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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 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Beginners Group | 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Jan 14th, 21st, 28th

Feb 4th, 11th, & 18th

Fridays

William Maurer - Book Signing

Fridays at The Book Loft 10am-4pm


Sketches of Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach, The Mark of William Maurer is now in its second printing since 2007. The first printing of 2500 copies has just about sold out. This 13 inch, beautiful hard cover coffee table book depicting the artist’s original sketches and beautiful watercolors of Amelia Island is being well received. Among those are visitors to the island, new brides for their guests to sign, realtors welcoming new comers, and art lovers as well. Unlike a photo album, this book is a collection of his past ten years of teaching sketching and original paintings throughout the island.


The perfect gift!

Friday, December 7th-Sunday, December 9th

Dickens on Centre

Friday, December 7th - Sunday, December 9th


 Travel back in time December 7-9, 2018 during the fourth annual Dickens on Center festival in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach, Florida, on beautiful Amelia Island. Free to the public, this Victorian inspired holiday festival is as fun as the dickens for the entire family. Enjoy costumed characters, themed entertainment and performances, visits from Saint Nick, and a variety of vendors selling seasonal gifts and wares. Inspired by Charles Dickens’ novella “A Christmas Carol,” Dickens on Centre transform downtown Fernandina into a classic English village, sure to enliven your Christmas spirit. Think chestnuts roasting, carolers strolling, and readings of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. This Christmas, Come Make Memories.

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Thursday, December 13th

Book Signing with Donna Overly

Thursday, December 16th 1:30pm-4:30pm


A zeppelin bend is a knot that can connect two separate ropes. When under stress, the knot gets tighter.

The second book, The Zeppelin Bend: Unraveling the Knot of Deception, gives a voice to unintended pregnancy, exploring the options of abortion, adoption to raising a child as a single mother. Emotions run deep when two united families get into a knotted mess.  Life becomes complicated for the main characters, Brett Matthews and Gabby King as the strength of their love is challenged. Saddled with an unexpected pregnancy to a man she no longer loves, Gabby seeks the support of her step-brother, Stan, who develops strong feelings for her and offers to be the father to her unborn baby. Will Gabby forfeit her chance for true love?

Saturday, December 16th

Meet Bruce Thomason & JD Hunter

Saturday, December 16th | 1:00-4:00 pm

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. 

Wednesday, December 26th

Book Signing with Jane R. Wood

Wednesday, December 26th 1:00pm-4:00pm


Welcome to the world of Jane Wood books. Juvenile fiction author Jane R. Wood captures the imagination of young readers ages 8-14 through stories rich with mystery, adventure, and humor. Follow the escapades of the Johnson family, as 13-year-old Joey hears voices in St. Augustine, 9-year-old Bobby has a close encounter with a manatee, 5-year-old Katy meets a pirate on Amelia Island, Bobby thinks he sees a ghost in historic South Carolina, and they all explore some of America's earliest historic landmarks while visiting Boston. Wood weaves the history and the environment of her settings into her storylines, making her books educational, as well as fun.

Thursday, December 27th

Meet James H. K. Bruner

Thursday, December 27th 1pm-4pm


Port Talbot is a tourist trap in the “summah” located on the southern coast of Maine. The wealth and pedigree of the summer folk is legendary with their cottages on the rocky bluffs. The population quadruples from June to September. The traffic snarls around the cedar-shingled shops in the port, bringing things to a standstill. Enter the college-aged bicycle policeman. In the summer of ’77, the chief of police has chosen David “Digger” Davenport, the son of one of the richest summer families who winter in Lake Placid, New York. Digger’s history of solving crime starts in chapter one in a flashback to when he was eleven years old and when he went fishing alone and hooked the partially decomposed body of the chef of the Brigantine Hotel. From this experience, as he matures, he develops a penchant for solving crime and enrolls in courses and trainings in college that prepare him for the calamity that lies ahead in his summer job as Port Talbot’s bike cop.


Friday, December 28th

Meet JR Sharp - Book Signing

Friday, December 28th 10am-1pm


It is 1940 in Italy and 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.

While stationed in Rome, he witnesses atrocities against his fellow Italians, Jews, and other innocent war victims. He survives by learning to be as corrupt as the Germans who have made this city their headquarters.

He and his friend Giacomo’s lives become a cat-and-mouse game with the Gestapo commander Major Schmidt. The final chapter of this match comes to an end when the major harasses, beats and enslaves the Italian partisans in the final battle for Rome.

Meet Bruce Thomason & JD Hunter

Saturday, December 29th | 1:00-4:00 pm



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.

Saturday January 12th

Nancy Day Pirate Party

Saturday, January 12th


Details to follow

Saturday January 19th and Sunday January 20th

Terry Peel Bechtold

Saturday, January 19th and Sunday, January 20th | 1:00-4:00 pm


Mothers love their daughters unconditionally, and daughters love their mothers just the same. They have an extraordinary, almost magical bond that flourishes and

strengthens as life happens

every second,

of every minute,

of every hour,

of every day.

Enjoy this remarkable story of a mother's enduring love for her daughters and their sincere gratitude for a rich life filled with amazing ordinary experiences and time spent together creating lifelong memories.

Discover how this boundless love and gratitude is passed to the next generation and For Infinity and Beyond.

May it inspire Mom's and children everywhere,

to always remember and never forget

to be grateful for and embrace all life experiences and to say "I Love You" every morning and every night!

The Artist Within - 6 Wk Support Group for Artists & Writers

The Artist Within

Tuesdays starting Jan 22 - Feb. 26th

10:30am-12:30pm


$65 for the series


The Artist Within, a 6-week support group for artists and writers, will be offered upstairs at The Book Loft. Facilitated by retired art therapist, artist and poet Virginia Dunlap, the group is structured around journal-keeping, in-group exercises, and homework designed to uncover, stimulate and nurture your artistic goals. The Artists Within is not a how-to class in creative technique. Its purpose is to provide a supportive context for exploring and developing under-realized aspects of your unique creative spirit. If you've always wanted to test a secret artistic bent but didn't; or if you are a creative old hand wanting to break into new artistic territory, perhaps it's time to go ahead and give it a go. Limited to 12 participants.

To register or for more information contact Virginia Dunlap 904-310-9123