LAUNCH PARTY

 

Jacksonville Beach author Bruce Thomason launches his new book, “The Domino Event,” the fourth book in the Detective Clay Randall thriller series, with co-author JD Hunter, from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday at the Book Loft, 214 Centre St., Fernandina Beach.

BOOKFAIR

The Learn to Read of St. Johns County bookfair Saturday at Barnes & Noble St. Augustine, 1930 U.S. 1 South, includes eight local authors reading from their works from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children’s author Susan Calfee (“St. Augustine A-Z”) opens at 11 a.m.; young readers author M.C. Finotti (Paintbrushes and Arrows: A Story of St. Augustine”) 11:30 a.m.; Diane Quick-Machaby (“When God Showed Up: Recognizing His Hand in Our Lives”) at noon; mystery writer Nancy Haddock (“A Crime of Poison”) 12:30 p.m.; former game warden Bob H. Lee (“Back Country Lawman,” and “Bad Guys, Bullets and Boat Chases”) 1 p.m.; Sue Scheff (“Shame Nation: The Global Epidemic of Online Hate”) 1:30 p.m.; Amy Quincy (“Misadventures of a Happy Heart: A Memoir of Life Beyond Disability”) 2 p.m.; and western author Arthur Mendenhall (“Jed Chance: Ride For Justice”) at 3 p.m.

FUN HISTORY

Best-selling local author Jane Wood discusses her historical fiction books for children (“Trouble on the St. Johns,” “Adventures on Amelia Island” and “Lost in Boston”) at 1 p.m. Saturday at Barnes & Noble St. Johns Town Center. She will also conduct a mini-seminar on local historical research and writing at 2 p.m.

FOUR WOMEN

Jacksonville TV news producer and author Nikesha Elise Williams discusses and signs her debut novel, “Four Women,” from 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday at WJCT Studios, 100 Festival Park Ave. Ron Davis, whose son Jordan was shot and killed in 2012 at a Jacksonville gas station, will join her.

MUDD-Y

Award-winning Georgia author Pamela Bauer Mueller introduces her new history “A Shadow of Hope: The Story of Dr. Samuel A. Mudd” at 1 p.m. Sunday. Dec. 3, at Barnes & Noble St. Johns Town Center.

STORYTIMES

• “Polar Express,” 7 p.m. Friday, Barnes & Noble St. Johns Town Center (come in your PJs).

• “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!,” 11 a.m. Saturday, Barnes & Noble St. Johns Town Center, Barnes & Noble San Jose, 11112 San Jose Blvd., Barnes & Noble St. Augustine, 1930 U.S. 1 South.

SIGNINGS

Bruce Thomason, “Perception of Power,” 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, The Book Loft, 214 Centre St., Fernandina Beach.

AWARDS

• The Florida Authors and Publishers Association is accepting submissions in 45 categories for the 2018 FAPA President’s Book Awards. Go to www.myFAPA.org for details.

• The 2017 Florida Book Awards deadline is Jan. 13. See floridabookawards.lib.fsu.edu for info.

• Deadline Dec. 15 for nominations for the 2018 Florida Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing. See floridahumanities.org/flaw for requirements.

SAVE THE DATE

Diana Gabaldon (The “Outlander” series), Lisa Ko (“The Leavers”) and Jodi Picoult (“Small Great Things”) headline the 2018 Savannah Book Festival, Feb. 15-18.

Send Bookmarks information to brandy.allport@jacksonville.com. Announcements must arrive seven days before the Sunday of publication. Events open to all unless stated and always subject to change.