It's an opportunity to live out a fantasy - the life she wishes she had because hers is too painful. And more real. Besides. what's a little white lie between strangers?
But one lie leads to another, and soon Hunter and Ella find themselves caught in a web of deceit. As they try to untangle their lies and reclaim their own lives, they feel something stronger is keeping them together. And so they wonder: can two people come together for all the wrong reasons and still make it right?

Patti Callahan Henry is a full-time writer, wife and mother and the "New York Times "bestselling author of novels including "Coming Up for Air", "The Art of Keeping Secrets", "Driftwood Summer "and "The Perfect Lovesong: A Holiday Story". She lives with her husband and three children outside Atlanta on the Chattahoochee River, where she is working on her next novel.

Children's Story Time

Saturday June 27, 9 to 10 am

We will open an hour earlier than normal to host a children's story time. Stories will be read to children ages 3-8 to encourage and support the joy of reading.

David FitzSimmons, "Curious Critters: Marine," (Wild Iris Publishing, $16.95) 
Monday, June 8 at 7 pm
Primarily directed at children, this book will also appeal to marine animal enthusiasts of all ages. It features some of North America's most incredible marine animals captured through the award-winning photography of David FitzSimmons. His photographs depict 20 common and fascinating animals of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, as well as the Gulf of Mexico. The subjects include a sleek black sea bass, a giant Pacific octopus, an incredible roseate spoonbill, and a one-in-a-million blue lobster, plus many more amazing creatures found along the coasts of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Fun and educational narratives accompanying each animal highlight fascinating natural history information, and a visual index, additional curious critter facts, silhouettes showing animal sizes, and a full glossary are also included. 
David FitzSimmons is a free-lance photographer and writer as well as a university professor. His photographs have appeared in various magazines, books, and calendars, as well as in exhibits.  He is a professor at Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio.  FitzSimmons’ wife Olivia (a naturalist) and his two daughters, Sarah and Phoebe, help in his natural history endeavors.  In addition to this Marine book, David FitzSimmons is the author/photographer of numerous other books on Curious Critters

Additional events/authors are updated as they are confirmed.  Be sure to check back for additional information.

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Unable to attend? Just call us at 904-241-9026 and we will reserve a signed/personalized copy for you.