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Sunshine State Book Festival January 25, 2020

Celebrating Florida’s Literary Culture

Free Admission

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.

   Free Prizes

A Sample of Noted Authors Who Resided In Gainesville:

Robert Frost

Robert Frost


Harry Crews

Harry Crews


Joe Haldeman

Joe Haldeman


Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings



Saturday Presentations

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


Festival Location

Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall

Fine Arts Hall

3000 NW 83rd Street
Gainesville, Florida

Easy access from I-75 and NW 39th Ave.

Plenty of Free Parking

On Campus Food Court

Fine Arts Hall map

Best Western Gateway Grand

4200 NW 97th Blvd
Gainesville, Florida
Phone: (352) 331-3336

Close to SFC Campus

Discount room rate for out-of-town Festival attendees. Phone reservations use code: 2001SUNSH

Hotel website

Sunshine State Book Festival

is made possible with the assistance of these gracious sponsors

Santa Fe College  visit gainesville  SFC Foundation