Fifth Annual Sunshine State Book Festival
January 26-27, 2024
Bringing Readers and Writers Together
Attendees enjoyed a day of browsing—and met 200 local and regional authors. It was an opportunity to meet outstanding authors who write in many genres.
Authors from around Florida and the nation gathered at the Hilton Conference Center on January 27th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., to sell books and talk about their work.
Festivities included guest speakers, giveaways, storytelling, and more.
Supporting Florida Literacy
A celebration of learning and literacy for all ages! Fun and educational!
- Hourly drawings to win an autographed book
- Informal opening-night reception Friday, January 26 from 7 to 9 p.m.
- Readers, sponsors, and interested members of the public—come mingle with the authors
- Scholarships for Essay Contest Winners
7:00 – 9:00 p.m Author’s Reception
Authors met and mingled with interested members of the public.
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunshine State Book Festival Main Event
Opportunity to meet and engage with authors, purchase books, and have them signed.
10:00 a.m. Student Essay Contest Scholarship Awards
11:00 a.m. Panel Discussion “Freedom to Read”
Panelists included Mary Bahr, Joe Courter, Carolyn Edwards, Judith Weaver, and moderator John Reiskind.
12:00 – 4:00 p.m. Storytelling by Children’s Book Authors
1:00 p.m. Keynote address by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jack E. Davis
3:00 p.m. Literary Heritage Program “A Conversation with Frederick Douglass and Captain John Brown.”
The 40-minute presentation features actor and Alachua County Poet Laureate, E. Stanley Richardson, award-winning actor, director and playwright Timothy “Shamrock” McShane and Television host and author Pamela Marshall-Koons.
Thank You to Our Sponsors
The Sunshine State Book Festival is funded in part by Visit Gainesville, Alachua County, FL. This program/event is funded in part by a grant from the City of Gainesville, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department. Additional funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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