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Lit Chat with Tyler Gillespie

We all know a “Florida Man”, but how many of us want to admit to being one? In The Thing About Florida, author Tyler Gillespie takes on the strange people and stories of the Sunshine State from the perspective of a fifth-generation Florida native. Gillespie joins us to talk about what he discovered in his quest to learn more about the state we all call home.

Lit Chat with Tiffany Melanson

Have you ever wondered how a poem gets from a spark of an idea to a written work of art? Find out at our next Lit Chat celebrating National Poetry Month with local poet and educator Tiffany Melanson. Melanson will talk about her poetry and the process of writing in conversation with Yvette Angelique, a local poet and artist.

Lit Chat with Frederick Joseph

Frederick Joseph joins us to discuss his book The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person. This book serves as a conversation starter, tool kit, and invaluable window into the life of a former "token Black kid" who now presents himself as the friend many readers need. Frederick Joseph chats with Jacksonville teen, Taylor Richardson who made The Black Friend available to all 21 library locations in Jacksonville. Learn more about Taylor Richardson here.

Writer’s Lab with M. M. Schill: Selling Genre Short Fiction

You’ve got a great story. You’ve made your characters complex. You’ve put everything on the page, with a great fantasy world or a murder mystery hook (or both!), and your word count comes in at a tight short story or novella length. Now what? Author and PseudoPod associate editor M. M. Schill will tell you how to make your short fiction shine above the rest and how to sell it to the right publications.

Lit Chat with Marsha Dean Phelts

Marsha Dean Phelts joins us this week to chat about American Beach and her two books, An American Beach for African Americans and The American Beach Cookbook. Phelts will cover the myths of the beach -- what is the first, the most, the oldest? -- and the informational treasures unearthed there. She will also talk about the women of American Beach, including Miss Martha, Emma Morgan, Beach Lady, Annette Myers, and Hurricane Dora.

Writer’s Lab with Nikesha Elise Williams

Complex Characters, award-winning author Nikesha Elise Williams will help you make your characters more compelling in two virtual sessions and a final virtual workshop.

This character study is for writers who want to dig beyond the surface of common tropes and give their characters depth that make them feel like real people. People who are flawed, insecure, incomplete, and blind to their own behavior.

Jacksonville Public Library's New Online Book Club You Can Join Right Now

The Bear by Krivak

Do you happen to be one of those people that when you are reading a good book you spend every waking second wanting to talk about that book? The trouble with this is, most of the people around you are not reading the same book, and they have no interest in hearing all your feelings about said book. That's where our NEW library book club comes in handy!

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