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Nicola Yoon

Nicola Yoon is the #1 NYT best-selling author of Everything, Everything, which is now a major motion picture, and The Sun Is Also a Star, a National Book Award finalist, Michael L. Printz Honor Book and Coretta Scott King New Talent Award winner. She grew up in Jamaica and Brooklyn, and lives in Los Angeles with her family.

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Kimberla Lawson Roby

New York Times best-selling author and speaker Kimberla Lawson Roby has published 26 books and sold more than 2.8 million copies. Kimberla’s novels deal with very real issues and offer a message of redemption, forgiveness, and the realities of everyday life. Kimberla resides in Illinois with her husband, Will.

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Schedule of Events


10:15 – 11 A.M. | Conference Level | Educators Breakfast

We love our educators! And we want to show our appreciation to you hardworking individuals by inviting you to attend a free continental breakfast at the 2018 Jax Book Fest. Best-selling author Nicola Yoon will speak at 10:30 a.m.

Please RSVP by registering at Eventbrite by Feb. 15.

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10:30 A.M. | Jax Makerspace | Local Author Collection Unveiling

Join us as we unveil the new collection of fiction, nonfiction and children’s titles donated and written by local authors.

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11 – 11:30 A.M. | Conference Level – Room G4 | Books Alive: Music and Movement in the Early Learning Classroom

Tired of reading the same story over and over again? Join us and learn to make reading exciting and interactive by through music and movement activities. We’ll offer tips on how to make daily reading more like play.

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11 – 11:30 A.M. | Joy Korman Discovery Zone | Storyteller Kaye Byrnes

Storyteller Kaye Byrnes brings stories off the printed page into an interactive program that tickles the imagination. Join in the fun and enjoy great childrens’ literature in a whole new way! Her repertoire of folktales, fairy tales, fables, myths, legends, and classic literature along with original and historical stories is carefully crafted for listeners of any age.

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11 A.M. – Noon| Conference Level – Hicks Auditorium | Nicola Yoon

Join Nicola Yoon, author of best-selling young adult novels Everything, Everything and The Sun is Also a Star, for a presentation and discussion. Book signing will immediately follow.

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11:30 A.M. – 12 P.M. | Conference Level – Multipurpose Room 3 | Story Journeys: Interactive Read-Alouds for Your Classroom

Join us for fun, innovative, and enriching activities that not only engage students, but also extend their knowledge and increase academic achievement. Walk away with teachers guides and lesson ideas that you can implement in your classroom.

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11:30 A.M. – Noon | Jax Makerspace | Sisters In Crime Writers Panel

If you love to write or read suspense, come learn what it takes with our local Sisters in Crime chapter.

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Noon – 1 P.M. | Joy Korman Discovery Zone| Charlotte and the Quiet Place Presentation with Author Deborah Sosin

Join picture book author and licensed therapist Deborah Sosin for a presentation of her book, Charlotte and the Quiet Place. Charlotte likes quiet. But wherever Charlotte goes, she is surrounded by noise, noise, noise—her yipping dog, Otto; the squeaky, creaky swings; the warbling, wailing sirens. Where can Charlotte find a quiet place? Sometimes children need a break from our noisy, over-stimulating world. Charlotte and the Quiet Place shows how a child learns and practices mindful breathing on her own and experiences the beauty of silence. All children will relate to the unfolding adventure and message of self-discovery and empowerment.

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Noon – 1 P.M. |Conference Level – Multipurpose Room 1 | Craft Talk with Laura Lee Smith

Publishing short fiction is an effective way to build your credibility as a literary writer and to pave the way for writing and publishing longer works. Learn techniques for shaping character, plot, voice, and place in your short stories with award-winning author Laura Lee Smith. We’ll play special attention to short fiction’s most important tool: revision. We’ll also discuss strategies for getting your stories into print.

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Noon – 12:30 P.M.| Conference Level – G1 | Chat with Author Brenda Jackson

If you’ve ever wanted to ask award-winning romance author Brenda Jackson about the craft of writing or about specific characters, this is your chance. Jackson will be available for a brief Q&A with fans.

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12:30 – 1 P.M.| Conference Level – G4 | Chat with Author Rodney L. Hurst, Sr.

Author and Civil Rights icon Rodney L. Hurst, Sr. will be available to answer questions about the motivation and skills required to write award-winning nonfiction.

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1 – 2 P.M. | Conference Level – Hicks Auditorium | Kimberla Lawson Roby

Join novelist Kimberla Lawson Roby for a discussion of her 23-year writing journey, being rejected by literary agents and publishers, self-publishing her first novel, signing with a major New York publishing house, and becoming a New York Times bestselling author. Roby will answer writing and publishing questions from the audience.

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1 – 1:45 P.M. | Conference Level – Multipurpose Room 1 | STEAMing into Nonfiction with Jennifer Swanson

Expect a lively discussion on the provocative nature of science nonfiction books, including the role of research in nonfiction writing and ways to explore research elements. Discussion will also include how to pair nonfiction STEAM books with fiction books for students.

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1:30 –  2 P.M. |Conference Level – Room G-1 | Get Tips from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association

Come learn about how the Florida Association of Publishers and Authors (FAPA) can be a resource for local writers.

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2 – 3 P.M. | Conference Level – G-4| SELF-e Presentation

Calling all authors! Join us to learn more about SELF-e and the future of independent publishing. The SELF-e discovery platform is designed to expose your ebook to readers through the public library.

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2 – 2:45 P.M. | Conference Level – Multipurpose Room 1 | Mindfulness for Children with Author Deborah Sosin

Deborah Sosin will share her picture book, Charlotte and the Quiet Place, offer several kid-friendly mindfulness exercises, and look at samples of children’s artwork from her school visits.

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2 – 2:30 P.M. | Joy Korman Discovery Zone| Turtles and Gators and Spoonbills. . . Oh, My! with Musical Storyteller Chris Kastle

Meet Florida creatures of the land, sea, and air. Discover how and where they live. Learn about their habits and habitats as they are depicted through song, story and movement.

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