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Join Us for a Virtual Event with Children's Author

David L. Harrison

Saturday, October 30 at 9 am

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In I Want an Apple: How My Body Works, children learn about their busy, busy bodies in this funny-but-informative book.  I want an apple.  Smart brain, help me find one.  Sniffy nose, smell the apple.  Bright eyes, help me see it.  Legs, feet, arms, teeth, tongue, tummy...and long intestine too...all snap into action when a child decides she wants an apple.

Harrison's latest non-fiction picture book is a clever and humorous introduction to body parts and their functions.

David L. Harrison is a beloved, award-winning author.  The David Harrison Elementary School in Springfield, Missouri was named in his honor.  The illustrator, David Catrow, is known for his humor and hyperbole.  His honors include a New York Times Best Illustrated Award.


Join Us for a Virtual Event with Children's Author & Illustrator

Ethan Long

Saturday, November 6 at 9 am

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From Season to Season! is the fourth book in Long's Happy County preschool picture book series featuring earth science and educational activities about winter, spring, summer, and fall.  Readers who love Richard Scarry's Busytown books will be sure to enjoy these.

In Long's latest, adventure awaits in another exciting trip through Happy County--where each new season packs plenty of surprises.  Farmer Dell rides his tractor through the crops all summer long; Jimmy and Sammy search for Grammy Tammy in the autumn corn maze; Dolly and Molly build an igloo with the fresh winter snow; and Miss Humdiddy's flower garden buzzes with pollination when spring arrives.  This primer compendium is filled with lovable characters and educational content connected to weather, geography, earth science, word identifications, as well as the concepts of shapes, patterns, telling time, and grammar--all delivered through plenty of clever scenarios to keep little ones engaged and curious.

Ethan Long is the award winning author and illustrator of many books for children, including Hello, World!, Sun and Moon Together, the Happy County series, and more.  He lives with his family in Orlando, Florida.


Join Us for a Booksigning with NYT Bestselling Author

Karen White

Saturday, November 6 at 6 pm (Note earlier start time!)

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In The Attick on Queen Street, we return to the house on Tradd Street one last time in this hauntingly spectacular finale to the bestselling series featuring psychic medium Melanie Trenholm.  After the devastating events of the past few months, the last thing Melanie Trenholm wants is to think about is the future--her husband Jack has asked for a separation, and it may be her fault.  Nevertheless, with twin toddlers, a stepdaughter leaving for college soon, a real estate career to resume, and a historic home that is still being restored, Melanie doesn't have much time to wonder where it all went wrong--but that doesn't stop her from trying to win her husband back.  

Longtime nemesis Marc Longo enters the picture as do a hidden gem and ghosts in the house--some supportive and some not.  Melanie and Jack must work together before evil spirits of past and present destroy everything they love.

Karen White is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 25 novels, including the Tradd Street serives, Flight Patterns, The Sound of Glass, and more.  She has also co-authored a number of bestsellers with Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig.  White grew up in London but now lives with her husband and two dogs near Atlanta, Georgia.


Join Us for a Virtual Event with Children's Author & Illustrator

Nancy Raines Day & Rebecca Evans

Saturday, October 23 at 9 am

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In Baby's Opposites, we follow baby from day to night--around tonw and home again--and discover opposites aplenty!  Baby shares an eventful day with her parents and big brother.  They visit buildings (big and small) and meet new people (some short, some tall).  Up, down.  Smile, frown.  Opposites abound!  This simple rhyming story is perfect for little learners discovering the world.

Nancy Raines Day made a wish on pennies in a wishing well to become a writer, and ten years later her first picture book came out.  She and her husband live on an island off the coast of Georgia.  She has written several books for children, including Baby's Firsts and Hoorade Day!

Rebecca Evans was a lontime artist and designer before returning to her first love: children's books.  She has illustrated several picture books, including Is 2 a Lot: An Adventure with Numbers and Finding the Speed of Light: The 1676 Discovery that Dazzled the World.


Join Us for a Booksigning with NYT

Bestselling Author

Kristy Woodson Harvey

Friday, October 22 at 6 pm

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When the Murphy women are in trouble, they know they can always go to their mother.  So when Caroline announces she's getting divorced, she leaves her husband behind and her teenage daughter with her mother.  As the storm of the century heads to Peachtree Bluff, family and home are in danger.  The Murphy sisters have to figure out how to come to the rescue.  Harvey's latest explores the magic of Christmas and the power of forgiveness, and reminds us there's no place like home, especially during the holidays.

Kristy Woodson Harvey is the NYT bestselling author of 8 novels, including Under the Southern Sky, Feels Like Falling, and the Peachtree Bluff series.  She graduated from the University of North Carolina, writes for Southern Living and Parade and more, and is the cofounder of the hit web show and podcast Friends & Fiction.


Join Us for a Booksigning with NYT Bestselling Author

Mary Kay Andrews

Thursday, October 21 at 6 pm

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Bestselling author Mary Kay Andrews has written a bonus book for us this year, and it's a Christmas story.  The Santa Suit reminds readers  "'tis the season for holiday cheer...and small-town secrets."  When newly divorced Ivy Perkins buys an old farmhouse sight unseen, she is looking for a change and a project.  But the labor required to fix up The Four Roses is immense.  There is so much left from the previous owner, including an old Santa suit.  Inside one pocket is a letter from a child asking Santa to bring her father home from the war.  Ivy's new mission becomes finding out what happened.  Andrews gives us a story in the spirit of Christmas with joy and second chances.  And of course, there's always a mystery to solve.

Mary Kay Andrews is the author of The Newcomer, Sunset Beach, Ladies' Night, Savannah Blues and more.  She is a founder and cohost of the popular web show and podcast Friends & Fiction.  A former journalist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she lives in Atlanta, Georgia.


Join Us for a Booksigning with Local Author

Bill Delaney

Saturday, October 16 from 11 am - 2 pm

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Local author Bill Delaney will be at The BookMark to sign copies of his new book, Secret Jacksonville: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure.  Secret Jacksonville is dedicated to telling the stories behind forgotten, mysterious, and just plain interesting spots across Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Fernandina Beach, and the surrounding communities.  Here you'll find out where you can see a long-forgotten Florida waterfall and learn why there's a tombstone in the middle of a neighborhood sidewalk.  You'll hear stories behind local delicacies and of course learn what exactly is up with that orange roadside dinosaur everyone's always talking about.

Jacksonville writer Bill Delaney has a deep passion for his hometown and a keen interest in underrepresented stories.  He is a writer, editor, and higher-education professional whose work focuses on the culture and history of the First Coast.


Join Us for a Virtual Event with Children's Authors

Martha Hamilton & Mitch Weiss

Saturday, October 16 at 9 am

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Children's authors Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss will present their new picture book Noodleheads Do the Impossible.  In this popular laugh out loud comic-style book, Mac and Mac decide that they want to be famous.  How?  By doing the imossible! Walking around the world sounds too hard, so they decide to count the stars, but then lose count.  What now?  This graphic novel series is perfect for comic fans (and those with a good sense of humor).  These co-authors are professional storytellers (know as Beauty and Beast) who provide information about the traditional stories that inspired Mac and Mac's mishaps.


Join Us for Virtual Story Time with Miss Pat

Saturday, October 9 at 9 am

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For October, Miss Pat will read stories about cats.  In Pete the Cat's Groovy Imagination, by James Dean and Kimberly Dean, clouds and bad weather cancel Pete's plans to go to the beach.  It turns out, all he needs to have fun is an empty box and a good imagination.  Pete always promises and delivers a good adventure.  In Negative Cat, by Sophie Blackall, a boy's persistent begging for a cat pays off.  Only his new cat, Max, is very negative.  What saves him is listening to the boy read.  This also helps the boy learn to read.  What a joyous victory for all!

Story Time is perfect for ages 3 - 8 (and the adults in the room).  Stop by after Story Time to pick up your "goodie bag" with treats related to the stories.  


Join Us for a Virtual Event with Children's Author & Illustrator

Chris Haughton

Saturday, October 2 at 9 am

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Acclaimed children's author and illustrator of such favorites as Don't Worry, Little Crab and Shh! We Have a Plan, brings us three little monkeys and their big monkey.  They are all sitting high on a branch in the forest canopy when the big monkey reminds the other three--"Whateve you do, do NOT go down to the mango tree.  There are tigers down there."  But mangoes are awfully hard to resits.  Maybe they could just look.  That would be OK, right?  With vivid colors, bold shapes, and his trademark visual humor, Haughton is back with a delilciously suspenseful cautionary tale about pushing boundaries and indulging your more impish side.

In addition to writing and illustrating his many acclaimed books, Chris Haughton has taught many courses in design and illustration around the world.  Originally from Dublin, he now lives in London.


Our Event with Award Winning Author Lauren Groff is Going Virtual!

Join us for this special evening to

launch her new book

Tuesday, September 7 at 7 pm

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Due to continued concerns about Covid, The BookMark decided to keep everyone safe and launch Lauren Groff's new book via Crowdcast.  We will still have signed copies of Matrix available to purchase.

Groff's historical fiction is based on the life of 12th century poet Marie de France.  After Marie is banished to a poverty-stricken abbey by Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine at age 17, she is determined to rise to power as abbess and improve life for the nuns.  In face, she reshapes the community into a successful abbey that empowers women and protects them from the world.  Her descriptions of the friendships is matched by the transcendent prose that brings to life historic events, from the Crusades to the papal interdict of 1208.

Lauren Groff is a two-time National Book Award finalst and the New York Times bestselling author of The Monsters of Templeton, Arcadia, Fates and Furies, Delicate Edible Birds, and Florida.  She has won the Story Prize and has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.  She is also the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship.


Join Us for Story Time with Miss Pat

Saturday, September 11 at 9 am

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Story Time with Miss Pat is back!  For September Miss Pat will read Principal Tate is Running Late, by Henry Cole and Rectangle Time, by Pamela Paul/illustrated by Becky Cameron.  Every day goes smoothly at Hardy Elementary School because Principal Tate keeps everything in order and on time.  But what happens when her car breaks down, and she's late?  Will everybody help save the day?  Henry Cole tells and illustrates the story of a cat who learns to change as his person gets older and reads different books.  Both of these are sure to delight.

Story Time is perfect for ages 3 - 8 (and the adults in the room).  Stop by after story time to pick up your "goodie bag" with treats related to the stories.


Join Us for A Virtual Event with Bestselling Author

Nicola Harrison

Monday, August 16 at 6 pm

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Take a glimpse of the glamorous world of the Ziegfeld Follies, through the eyes of a young midwestern woman who comes to New York City to find her destiny as a Follies star.  It's 1927 when Olive McCormick moves from Minneapolis to New York City determined to become a star in the Ziegfeld Follies.  Extremely talented as a singer and dancer, it takes every bit of perseverance to finally make it on stage.  And once she does, all the glamour and excitement is everything she imagined and more--even worth all the sacrifices she has to make along the way.

Then she meets Archie Carmichael.  Handsome, wealthy--the only man she's ever met who seems to accept her modern ways--her independent nature and passion for success.  But once she accepts his proposal of marraige he starts to change his tune, and Olive must decide if she is willing to reveal a devastating secret and sacrifice the life she loves for the man she loves.  Perfect for fans of Fiona Davis. 

Signed copies will be available!


Join Us for a Special Story Time with 

Children's Author David L. Harrison

& Illustrator Kate Cosgrove

Saturday, July 31 at 9 am

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Dirt! It's made of chipped rocks, decaying animals, fungi and germs.  It's food for plants and home to animals of all kinds.  Printed in an inventive vertical format, 15 poems explore the underground lives of earthworms, spiders, ants, chipmunks and more.  Spectaculr art is oriented fro an extra-long view to better depict life down deep.  Harrison and Cosgrove team up again for this very special book--The Dirt Book: Poems About Animals That Live Beneath Our Feet.

David L. Harrison's books have received awards in Kansas, Missouri, Michigan, Arizona, South Dakota, Indiana, Texas, Kentucky, and Virginia.  The David Harrison Elementary School in Springfield Missouri is named in his honor.  Harrison lives in Springfield, Missouri.

Kate Cosgrove has also received many awards for her artwork, including a 2018 Highlights Scholarship.  She lives in Lansing, Michigan.


Join Us for a Virtual Story Time and In-Person Signing

with Children's Author Heidi Tyline King

Saturday, August 7

9 am Virtual Event/3 pm In-store signing

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This heartfelt picture book biography tells the story of MaVynee Betsch, an African American opera singer turned environmentalist, and the legacy she preserved.  Although MaVynee loved going to the beach as a child, most of the beaches in the Jacksonville area were for whites only.  Knowing something must be done, her grandfather bought a beach for African American famlies.  He called it American Beach, and visitors included Zora Neale Hurston and Ray Charles.  After desegregation, the beach fell into disrepair.  MaVynee Betsch dedicated her life after that to preserving the place that always felt like home to her.  This is "a spectacular story about a little-known eco-warrior whose story should be told and retold." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)



Join Us for an In-Person Event with 

NYT Bestselling Author 

Les Standiford

Friday, July 23 at 7 pm

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Battle for the Big Top: P.T. Barnum, James Bailey, John Ringling, and the Death-Defying Saga of the American Circus is the untold story of the battles of the three circus kings, all vying for control of the vastly profitable and widely influential American Cirucs.  Standiford recreates a remarkable era when a community--without regard for gender, creed, or nationality--would be captivated by the spectacle created by three diversely talented individuals who transcended the ordinary.  Untimately, the rivalry of these three men resulted in the creation of an institution that would surpass all intentions and, for 147 years, hold a nation spellbound.  Filled with details of their evolving showmanship, business strategies, and personal magnetism, this wonderfully readable narrative will delight Standiford's readers and anyone interested in American history.

Les Standiford is the author of Last Train to Paradise, Meet You in Hell, and Bringing Adam Home.  His book, The Man Who Invented Christmas, was made into a feature film starring Christopher Plummer and Dan Stevens.  Standiford is a Professor of English and Founding Director of the Creative Writing Program at Florida International University and holds an MA and PhD in literature and creative writintg.  He lives in Miami, Florida.


Join Us for Story Time with Miss Pat

Saturday, July 10 at 9 am

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For July Story Time, Miss Pat will read Free to Be Elephant Me, by Giles Andreae/illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees.  Every young elephant parades their talent in front of the king to earn their special elephant name.  But Num-Num doesn't have a special skill to display.  With a little help from some familiar friends, will this little elephant learn that being yourself is the most important talent of all?  July's classic (now in paperback) is Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, by Simms Taback.  Joseph had a little overcoat, but it's full of holes (just like this book).  When it got too old and shabby, he made it into a jacket.  But what did he make it into after that? And after that?  As they turn the pages, children will laugh as they realize you can even make something out of nothing.

Story Time is perfect for ages 3 - 8 (and the adults in the room).  It's a great way to start your Saturday.  Stop by after the event to pick up you "goodie bag" with treats related to these books.


Join Us for a Special Event

with NYT Bestselling Author

  Christina Baker Kline

Wednesday, July 7 at 7 pm

In The Exiles, the fate of three women in 19th century London and Australia become forever intertwined.  One, a governess to a wealthy family, is seduced and naively believes it is true love.  She finds herself pregnant, accused of stealing what was in fact a gift from her lover, and ultimately sent off to a penal facility in Australia.  On the boat ride to her destiny, she meets another woman also convicted of stealing, in her case a silver spoon.  The thrid woman is actually a young aboriginal girl "adopted" by a couple who want to see if they can "civilize her", turning her into an experiment rather than a daughter.  Female friendships triumph just as societal norms--often cruel--do in this compelling historical novel.  Christina Baker Kline fans will be thrilled, and those finding her for the first time will want to read all of her previous books.

The BookMark is joining other independent bookstores to host this event.  This event is ticketed, meaning you will get the link and password once you purchase the book from The BookMark.  Christina Baker Kline will be in conversation with John Searles, and special guests Elin Hilderbrand, Chris Bohjalian, Kristin Hannah, and Paula McLain will pop in and out during the event to chat and say hello to Christina and attendees and talk with the author about the book.  Call now to reserve your copy and get you "ticket" to this virtual event!


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Story Time with Miss Pat

Saturday, June 12 at 9 am

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For June Story Time, Miss Pat will read The Pout-Pout Fish and the Mad, Mad Day, by Deborah Diesen/illustrated by Dan Hannah, and Iggy Peck, Architect, by Andreas Beaty/illustrated by David Roberts.

Withe the help of his friend, Mr. Fish is able to overcome his anger on a very maddening day, while Iggy Peck, who has been building fabulous creations since he was two must deal with a challenge of his own when faced with his new second-grade teacher who declares her dislike of architects.

Story Time is perfect for ages 3-8 (and the adults in the room).  It's a great way to start  your Saturday.  Stopy by after the event to pick up your "goodie bag" with treats related to these books.


Join Us for a Special Noon Event with

International & NYT Bestselling Author

Jan-Philipp Sendker

Tuesday, June 8 at Noon

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In The Heart Remembers, twelve-year-old Ko Bo Bo lives with his uncle in a small town in Burma.  His father visits once a year; his mother never.  "Why" is the mystery that haunts the story.  Bo Bo is unusually perceptive and can read people's emotions in their eyes.  This acute sensitivity only makes his unconventional home life more difficult.

Everything changes when Bo Bo discovers the story of his parents' great love, which threatens to break down in the whirlwind of political events, and of his mother's mysterious sickness.  Convinced that he can heal her and reunite their family, Bo Bo decides to set out in search for his parents.  

Jan-Philipp Sender was born in Hamburg and is an internationally bestselling author.  He was the American correspondent for Stern from 1990 to 1995, and its Asian correspondent from 1995 to 1999.  His first novel, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, was published in 2012, and the sequel, A Well-Tempered Heart, appeared in 2014.  Sendker will be joining us virtually from Germany.


Join Us for an Evening wih

NYT Bestselling Author

Jeff Shaara

Thursday, June 3 at 7 pm

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Bestselling author Jeff Shaara transports us to the Battle of Midway, in his latest historical novel.  It's Spring 1942.  The US is reeling from the blow the Japanese inflicted at Pearl Harbor.  Americans are determined to turn the tide. But the battle to counter the Japanese must still be fought. Shaara recounts what happens when the two sides finally meet, in what will be known ever after as one of the most definitive and heroic examples of combat ever seen.  


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Story Time with Miss Pat

Saturday, May 8 at 9 am

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For May Story Time, Miss Pat will read Paris by Phone, by Pamela Druckerman, illustrated by Benjamin Chaud, and Toot & Puddle: How Does Your Garden Grow, by Holly Hobbie.

The magic of independence meets the meaning of home with the debut picture book from the bestselling author of Bringing up Bebe.  And bestselling and beloved characters Toot and Puddle return 25 years after their debut with a brand new story full of the same charm and whimsy that originally made them so popular.

Story Time is perfect for ages 3-8 (and the adults in the room).  It's a great way to start your Saturday.  Stop by after the event to pick up your "goodie bag" with treats related to the book.


Join Us for An In-Person Signing

with NYT Bestselling Author

May Kay Andrews

Friday, May 14 at 6 pm

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In Mary Kay Andrews' new book, The Newcomer, Letty Carnahan discovers her sister Tanya dead in her New York City townhouse.  Remembering her sister's warning--"If anything bad happens to me--it's Evan.  Promise me you'll take Maya and run"--Letty does just that.  The two hide out in a sleepy motel in Florida and try to figure out what's happening as danger keeps getting closer.

One reviewer describes The Newcomer as "a little bit romance, a little bit suspense, and everything you've come to know and love from a Mary Kay Andrews story."

NOTE:  This is our first in-person event since the pandemic started.  In order to stay safe, we will not gather inside the store for a talk.  Mary Kay Andrews will sign/personalize books and say hello to each fan individually.


Join Us for a Morning with Children's Author Kelly Jordan

Saturday, April 17 at 9 am

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Kelly Jordan, is the author of the picture book Chase the Moon, Tiny Turtle: A Hatchling's Daring Race to the Sea.  Young readers will witness a rare and extraordinary natural event as a baby loggerhead hatches from its shell.  With nothing but the light of the moon to act as a guide, readers will follow the newborn turtle's harrowing attempts to outpace a series of predators on the march toward the glistening shore.  After only narrowly avoing hungry crabs, owls, and foxes, the turtle rides ocean waves to a calm clearing.  Following a moment of peace in the still ocean water, the turtle joins the rest of its pack on a dive into the moonlit sea to cotinue the voyage home.

Told with a beautiful, lyrical rhyming sequence, this book introduces readers to the birth cycle of a logggerhead sea turtle.  Through the newborn turtle's eyes, both kids and adults will marvel at the majestic, and sometimes dangerous seaside landscape from a perspective rarely seen before.


Join Us for

An Early Evening with Mort Crim

Saturday, April 24 at 5 pm

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In honor of Independent Bookstore Day we will host  award-winning former broadcast journalist Mort Crim, presenting his new memoir Anchored: A Journalist's Search for the Truth.  Crim reported on major conflicts around the world for more than four decades and became the consumate stylish anchorman of the 1970'sa nd 80's, to the point that he served as the inspiration for Will Ferrell's affectionate parody in the movie Anchorman.  

But his award-winning journalism career was no joke, and his memoir takes readers behind the camera to show what life was like when the local anchorman was as revered as the professional athlete.


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Story Time with Miss Pat

Saturday, April 10 at 9 am

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For April Story Time, Miss Pat will read Outside Inside by Leuyen Pham and Someone Builds the Dream, by Lisa Wheeler.  Celebrate the skilled women and men who work to see the plans of engineers and designers brought to life.  Plus, honor the essential workers and the community coming together to face the challenges of the global Covid-19 pandemic from Caldecott honoree Pham.

Story Time is perfect for ages 3-8 (and the adults in the room).  It's a great way to start your Saturday.  Stop by after the event to pick up your "goodie bag" with treats related to the books.


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Story Time with Miss Pat

Saturday, February 13 at 9 am

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For February story time, Miss Pat will read Outside Inside, by Leuyen Pham and Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes, and Stinkers: Celebrating Animal Underdogs, by Melissa Stewart.  Celebrate essential workers and the community coming together to face the challenges of the global pandemic and learn how animal characteristics that might seem like weaknesses are critical for finding food and staying safe in an eat-or-be-eaten world.

Story Time is perfect for ages 3-8 (and the adults in the room).  It's a great way to start your Saturday.  Stop by after the event to pick up your "goodie bag" with treats related to the books.


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An Evening with Bestselling Author Tim Dorsey

Tuesday, February 23 at 7 pm

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Tropic of Stupid is Time Dorsey's 24th novel.  Devoted Floridaphile Serge Storms buys one of those DNA services from late-night TV and sets off on a road trip with sidekick Coleman to meet his newly discovered relatives.  You can imagine how excited Serge is to discover one of them might be a serial killer.

About the Author

Tim Dorsey was a reporter and editor for the Tampa Tribune from 1987-1999.  He is the author of 23 other novels.  He lives in Florida.


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An Evening with Bestselling Author Steve Berry

Monday, March 8 at 7 pm

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The Kaiser's Web is Berry's 16th Cotton Malone thriller.  A secret dossier from a World War II era Soviet spy comes to light containing information that, if proven true, would not only rewrite history--it could impact Germany's upcoming national elections and forever alter the political landscape of Europe.

About the Author

Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of more than 15 Cotton Malone novels and several stand alones.  He has 25 million books in print, translated into 40 languages.  With his wife, Elizabeth, he is the founder of History Matters, which is dedicated to historical preservation.  He serves as an emeritus member of the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board, and was a founding member of International Thriller Writers.


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An Evening with Authors Elliot Ackerman and Admiral James Stavridis

Monday, March 15 at 7 pm

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2034: A Novel of the Next World War is a chillingly authentic, geopolitical thriller that imagines a naval clash between the U.S. and China in the South China Sea in 2034--and the nightmarish global conflagration that follows.  Who could better imagine this than two former military officers and venerated authors.

About the Authors

Elliot Ackerman is the author of several novels (Red Dress in Black and White, Waiting for Eden and more) as well as a memoir (Places and Names).  His books have been nominated for several awards.  He is both a former White House Fellow and Marine, and served five tours of duty abroad, where he received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart.

Admiral James Stavridis spent more than thirty years in the U.S. Navy, rising to the rank of four-star admiral.  He was Supreme Allied Commander of NATO and previously commanded U.S. Southern Command, overseeing military operations throughout Latin America.  He holds a PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where he recently served as dean.  He has published eight previous books.  This is his first novel.


Past Events


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An Evening with Award Winning Author Olga Grushin in Conversation with Karen Fowler

Friday, January 15 at 7 pm

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The Charmed Wife is a spellbinding, sophisticated literary fairy tale for the twenty-first century.  Part dark epilogue to the renowned tale of Cinderella, part feminist revenge fantasy, Grushin's fourth novel tells the story of the princess 13 years after her storybook marriage to Prince Charming.  Things are not going well.

About the Authors

Olga Grushin moved to the United States from Moscow at age eighteen.  Her previous books include The Dream Life of Sukhanov, The Line, and Forty Rooms.  

Karen Fowler is the author of six novels, including We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Wits End, and The Jane Austen Book Club.


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Story Time with Miss Pat

Saturday, January 16 at 9 am

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Miss Pat will read Kindness Grows, by Britta Teckentrup and Sincerely, Emerson: A Girl, Her Letter, and the Helpers All Around Us, by Emerson Weber; illustrated by Jaclyn Sinquett.  In Teckentrup's beautiful book, angry words cause a crack to open and widen, but find out what happens when kindness begins to blossom.  As Weber shows, one simple act of kindness can have an amazing impact.

Story time is perfect for ages 3 - 8 (and the adults in the room).  It's a great way to start your Saturday.  Stopy by after the event to pick up your "goodie bag" with treats related to the book.


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Story Time with Miss Pat

Saturday, December 12 at 9 am

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Miss Pat will read 5 More Sleeps 'Til Christmas, by Jimmy Fallon and Rum Pum Pum by David L. Harrison and Jane Yolen.  The excitement building up to Christmas is even more fun counting down the days in Jimmy Fallon's new book, while fun sounds abound in Rum Pum Pum's tale of friendship, communication, and music.

Rona is also "threatening" to read a small portion of her favorite holiday story.

Story Time is perfect for ages 3 - 8 (and the adults in the room).  It's a great way to start you Saturday.  Stop by after the event to pick up your "goodie bag" with treats related to the books.


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Story Time with Miss Pat

Saturday, November 14 at 9 am

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Miss Pat will read While We Can't Hug, by Eoin McLaughlin and The Suitcase, by Chirs Naylor-Ballesteros.  In While We Can't Hug, Hedgehog and Tortoise were the best of friends.  They wanted to give each other a great, big hug, but they weren't allowed to touch.  

The Suitcase offers a powerful story about immigration, trust, and new beginnings.  Both are perfect for our times.

Story Time is perfect for ages 3 - 8 (and adults in the room).  It's a great way to start your Saturday.

Stop by after the event to pick up your "goodie bag" with treats related to these books.


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Story Time with Miss Pat

Saturday, October 10 at 9 am

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Miss Pat will read The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt, by Riel Nason and Pete the Cat: Crayons Rock!, by James and Kimberly Dean.  The Little Ghost is perfect for Halloween and features a ghost who is a quilt instead of a sheet.  

Story Time is perfect for ages 3-8 (and adults in the room).  It's a great way to start your Saturday.  Stop by after the event to pick up your "goodie bag" with treats related to these books.


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An Afternoon with Author and Yoga Instructor, Melissa Hurt

Tuesday, October 13 at 4:30 pm

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I Am the Jungle is a full-color, illustrated picture book for ages 4 - 8.  In addition to introducing young readers to yoga, it helps them identify and connect to the emotions associated with each pose.  I Am the Jungle celebrates the joys of yoga, imagination, and the natural world.  

As children practice a sequence of yoga poses, they imagine they are the animals for which each pose is named, and describe the emotions each evokes.  A chart at the back of the book includes Sanskrit names and physical benefits of each yoga pose.

About the Author

Melissa is a certified yoga instructor and teaches acting, voice, speech, and movement.  She holds an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and a PhD from the University of Oregon.   Melissa lives in upstate New York.

About the Illustrator

Katy Tanis creates artwork for children's books, clothing brands, fabric collections, and greeting cards.  She splits her time between San Francisco and New York City, where she is currently pursuing a master's degree in ecology, evolution, and zoology at the Bronx Zoo.


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A Baking Demonstration with Cookbook Author Erin Renouf Mylroie

Tuesday, October 20 at 7 pm

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Erin's new cookbook, 101 Greatest cookies on the Planet, is the ultimate cookie book full of all the flavors you love!  From New York City Giant Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies to Nutella Lava Cookies, Mylroie has ranked 101 of her favorite cookies ever.  With so many cookies to choose from--and some brownies and bars, for good measure--you're sure to have the perfect treat to share no matter who you're baking for.  Most recipes can be made in a single bowl to cut down on cleanup, and there are so many delicious choices.

For our special event, Erin will demonstrate how to cook Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, Chips and Pieces Cookies.  Get the ingredients in advance and bake along with Erin by clicking on the image below:


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An Afternoon with Children's Author Matthew Burgess and Illustrator Catia Chien

Saturday, October 17 at 4:30 pm

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The Bear and the Moon is a picture book that follows what happens when the gift of a balloon floats into Bear's life.  The two companions embark on a journey--a magical tale that encompasses the joys of friendship and discovery.  This is a gentle book filled with humor, while tackling complex topics like the transcendence of loss and forgiveness.

Filled with emotive text and radiant illustrations, The Bear and the Moon is a compassionate tale that honors the small but profound world of the very young.  Simply told and profoundly felt, this sweet book teaches social and emotional skills to kids, and offers a clever way to soothe some of our most difficult feelings: loss and guilt.

About the Author

Matthew Burgess is an assistant professor at Brooklyn College and poet-in-residence in NYC schools through Teachers &Writers Collaborative.  His award-winning children's book, Enormous Smallness: A Story of E.E. Cummings, was a Junior Library Guild selection and an ALA Notable Children's Book.

About the Illustrator

Catia Chen was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and now works in New York.  Her children's book titles include an Ezra Jack Keats Honor winner, Things to Do, and an ALA Schneider Family Book award winner, A Boy and a Jaguar.


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A Conversation with Author John Dufresne and Illustrator Evan Wondolowski

Thursday, October 8 at 7 pm

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Whether you are daunted by a blinking cursor or frustrated trying to get people in your head onto the page, writing stories can be initmidating.  It takes passion, tenacity, patience, and a knowledge of--and faith in--the often-digressive writing process.  A do-it-yourself manual for the apprentice fiction writer, Storyville! demystifies that process; its bold graphics take you inside the writer's comfortingly chaotic mind and who you how stories are made.

In Storyville!, seasoned guide John Dufresne--whose approach "will anchor the newbie and entertain the veteran" (San Francisco Chronicle)--provides practical insight into the building blocks of fiction, including how to make the reader see your characters, create a suspenseful plot, and revise, revise, revise.  Storyville! is a combination handbook and notebook, with original prompts and exercises crafted with Dufresne's singular dry wit and Evan Wondolowski's playful and illuminating graphics on every page.

About the Author

John Dufresne is the author of eleven previous books, including Louisiana Power and Light and Love Warps the Mind a Little, and three fiction writing guides.  A professor in the MFA program at Florida International University, he lives in Dania Beach

About the Illustrator

Evan Wondolowski is a founder of Brews & Clues and a senior art director at Collective Next.  He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

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An Evening with Author Scott Anderson in Conversation with Quil Lawrence

Tuesday, September 8 at 8 pm

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(Doubleday; September 1, 2020; $30.00).

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From critically-acclaimed bestselling journalist and war correspondent Scott Anderson, contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and the National Book Critics Circle Award finalist author of Lawrence in Arabia, now comes the highly-anticipated new book THE QUIET AMERICANS: Four CIA Spies at the Dawn of the Cold War — a Tragedy in Three Acts (Doubleday; September 1, 2020; $30.00). 

THE QUIET AMERICANS chronicles the exploits of four spies – Michael Burke, a charming former football star fallen on hard times, Frank Wisner, the scion of a wealthy Southern family, Peter Sichel, a sophisticated German Jew who escaped the Nazis, and Edward Lansdale, a brilliant ad executive. The four ran covert operations across the globe, trying to outwit the ruthless KGB in Berlin, parachuting commandos into Eastern Europe, plotting coups, and directing wars against Communist insurgents in Asia.

But time and again their efforts went awry, thwarted by a combination of stupidity and ideological rigidity at the highest levels of the government – and more profoundly, the decision to abandon American ideals. By the mid-1950s, the Soviet Union had a stranglehold on Eastern Europe, the U.S. had begun its disastrous intervention in Vietnam, and America, the beacon of democracy, was overthrowing democratically-elected governments and earning the hatred of much of the world. All of this culminated in an act of betrayal and cowardice that would lock the Cold War into place for decades to come.

Critical Acclaim

“Anderson delivers a complex, massively scaled narrative, balancing prodigious research with riveting storytelling skills…Over the course of the narrative, the author amply shows how the CIA was increasingly pushed to function as an instrument of politically charged ambitions. An engrossing history of the early days of the CIA.”
 
Kirkus Review (Starred)
 
“Anderson notes the harrowing emotional cost on his subjects…as the U.S. threw its support behind autocratic leaders and missed opportunities to aid legitimate liberation movements such as the 1956 Hungarian revolution. Such blunders, Anderson writes, recast the U.S. from WWII savior to “one more empire in the mold of all those that had come before.” Laced with vivid character sketches and vital insights into 20th-century geopolitics, this stand-out chronicle helps to make sense of the world today.”
 
Publisher’s Weekly (Starred)

About the Author

Scott Anderson is a veteran war correspondent who has reported from Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Northern Ireland, Chechnya, Sudan, Bosnia, El Salvador and many other strife-torn countries. A frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine, his work has also appeared in Vanity Fair, Esquire, Harper’s and Outside. He is the author of novels Moonlight Hotel and Triage and of non-fiction books The Man Who Tried to Save the World and The 4 O’Clock Murders, and co-author of War Zones and Inside The League with his brother Jon Lee Anderson

About the Moderator

Quil Lawrence is a New York-based correspondent for NPR News, covering veterans' issues nationwide. He won a Robert F. Kennedy Award for his coverage of American veterans and a Gracie Award for coverage of female combat veterans. In 2019 Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America honored Quil with its IAVA Salutes Award for Leadership in Journalism.