Celebrating Florida’s Literary Culture
Florida has an amazing literary history dating back over two centuries, and
Gainesville is a leading center of literary culture where over two hundred
writers, novelists, playwrights, and poets call home.
From naturalist William Bartram’s book Travels, penned in the
1770s, to bestselling authors of today, writers have succumbed to the charm
of our area. The Sunshine State
Book Festival will further an appreciation of reading and provide the
opportunity for readers to meet and interact with authors.
A Sample of Noted Authors Who Resided In Gainesville:
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Friday, January 24, 2020
- Festival Kickoff
5:00 – 7:00 PM
- at the Matheson History Museum
513 E. University Avenue
Directions and museum info
- Matheson Museum, Exhibition on literary heritage of area
- Meet & greet reception for authors, and presenters, who will be introduced and will briefly describe their festival presentations.
Sunday, January 26, 2020
- Tours and reenactments of Gainesville literary heritage include:
- Robert Frost reading at the Thomas Center where he resided
- Tennessee Williams discusses his time as playwright in residence at the Hippodrome State Theater
- A walk with William Bartram
- Field trip to Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ home
Free and open to the public
Festival attendees are invited to seven presentations and panel discussions by well-known authors and subject matter experts.
Programs start on the hour and will last approximately 45 minutes.
A children’s area will feature storytellers and kid-friendly activities throughout the day.
10:00 – 10:45 AM
Gainesville’s Literary Heritage
with author Kevin McCarthy
11:00 – 11:45 AM
The Gulf: History, Wisdom, and Hope with Pulitzer Prize winner Jack Davis
12:00 – 12:45 PM
Young Writers & Poets
moderated by Kimberley Mullins and Wendy Thornton
1:00 – 1:45 PM
An Interview: Books, Movies, and War with Nebula Award winner Joe Haldeman
2:00 – 2:45 PM
UF Sports Heroes and History
with Steve Noll and Jackie Levine
3:00 – 3:45 PM
Hemingway's Cuban Son
with Raul Villarreal
4:00 – 4:45 PM
How Heeding Florida's Past and the Natural Beauty That Survived It Can Change Our Future with Award-winning poet Lola Haskins
Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall
3000 NW 83rd Street
Easy access from I-75 and NW 39th Ave.
Plenty of Free Parking
On Campus Food Court
Best Western Gateway Grand
4200 NW 97th Blvd
Phone: (352) 331-3336
Close to SFC Campus
Discount room rate for out-of-town Festival attendees. Phone reservations use code: 2001SUNSH