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January 29 – 30, 2022

Information for Festival Authors

Festival Date/Hours

January 29, 2022

Festival open to the public 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Exhibitor check-in begins at 8:30 AM. All authors must be checked in by 10:30 AM and set up by 11:00 AM.
Participants should not take down their exhibits before 5:00 p.m.


Exhibit spaces

The registrars have not yet completed assigning authors’ exhibit spaces.

Authors will be emailed the number of their assigned exhibit space a few weeks prior to the festival. Watch your email.

Your exhibit space is one half of an eight-foot-long table (two authors per table). Chairs, tables, and extra-large tablecloths that double as skirting are provided. This will allow authors to hide empty boxes and extra inventory under their tables.

There is no room to stand easels in front or behind your table, please do not bring them.



At registration, all exhibitors agree to abide by our Terms of Participation. Click button to



Thank you for registering for the 2022 Sunshine State Book Festival. On this page you will find information about the day-long event on Saturday, January 29, where you will meet readers and sell and sign your books. As the festival date approaches check this page for updates.

All authors are also invited to attend the Sunday speaker event at the Matheson History Museum. There is no admission charge for any festival event, so join us both days.

COVID: All of us are concerned about the recent surge in COVID cases. The Sunshine State Book Festival planning committee is committed to keeping the 2022 event as safe as possible for authors, volunteers, and the public. Toward that end, exhibitor tables will be spread out in the spacious Oaks Mall, making it possible to maintain social distancing. In addition, we will ask authors, volunteers, and visitors to follow the mask mandate in effect on January 29 and 30. We are monitoring the situation and the recommendations of health department officials and will update this site if there are any changes to the festival.

Festival Promotion

We are heavily promoting and advertising the festival throughout January including TV, radio, print, and social media. Help promote your presence at the festival on your website and social media. Download our Author Social Media Kit.

Check-in procedure

Author check-in begins Saturday Januay 29, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. Please be checked in by 10:30 a.m.

Directions and map


The Oaks Mall is located east of I-75 exit 380 at 6419 W. Newberry Road, Gainesville, Florida.

From Newberry Road, turn onto NW 62nd St. Enter the Oaks Mall parking lots from the NW 62nd St. entrance and drive past Belk’s toward UF Health.

Locate Service Entrance #5 which is situated in a short alleyway between Fit2Run and UF Health. Use only this entrance. Other doors are locked until the Mall opens.

The Festival registrars will be waiting there to check you in. Once your registration has been confirmed, a Festival Ambassador will show you to your assigned table space.

If you would like to drop off your books before parking, Festival Ambassadors will be on hand to help you unload your books.

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Oaks Mall Service Entrance #5 on east side of mall between Fit2Run and UF Health.


Public Wi-Fi is available throughout the Oaks Mall. However, electrical outlets will not be available at your table, so if you’re accepting credit cards, etc., charge up those devices ahead of time.


Hourly prize drawings

Each festival visitor will receive a raffle card to be marked by the authors they visit. After visiting at least 10 exhibits, the visitor may enter the card in a door-prize drawing of a free book.

Authors who would like to donate books for the drawings are invited to do so, but it is not required.



The Oaks Mall food court offers numerous dining choices. There are also several full-service restaurants on site. Festival Ambasadors will be available to watch your exhibit while you grab a break.



Quality Inn

Gainesville offers out-of-town guests many accommodation choices. Quality Inn University North I-75 located at 7516 W. Newberry Road, Gainesville, FL, is offering a limited number of discounted rooms to festival participants. Once the limit is reached, rooms will be at their normal prices. Use this link to reserve a room at Quality Inn. For additional places to stay, go to Visit Gainesville, Alachua County.