04 Oct

MONSTER TIME

Jacksonville natives Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos introduce their new middle-grade series, “The Adventurers Guild,” at 5 p.m. Saturday at The Bookmark, 220 First St., Neptune Beach. The new series follows best friends Zed and Brock in one of the last cities standing after the world falls to monsters. Zed desperately wishes to join the ranks of the Mages Guild, where his status as Freestone’s only half elf might finally be an asset. Brock, the roguishly handsome son of merchants, is confident he’ll be welcomed into the ranks of the Merchants Guild. But just as it seems the boys’ dreams have come true, their lives take a startling turn, and they find themselves members of the perilous Adventurers Guild, the last line of defense against the hungry, unnatural beasts from otherworldly planes.

PANEL TIME

Mystery writers Nancy Quatrano (“Point and Shoot” mysteries), Steven Kerry Brown (“Redeeming the Dead”), John Marling March (“The Perdiccas Scroll”), and Bruce Thomason (“Perception of Power”) share secrets at the Ponte Vedra/Florida Writers meeting 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Ponte Vedra Beach Library, 101 Library Blvd.

GREET TIME

Authors Ann Browning Masters (“Floridanos, Menorcans, Cattle-Whip Crackers: Poetry of St. Augustine”) and Bob Lee (“Bad Guys, Bullets, and Boat Chases: True Stories of Florida Game Wardens”) join in from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the 2nd annual Meet and Greet for Authors sponsored by the Crescent City Library Board at the Crescent City’s Women’s Club, 604 N. Summit Street.

TIM TIME

To promote his book “Shaken: The Young Reader’s Edition – Fighting to Stand Strong No Matter What Comes Your Way,” Tim Tebow has launched a book report contest for readers, ages 10 to 15, who were inspired or challenged by the book. To enter see www. wmbooks.com/shakenrules. Deadline is Jan. 8. Prizes include a Skype with the author.

STORYTIME

  • “The Big Pumpkin,” 11 a.m. Tuesday, Barnes & Noble St. Johns Town Center.
  • “Duck and Goose, Honk! Quack! Boo!” 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Barnes & Noble San Jose, 11112 San Jose Blvd.
  • “Clifford, the Big Red Dog,” 11 a.m. Friday, Barnes & Noble St. Johns Town Center.
  • Children’s Story Hour, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, The Book Loft, 214 Centre St., Fernandina Beach.
  • “Mary McScary” and “Creepy Pair of Underwear!” 11 a.m. Saturday, Barnes & Noble St. Johns Town Center, Barnes & Noble San Jose, 11112 San Jose Blvd., Barnes & Noble St. Augustine, 1930 U.S. 1 South.

SIGNINGS

  • D. A. Field, “Blood Memory Society,” 7 p.m. Monday, The BookMark, 220 First St., Neptune Beach, and 4-5 p.m. Saturday at The Book Loft, 214 Centre St., Fernandina Beach.
  • Kate Moorehead, “I Witness: Living Inside the Stories of Advent & Christmas,” 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, San Marco Books and More, 1971 San Marco Blvd.
  • Kay Dew Shostak, “Kids are Chancey,” 1-4 p.m. Friday, The Book Loft, 214 Centre St., Fernandina Beach.
  • Bruce Thomason, “Perception of Power,” 1-4 p.m. Saturday, The Book Loft, 214 Centre St., Fernandina Beach.

NOW OUT

  • “Secrets of the Pink House,” inspirational autobiography by local businessman Jack Manilla.
  • “Black Officer, White Navy,” a memoir about his service by Jacksonville author Ruben Keith Green.
  • “The Rooster Bar,” John Grisham explores the “Great Law School Scam,” out Tuesday.
  • “Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery,” by astronaut Scott Kelly.
  • “Deep Freeze,” a new Virgil Flowers mystery by John Sandford.

AWARDS

  • The 2017 Florida Book Awards is open for entries in 11 categories with the additional of Younger Children’s Literature (ages 0 – 6), Older Children’s Literature (ages 7 – 12) and Cookbooks. Deadline is Jan. 13. See floridabookawards.lib.fsu.edu.
  • Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Florida Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing. This annual award by the Florida Humanities Council recognizes a living Florida author for a body of work deemed distinguished and influential in the lives of Floridians. Deadline is Dec. 15. See floridahumanities.org/flaw.

SAVE THE DATE

Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading, Nov. 11, St. Petersburg.