Sunshine State Book Festival

The Writers Alliance of Gainesville is pleased to announce the 3rd annual Sunshine State Book Festival that will bring readers and writers together on April 9 and 10. The two-day event is free and open to the public.

North Central Florida’s cultural landscape is enhanced by this annual event, produced by the Writers Alliance of Gainesville with support from local sponsors. Come enjoy the festival—rain or shine.

Saturday’s festival will be held in the Oaks Mall on West Newberry Road immediately east of I-75 in Gainesville. It begins at 11am and goes until 5pm.

Visitors can meet and engage with nearly 100 authors, purchase books, and have them signed. There will be books in most genres and books for all ages. Parents will find books for themselves as well as young adult books, children’s books, and picture books for their little readers.

There will also be hourly drawings for free books.

Author tables will be arranged throughout the spacious mall so that social distancing is easy, and health department guidelines regarding masks will be followed.  

Sunday’s program will feature talks on hot topics by five renowned authors. Guest speakers include Carol Richardson, Robert Knight, Robert and Patience Mason and Paul Oritz. The program is slated to take place between 1pm and 5pm at the Matheson History Museum, 513 E. University Avenue in downtown Gainesville.

For details about the authors and speakers and to check for any necessary changes in the April 9–10 schedule, visit <>  

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