BookMania!, the most prestigious literary event on the Treasure Coast, will return for its 23rd year on March 4, 2017 from 9:00am to 3:00pm at Jensen Beach High School, 2875 NW Goldenrod Road.
Authors will participate in one of multiple panel discussions, including Young Adult, Historical Fiction, and Health & Wellness.
The Library Foundation of Martin County, Inc. received a $10,500 grant from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs to fund the young adult panel, a student workshop with author Paul Griffin, and copies of his book Burning Blue for students.
BookMania! will be filmed and rebroadcast on MCTV, Martin County Television. Barnes & Noble Booksellers will provide books during the festival with a portion of the proceeds benefiting The Library Foundation of Martin County, Inc.
Following opening remarks, the first panel on Health & Wellness, moderated by Inez Frid, will begin at 9:15am and features authors Dr. Steven Masley, Smart Fat, and James Hamblin, If Our Bodies Could Talk.
The second panel, Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers moderated by Amanda Brack, will begin at 10:30am and features authors Jung Yun, Shelter; Hirsh Sawhney, South Haven; Rumaan Alam, Rich and Pretty; and Jade Chang,The Wangs vs. the World.
The third panel, Young Adult moderated by Sue Whittington, will begin at 11:45am and features authors Paul Griffin, Burning Blue, and Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why.
The fourth and final panel, Historical Fiction moderated by Edie Donohue, will begin at 1:15pm and features authors Martha Hall Kelly, Lilac Girls; Helen Simonson, The Summer Before the War; Andrew Malan Milward, I Was a Revolutionary; and James Haley, The Shores of Tripoli.
BookMania! is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.
This year’s BookMania! is sponsored by The Library Foundation of Martin County, Inc. and in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
For more information: pick up a Library Events Newsletter at any Martin County Library location, call 772- 288-5702, or visit The Library Foundation of Martin County website: http://www.libraryfoundationmc.org/