The inaugural Jax Book Fest kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday at the main downtown Jacksonville library, 303 N. Laura St.

 

Highlights include an opening children’s book panel with authors Karen Beaumont (“I Like Myself”), and Ethan Long (“Pug”), and best-selling children’s book illustrator David Catrow.

At 11 a.m. mega-selling romance/adventure author Brenda Jackson discusses her body of work. With more than 100 novels and novellas, the Jacksonville resident’s 2016 books include “Possessed By Passion,” “Bachelor Unforgiving,” “Corey’s Mountain,” “The Rancher Returns” and “Captivated By Love.”

At noon Jacksonville author Rodney L. Hurst Sr. explores the city’s racial history with his best-selling memoir “It Was Never About a Hot Dog and a Coke!”

Gainesville graphic novelist Leela Corman (“Unterzakhn”) discusses her craft at 1 p.m.

Best-selling young/adult fantasy author Maggie Stiefvater (“Shiver,” “Linger,” “Sinner,” “The Raven Boys” and “The Raven King”) closes from 2-3 p.m.

It is expected that more than a 150 other authors will be in attendance and available for signings throughout the day.

See Jaxbookfest.org for a more complete schedule.