Meet NYT Bestselling Authors Joe Hill, Angeline Boulley, and Dan Santat and 80+ Local Authors

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Jax Book Fest Returns September 22-23 to the Jacksonville Main Library

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., September 14, 2023 - Jax Book Fest is back and better than ever! Join us for not one but two bold, bookish days - back-to-back this September 22-23 at the Main Library! Joe Hill, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of NOS4A2HornsThe FiremanHeart-Shaped Box, and Strange Weather, will join us for both days and as our keynote Lit Chat speaker!

Joe Hill's horror stories have received many adaptations across movies and television, including Horns (starring Daniel Radcliffe), the Blumhouse smash The Black Phone (adapted from his short story), and Locke & Key, a hit Netflix series based on the Eisner Award-winning comic he co-created with artist Gabriel Rodriguez.

We are equally excited to announce that Angeline Boulley, the New York Times bestselling author of Firekeeper's Daughter, and Dan Santat, the Caldecott Medal award-winning and New York Times bestselling author and illustrator best known for his children's book The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, will also be joining us on September 23!

WHAT: Jax Book Fest
WHERE: Main Library, 303 N. Laura St.
WHEN: Friday and Saturday, September 22-23 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (both days)
HOW: Visit to save your seat
WHO: FREE and open to all

On Saturday, September 23, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., our three Jax Book Fest featured authors will be joined by over 80 local authors, set up at tables throughout the Conference Center and first two floors. This is an all-ages event with drop-in activities for kids and teens and a "Talented Teens Showcase" in the Teen Room with students from LaVilla and Douglas Anderson schools for the arts. There will also be a balloon show for kids, a drop-in book-making craft activity in the Courtyard, face painters, scavenger hunts, and more! 

Are you an aspiring author? Want to see your book on the library's shelves? Join us for WRITER'S DAY on Friday, September 22, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. There will be FREE writing and publishing workshops in the morning and afternoon, a drop-in networking space sponsored by Authors Roundtable of Florida, and more! 

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About Joe Hill

Joe Hill is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The FiremanHeart-Shaped Box, and Strange Weather. Much of his work has been adapted for film and television. His second novel, Horns, was made into a cult horror-comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe; his third novel, NOS4A2, was adapted for television by AMC, and featured Zachary Quinto; his short story The Black Phone was adapted for the big screen by Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill, and starred Ethan Hawke.

In 2007, he co-created the long-running comic book Locke & Key, with artistic maestro Gabriel Rodriguez; in 2011 Hill won the Eisner Award (Best Writer) for his work on the series. The six books in the Locke & Key saga formed the basis for a hit TV series on Netflix. A seventh volume, published in 2022, married the world of Locke & Key to the epic Sandman universe.

Hill’s other works include the short fiction collection Full Throttle and several graphic novels: Basketful of HeadsPlungeSea DogsDying is Easy, and Wraith (which continues the story of NOS4A2’s Charlie Manx).

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About Angeline Boulley

You probably already know and love Firekeeper's Daughter - the "Indigenous Nancy Drew thriller" novel that set the world (and BookTok) ablaze. Not only was it a Reese's Book Club YA Pick and a TIME Magazine Best YA Book of All Time Selection... It's getting adapted for TV at Netflix!

But did you know Angeline Boulley has a new, bestselling follow-up to her breakaway debut hit? Her second book, Warrior Girl Unearthed takes us back to Sugar Island for another high-stakes thriller, ten years after the conclusion of Daunis's story.

Angeline Boulley, an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, is a storyteller who writes about her Ojibwe community in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She is a former Director of the Office of Indian Education at the U.S. Department of Education. Angeline lives in southwest Michigan, but her home will always be on Sugar Island. Firekeeper’s Daughter is her debut novel, and was an instant #1 NYT Bestseller. The book has been named the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature, the Printz Award, the William C. Morris award for YA debut literature, and was an American Indian Youth Literature Award Honor Book.

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About Dan Santat

Dan Santat is the Caldecott Medal award-winning and New York Times–bestselling author and illustrator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend and the road trip/time travel adventure Are We There Yet? 

His artwork is also featured in numerous picture books, chapter books, and middle-grade novels, including Dav Pilkey's Ricky Ricotta series. His latest works include the bestselling graphic novels, The Aquanaut and A First Time for Everything.

He is also the creator of the Disney animated television series, The Replacements, and has worked with numerous other children’s book authors and illustrators including Samantha Berger (Crankenstein), Minh Le (Drawn Together, Lift, The Blur), and Laurel Snyder (Endlessly Ever After).

Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, and many, many pets.

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