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Library Foundation Pulls in Big Authors for Jacksonville’s Much Ado About Books Event

November 5, 2008

The Jacksonville Public Library Foundation will be hosting the Ex Libris Gala and Much Ado About Books events in a festive weekend to take place February 27-28, at the Jacksonville Main Library downtown.

As in years past, Much Ado About Books will include author panel discussions, book sales and signings, writing workshops, the interactive Children’s Chapter and celebrity readings, and a multitude of associated activities, all hosted throughout the Jacksonville Main Library. Admission to this book festival is free to the public.

Kicking off the weekend, Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author, will host “Novel Discussions: A Workshop for Writers” on Friday. The book festival workshop will include two morning and two afternoon sessions featuring authors Marisa Carbone Finotti, Anne LeClaire, Paul Malmont, and Carla Neggers.

Bestselling novelist David Baldacci will be the keynote speaker at a brunch held on Friday, where he will present The Young Writers Awards. On Saturday, bestselling novelist, award-winning playwright, television writer and documentary film writer Adriana Trigiani will present a luncheon highlighting her new novel Very Valentine. Both the brunch and luncheon are ticketed book festival events.

Bestselling and award-winning authors Carla Neggers, C.J. Box, Tracy Brown, Janet Cheatham Bell, Anne LeClaire, John Stauffer, Paul Malmont and Alex Flinn will also participate in the upcoming Much Ado About Books festival.

Celebrity panel moderators and Children’s Chapter readers include Mayor John Peyton, with exciting additions to be announced. Children and families are invited to explore the Children’s Chapter free of charge from 9:00 a.m. until noon in the Children’s Library on February 28, which will feature prominent children’s authors, hands-on activities, celebrity readings, costumed characters and book signings.

Proceeds from ticketed events including the Ex Libris Gala and Much Ado About Books author luncheons support the identified annual priorities of the Jacksonville Public Library system, through the Library Foundation.

For more information regarding this book festival, visit www.muchadoaboutbooks.com, or call the Library Foundation office at 904-630-1995.

About Much Ado About Books

Much Ado About Books is Jacksonville’s largest literary event, bringing national, regional and local authors together with book lovers. The program supports reading for all community members regardless of age and highlights local resources supporting the City’s literacy initiative.