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Upcoming Events August 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.


The BookMark will be hosting a party on Saturday, August 24th, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM to celebrate the store’s 29th birthday.   Everyone is invited to stop by and enjoy delicious food, prizes, some amazing birthday cake and lots of lively conversation!

This is thanks to lots of people, especially our customers.  Your are the reason we're here.  We hope many of you can join us and let us show how much we appreciate you.


Recent Events

Maggie Fitzroy, "Beacon Beach," ($18.99 pbk)

Thursday, August 15 at 7 pm

"Beacon Beach" takes place in Cape May, New Jersey, in 1886. It is a "grand, Gilded Age love story, set in America's first seaside resort--a spellbinding tale of reinvention, redemption and riveting romantic attraction." The story centers around beautiful, young Jacy James, who is summering on the Cape, and grieving the loss of her fiancé, who was a boat captain lost at sea. She climbs the lighthouse every morning to look for his ship. When Jacy befriends a handsome convalescent staying at the same hotel, her life takes a turn amid the glittering, glamorous Victorian social whirl of the town.

Maggie FitzRoy is a lifelong fan of love stories and history, and is a former Jacksonville-area journalist and magazine editor. She enjoys writing novels that sweep the reader into the past, where love is an adventure. "Beacon Beach" is her second romance novel. Her first, "Mercy's Way", took place in 1845 on the Oregon Trail.

Fiona Davis, "The Chelsea Girls," (Dutton Books, $27)

Sunday, August 4 at 4 pm

... the national bestselling author of The Dollhouse and The Address introduces her newest historical fiction. 

From the dramatic redbrick facade to the sweeping staircase dripping with art, the Chelsea Hotel has long been New York City's creative oasis for the many artists, writers, musicians, actors, filmmakers, and poets who have called it home--a scene playwright Hazel Riley and actress Maxine Mead are determined to use to their advantage. Yet they soon discover that the greatest obstacle to putting up a show on Broadway has nothing to do with their art, and everything to do with politics. A Red scare is sweeping across America, and Senator Joseph McCarthy has started a witch hunt for Communists, with those in the entertainment industry in the crosshairs. As the pressure builds to name names, it is more than Hazel and Maxine's Broadway dreams that may suffer as they grapple with the terrible consequences, but also their livelihood, their friendship, and even their freedom. 

(photo by Deborah Feingold)

Chris Gabbard

Chris Gabbard, "A Life Beyond Reason: A Father's Memoir," (Beacon Press, $24.95)

Friday, August 2nd at 7 pm

“This is both a memoir of a child’s short life and a father’s journey from an academic who thought that love was a weakness to a thoughtful, questioning adult who values the capacity to give and receive love. Parents and caregivers will find plenty of inspiration in these moving, empathetic pages.” (Kirkus Reviews)

Before becoming a father, Chris Gabbard was a fast-track academic finishing his doctoral dissertation at Stanford. A disciple of Enlightenment thinkers, he was a devotee of reason, believed in the reliability of science, and lived by the dictum that an unexamined life is not worth living. That is, until his son August was born. 

Despite his faith that modern medicine would not fail him, August was born with a severe traumatic brain injury as a likely result of medical error and lived as a spastic quadriplegic who was cortically blind, profoundly cognitively impaired, and nonverbal. While Gabbard tried to uncover what went wrong during the birth and adjusted to his new role raising a child with multiple disabilities, he began to rethink his commitment to Enlightenment thinkers--who would have concluded that his son was doomed to a life of suffering. But August was a happy child who brought joy to just about everyone he met in his 14 years of life--and opened up Gabbard's capacity to love. Ultimately, he comes to understand that his son is undeniably a person deserving of life.

Chris Gabbard is an associate professor of English at the University of North Florida. He serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, and his writing about disability, literature, and the Enlightenment has appeared in numerous academic publications and journals. He lives with his family in Jacksonville, FL.

A Life Beyond Reason

Shannon Greenland, "Scouts," (Jimmy Peterson, $16.99)

Saturday, July 27 at 4 pm

Join us for Shannon Greenland's discussion of her new middle-grade novel "Scouts. "

Stranger Things meets The Goonies in this suspenseful yet heartwarming adventure story about a group of friends who set out to find a crashed meteor…but find mystery and danger instead as their close relationships begin to fracture. 

Bianca Marais, "If You Want to Make God Laugh," (G.P. Putnam's Sons, $26.00)

Tuesday, July 23 at 7 pm

From the author of the beloved "Hum If You Don't Know the Words" comes a rich, unforgettable story of three unique women in post-Apartheid South Africa who are brought together in their darkest time and discover the ways that love can transcend the strictest of boundaries. 

In a squatter camp on the outskirts of Johannesburg, seventeen-year-old Zodwa lives in desperate poverty, under the shadowy threat of a civil war and a growing AIDS epidemic. Eight months pregnant, Zodwa carefully guards secrets that jeopardize her life. 

Across the country, wealthy socialite Ruth appears to have everything her heart desires, but it's what she can't have that leads to her breakdown. Meanwhile, in Zaire, a disgraced former nun, Delilah, grapples with a past that refuses to stay buried. When these personal crises send both middle-aged women back to their rural hometown to heal, the discovery of an abandoned newborn baby upends everything, challenging their lifelong beliefs about race, motherhood, and the power of the past.  What follows is a mesmerizing look at family and identity that asks: How far will the human heart go to protect itself and the ones it loves?

Lori Roy, "Gone Too Long," (Dutton Books, $28.00)

Friday, July 12, 7 pm

"A riveting mystery, brilliantly crafted and weighted with real-world resonance. . . . A timely thriller that will stay with the reader long after the last page has been turned."
-- Kirkus (starred review)

"A book so good you can't look away."
--O Magazine, "Best Books of Summer"

"Two-time Edgar Award-winning author Lori Roy entangles readers in a heart-pounding tale of two women battling for survival against a century's worth of hate. On the day a black truck rattles past her house and a Klan flyer lands in her front yard, ten-year-old Beth disappears from her Simmonsville, Georgia, home. Armed with skills honed while caring for an alcoholic mother, she must battle to survive the days and months ahead. Seven years later, Imogene Coulter is burying her father--a Klan leader she has spent her life distancing herself from--and trying to escape the memories his funeral evokes. But Imogene is forced to confront secrets long held by Simmonsville and her own family when, while clearing out her father's apparent hideout on the day of his funeral, she finds a child. Young and alive, in an abandoned basement...

Ace Atkins, "The Shameless," ( Quinn Colson Novel #9 ) (G.P. Putnam's Sons, $27.00)

Monday, July 15 at 7 pm

"Atkins' signature blend of country noir and southern humor remains on display here, though this time the focus is on the personal traumas in the Quinn family's closets. Another strong outing in a consistently fine series." --Booklist

Buried secrets, dirty lies, and unbridled greed and ambition raise the stakes down South in the lauded crime series from New York Times bestselling author Ace Atkins. 

Twenty years ago, Brandon Taylor was thought to be just another teen boy who ended his life too soon after his body and hunting rifle were found in the Big Woods. Now two New York-based reporters show up asking Sheriff Quinn Colson questions about the Taylor case. What happened to the evidence? Where are the missing files? Who really killed Brandon? 

But these days Colson's got more on his plate than a twenty-year-old suspicious death. He's trying to shut down the criminal syndicate involved in drugs and prostitution, And Senator Jimmy Vardaman, who's cut out the old political establishment in riding the Syndicate's money and power--plus a hefty helping of racism and ignorance--straight to the governor's office. If he manages to get elected, the Syndicate will be untouchable. Tibbehah will be lawless. 

Quinn's been fighting evil and corruption since he was a kid, at home or as a U.S. Army Ranger in Afghanistan and Iraq. This time, evil may win out.

Ron Whittington, "Free Surface Effect" and other Parker Glynn novels

Saturday, June 29 from noon to 2 pm

Local thriller writer Ron P. Whittington will be at The BookMark to sign coies of his Parker Glynn books.

Join us, talk with him about his series and have a book signed.

In his latest novel, "Free Surface Effect", businessman-turned-spy Parker Glynn faces off against al-Qaeda as the terror group targets cruise ships and major U.S. seaports. This is the third in the series which also includes "Second Strike" and "Doppelganged."

Mary Kay Andrews. "Sunset Beach," (St. Martin's Press, $28.99)

Tuesday, May 28 at 7 pm

"Sunset Beach is a compelling ride, full of Mary Kay Andrews' signature wit, heart, and charm." (St. Martin's Press)

Andrews is a former journalist for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and is well known for her much-loved beach reads. Her works include: "The High Tide Club", "The Beach House Cookbook", "The Weekenders", "Beach Town", "Save the Date", "Ladies' Night", "Christmas Bliss", and more.

In "Sunset Beach", Drue Campbell is out of work and feeling a little desperate. At her mother's funeral, her estranged father, a flamboyant personal injury attorney, shows up after a twenty-year absence, and offers Drue a job at his firm. To make the job even less appealing, the office manager is her father's new wife, and coincidentally, Drue's "frenemy" from the eighth grade. Drue reluctantly takes the job. In the meantime, she inherits a run-down beach shack from her grandparents. When a suspicious death occurs in a nearby resort, Drue is drawn into a case that may, or may not involve corruption at her father's firm.

Sunset Beach combines mystery, family secrets, a hint of romance, and a little bit of home renovation--perfect fodder for a great beach read!

C.H. Hooks, "Alligator Zoo-Park Magic," ( Bridge Eight way Press, $15.95)

Friday, May 10th at 7 pm

"Alligator Zoo-Park Magic" centers around two friends who live unapologetically on the edge of poverty in the rugged, un-decorous part of the South. Jimmy, a single father with an addict ex, and Jeffers, a magician whose tricks are closer to miracles--both are immersed in a place where trailers and Hot Pockets dominate the landscape, and alligators roam free. When Jimmy witnesses "losing" his best friend to his biggest trick gone awry, he reflects on their lifelong friendship and what it really means to escape.

"Alligator Zoo-Park Magic is in the best tradition of southern literature--it's fast and funny, dark and desperate." (Shane Hinton, author of "Pinkies" and editor of "We Can't Help It If We're From Florida."

Robert Macomber, "Honoring the Enemy: A Captain Peter Wake Novel (Naval Institute Press, $29.95)

Friday, April 12 at 7 pm

This epic saga just gets better and better, and represents the best blend of accurate history, deep character analysis, and heart-stopping action being written by any sea writer today. -- Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret), Supreme Allied Commander at NATO 2013-2018, Author of Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World's Oceans

Honoring the Enemy is the story of how American sailors, Marines, and soldiers landed in eastern Cuba in 1898 and, against daunting odds, fought their way to victory. 

Capt. Peter Wake, USN, is a veteran of Office of Naval Intelligence operations inside Spanish-occupied Cuba, who describes with vivid detail his experiences as a naval liaison ashore with the Cuban and U.S. armies in the jungles, hospitals, headquarters, and battlefields in the 1898 campaign to capture Santiago de Cuba from the Spanish. His younger friend, and former superior, Theodore Roosevelt, is included in Wake's story, as the two of them endure the hell of war in the tropics. 

Robert N. Macomber is an award-winning author, internationally acclaimed lecturer, Department of Defense consultant/lecturer, and accomplished seaman.

Honoring the Enemy

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