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NY Times Best-Selling Author, History Channel Series Host Brad Meltzer to headline Jax Book Fest at Main Library on Leap Day

Published Thursday, January 23, 2020


Jax Book Fest, a community event that brings authors and book lovers together, returns to the Main Library on leap day, Feb. 29, 2020. Keynote speakers include Brad Meltzer, New York Times best-selling author of every genre—fiction, nonfiction and children’s books, and host of History Channel’s Brad Meltzer’s Decoded and H2’s Brad Meltzer’s Lost. Karma Wilson, New York Times best-selling author of children’s books, and Neal Shusterman, New York Times best-selling author of books for young adults, will also give presentations. In addition, more than 80 local authors of every genre will exhibit, sell and sign books for fans. Award-winning author Laura Lee Smith will present a workshop for aspiring writers and library staff will lead SELF-e workshops to help indie writers get published. The event is free and open to the public.


WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020
             1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

WHERE: Main Library
               303 Laura St. N. – 32202


Jax Book Fest promises to be educational and entertaining. During the event, shop the San Marco Books and More pop-up bookstore, rock to the sounds of a live DJ, enjoy music from Noteworthy jazz band, and hear local author readings. Bring the kids for face painting and balloon twisting, children’s storytime, the Wild Wonders animal show and MOSH. Learn about the keynote speakers and other author programs and sign up to be the first to hear about the schedule of events and full list of participating authors at


While supplies last, free commemorative Jax Book Fest totes will be given away, one per family with checkout of any physical material from the Main Library on Feb. 29, 2020, or to new library cardholders who sign up for their card on Feb. 29, 2020 at the Main Library.


Jax Book Fest is made possible by the Jacksonville Public Library Foundation and participating sponsors. The children’s programs were sponsored in part by the Joy G. Korman Endowment. Other sponsors include the Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library and Ameris Bank. For information on how to sponsor the event, visit


About Keynote Speaker/Author Brad Meltzer
Brad Meltzer is the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and 10 other bestselling thrillers including The Tenth Justice, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, The President’s Shadow and The Escape Artist. His most recent book and first work of nonfiction, The First Conspiracy, is about a secret plot to kill George Washington. The Hollywood Reporter recently put him on its list of Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors. He lives in Florida with his wife.


Ticketed Foundation Event – Private Cocktail Reception
The Jacksonville Public Library Foundation will host a Private Cocktail Reception with author Brad Meltzer Feb. 28, 6 – 9 p.m., the evening before Jax Book Fest. Tickets are $125 per person and seating is limited. For more details and to purchase a ticket, please go to


The Jacksonville Public Library is committed to making its programs accessible to all persons. Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, accommodations for persons with disabilities are available upon request. Please allow 1 – 2 business days to process. Last-minute requests will be accepted, but may not be possible to fulfill. Please ask for the Special Needs Library at 630-2665 or email

About Jacksonville Public Library

The mission of the Jacksonville Public Library is to enrich lives, build community and foster success by bringing people, information and ideas together. Last year, more than 3.2 million visits were made to Jacksonville Public Libraries, items were checked out more than 4.9 million times, and over 14,000 programs and services were offered to Duval County residents at the Main Library and 20 branch locations. For more information about the Jacksonville Public Library, call 630-BOOK (2665) or visit




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