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Upcoming Events November 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.

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  It features 15 previously unpublished stories and one essay by current and former Jacksonville-based authors.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.

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!  

John Kerry (former U.S. Senator & Secretary of State)

NEW DATE:  Tuesday, December 4 at 7 pm!      

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

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.

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.

John Kerry (former U.S. Senator & Secretary of State)

NEW DATE:  Tuesday, December 4 at 7 pm!      

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.

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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.

The BookMark's 28th Birthday Celebration!

Saturday, August 25, from 10 am-6 pm

Please join us to celebrate our 28th birthday.  Every birthday is a special occasion, and we wouldn't be here without you and your support.  That means, it wouldn't be a party without you.  We will have food and prizes during the day.  And, of course, there will be cake.

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.

Lori Roy, "The Disappearing," (Dutton Books, $27)

Friday, July 27 at 7 pm

"A twisted Southern gothic winner." Kirkus Reviews

Two-time Edgar Award winning author Lori Roy will be at The BookMark to talk about and sign copies of her newest mystery, "The Disappearing." Michael Connelly praises Lori Roy as being “one of the most elegant and enchanting writers to cross my path in a long, long time. I was transfixed by THE DISAPPEARING... This is a deep, dark and wonderful book." 

When Lane Fielding fled north Florida after high school for the anonymity of New York City, she never thought she'd return. But twenty years later, this time leaving behind her cheating husband, that's exactly what she and her two daughters have done.  Things take a bad turn when just six months after moving back to Florida, Lane's older daughter disappears. Lane initially fears a serial killer--like the one who traumatized north Florida in the 1970s--has again set his sights on her small town. But when Lane's younger daughter admits to having made an odd new friend, Lane must consider that her older daughter's disappearance is payback for crimes her father committed years earlier, or perhaps for her own. 

Lori Roy is the first woman to receive an Edgar Award for both Best First Novel (Bent Road) and Best Novel (Let Me Die in His Footsteps).  Roy lives with her family in west central Florida. 

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Erik Slader and Ben Thompson, Epic Fails series [Middle Grade]

Tuesday, July 10 at 7 pm 

Book #1 The Wright Brothers: Nose-Diving into History

Slader and Thompson will launch their new non-fiction mddle grade series which takes a humorous and unexpected view of history. Exploring the surprising stories behind a variety of groundbreaking discoveries, voyages, experiments, and innovations, the Epic Fails books show readers how many of mankind's biggest successes are in fact the result of some pretty epic failures.

Although Orville and Wilbur Wright are celebrated today as heroes for their revolutionary contributions to science and engineering--they are acknowledged as the first men to successfully achieve powered, piloted flight--their success was hard-earned. (Spoiler alert: there were a lot of nosedives involved.) In fact, it took the self-taught engineers years of work and dozens of crashes before they managed a single twelve-second flight!

Book #2 The Race to Space: Countdown to Liftoff 

Today, everyone is familiar with Neil Armstrong's famous words as he first set foot on the moon: "one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind." He made it look easy, but America's journey to the moon was anything but simple. In 1957, when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the world's first satellite, into orbit, America had barely crossed the starting line of the great Space Race. Later that year, our first attempt was such a failure that the media nicknamed it "Kaputnik." Still, we didn't give up. With each failure, we gleaned valuable information about what went wrong, and how to avoid it in the future. So we tried again. And again. And each time we failed, we failed a little bit better.

Jacksonville author Erik Slader is the creator of "Epik Fails of History" a blog (and podcast) about the most epic fails of history. Ben Thompson is the author of a dozen books on various awesome historical subjects including the Guts & Glory series, and has appeared on television programs for the History Channel, Discovery, and the American Heroes Channel. He has written for Cracked, Fangoria, Soldier of Fortune, and The American Mustache Institute, currently owns four swords (if you count a letter opener shaped like Glamdring the Foe-Hammer), and can occasionally beat the Star Wars Trilogy arcade game with a single quarter.


Erik Slader

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.

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.                                        


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. 

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 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 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.

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