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:
Literature/Novels: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings†, Harry Crews†, Zora Neale Hurston, Padgett Powell, Lauren Groff, Joe Haldeman, Jill Ciment, Lawrence Dorr, Charlotte Porter, James Haskins
History/Memoir: Michael Gannon†, Sudie Cauthen, Bob Mason, Kevin McCarthy, James Haskins†, Rick Kilby, David Coburn, Gary Mormino, Chris Monaco, John Pickard, Sidney Lanier†, George Barbour†, Daniel Schafer, Barbara Purdy, Jerry Milanich, Gary Libby, David Leavitt
Naturalists/Environment: William Bartram†, John Muir†, Archie Carr†, Bob Knight, Bill Belleville, Lars Andersen, Cynthia Barnett, Jack Davis, Steve Noll, David Tedeger, Stetson Kennedy†, Margaret Tolbert, Murray Laurie, Gary Monroe, Kiki Carter
Poetry: Lola Haskins, Jimmy Schmidt, Robert Frost†, Angie Mlinko
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.
3000 NW 83rd Street
Easy access from I-75 and NW 39th Ave.
Plenty of Free Parking
On Campus Food Court
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
The Sunshine State Book Festival is funded in part by Visit Gainesville, Alachua County, FL. Additional funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.