Meet Bruce Thomason & JD Hunter

Saturday, October 27th | 1:00-4:00 pm

Saturday, November 17th | 1:00-4:00 pm

Open to the community - no registration required

In the Clay Randall detective series -- he and his team are once again investigating murder and mayhem in the scenic beachside community of Jacksonville Beach, Florida. The Domino Event, the fourth novel in the Detective Clay Randall Series, unfolds with a computer fraud scheme that quickly escalates into multiple murders and explosive destruction. As the clues begin to point toward a powerful Russian crime boss, any misstep by the team could place them in mortal danger. Utilizing authentic investigative techniques, The Domino Event weaves a tale packed with surprises that will keep the reader turning pages to the final confrontation. 

Meet Kristina McMorris

Thursday, September 20th | 11:30-1:00pm

Books & Bites Series at the Fernandina Beach Library -
Sandwiches and lemonade will be served with our compliments
please RSVP here

Sold on a Monday, set in 1931 near Philadelphia, features an ambitious reporter who lands his big break when he photographs a pair of young siblings on a farmhouse porch, next to the heartrending sign “2 children for Sale”—not foreseeing the grave consequences that will follow.

Meet Nancy Raines Day

Saturday, September 22nd | 1:00-3:00pm

Open to the community - no registration required

It’s the crack o’ dawn, and dapper Pirate Jack is ready t’ get dressed for a day out on the high seas with his motley crew. He’ll need every color of the rainbow to make his outfit complete—from his itchy gray long johns and his toasty pink socks to his bright red sash and his cozy purple coat. And he won’t be forgettin’ his black eye patch and trusty brown peg leg, either!

Living Creatively

Living Creatively - Hosted by Terri Clements Dean

Thursday, September 20th | 10:30 - 12:30 pm


Caring for the Creative Spirit 

Even though we are each gifted with natural creativity, this gift needs care. In this group, we will explore some of the ways we can care for our creative spirits with discussion, reflection, and a simple art project.  We always have fun. Please join us if you can.

Donation of $5 appreciated.

RSVP with The Book Loft at (904) 261-8991

French Lessons by Cheryl Thingvold

Parlez vous francais? Join our class!  It's a fun 6-week course on Mondays. 

Registration is open - call us at 904.261.8991 to reserve your spot. $65 per student.

Advanced Group | 10:00-12:00noon

Beginner Group  | 1:00 - 3:00pm

Choose from two sessions:

Session One: Sept 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15

Session Two: Oct 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 26, Dec. 3

Meet J. M. Lanham

Saturday, September 22nd | 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Open to the community - no registration required

It’s 2021 and Paul Freeman just landed a job with Asteria Pharmaceuticals, a world leader in revolutionary drug development. Paul knows the company’s future is riding on the success of their latest product—a sleeping pill designed to interact with the human genome to deliver the perfect eight-hour sleep cycle. Just a few blocks from Asteria’s Atlanta headquarters, troubled self-help guru Donny Ford is selling a different kind of drug, empowering followers to take control of their lives using an ancient meditation technique skeptics believe may have already taken his mind to a dangerous place. 3,000 miles away, war-hardened journalist Claire Connor sits captive in a top-secret facility hidden deep in the Costa Rican jungle, guilty of two offenses: seeking help for a sleep disorder, and asking too many questions. When these worlds collide, the three will discover just how far some companies are willing to go to protect the bottom line.

Meet Tom Hitchcock

Saturday, September 29th | 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Open to the community - no registration required

 During an arts festival, a couple drifts into Colleen Grey’s kiosk and makes a chilling discovery: One of her paintings bears a striking, eerie resemblance to their daughter, who disappeared without a trace several months ago. Colleen disavows any knowledge, insisting that the haunted, anguished faces in her paintings come not from models or photos but a distant muse deep in her imagination. The couple is unconvinced. The police are curious. Then a second set of parents has a similar harrowing encounter in a different venue: the spitting image of their missing daughter in another of Colleen’s paintings. One likeness may be a coincidence; two suggest something more sinister. The police have no choice but to assume the worst as a tense debate rocks Amelia Island: Are they paintings fired by the imagination of an artist, or macabre signposts left by a serial killer? 

Meet J.R. Sharp | Book Launch and Reception

Saturday, October 6th | 5:00-7:00pm

Open to the community - no registration required

Join us for the launch of J.R. Sharp's new book Breaking with the Enemy. Set in 1940's Italy, Gino Cartelli has recovered from being wounded in Ethiopia and has been sent back to war by the Axis powers. He knows it is only a matter of time before he meets the same fate as his two brothers who died in battle. He decides that he must make other plans to secure his future.


Local author, J.R. Sharp, perfected his writing skills during his nearly 32 years of naval service by updating complex correspondence, writing and contributing to countless naval manuals and instructions. He is a retired Mustang Naval Officer (Commander) who served and lived in Europe, Middle East, South America, and Caribbean. Sharp holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University and an Engineering Degree from Florida State College in Jacksonville, Florida.

Meet Sonja S. Mongar, MFA

Sunday, October 7th | 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Open to the community - no registration required

Where do you run to forget your past? --  Art therapist Ella Donovan says good-bye for good to the alcoholic grandmother who raised her and the cold, Podunk Minnesota town she grew up in. She arrives in a charming, antebellum city of colorful bridges and gleaming beaches for a dream job working with teen addicts. But not all is as it seems in a place where the Confederate flag still flies over the downtown courthouse. Nearly unhinged by a boss who wants her to fail, Southern gentleman who aren’t so gentlemanly and a corrupt social service system complicated by an escalating AIDS crisis, Ella struggles to find her footing. Just when she thinks she’s mastered it all, family secrets threaten to uproot the very foundation of her identity. Two Spoons of Bitter explores the legacy of generations of betrayal and unfinished business. Ella must excavate her deepest wounds in order to redeem the past and heal her own life. ​​

Meet Kay Dew Shostak

Friday, October 26th | 2:00 - 6:00 pm

Open to the community - no registration required

 Aren't detours supposed to have big warning signs? So why do life's detours come out of the blue and hit so hard?  It's been a year since they opened the Bed & Breakfast for Railfans in the small town of Chancey and the Jessups feel as if they've always lived in the Georgia Mountains. After a hard summer, Carolina is looking forward to the cooler temperatures of autumn and the routine of the school year. However...unplanned detours mean more family in town, families pulling apart at the seams, and just plain ol' heartache. Unplanned detours mean moonshine, chocolate pie, and blue gingham on the town square.  Unplanned detours mean sleepless nights, sweet surprises, and hesitant hope. Unplanned detours mean, well, they mean life.