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Upcoming Events for November 2017

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

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.

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



  • When you purchase your book from The BookMark, you will receive a ticket for your place in the signing line.
  • Jan Brett will do her very best to sign all the books that time permits. The number of books she signs per family will depend on how many people come to the event.
  • If time does not permit Jan to sign every book, we will have signed bookplates featuring her artwork for all extra books. 

    For additional information, call 241.9026

    Recent Events

    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.

    Reed Farrel Coleman, "Robert B. Parker's The Hangman's Sonnett," (Jessie Stone Novel #16) (G.P. Putnam' Sons, $27)

    Wednesday, September 20 at 7 pm

    New York Times bestselling mystery author Reed Farrel Coleman will talk about and sign copies of his latest contribution to the Robert B. Parker’s Jesse Stone mystery series.

    Paradise police chief Jesse Stone, still reeling from the murder of his fiancée by crazed assassin Mr. Peepers, must keep his emotions in check long enough to get through the wedding day of his loyal protégé, Suitcase Simpson. The morning of the wedding, Jesse learns that a gala 75th birthday party is to be held for folk singer Terry Jester.  Jester, once the equal of Bob Dylan, has spent the last forty years in seclusion after the mysterious disappearance of the master recording tape of his magnum opus, The Hangman's Sonnet. 

    That same morning, an elderly Paradise woman dies while her house is being ransacked. What are the thieves looking for? And what's the connection to Terry Jester and the mysterious missing tape? Jesse's investigation is hampered by hostile politicians and a growing trail of blood and bodies, forcing him to solicit the help of mobster Vinnie Morris and a certain Boston area PI named Spenser. While the town fathers pressure him to avoid a PR nightmare, Jesse must connect the cases before the bodies pile up further.
    Robert B. Parker was the author of seventy books, including the legendary Spenser detective series, the novels featuring Chief Jesse Stone, and the acclaimed Virgil Cole/Everett Hitch Westerns, as well as the Sunny Randall novels. Winner of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award and long considered the undisputed dean of American crime fiction, he died in January 2010.
    Reed Farrel Coleman, author of the New York Times bestselling Robert B. Parker's Debt to Pay, has been called a "hard-boiled poet" by NPR's Maureen Corrigan and the "noir poet laureate" in The Huffington Post.  He has published twenty-five previous novels, including nine books in the critically acclaimed Moe Prager series, and most recently, What You Break, featuring Gus Murphy. A three-time winner of the Shamus Award, he has also won the Anthony, Macavity, Barry, and Audie Awards.  Coleman lives with his family on Long Island.


    SATURDAY, AUGUST 26TH   9 am to 6 pm

    You are cordially invited to join us in celebrating our 27th birthday. The party begins at 9 am with Miss Pat's Storytime for children, reading Jan Brett's "The Mermaid", among other great books.  

    Refreshments, (catered by Gregory Paul's) , will be available during the day, gifts,  ... cake in the afternoon, and good conversation.

    This is always a special day for us, as old friends, customers, authors, and the eclectic mix of people who help make the BookMark a special place drop in to say hello.

    We look forward to seeing you. 

    Photo by Victoria Abkik

    Siobhan Fallon, "The Confusion of Languages, "

    (G. P. Putnam Son's, $26) 

    Monday, July 10 at 7 pm 

    "An incisive examination of friendship and betrayal and a skillful mingling of cultural and domestic themes." --Booklist (starred review) 

    Fallon writes about the unpredictable path of friendship and the secrets kept in marriage, all set within the U.S. military community in Jordan during the rise of the Arab Spring.
    Both Cassie and Margaret have followed their military husbands to the embassy in Jordan.  Cassie is determined to follow the rules, while Margaret seizes the opportunity to participate in local happenings and defy some cultural taboos.  The two women’s friendship gets strained and a mystery develops.  Margaret disappears running a routine errand, and Cassie discovers her diary with some troubling and baffling entries.  The Confusion of Languages is a timely, important, and intimate novel set in a turbulent region that dominates world headlines and remains of intense interest to Americans.

    Siobhan Fallon is the author of the 2015 PEN Center USA Literary Award winner You Know When the Men are Gone.  After teaching English in Japan, she earned an MFA at the New School in New York City.  She and her family moved to Jordan in 2011, and they currently live in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  

    Morrow Avon Publisher Brings Romance to

    The BookMark

    Ilona Andrews, "White Hot" and "Wildfire" (Morrow Avon)

    Jeaniene Frost, "Into the Fire" (Morrow Avon)[all books available in hardcover and paperback]

    Friday, July 28, 7 pm

    Something for romance and paranormal readers... Ilona Andrews' books continue the Hidden Legacy Series with Nevada Baylor who must balance her unique secret skill as a truthseeker (one who knows when people are lying) and her relationship with Connor Rogan.  In Frost's book, Vlad Tapesh is confronted with a change in his 600-year brutal reputation when he falls in love with Leila.  This passion makes him vulnerable, and the two must battle evil enemies to save their relationship. This is something different for The BookMark, and we look forward to a fun evening with new and old fans.

    Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret,), “Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World's Oceans" (Penguin Press. $28),

    "The Leader's Bookshelf" (U.S. Naval Institute Press, $29.95)

    Thursday, June 15 at 7 pm

    "No one understands the importance of the oceans and their impact on today’s security better than Admiral Jim Stavridis. He is a leader and a sailor who stands out in every way. This is a must-read book.” —Senator John McCain

    Sea Power is a remarkable voyage through the world’s most important bodies of water, providing the story of naval power as a driver of human history and a crucial element in our current geopolitical path, told by the only admiral to serve as Supreme Allied Commander of NATO.  Stavridis shows us how the geography of the oceans has shaped the destiny of nations, and how naval power has helped create the world we live in today, and will shape the world we live in tomorrow.  In doing so, he provides fresh insight into great naval engagements from the battles of Salamis and Lepanto through to Trafalgar, the Battle of the Atlantic, and the submarine conflicts of the Cold War.  This book also considers where our next conflicts may occur and the threats to our oceans from piracy and pollution.
    In The Leader’s Bookshelf, Adm. Stravridis and his co-author, R. Manning Ancell share the results of having surveyed over two hundred active and retired four-star military officers about their reading habits and favorite books.  Based on their responses, this book identifies the top fifty books that can help virtually anyone become a better leader. Each of the works--novels, memoirs, biographies, autobiographies, management publications--are summarized and the key leadership lessons extracted and presented.  Highlighting the value of reading in both a philosophical and a practical sense, this book provides sound advice on how to build an extensive library, lists other books worth reading to improve leadership skills, and analyzes how leaders use what they read to achieve their goals. 
    Admiral Stavridis, USN (Ret.) is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy who spent over 35 years on active service in the Navy.  He commanded destroyers and a carrier strike group in combat and served for seven years as a four-star admiral, including nearly four years as the first Navy officer chosen as Supreme Allied Commander for Global Operations at NATO.  After retiring from the Navy he was named the dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in 2013.  He has written articles on global security issues for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Atlantic.  His previous books include Destroyer Captain: Lessons of a First Command and The Accidental Admiral: A Sailor Takes Command at NATO

    Ann Kidd Taylor, "The Shark Club, "(Viking, $26)

    Monday, June 12 at 7 pm

    Set against the intoxicating backdrop of palm trees, blood orange sunsets, calypso bands, and key lime pies, The Shark Club is a love story, an environmental mystery, and an exploration of a woman's mysterious kinship with the sea and the sharks that inhabit it

    On a summer day on the Gulf of Mexico in 1988, two extraordinary things happen to twelve-year-old Maeve Donnelly. First, she is kissed by Daniel, the boy of her dreams. Then, she is attacked by a blacktip shark. 

    Eighteen years later, Maeve is a world-traveling marine biologist studying and swimming with the very animals that once threatened her life. Known among her peers as the "shark whisperer," Maeve is fearless in the water. On land, however, Maeve is dogged by unresolved wounds and indecisive about the path her life will take.

    An illegal shark-finning operation has moved into her childhood hometown in Florida, and hundreds of sharks are dying. As Maeve fights to protect the fate of the animals so dear to her heart, she finds that her twin brother may be about to make it big as a novelist, using her love life as his jumping-off point. Will she confront her feelings about her brother's betrayal--and forgive her childhood sweetheart, Daniel, the missteps of their youth? Or will she dive headlong back into her work and open her heart to Nicholas, her colleague who shares her passion for the ocean?

    Ann Kidd Taylor is the coauthor of "Traveling with Pomegranates," a memoir written with her mother, Sue Monk Kidd (bestselling author of "The Secret Life of Bees." Published by Viking in 2009, it appeared on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times list, and has been published in several languages. "The Shark Club "is Ann’s first novel. She lives in southwest Florida with her husband, son, and two dogs.

    Douglas Scott Delaney, "Tower Dog: Life Inside The Deadliest Job in America," (Soft Skull Press, $16.95 pbk)

    Saturday, June 10 at 7 pm

    What is the price of staying connected, of that phone in your hand or that watch on your wrist? Recent TV shows would have you believe that the most dangerous job in America is a crab fisherman, or maybe even an ice road trucker. But what U.S. Department of Labor unequivocally recognizes as the most dangerous job in America belongs to the tower dog, the men and women who work on cell towers across the country, building the networks that keep us all connected. 

    Delaney, a tower dog for more than fifteen years, draws readers into this dark and high-stakes world that most don't even know exists, yet rely on every minute of every day. This risk-laden profession has been recently covered by NBC Dateline, Frontline, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, but none of these reports have provided an insider's look at the rough and tumble workers throughout America who are risking their lives--and losing them at an alarmingly high rate. 

    Delaney is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. His film, All Roads Lead Home, won Best Picture at the Los Angeles International Film Festival in 2007. He is also the author of numerous short stories in literary publications. A native New Yorker, he now lives in the Kansas Flint Hills, where he is "at least a quarter mile from anyone who could aggravate me, and vice versa." 

    Daniel Wallace, "Extraordinary Adventures," (St. Martin's Press, $25.99)

    Friday, June 2, 7 pm

    "A sweet-tempered, funny, surprisingly poignant romantic tale.- --Kirkus Review"

    The bestselling author of Big Fish offers a new treat.  Edsel Bronfman works as a junior executive shipping clerk for an importer of Korean flatware. He lives in a seedy neighborhood and spends his free time with his spirited mother. Things happen to other people, and Bronfman knows it. Until, that is, he gets a call from operator 61217 telling him that he's won a free weekend at a beachfront condo in Destin, Florida. But there's a catch: the offer is intended for a couple, and Bronfman has only seventy-nine days to find someone to take with him.  The phone call jolts Bronfman into motion, initiating a series of truly extraordinary adventures as he sets out to find a companion for his weekend getaway. Open at last to the possibilities of life, Bronfman now believes that anything can happen. And it does.

     Daniel Wallace is the J. Ross MacDonald Distinguished Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he directs the Creative Writing Program. He is the author of the novels Big Fish, Ray in Reverse, The Watermelon King, Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician, and The Kings and Queens of Roam. 

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