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Upcoming Events June 2018

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


Matthew Pearl, "The Dante Chamber," (Penguin Press, $28)

Thursday, June 14 at 7 pm

A dazzling tale of intrigue from the writer Library Journal calls "the reigning king of popular literary historical thrillers..."

Five years after a series of Dante-inspired killings stunned Boston, a politician is found in a London park with his neck crushed by an enormous stone device etched with a verse from the Divine Comedy. When other shocking deaths erupt across the city, all in the style of the penances Dante memorialized in Purgatory, poet Christina Rossetti fears her missing brother, the artist and writer Gabriel Rosetti, will be the next victim.

The unwavering Christina enlists poets Robert Browning, Alfred Tennyson, and Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes to decipher the literary clues, and together these unlikely investigators unravel the secrets of Dante's verses to find Gabriel and stop the killings. Racing between the shimmering mansions of the elite and the seedy corners of London's underworld, they descend further into the mystery. But when the true inspiration behind the gruesome murders is finally revealed, Christina must confront a more profound terror than anyone had imagined.

Matthew Pearl is the award-winning and bestselling author of the novels The Last Bookaneer, The Dante Club, The Poe Shadow, The Last Dickens, and The Technologists. His books have been New York Times bestsellers and international bestsellers, and have been translated into more than 30 languages. 


Brette Petway, "Prayer is Good, a Path from Grief to Peace"

Saturday, June 16 at 4 pm

In her debut religious and self-help book, Brette Petway, explains that there can be color and expression in grief. She shares with us how overcoming the untimely loss of her sister, Mandi, to Hodgkin's disease,transformed her life through art, journaling and prayer.
 
Brette believes that mindful prayer, staying connected to God, and journaling is more important than ever, given today's techno-fueled tune-out world. In fact, Brette moved to Boulder, Colorado to place her children in a Waldorf School supporting an art-based curriculum fostering a head, heART, hands education creating a connection throughout the body. She was truly moved by this education and raised her children with a whole body experience rather than on computers or with other electronic devices that don't provide the same visceral response. Brette has combined the power of prayer and the arts to heal and inspire us.

Brette Petway is often called by her friends "a prayer pioneer" in today's digital world.  Her new book brings about a mind frame of living with gratitude, love, hope, courage, and truth.  She is the founder of Prayer is Good, LLC which creates art products encouraging people to pray, as well as, engage in art, coloring and journaling. Grief and emotional pain leave no one untouched, and her company and book present a new way to bring your prayers to life and life to prayers.                                        

 


Rick Baker, "Beyond the Sunshine State: A Timeline of Florida's Past," (Peneapple Press, $18.95)

Friday, June 22 at 7 pm 

Forida is known for its warm weather, ocean breezes, and beautiful nature.  It’s also famous for its scoundrels, explorers, and dreamers.  Baker gives us the timeline of the state beginning more than 12,000 years ago and leading up to the present.                        

From the time the first humans reached the Florida peninsula more than 12,000 years ago through today's complex and diverse state, this timeline narrative sets Florida's fascinating history against the backdrop of world events. Learn how early native peoples, European exploration, wars, and transformative economic, social, cultural, and technological changes have shaped and continue to shape the Sunshine State.  This history is for everyone, but Baker is particularly eager for current residents and decision makers to understand Florida’s best so they can better plan its future.

Rick Baker is a businessman and lawyer who from 2001 to 2010 served as mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida's fourth largest city. He led an unprecedented renaissance in the city and was named America's 2008 mayor/public official of the year by Governing Magazine. He is currently running for mayor of St. Petersburg again. 


Wendy Wax. "Best Beach Ever,"  Ten Beach Road #6 (Berkley Books, $16)

Saturday, June 23 at 7 pm

 One of PureWow's "Best Beach Reads of Summer 2018"       

Forced to rent out or lose their beloved Bella Flora after the loss of their renovation-turned-reality-TV show Do Over, Maddie, Nikki, Avery, Kyra, and Bitsy move into cottages at the Sunshine Hotel and Beach Club believing the worst is over, only to discover just how uncertain their futures really are. 

Maddie struggles with the challenges of dating a rock star whose career has come roaring back to life while Nikki faces the daunting realities of mothering twins at forty-seven. Avery buries herself in a tiny home build in an attempt to dodge commitment issues, and Kyra battles to protect her son from the Hollywood world she once dreamed of joining. And Bitsy is about to find out whether the rewards of seeking revenge will outweigh the risks. 

Luckily, when the going gets tough, the ladies of Ten Beach Road know that their friendship--tried and tested--can chase away the darkest clouds and let the sun shine in.

Wendy Wax, a former broadcaster, is the author of numerous novels, including Sunshine Beach, A Week at the Lake, While We Were Watching Downton Abbey, The House on Mermaid Point, Ocean Beach, and Ten Beach Road. The mother of two grown sons, she lives in the Atlanta suburbs with her husband and is doing her best to adjust to the quiet of her recently emptied nest.


Recent Events


Saturday events especially for children ...

Peggy Nolan, "Garden Toes,"

Saturday, June 2 at 9 am

Garden Toes is a children's story and song about being in relationship with the garden plants and creatures.

Peggy Nolan spent decades teaching in Montessori and Waldorf classrooms. She is an avid gardener living in Atlantic Beach.

Storytime with Miss Pat

Saturday, June 9 at 9 am

Miss Pat will read "Pete the Kitty and the Groovy Playdate" and "Company's Coming"... and maybe more.  Perfect for ages 3 - 8 years old.


Rachel Slade, "Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro ," (Ecco Press, $27.99)

Friday, June 8 at 7 pm

"A pulse-pounding, Perfect Storm-style tale ... riveting ... a nerve-wracking, tension-filled narrative ... Slade re-creates the steady pile-up of mistakes that eventually caused El Faro to founder [in a] taut-chilling, and emotionally charged retelling of a ship's final days."-- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

On October 1, 2015, Hurricane Joaquin barreled into the Bermuda Triangle and swallowed the container ship El Faro whole, resulting in the worst American shipping disaster in thirty-five years. No one could fathom how a vessel equipped with satellite communications, a sophisticated navigation system, and cutting-edge weather forecasting could suddenly vanish--until now.

Relying on hundreds of exclusive interviews with family members and maritime experts, as well as the words of the crew members themselves--whose conversations were captured by the ship's data recorder--journalist Rachel Slade unravels the mystery of the sinking of El Faro. As she recounts the final twenty-four hours onboard, Slade vividly depicts the officers' anguish and fear as they struggled to carry out Captain Michael Davidson's increasingly bizarre commands, which, they knew, would steer them straight into the eye of the storm. Taking a hard look at America's aging merchant marine fleet, Slade also reveals the truth about modern shipping--a cut-throat industry plagued by razor-thin profits and ever more violent hurricanes fueled by global warming.

Rachel Slade is a Boston-based journalist, writer, and editor. She was a staff writer at Boston magazine for ten years, and her writing earned her a City and Regional Magazine Award in civic journalism. She splits her time between Brookline, Massachusetts, and Rockport, Maine.

 


Storytime with Miss Pat


Saturday, May 12 at 9 am

Miss Pat's 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...be sure to "BookMark" your calendar for the second Saturday of each month.  She'll be reading Anna Dewdney's Llama Llama Loves to Read and Pat Zietlow Miller's Be Kind.  


Cutter Wood, "Love and Death in the Sunshine State," (Algonquin Publishing, $26.95)

Monday, May 7, 7 pm

"...written with psychological insight and literary flair"-- Kirkus Reviews

When a stolen car is recovered on the Gulf Coast of Florida, it sets off a search for a missing woman, local motel owner Sabine Musil-Buehler.  Cutter Wood was a guest at Musil-Buehler's motel as the search for the missing woman gained momentum, and he found himself drawn steadily deeper into the case. Driven by his own need to understand how a relationship could spin to pieces in such a fatal fashion, he began to meet with the eccentric inhabitants of Anna Maria Island, with the earnest but stymied detectives, and with the affable man soon presumed to be her murderer. But there is only so much that interviews and records can reveal; in trying to understand why we hurt those we love, this book, like Truman Capote's classic In Cold Blood, tells a story that exists outside of documentary evidence. Wood carries the investigation beyond the facts of the case and into his own life.

Cutter Wood completed an MFA in creative nonfiction at the University of Iowa in 2010, during which he was awarded numerous fellowships and had essays published in Harper's and other magazines. After serving as a visiting scholar in creative nonfiction at UI and the University of Louisville, Wood moved to New York. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter. 


Charles Martin, "Send Down the Rain," (Thomas Nelson, $25.99)

Sunday, May 6,  4 pm

… a story of love and second chances from the author of “The Mountain Between Us"...

New York Times bestselling author and Jacksonville native Charles Martin will launch his new novel at The BookMark during a specially-arranged Sunday afternoon event.

Allie is still recovering from the loss of her family's beloved waterfront restaurant on Florida's Gulf Coast when she loses her second husband to a terrifying highway accident. Devastated and losing hope, she shudders to contemplate the future--until a cherished person from her past returns.


Joseph has been adrift for many years, wounded in both body and spirit and unable to come to terms with the trauma of his Vietnam War experiences. Just as he resolves to abandon his search for peace and live alone at a remote cabin in the Carolina mountains, he discovers a mother and her two small children lost in the forest. A man of character and strength, he instinctively steps in to help them get back to their home in Florida. There he will return to his own hometown--and witness the accident that launches a bittersweet reunion with his childhood sweetheart, Allie. When Joseph offers to help Allie rebuild her restaurant, it seems the flame may reignite--until a 45-year-old secret from the past begins to emerge, threatening to destroy all hope for their second chance at love.


In "Send Down the Rain", Charles Martin proves himself to be a storyteller of great wisdom and compassion who reveals the dreams we cherish, the struggles we face, and the courage we must summon when life seems to threaten what we hold most dear.

Charles Martin is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of 12 novels. He and his wife, Christy, live in Jacksonville, Florida. Martin’s earlier novel, The Mountain Between Us, was recently made into a movie.


Gilbert King,"Beneath a Ruthless Sun,"(Riverhead Books, $28)

Friday, May 4, 7 pm

"This book is every bit as gripping as the author's Pulitzer-winning "Devil in the Grove"...Gripping history, vividly told." --Booklist (starred review)

In December 1957, the wife of a Florida citrus baron is raped in her home while her husband is away. She claims a "husky Negro" did it, and the sheriff, the infamous racist Willis McCall, does not hesitate to round up a herd of suspects. But within days, McCall turns his sights on Jesse Daniels, a gentle, mentally impaired nineteen-year-old. Soon Jesse is railroaded up to the state hospital for the insane, and locked away without trial.


But crusading journalist Mabel Norris Reese cannot stop fretting over the case and its baffling outcome. Who was protecting whom, or what? She pursues the story for years, chasing down leads, hitting dead ends, winning unlikely allies. Bit by bit, the unspeakable truths behind a conspiracy that shocked a community into silence begin to surface.

Gilbert King was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction for The Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America, which was also a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. A featured contributor to Smithsonian magazine and The Marshall Project, King also writes about justice for The New York Times and The Washington Post. He lives in New York City. 


Maggie FitzRoy, "Mercy’s Way", ($18.99)

 Saturday, April 28, 7 pm

… celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with local author …

Local author Maggie FitzRoy will be at The BookMark on Saturday, April 28 at 7 pm to talk about and sign copies of her debut novel "Mercy's Way." April 28 is also Independent Bookstore Day. "Mercy's Way" is a tale of love and loss on the Oregon Trail in 1845. The story centers on a young woman, Mercy Montgomery, who risks her life to cross the continent by wagon train to marry a man she has never met. What Mercy didn't bargain for was falling in love with the handsome leader of her wagon train, and having to choose between honoring her arranged engagement or being true to her heart.

Maggie FitzRoy is a former journalist and magazine feature editor and writer with a degree in history from Ursinus College. A life-long fan of love stories, her passion now is writing historical romance novels that sweep the reader into the past. Maggie lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida with her husband, daughter, dog and two cats. She is the author of two nonfiction books featuring Northeast Florida history. "Mercy's Way" is her debut novel.


David Baldacci, "The Fallen," [Memory Man #4] (Grand Central Pub. $29),

Friday, April 20 at 7 pm

"Decker is one of the most unusual detectives any novelist has dreamed up." --Washington Post 

Amos Decker is the Memory Man. Following a football-related head injury that altered his personality, Decker is now unable to forget even the smallest detail--as much a curse as it is a blessing. And in #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci's gripping new thriller, Decker's life might be about to change again. 

Decker and his FBI colleague Alex Jamison are in Baronville visiting Alex's sister and her family. Decker has only been there a few hours when he stumbles on a horrific double murder scene. 

Then the next killing hits sickeningly close to home. And with the lives of people he cares about suddenly hanging in the balance, Decker begins to realize that the recent string of deaths may be only one small piece of a much larger scheme--with consequences that will reach far beyond Baronville, and Decker finds that his previously infallible memory may not be so trustworthy after all.

As part of the Baldaccis' Wish You Well Foundation's "Feeding Body & Mind" program, The BookMark will be collecting new and gently-used books for all ages.  The foundation will donate these to local area food banks.  We invite you to join us in this effort.

David Baldacci is a global #1 bestselling author, and one of the world's favorite storytellers. His books are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with over 130 million worldwide sales. His works have been adapted for both feature film and television. David Baldacci is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. 


Jeffery Deaver, "The Cutting Edge," [Lincoln Rhyme Novel] (Grand Central Publishing, $28)

Tuesday April 17 at 7 pm


In Manhattan's Diamond District, a brutal triple murder shocks the city. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs quickly take the case. Curiously, the killer has left behind a half-million dollars' worth of gems at the murder scene, a jewelry store on 47th street. As more crimes follow, it becomes clear that the killer's target is not gems, but engaged couples themselves. The killer contacts the media with the promise of more deaths.
  
Soon the Promisor makes a dangerous mistake: leaving behind an innocent witness, Vimal Lahori, a talented young diamond cutter, who can help Rhyme and Sachs blow the lid off the case. They must track down Vimal before the killer can correct his fatal error. Then disaster strikes, threatening to tear apart the very fabric of the city--and providing the perfect cover for the killer to slip through the cracks.

Jeffery Deaver is the #1 international bestselling author of more than thirty novels, three collections of short stories, and a nonfiction law book. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 languages. His first novel featuring Lincoln Rhyme, The Bone Collector, was made into a major motion picture starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. 


Storytime with Miss Pat
Saturday, April 14 at 9 am

Miss Pat is going to mesmerize young readers with her reading of "A Hippy-Hopp Toad", by Peggy Archer, and "Ladybug Girl and the Rescue Dog", by David Soman.  Miss Pat's 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...be sure to "BookMark" your calendar for the second Saturday of each month


Steve Berry, The Bishop's Pawn (Cotton Malone Thriller #13),

Minotaur Books, $28.88)

Friday, April 6 at 7 pm

Berry always mines the lost riches of history, and in this latest book he focuses on American icon Martin Luther King, Jr., just in time for April 2018 and the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination.

The ugly feud between J. Edgar Hoover and Martin Luther King, Jr., marked by years of illegal surveillance and the accumulation of secret files, may not have ended on April 4, 1968, when King was assassinated.  Now, fifty years later, former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone must reckon with the truth of what really happened that fateful day in Memphis.  It all turns on an incident 18 years ago, when Malone, as a young Navy lawyer, is trying hard not to live up to his burgeoning reputation as a maverick.  He soon discovers that two opposing forces—the Justice Department and the FBI—are at war over a rare coin and a cadre of secret files containing explosive revelations about the King assassination, information that could ruin innocent lives and threaten the legacy of the civil rights movement’s greatest martyr
  
Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally best-selling author of now 13 Cotton Malone novels, as well as four stand-alones.  He has 20 million books in print, translated into 40 languages.  With his wife, Elizabeth, he is the founder of History Matters, which is dedicated to historical preservation. He serves as a member of the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board and was a founding member 


Rona Recommends ... in Celebration of Women's History Month

Monday, March 26 at 6:30 pm

The BookMark and the Jacksonville NOW are partnering to celebrate Women’s History Month on Monday evening, March 26 at The BookMark in Neptune Beach.  Light refreshments will be served starting at 6:30 pm, and the presentation “Rona Recommends” will begin at 7 pm.  The BookMark owner, Rona Brinlee, will talk about good books by and/or about women.                                         

This is the 16th annual BookMark/NOW event to celebrate Women’s History Month and the eighth year for the “Rona Recommends” program.  It is a great way to enjoy lively conversation and get great reading recommendations, and to find out more about Women’s History Month.


Randy Wayne White, Caribbean Rim ( Doc Ford Novel #25 ),

G.P. Putnams Sons, $27)

Thursday, March 15 at 7 pm

One of our most popular authors is returning to The BookMark to introduce his newest mystery with a rich understanding of Florida's uniqueness.

Marine biologist Doc Ford has been known to help his friends out of jams occasionally, but he's never faced a situation like this. 

His old pal Carl Fitzpatrick has been chasing sunken wrecks most of his life, but now he's run afoul of the Florida Division of Historical Resources. Its director, Leonard Nickelby, despises amateur archaeologists, which is bad enough, but now he and his young "assistant" have disappeared--along with Fitzpatrick's impounded cache of rare Spanish coins and the list of uncharted wreck sites Fitz spent decades putting together. Some of Fitz's own explorations have been a little dicey, so he can't go to the authorities. Doc is his only hope. 

But greed makes people do terrible things: rob, cheat, even kill. With stakes this high, there's no way the thieves will go quietly--and Doc's just put himself in their crosshairs.

We will celebrate White's 25th Doc Ford novel!

Randy Wayne White is the author of the Doc Ford novels and the Hannah Smith series.  He is also the author of four collections of non-fiction.  White has won numerous prizes for his writing, including the Conch Republic Prize for Literature, the John D. MacDonald Award for Literary Excellence, and the Florida Award for Popular Fiction.  He was also named a Florida Literary Legend by the Florida Heritage Society.  A one-time veteran fishing guide, he lives in an old house built on an Indian mound and spends much of his free time windsurfing, playing baseball, and hanging out at Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille on Sanibel Island.


Bianca Marais. "Hum if You Don't Know the Words,"

(G.P. Putnams Sons, $16 pbk)

Friday, March 9 at 7 pm 

 A perceptive and searing look at Apartheid-era South Africa told through one unique family brought together by tragedy, Marais' debut novel is perfect for readers of "The Secret Life of Bees" and "The Help."

Life under Apartheid has created a secure future for Robin Conrad, a ten-year-old white girl living with her parents in 1970's Johannesburg. In the same nation, but worlds apart, Beauty Mbali, a Xhosa woman in a rural village, struggles to raise her children alone after her husband's death. Both lives have been built upon the division of race, and the two should never have met. The Soweto Uprising left Robin orphaned and Beauty looking for her missing daughter. The two come together when Beauty is hired to take care of Robin. Robin's growing attachment to her caretaker results in decisions that could undermine the search for Beauty's daughter and lead to devastating consequences.

Told through Beauty and Robin's alternating perspectives, the interwoven narratives create a rich and complex tapestry of the emotions and tensions at the heart of Apartheid-era South Africa. Hum If You Don't Know the Words is a beautifully rendered look at loss, racism, and the creation of family.

Before beginning her writing career, Bianca Marais volunteered to assist care workers in Soweto with providing aid for HIV/AIDS orphans. Her writing has been published in World Enough and Crime. Originally from South Africa, Marais now resides in Toronto with her husband. Hum If You Don't Know the Words is her first novel


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