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April 9 – 10, 2022

Information for Festival Authors

Festival Date/Hours

April 9, 2022

Festival open to the public 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Exhibitor check-in begins at 8:30 AM. All authors must be checked in by 10:30 AM and set up by 11:00 AM.
Participants should not take down their exhibits before 5:00 p.m.


Exhibit spaces

Exhibit space # is listed below your photo on the 2022 Authors page.

Each exhibit space is 48 × 30 inches (one half of an eight-foot-long table). Chairs, tables, and extra-large tablecloths that double as skirting are provided. This will allow authors to hide empty boxes and extra inventory under their tables.

There is no room to stand easels in front or behind your table, please do not bring them.



At registration, all exhibitors agree to abide by our Terms of Participation. Click button to


Rain Plan

If it rains April 9th, the Oaks Mall has agreed to allow authors to unload books at the main entrance which has a drive through portico.

Oaks Mall

Normally, this entrance is locked until the mall opens, so do not go there unless it is raining.

Festival Ambassadors will direct you.



Thank you for registering for the 2022 Sunshine State Book Festival. On this page you will find information about the day-long event on Saturday, April 9, where you will meet readers and sell and sign your books. As the festival date approaches check this page for updates.

All authors are also invited to attend the Sunday speaker event at the Matheson History Museum. There is no admission charge for any festival event, so join us both days.

COVID: The Sunshine State Book Festival planning committee is committed to keeping the 2022 event as safe as possible for authors, volunteers, and the public. Toward that end, exhibitor tables will be spread out in the spacious Oaks Mall, making it possible to maintain social distancing. In addition, we will ask authors, volunteers, and visitors to follow the mask mandate in effect on April 9 and 10.

Festival Promotion

We are heavily promoting and advertising the festival including TV, radio, print, and social media. Help promote your presence at the festival on your website and social media. Visit our Author Social Media page where you can download badges and other images.

Check-in procedure

Author check-in begins Saturday April 9, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. Please be checked in by 10:30 a.m.

Directions and map


The Oaks Mall is located east of I-75 exit 380 at 6419 W. Newberry Road, Gainesville, Florida.

From Newberry Road, turn onto NW 62nd St. Enter the Oaks Mall parking lots from the NW 62nd St. entrance and drive past Belk’s toward UF Health.

Locate Service Area #5 which is situated in a short alleyway between Fit2Run and UF Health. Use only this entrance. Other doors are locked until the Mall opens.

The Festival registrars will be waiting there to check you in. Once your registration has been confirmed, a Festival Ambassador will show you to your assigned table space.

If you would like to drop off your books before parking, Festival Ambassadors will be on hand to help you unload your books.

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Author Entrance in Oaks Mall Service Area #5 on east side of mall between Fit2Run and UF Health.

Promote Yourself

Tools to help you promote your presence at the Festival. Check out our Social Media toolkit for authors.




Public Wi-Fi is available throughout the Oaks Mall. However, electrical outlets will not be available at your table, so if you’re accepting credit cards, etc., charge up those devices ahead of time.


Hourly prize drawings

Each festival visitor will receive an entry card to be marked by the authors they visit. After visiting at least 10 exhibits, the visitor may enter the card in a door-prize drawing of a free book.

Authors who donated books for the drawings should bring them to Table #1 after checking in Saturday morning.



The Oaks Mall food court offers numerous dining choices. There are also several full-service restaurants on site. Festival Ambasadors will be available to watch your exhibit while you grab a break.



Quality Inn

Gainesville offers out-of-town guests many accommodation choices. Quality Inn University North I-75 located at 7516 W. Newberry Road, Gainesville, FL, is convenient for festival attendees. Use this link to reserve a room at Quality Inn. For additional places to stay, go to Visit Gainesville, Alachua County.