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Upcoming Events February 2019

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Unable to attend? Just call us at 904-241-9026 and we will reserve a signed/personalized copy for you.

Book Club Night with Penguin Random House

Monday, February 11, 7 pm

We are delighted to welcome our publishing house representatives after having to postpone due to Hurricane Michael. All three reps will be here to talk about what book clubs are reading and discuss the books hitting the shelves soon. Join us for an evening of discussing books which will not only make for good book club reads full of a wide range of topics, but also good reads period.

Karen Rose, "Say You're Sorry,"(Berkley Books, $26)

Tuesday, February 12 at 7 pm

“Fans of Lisa Gardner and J.D. Robb will enjoy this outing and be on pins and needles waiting for the next installments.” – Publishers Weekly

Introducing the first book in the new pulse-pounding Sacramento series from New York Times bestselling author Karen Rose. 

There is a serial killer on the loose, preying on vulnerable women. The only identifiable mark the killer leaves are letters--sometimes one, sometimes two--all carved into the torsos of his victims. Together they spell "Sydney." 

When he grabs Daisy Dawson, he believes he has found his next victim. But despite her small stature, she fights back with an expertise that quickly frees her. Before fleeing the scene, Daisy also manages to grab what proves to be crucial evidence: a necklace from around the killer's neck. 

The necklace is more than a trivial item--it is a link to a cold case that Special Agent Gideon Reynolds has been tracking for seventeen years. With Daisy's help, Gideon finally has the opportunity to get closer to the truth than ever before. 

But they might not get the chance, as the serial killer has a new target: Gideon and Daisy.

Karen Rose is the award-winning, #1 international bestselling author of twenty novels, including the bestselling Baltimore and Cincinnati series. She has been translated into twenty-three languages and her books have placed on the New York Times, the Sunday Times (UK), and Germany’s der Spiegel bestseller lists.

Marietta McCarty, "Leaving 1203: Emptying a Home, Filling a  Heart," ($15.95, pbk)

Wednesday, February 20 at 7 pm

Bereaved following her mother's death, McCarty faces the daunting task of emptying her beloved family home. How might she find a way through the inevitable emotional turmoil and the accumulation of more than five decades in the house at 1203?

Told with McCarty's characteristic wisdom, marvel, exuberance, and good will, LEAVING 1203 is about navigating that way through. The author draws on all available resources--friends and strangers, food and laughter, life lessons learned in the very house she now empties, and, not least, her newly-inherited West Highland terrier, Billy. McCarty simultaneously learns and deftly teaches the fine arts of remembering, letting go, and holding on to what matters most. She not only finds the way through, she shows the way.

An engaging raconteur, McCarty invites you in and welcomes you home. She exposes her generous heart and pulls you close. This wondrous volume is a gift to its readers--a hug, long held.

McCarty is the author of bestseller Little Big Minds: Sharing Philosophy with Kids, Nautilus Gold Award winner How Philosophy Can Save Your Life: 10 Ideas That Matter Most, and The Philosopher’s Table: How to Start Your Philosophy Dinner Club—Monthly Conversation, Music, and Recipes.

B. A. Shapiro," The Collector's Apprentice,"' (Algonquin, $27.95),

Thursday, February 21 at 7 pm

"Lush, atmospheric . . . Shapiro's romantic and suspenseful art thriller will delight historical- and crime-fiction fans." -----Booklist

It's the summer of 1922, and nineteen-year-old Paulien Mertens finds herself in Paris--broke, disowned, and completely alone. Everyone in Belgium, including her own family, believes she stole millions in a sophisticated con game perpetrated by her then-fiancé, George Everard. To protect herself from the law and the wrath of those who lost everything, she creates a new identity, a Frenchwoman named Vivienne Gregsby, and sets out to recover her father's art collection, prove her innocence--and exact revenge on George.

When the eccentric and wealthy American art collector Edwin Bradley offers Vivienne the perfect job, she is soon caught up in the Parisian world of post-Impressionists and expatriates--including Gertrude Stein and Henri Matisse, with whom Vivienne becomes romantically entwined. As she travels between Paris and Philadelphia, where Bradley is building an art museum, her life becomes even more complicated: George returns with unclear motives . . . and then Vivienne is arrested for Bradley's murder.

B. A. Shapiro is the author of the award-winning New York Times bestseller The Art Forger and the bestseller The Muralist. She has taught sociology at Tufts University and creative writing at Northeastern University and lives in Boston with her husband, Dan, and their dog, Sagan. Her website is

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Charles Martin, "What If It's True?: A Storyteller's Journey with Jesus,"  (Thomas Nelson, $24.99)

Tuesday, February 5 at 7 pm

The author of thirteen novels which have been translated into seventeen languages, Martin explores the story of Jesus in the Bible.  Though many books have been written about Jesus, this one approaches it in a different manner.  As a NYT bestselling novelist, Martin uses his skill and imagination as a storyteller to illuminate key moments in the Scriptures.

"Instead of endeavoring to prove the historical accuracy of the Bible or outlining how to defend the Christian faith, novelist Martin (The Mountain Between Us) examines how life would be different if the Bible was taken to be literally true in this meticulous work... Deeply reflective and heartfelt" (Publisher's Weekly).

Charles Martin is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of thirteen novels. He and his wife, Christy, live in Jacksonville, Florida. "The Mountain Between Us" was recently made into a movie.

Bill Prince Music is My Ticket

Bill Prince, "Music is My Ticket," (Windrusher Hall Press, $14.99 pbk)

Saturday, February 2, 7 pm with Vic DiGenti

Tracking the musical journey of Bill Prince could keep a family of mapmakers busy for years. This master musician has traveled and performed in all 50 U.S. states and in 81 countries. He has walked the historic streets of Europe, the dirt pathways of South African villages, and sailed the oceans, performing his unique multi-instrumentalist show on multiple cruise ships. Music Is My Ticket touches on historic events like the Cuban Missile Crisis, while providing insights into the music and musicians Prince played with--the famous and not-so-famous personalities he met during a remarkable career.

Bill formed strong bonds with many musicians, former students, and fellow teachers over the years, and you'll hear from some of them. Their shared memories add insights into a life rooted in music, describing Bill Prince as a once-in-a-generation talent. From the time he picked up his first trumpet at the age of eight, writing his first arrangement in junior high school, to performing with celebrated big bands and performers, Bill's musical gifts took him places he could only dream about.

No need to pack your bags to accompany Bill Prince on his musical journey, but hang on tight and enjoy the life story of a joyful traveler who made his mark on the world of music.  Plus, he promises to bring one of instruments and play for us.

James Rollins, Crucible: A Thriller ( SIGMA Force Novels #13 ) (William Morrow & Co,. $28.99)

Saturday, January 26 at 7 pm  Introduced by Steve Berry

In the race to save one of their own, Sigma Force must wrestle with the deepest spiritual mysteries of mankind in this mind-expanding adventure from the #1 New York Times bestselling author, told with his trademark blend of cutting edge science, historical mystery, and pulse-pounding action.

Arriving home on Christmas Eve, Commander Gray Pierce discovers his house ransacked, his pregnant lover missing, and his best friend's wife, Kat, unconscious on the kitchen floor. With no shred of evidence to follow, his one hope to find the woman he loves and his unborn child is Kat, the only witness to what happened. But the injured woman is in a semi-comatose state and cannot speak--until a brilliant neurologist offers a radical approach to "unlock" her mind long enough to ask a few questions.

What Pierce learns from Kat sets Sigma Force on a frantic quest for answers that are connected to mysteries reaching back to the Spanish Inquisition and to one of the most reviled and blood-soaked books in human history--a Medieval text known as the Malleus Maleficarum, the Hammer of Witches. What they uncover hidden deep in the past will reveal a frightening truth in the present and a future on the brink of annihilation, and force them to confront the ultimate question: What does it mean to have a soul?

James Rollins is the author of international thrillers that have been translated into more than forty languages. His Sigma series has been lauded as one of the "top crowd pleasers" (New York Times) and one of the "hottest summer reads" (People magazine). In each novel, acclaimed for its originality, Rollins unveils unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets--and he does it all at breakneck speed and with stunning insight. He lives in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Tim Dorsey, "No  Sunscreen for the Dead" ( Serge Storms #22 )

(William Morrow & Co, $26.99)

Friday. January 25 at 7 pm

"Dorsey's novels are unfailingly entertaining: his characters are meticulously described...and Serge is, hands down, the most smoothly charming, irrepressibly goofy, joyfully out-of-his-mind series lead in contemporary mystery fiction." Booklist

In this epic adventure that jumps between present day and the tumultuous times of the Vietnam war, mystery fans are in for a witty and deliciously violent delight from the twisted imagination of bestselling author Tim Dorsey.

Serge and Coleman are back on the road, ready to hit the next stop on their list of obscure and wacky points of interest in the Sunshine State. This time, Serge's interest is drawn to one of the largest retirement villages in the world--also known as the site of an infamous sex scandal between a retiree and her younger beau that rocked the community.

What starts out as an innocent quest to observe elders in their natural habitats, sample the local cuisine, and scope out a condo to live out the rest of their golden years, soon becomes a Robin Hood-like crusade to recover the funds of swindled residents. After all, our seniors should be revered and respected--they've heroically fought in wars, garnered priceless wisdom, and they have the best first-hand accounts of bizarre Floridian occurrences only Serge would know about. But as the residents rally for Serge to seek justice on their behalves, two detectives are hot on the heels of Serge and Coleman's murderous trail.

Over 20 years ago we were the first bookstore to request Tim for a reading.  Little did we know that he would become the famous and prolific author and chronicler of the now legendary Serge.

**This is Tim's birthday, so come share your good wishes!

John Kerry, "Every Day is Extra," (Simon & Schuster, $35)

Tuesday, December 4 at 7 pm

John Kerry tells the story of his remarkable American life--from son of a diplomat to decorated Vietnam veteran, five-term United States senator, 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, and Secretary of State for four years--a revealing memoir by a witness to some of the most important events of our recent history. 

"Every Day Is Extra" is John Kerry's candid personal story. A Yale graduate, Kerry enlisted in the US Navy in 1966, and served in Vietnam. He returned home highly decorated but disillusioned, and testified powerfully before Congress as a young veteran opposed to the war. 

Kerry served as a prosecutor in Massachusetts, then as lieutenant governor, and was elected to the Senate in 1984, eventually serving five terms. In 2004 he was the Democratic presidential nominee and came within one state--Ohio--of winning. Kerry returned to the Senate, chaired the important Foreign Relations Committee, and succeeded Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State in 2013. In that position he tried to find peace in the Middle East; dealt with the Syrian civil war while combatting ISIS; and negotiated the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate agreement. 

"Every Day Is Extra" is Kerry's passionate, insightful, sometimes funny, always moving account of his life. Kerry tells wonderful stories about colleagues Ted Kennedy and John McCain, as well as President Obama and other major figures. He writes movingly of recovering his faith while in the Senate, and deplores the hyper-partisanship that has infected Washington. 

Few books convey as convincingly as this one the life of public service like that which John Kerry has lived for fifty years. "Every Day Is Extra" shows Kerry for the dedicated, witty, and authentic man that he is, and provides forceful testimony for the importance of diplomacy and American leadership to address the increasingly complex challenges of a more globalized world.

This event will be held in the large Dance Trance studio directly behind our store. Signing tickets will be provided when you purchase your book.

John Kretschmer, "Sailing to the Edge of Time: The Promise, the Challenges, and the Freedom of Ocean Voyaging," 

Adlar Coles Nautical Press ($28)

Friday, November 30, 7 pm

John Kretschmer is sailing's practical philosopher--as much a doer as a thinker. And that is the overarching theme of this chronicle of a sailing life. Often amusing, sometimes poignant, occasionally terrifying but always inspiring, his deeply personal account is a welcome reminder about the good life waiting at sea.

With hundreds of thousands of nautical miles under his keel, Kretschmer's adventures have taken him several times around the world, with challenging crossings of the Atlantic and the Pacific, a narrow escape from a coup in Yemen, an unlikely deliverance from a coral reef off Belize, as well as more serene, introspective passages where trade winds are blowing and stories are flowing. His crew has included CEOs, actors, writers, teachers, kids--in essence, everyone.

Kretschmer's narrative is interwoven with practical tips and advice on seamanship, but also, and just as importantly, his hard-won insights about making the most of our lives. He truly believes we find out who we really are, and what we are capable of, offshore, where we find a place where time changes shape--days may merge into one another, but minutes are memorable.

Dorothy Fletcher, Jacksonville on Wheels: A Car Culture Retrospective (History Press, $21.99)

Saturday, November 24, noon – 2 pm

Jacksonville has long been a mecca for car enthusiasts and collectors, due in part to the city's unique automotive history. Bystanders gazed in wonder as John Einig drove Florida's very first steam-powered horseless carriage through the streets in 1889. Fred Gilbert opened the first automobile dealership in 1903, just before the city's first automobile parade, and people were soon clamoring to buy cars of their own. Claude Nolan, whose local dealership has been in business for well over a century, gained fame for racing his Cadillac against an airplane at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds. NASCAR held races at the Jacksonville Speedway in the '50s and '60s. Author Dorothy K. Fletcher explores the rich history and memories of car culture in the River City.

 A prolific author, journalist and retired teacher, this book is Fletcher's latest addition to her impressive series of books on the history of Jacksonville.  She and her husband currently lives in the San Jose area. onville, Florida.

Book Club Night with HarperCollins Representative Eric Svenson

Monday, November 12 at 7 pm

Join us for one of our special evenings with a publishers representative who will present his recommendations for book club selectioins. Bookclub members know that some books lead to better discussions than others. Eric is one of our most experienced representatives, knows what our readers are interested in, and gives a great presentation of what HarperCollins has to offer.

Don't miss this fun event with refreshements, prizes and discussions

A Special Story Time with Miss Pat

Saturday, November 10  at 9 am

Miss Pat continues to excite and energize our next generation of readers. Her reputation as a storyteller for young minds, with her way of capturing the attention and imagination of her young listeners (and their adult friends) continues to grow, as does the audience who attend this monthly event.  Don't forget to be sure to "BookMark" your calendar for the second Saturday of each month.  This month she has too many wonderful choices to read, including "Wonky Donkey" and "The Wall in the Middle of the Book"

We are kicking off a special project in partnership with the national publisher Penguin Young Readers at Story Time.  The BookMark will participate in a pajama donation project to provide children in need a pair of new pajamas (from our donations) and a book (supplied by the publisher).  To get us started, we invite attendees to wear their pajamas and bring a new pair to donate.  They will also be asked to help us decorate our donation box.  This drive will continue through Giving Tuesday, November 27th.  Plus you might win a Llama Llama plush toy!  

Laura Lee Smith and Tiffany Melanson, contributing authors,

15 Views of Jacksonville: Stories from the Bold City

Friday, November 2 at 7 pm
"15 Views of Jacksonville" offers a diverse yet connected literary portrait of twenty-first century life in the Bold City—from the beaches to the urban core, the westside to Arlington.  It features 15 previously unpublished stories and one essay by current and former Jacksonville-based authors. 
Bridge Eight Press put "15 Views of Jacksonville" together with writer/editor Caleb Michael Sarvis, a Jacksonville native who wanted to create a selection of writing that could "bridge the divide of our artistic community.  Poets, teachers, doctors come together to reveal the 360 degrees of Jacksonville, and share the reality of living in the Bold City of the South in the twenty-first century."
The anthology joins others in the 15 Views series, a collection of books offering a literary portrait of Florida cities.  "15 Views of Jacksonville"  was brought to life with support from 195 backers (including The BookMark) through a successful Kickstarter campaign in July 2018.  Contributors to the book include: Sohrab Homi Fracis, Marcus Pactor, Laura Lee Smith, Teri Youmans Grimm, Mark Ari, Shane Hinton, C. H. Hooks, Jackie Hutchins, duncan b. barlow, Alex Ender, Tiffany Melanson, Solon Timothy Woodward, Hurley Winkler, Nan Kavanaugh, Michael Wiley, and Tim Gilmore.

Debra Dean, Hidden Tapestry, (Northwestern Univ. Press, $19.95 pbk)

Tuesday, September 25 at 7 pm

"Hidden Tapestry" reveals the unforgettable story of Flemish American artist Jan Yoors--childhood vagabond, wartime Resistance fighter, and polyamorous New York bohemian. At the peak of his fame in the 1970s, Yoors's photographs and vast tapestries inspired a dedicated following in his adopted Manhattan and earned him international acclaim. Though his intimate friends guessed the rough outline of his colorful life, "Hidden Tapestry" is first to detail his astonishing secrets. 

Told in arresting detail by Debra Dean, best-selling author of "The Madonnas of Leningrad", Yoors's story is a luminous and inspiring account of resilience, resourcefulness, and love.

DEBRA DEAN is the best-selling author of a short-story collection and two novels, The Mirrored World and The Madonnas of Leningrad--the latter a New York Times Editors' Choice and #1 Booksense Pick. She lives in Miami and teaches at Florida International University. 

Richard Shieldhouse, "William Morgan: Evolution of an Architect," (Univ. of Florida Press, $49.95)

Saturday, September 15, 1 pm

William Morgan (1930-2016) was a bold, innovative, and highly imaginative architect known internationally for fusing ancient and modern styles and for his early championing of green design principles. This extensively illustrated book traces Morgan's life story and the development of his singular design vision which is readily  visible in Atlantic Beach.  His most famous designs are featured with photographs, drawings, and the architect's own commentary. Structures such as the Dunehouses, a duplex built into the side of an oceanfront dune, represent Morgan's commitment to earth architecture.  Highlighting the impact of his work on  many areas of architecture such as urban design, this book celebrates Morgan's continuing legacy.

Richard Shieldhouse is a city planner, preservationist, and tourism expert based in Jacksonville, Florida.

Delia Owens, "Where the Crawdads Sing," (G.P. Putnam's Sons, $27)

Tuesday, August 14 at 7 pm

Delia Owens, co-author of three internationally bestselling nonfiction books, will be appearing at The BookMark to present her debut novel, "Where the Crawdads Sing."   Primarily known for writing of her life as a wildlife scientist in Africa, Owens has won the John Burroughs Award for Nature Writing.
"Where the Crawdads Sing" is set in the coastal marshlands of North Carolina, where Kya Clark was abandoned by her family at age ten—to fend for herself.  As she grows up, she learns to survive by taking life lessons from the natural world.  Kya is treated as an outcast by the locals—referred to as The Marsh Girl—and due to her strange behavior, is quick to be suspected when someone turns up murdered.
"Where the Crawdads Sing" is not only a fascinating coming of age story, but a love story, a tribute to a strong female heroine, and a thriller complete with courtroom drama.  The marshland setting is a character in itself, written as only someone with Delia Owens’ background as a nature writer could accomplish.
“When Delia Owens was growing up in Thomasville, Georgia, her mother encouraged her to venture deep into the wilderness, saying, ‘Go way out yonder where the crawdads sing’ Owens took that advice to heart.” (Alice Cary, BookPage)
Owens received a B.S. in zoology from the University of Georgia, and a Ph.D. in animal Behavior from the University of California in Davis. She currently lives in Idaho.
“Where the Crawdads Sing”  is available August 14th, and Delia Owens will kick off her book tour at The BookMark.

Additional events/authors are updated as they are confirmed.  Be sure to check back for additional information.

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Unable to attend? Just call us at 904-241-9026 and we will reserve a signed/personalized copy for you.