September 4, 2014
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The Jacksonville lit scene has struggled to find its identity for years now, especially after the public library’s Much Ado About Books event was cancelled due to lack of funding. The program, which brought in writers from around the world, gave local authors a place to meet and mingle and share ideas. With Northeast Florida’s immense suburban sprawl, it can be difficult to get writers, who often work their craft alone, together to showcase their talents and collaborate with others in their field.

That’s where Jax By Jax comes in. Organized by FSCJ English professor Tim Gilmore — who wrote a well-received book on serial killer Ottis Toole and has a forthcoming tome on Eartha M. M. White — the festival features area writers presenting works about their hometown. The line-up highlights the diversity of the local literary community, with playwrights and novelists, magazine editors and journalists, professors and poets, all showing their work in various formats, including readings, talks and short films. The free event takes place in several King Street District venues, including Silver Cow, Cool Moose Café and Beer:30.

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