Meet Sue Chamblin Frederick

Friday, May 25th | 11:00-3:00pm

Open to the community - no registration required

The Front Porch Sisters, set in the summer of 1956, is the story of two spinster sisters who decide it was just a matter of time before they ended up in the Mt. Horeb Cemetary, remembered only as the Donnelly sisters of Pinetta, Florida, who never married.

This classic Southern novel and others including The Boardinghouse, Ever Sweet, and Grandma Takes a Lover will be available for purchase and author's signature.


Meet Charles Martin

Saturday, May 26th | 5:00-7:00pm

Open to the community - RSVP HERE

Send Down the Rain is a heart-wrenching love story of tragedy and healing.  Allie's second husband is killed tragically when his 18-wheeler crashes into the rocks near their home in Cape San Blas - the tanker was full of fuel and the explosion could be seen on overhead satellites. She'd already lost the beloved waterfront restaurant her parents started and now losing her husband, no matter how unfulfilling their marriage was, might just push her over the edge. 

Charles Martin is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of 12 novels. He and his wife, Christy, live in Jacksonville, Florida. Martin’s earlier novel, The Mountain Between Us, was recently made into a movie.

Meet Steve Berry

Thursday, June 7th | 6:00-7:30pm

Join us for dinner and a book discussion moderated by Professor Chris Twiggs at Cafe Karibo. 

Steve's latest best-seller, The Bishop's Pawn, will be available for sale and signature.

Dinner tickets are $25.00 and are on sale now by calling the  the Fernandina Beach Library at (904) 530-6500.  

Seating is limited so reserve your spot today! Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Library and Amelia Island Book Festival.

Meet Bill Kimberlin

Thursday, June 14th | 4:00-6:00pm

Open to the community - no registration required

Inside the Star Wars Empire is the very funny and insightful tell-all about the two decades Kimberlin spent as a department director at LucasFilm Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), the special effects studio founded by the legendary filmmaker George Lucas.

Meet Bruce Thomason & JD Hunter

Saturday, June 23rd | 1:00-4:00 pm

Saturday, August 4th | 1:00-4:00pm

Saturday, September 15th | 1:00-4:00pm

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

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. 

Bruce Thomason

A retired police officer with more than 45 years in law enforcement, Bruce has turned his experience into the engaging detective series featuring Clay Randall.   

J. D. Hunter

With more than 13 years service in law enforcement, J.D. Hunter now collaborates with her life partner, Bruce, and is the co-author of The Domino Event and editor of the other books in the series featuring Detective Clay Randall. 

Meet Nancy Raines Day

Saturday, June 30th | 1:00-3:00pm

Open to the community - no registration required

It is the Fourth of July, and a young girl and her parents are off to see the town's big parade--Hoorade Day! Boosted up on daddy s shoulders, the girl excitedly waves to her family members in the parade and joyfully describes each section. From the bleats and bangs of the marching band to the graceful twirls of the ribbon dancers, the little girl spots it all, reciting simple, rhyming cheers that complement the bright illustrations of the diverse community on each page. 

Meet Jonathan F. Putnam

Monday, July 23rd | 11:30-1:00pm

Books & Bites Series at the Fernandina Library - 

Sandwiches and lemonade will be served with our compliments

please RSVP here

The Lincoln & Speed Mystery Series is based on the unlikely real-life friendship between the young Abraham Lincoln and a well-born Southerner named Joshua Speed.  In this retelling of history, Lincoln and Speed are a sort of Holmes and Watson on the American frontier.  In the newest book in the series, Final Resting Place, Lincoln’s impoverished, itinerant past comes racing back to haunt him. 

Jonathan will share his journey as an author, respond to your questions, pose for selfies and sign books.


Meet Clara Silverstein

Wednesday, September 5th | 11:30-1:00p

Books & Bites Series at the Fernandina Library -
Sandwiches and lemonade will be served with our compliments
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Secrets in A House Divided is the story of an African-American and a white woman in Civil War Richmond. This novel reveals the untenable underside of the home front as the Confederacy is about to topple.

Meet Kristina McMorris

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

Books & Bites Series at the Fernandina Library -
Sandwiches and lemonade will be served with our compliments
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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!

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.