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2020 Sunshine State Book Festival

January 24 – 26, 2020

 

The 2020 Sunshine State Book Festival celebrated Gainesville’s amazing literary history and culture with three days of events.

 

Friday, January 24, 2020

A Friday night reception at the Matheson Historical Museum culminated with the presentation of Ernest Hemingway’s letters to Santa Fe College.

museum exterior Hemingway letters

Hilary Hemingway presented 75 of Ernest Hemingway’s letters to Santa Fe College.

Saturday Presentations

Hilary Hemingway
Remembering Uncle Ernest with Hilary Hemingway.
Kevin McCarthy
Gainesville’s Literary Heritage with author Kevin McCarthy.
Lola Haskins
How Heeding Florida's Past and the Natural Beauty That Survived It Can Change Our Future with Award-winning poet Lola Haskins.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

The Saturday Book Festival at the beautiful Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall brought 3,000 readers to meet 75 authors and hear presentations by six well-known authors.

Fine Arts Hall Book Festival

More Saturday photos below presentations

Additional Saturday Presenters

Steve Noll
Florida Sports History: It's More than just Fun & Games with UF Professor Steve Noll.
John Dunn
Drying Up, The Fresh Water Crisis in Florida with freelance author John Dunn.
Joe Haldeman
An Interview: Books, Movies, and War with Nebula Award winner Joe Haldeman.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

The Sunday literary heritage tour portrayed three notable authors who wrote and lived in the area, William Bartram, Robert Frost, and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.

Kevin Rainsberger
Kevin Rainsberger reading Robert Frost at the Thomas Center where Frost resided.
J. D. Sutton
J.D. Sutton portraying William Bartram at Paynes Prairie State Preserve.
Mimi Carr
Mimi Carr read Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and prepared one of Marjorie’s recipes at Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ State Park.

Saturday at Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall

Photos by David Campione, Dwight Bennett, Bonnie Ogle & Karen Porter

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