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Upcoming Events March 2018

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John Hart, "The Hush," (Thomas Dunne Books, $27.99)

Saturday, March 17 at 7 pm

The only writer in history to win consecutive Edgar Awards for Best Novel, New York Times bestselling author John Hart returns to the world of his most beloved novel, The Last Child.

Hart continues the story of Johnny Merrimon ten years after the horrors that ended his boyhood and the lie that nearly destroyed his only friendship.  Although The Hush is a sequel to The Last Child, it is “distinctive enough in story and tone to be read as a stand-alone” (Library Journal). 

Now twenty-three, Johnny Merrimon finds his ownership of the swampland he cherishes—Hush Arbor—challenged by a descendant of freed slave Isaac Freemantle.  He seeks the help of his friend and lawyer Jack Cross. Driven by the legacy of slavery, the power of greed, and the contentious history between the Merrimons and the Freemantles, Hart’s latest unfolds a plot featuring an unscrupulous billionaire hunter, gruesome murders, and ominous supernatural forces.  Hart “has always worked on the edges of southern gothic … his vivid evocation of Hush Arbor and the ghosts it shelters, extending back to slavery, carries a Faulknerian density that makes the idea of the past coming alive deep in a swamp feel not only believable but also inevitable” (The Booklist). 

Once again, John Hart proves his skill as a masterful storyteller and thriller-writer.

John Hart is the author of five New York Times bestsellers—The King of Lies, Down River, The Last Child, Iron House, and Redemption Road.  The only author in history to win the Edgar Award for Best Novel consecutively, Hart has also won the Barry Award, the Southern Independent Booksellers’ Award for Fiction, the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award, the Southern Book Prize, and the North Carolina Award for Literature.  He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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.

Steve Berry, The Bishop's Pawn (Cotton Malone Thriller #18),

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 

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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.

Storytime with Miss Pat

Saturday, March 10 at 9 am

Miss Pat is going to mesmerize young readers with her reading of My Pet Wants a Pet by Elise Broach (Henry Holt).  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

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

Laura Lee Smith, The Ice House, (Grove Press, $25)

Monday, February 26 at 7 pm

We are excited that Laura Lee Smith, who visited The BookMark with her highlyh succesful first novel Heart of Palm will return with her latest story which takes place in North Florida. Praised for her "intelligence, heart, wit" (Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls), Smith continues the story of the beleagured MacKinnon family.

Facing a series of business, financial, health and family crises, Johnny MacKinnon might be on the verge of losing it all. Johnny's doctor has ordered him to take it easy, but in some ways, he thinks, what's left to lose? This may be his last chance to bridge the gap with his son Corran--and to have any sort of relationship with the baby granddaughter he's never met. Ice House is a vibrant portrait of multifaceted, exquisitely human characters that readers will not soon forget. It firmly establishes Laura Lee Smith as a gifted voice in American fiction.

Laura Lee Smith is the author of the novel Heart of Palm. Her short fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories; New Stories from the South: The Year's Best; New England Review; and other journals. A graduate of The University of North Florida, she continues to live in the area..

 John Dufresne, Flash! Writing the Very Short Story,

(W.W. Norton & Co., $15.95)

 Friday, February 23, 7 pm

The history of fiction has been dominated by the novel and the short story. But now there is this seemingly brave new genre around: very brief fiction. It has been called Sudden, Micro, Skinny, Hyper, Mini, Short-Short, Minute, Instant, Nano, Pill-size, Pocket-size, Postcard, and Furious. This is fiction approaching haiku, the art of few words and many suggestions.

FLASH! identifies the qualities that make for excellent very short stories, demystifies the writing process, and guides the writer by exercise and example into and through the world of the very short story. John Dufresne's characteristic warmth, wit, and humor remind the writer of the joy in the creative process, making this a perfect guide for both the novice exploring the art of fiction and the seasoned writer interested in trying a new form.

 John Dufresne is the author of ten previous books, including "Louisiana Power and Light" and two fiction writing guides. A professor in the MFA program at Florida International University, he lives in Dania Beach.



BookClub Night with HarperCollins Representative Eric Svenson

Tuesday, February 20 at 7 pm

Eric Svenson, one of our favorite Publisher Representatives, will join us and discuss recommendations especially for book club groups. As you are probably aware, all books are not necessarily equal when it comes to making for a good book club discussion.  Eric has been our representative for many years and knows us well, as well as knowing what books are especially successful book club reads. Please join us for an evening of discussion, prizes and refreshments. 


Storytime with Miss Pat

Saturday, February 10 at 9 am

In anticipation of Valentine's Day, love and friendship are the themes for this month's "Storytime with Miss Pat."  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

Friday, February 9 at 6 and 7 pm

Tim Dorsey, "The Pope of Palm Beach," (William Morrow and Co, $26.99)

Lisa Gardner,"Look for Me," (Dutton Books, $27) introduced by Steve Berry

Three New York Times bestselling mystery authors will join us on Friday, February 9.  This special evening will begin at 6 pm with Tim Dorsey who will talk about and sign copies of his new Serge Storms mystery The Pope of Palm Beach.  Then, at 7 pm, Lisa Gardner will be joined by Steve Berry to discuss and sign copies of her new thriller Look for Me.

Dorsey makes his yearly visit to introduce  The Pope of Palm Beach, his newest story based on serial killer Serge A. Storms. This time Serge and his permanently-baked sidekick Coleman are on a frenzied literary pilgrimage that leads them back to Riviera Beach, the cozy seaside town where the boys spent their formative years. As the two travel the state, they attract the attention of a cast of villains that only Florida can produce and beg the question: Will book tours ever be the same after Serge decides to check one out?
Tim Dorsey was a reporter and editor for the Tampa Tribune and is the author of 21 novels, including The Riptide Ultra-Glide, Nuclear Jellyfish, The Big Bamboo, Florida Roadkill, and Clownfish Blues, among others.  He lives in Tampa, Florida.

Lisa Gardner will follow at 7 pm with her latest thriller Look For Me, introduced by the betselling author of the Cotton Malone mysteries and more, Steve Berry.

Gardner's new mystery features the return of two favorite characters—Sergeant Detective D.D. Warren and survivor-turned-avenger Flora Dane—who join forces to either save a young girl’s life or bring her to justice.  The home of a family of five is now a crime scene.  Four of them were savagely murdered, and one, a sixteen-year-old girl, is missing.  Was she lucky to have escaped, or is her absence evidence of something sinister.  Seeking different types of justice, Warren and Dane must make sense of the clues left behind by a young woman who is silently pleading “look for me.” 
Lisa Gardner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty novels, including Right Behind You, Find Her, Crash & Burn and Catch Me, among others.  Her book The Neighbor won the International Thriller of the Year Award.  She lives with her family in New England.                                    

Meet and Greet Roger Johns on Monday, January 22 from 2-4 pm who will sign copies of his first mystery Dark River Rising (Minotaur Books, $26.99)

Set in Baton Rouge, La this mystery introduces Detective Wallace Hartman who has to rely on a Federal Agent to help her resolve an especially gruesome murder.  The local detective and federal agent form a tenuous partnership as they unravel the increasingly dangerous and violent nature of their suspect. 

Roger Johns is a former corporate lawyer and college professor with law degrees from Louisiana State University and Boston University. He was born and raised in Louisiana, though he and his wife now live in Georgia. Dark River Rising is his first novel

Meet Bestselling Author & Illustrator

Jan Brett

Friday, December 1 at 5 pm


“The Mermaid”


Join us for a fun-filled event that includes:


  • Booksigning of Jan Brett’s latest “The Mermaid”, her holiday titles, including “Animals’ Santa” and many of your other Brett favorites
  • Presentation and drawing demonstration
  • Tour of Jan Brett’s Bus
  • Photos with Hedgie, your favorite friend from The Mitten and The Hat
  • First 100 families in line will receive a signed Jan Brett poster

Celebrate Small Business Saturday/Indies First with The BookMark

Saturday, November 25th

We invite you to kick off your holiday shopping season by supporting the BookMark and other local businesses.  We will be providing refreshments all day.   In addition, we will give away two (2) $50 Gift Certificates.  Just enter that day, and we'll select the winners the following week (in plenty of time to treat yourself or do some holiday shopping).

You can also meet local author Ron Whittington who will be at the store from noon - 2 pm to sign copies of his books, including his latest Free Surface Effect.

We look forward to seeing you on this special shopping day.

Patricia Gussin, "Come Home," (Oceanview Publishing, $26.95)

Wednesday, November 15 at 7 pm 

Author of the widely accalaimed Laura Nelson medical thriller series,  New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Patricia Gussin will discuss her newly released thriller "Come Home, "a story of conflicting family obligations and cultural norms, Nicole Nelson and Ahmed Masud are a dynamic, highly successful Philadelphia couple, partners in a plastic surgery practice with a young son and strong marrieage.  But cracks are beginning to appear in their fairy-tale life after 9/11 and  pressure from Ahmed’s wealthy family in Cairo for him to return to Egypt and help the family.  Ahmed must make a decision—stay with Nicole in America or obey his father.  And what about his son?  Lee Child praises Gussin’s latest as “brave, unflinching suspense—elegant, intelligent, and superb.”

Patricia Gussin has practiced medicine and has worked in medical research as worldwide vice president for a leading healthcare products company.  She is a graduate of Aquinas College, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Columbia University Business School, and has an honorary degree from Duquesne University.  Her previous books include Shadow of Death, Weapon of Choice, and After the Fall, among others.  She lives in Longboat Key, Florid and in Amagansett, New York with her husband.

A special event for young readers (ages 8-12)

"... this tale is a page-turner that has the perfect mix of suspense, Princess Bride humor, and engaging that's definitely earned the sequel to come. A dazzling adventure sure to become a classic, if not a movie."  Kirkus starred review

Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos "The Adventurers Guild, (Disney-Hyperion, $16.99)
Saturday, October 28 at 5 pm

Enjoy a special Saturday early evening with your young reader(s) and give them the opportunity to meet new authors who are already receiving rave reviews.  This epic new series follows best friends Zed Kagai and Brock Dunderfel who get conscripted into the dangerous Adventurers Guild, and must defend what's left of humanity against terrible monsters. This guild is the last line of defense against the hungry, unnatural beasts from otherworldly planes. The initiates are a ragtag gang of misfits that must learn to trust each other and themselves if they hope to survive.

Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos grew up in Florida and now live in New York. Best friends, they get together to play Dungeons & Dragons every week. Zack fervently hopes that magic is real. Nick desperately hopes that monsters are not. "The Adventurers Guild" is their first novel. 

 D. A. Field, "Blood Memory Society, (Giro Di Mondo, available in paperback)

Monday, October 23 at 7 pm

New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry calls Blood Memory Society “a highly imaginative and richly unique story.  My only regret is I didn’t think of it first.”

In his debut novel, local author D.A. Field introduces the idea of a genetic mutation causing inherited memories—Blood Memory—resulting in IQs never before seen in human history.  Stemming from this biological transmission of memory starting the 1600s, geniuses begin to accelerate the pace of human progress.  In this tale, only a small number of females remain capable of continuing the genius intellect via inherited memory, and a conspiracy is bent on eliminating the source.  Field weaves a finely tailored strand of heart-stopping prose as we follow his protagonist, Dr. Will Dunbar, from the Bahamas to Washington, D.C., and through the Florida Keys, Atlanta, Mississippi, New Orleans, and Malibu.  Tapped for his expertise in reproductive medicine, Dunbar finds himself in the crosshairs of national and international secrets, intrigue, and conspiracy

A doctor by day and an author by night, D. A. Field is a collector of memories and has been a musician since he was twelve. He lives in Ponte Vedra with his wife children  .                              

Ruth Coe Chambers, "House on the Forgotten Coast," (She Writes Press, $16.99, pbk)

Thursday, October 19 at 7 pm  

Local author Ruth Coe Chambers will discuss her new novel,  "House on the Forgotten Coast", which explores the idea that the history of an old house can affect its current occupants, on Thursday, October 19th.
Like a monarch surveying her domain, the house has stood for over a hundred years in the fishing village of Apalachicola on Florida’s northwest coast. She has known life. She has known passionate love. She has known brutal death. But she has guarded her secrets well.

Then eighteen-year-old Elise Foster and her parents arrive from Atlanta in their silver Jaguar, bringing with them their own secrets and desires. Seeking friendship in their new community, they find instead that the townspeople resent their intrusion. But this intrusion on the house’s privacy also provides a pathway for the past and the present to merge—and for the truth behind an unsolved murder to finally be brought to light. As you strive to solve the mystery, you and the Fosters are forced to address two critical questions: What is real? What is delusion?

Ruth Coe Chambers takes pride in her Florida panhandle roots, and her hometown of Port St. Joe has inspired much of her writing. She is currently working on the third novel in her Bay Harbor Trilogy. She has two daughters and lives with her husband and one very spoiled Cairn Terrier in Neptune Beach, Florida.

Storytime with Miss Pat

Saturday, October 14 at 9 am

Halloween and baseball are the themes for this month's "Storytime with Miss Pat."  Miss Pat's reputation as a storyteller for young minds, with her way 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.  

Book Club Night

Wednesday,  October 4  at 7 pm

Our three Penguin Random House representatives will be at The BookMark to recommend book club selections. They will present great ideas for good book club selections and for your reading enjoyment. Their recommendations will include both fiction and non-fiction titles and have been hand-selected for The BookMark. Join us for an evening of good conversation and great reading recommendations.

 Sebastian Barry, "Days Without End," (Penguin Books, $16 pbk)

Tuesday, September 19 at 7 pm

"Sebastian Barry's unprecedented second win of the Costa book of the year is a marker of the singular place he occupies in contempoprary fiction, combining a highly literary style with wide popular appeal."

Justine Jordan, The Guardian

Thomas McNulty, aged barely seventeen and having fled the Great Famine in Ireland, signs up for the U.S. Army in the 1850s. With his brother in arms, John Cole, Thomas goes on to fight in the Indian Wars--against the Sioux and the Yurok--and, ultimately, in the Civil War. Orphans of terrible hardships themselves, the men find these days to be vivid and alive, despite the horrors they see.  Moving from the plains of Wyoming to Tennessee, Sebastian Barry's latest work is a masterpiece of atmosphere and language. An intensely poignant story of two men and the makeshift family they create with a young Sioux girl, Winona, "Days Without End" is a fresh and haunting portrait of the most fateful years in American history and is a novel never to be forgotten.  
Sebastian Barry has won the Costa Novel Award for Days Without End and the Costa Book Award for The Secret Scripture.  Barry has also won the Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year Award and the Walter Scott Prize.  His work has twice been short-listed for the Man Booker Prize.  He is the author of six previous novels and lives in Ireland.  Days Without End was recently long-listed for the Man Booker Prize

Jim Fergus, " The Vengeance of Mothers: The Journals of Margaret Kelly & Molly McGill, (St, Martin's Press,  $26.99

Saturday, September 16 at 7 pm


Twenty years after its publication, JIm Fergus's best-selling novel, "One Thousand White Women" remains vivid in readers' memories and continues to be discovered by historical-fiction fans.  He now continues the intriguing tale of the U.S. government's controversial, assimilation-oriented Brides for Indians program.  The story begins in March 1876 with the diary of Margaret Kelly, an Irish lass who, along with her sister, Susie, married Cheyenne warriors and became immersed in the tribe's culture. Their village has just been attacked by the U.S. Army. They both lost their husbands and, on the long, frigid trek to a nearby Lakota village, their baby daughters.
When a fresh contingent of white women arrives, Maggie and Susie are enlisted to help integrate them into native life.  The newcomers include Molly McGill, who had been imprisoned at Sing Sing for murdering the man who killed her daughter. She starts her own diary, and in chapters alternating between her voice and Maggie's, Fergus recreates all that happened leading up to the Battle of the Little Bighorn that June, including how the Kelly sisters finally get revenge for the loss of their babies.  It's a gripping tale, a history lesson infused with both sadness at the violence perpetuated against the Cheyenne and awe at the endurance of this remarkable group of women.
Jim Fergus is an award-winning and bestselling writer whose work has appeared in numerous national magazines and newspapers.  He is the author of several fiction and nonfiction books. His novel One Thousand White Women won Best Book of the West and has sold over a million copies both in the U.S. and France. Jim divides his time between southern Arizona, northern Colorado, and France.

Photo Credit: Stephen Collector.

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