This year at Book Fest we want to make sure you get to attend every event that interests you! So we’ve created four tracks of amazing events for book lovers, writers, children and educators.

Keynote Author

Laura Lee Smith



Laura Lee Smith is the author of two novels: THE ICE HOUSE (December 5, 2017) and HEART OF PALM (2013). Laura is a First Coast native and will give a craft talk on the art of writing.


Schedule of Events

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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11:30 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. |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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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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