Books

The Three Ds from Duval Dominating the Literary Scene

Jacksonville natives Deesha Philyaw, Dawnie Walton and Dantiel W. Moniz shake up the book world with works anchored in the experiences of Black womanhood.  “Do not set us up like this is some anomaly that happened,” Deesha Philyaw demands. Philyaw, the multiple award-winning author of the short story collection The Secret Lives of Church Ladies is adamant that she, along with authors Dawnie Walton and Dantiel W. Moniz are all (to borrow from Cardi B) “regular, schmegular, degular” born and bred Black women from Duval County who happen to be living their dreams in a major way.    Philyaw’s 2020 …

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Seances, Spiritualism, and Women’s Rights in Jacksonville: Tim Gilmore’s Tale of Anna Fletcher

Seances, Spiritualism, and Women's Rights: Tim Gilmore's Tale of Anna Fletcher, Anna Fletcher spiritualism history

Local author offers a fascinating look at the wife of former Florida Senator Duncan U. Fletcher in his new book “Channeling Anna Fletcher: On Seances and Women’s Rights.” Gilmore tells the story of the woman who struggled to reconcile the constraints and proprieties of a senator’s wife with her belief in Spiritualism. Gilmore will host a book launch will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at the , 101 W. 1st Street, Jacksonville. The event will include a discussion on the convergence of early women’s rights activism and psychic investigation with live music by the Dead Shepard Sounds. “Anyone …

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Through Local Lens: Toni Smailagic is Introducing Jacksonville to Jacksonville

Through Local Lens: Toni Smailagic is Introducing Jacksonville to Jacksonville

Interview with Toni Smailagic By the time you read this, you will have about 1 week left to order your very own copy of a ground-breaking photography book depicting the people and places we all collectively home. Local photographer and owner of Cr8Jax, , is currently running a campaign to get his very first photo book into print edition! If you haven’t noticed Smailagic peeking from behind his lens around town before, there is a grand chance you might catch a glimpse of yourself in one of his sensational images from various events around town over the last few years. …

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Tinx Just Stinks (But Charlie Doesn’t): Local Actor Jason Woods Creates Children’s Book

Art by Megan Lawson from Tinx Just Stinks And Charlie Doesn't by Jason Woods, ©2019 All Rights Reserved

Jason Woods uses crowdfunding to Launch his new book Tinx Just Stinks (But Charlie Doesn’t) He’s an actor, director, playwright and composer and this month, adds children’s author to his curriculum vitae. “Tinx Just Stinks (But Charlie Doesn’t)” is a charming story laced together in verse, a fanciful fairy tale of dragons, the triumph of positive over negative and a heartfelt message with just enough of a gooey center to appeal to readers of all ages.   It has all the hallmarks of a Jason Woods original, starting, of course, with dragons. But Tinx and Charlie are more than just talking dragons. …

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Jax Poetry Fest Celebrates National Poetry Month in Downtown Jax for the 4th Year

It’s thought-provoking and inspiring, emotional and raw, connecting us all through the power of the written word. In celebration of National Poetry Month, Hope at Hand presents the 4th Annual Jax Poetry Fest with free community workshops and presentations by a collection of local poets, writers and spoken-word artists in . Jax Poetry Fest is an annual event produced by the North Florida nonprofit every April during National Poetry Month to inspire community-based poetry projects and engage the community. The inaugural Poetry Fest was held in 2016. Now in its fourth year, the festival has grown in terms of both …

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Nomads Almanac: Lady Daisey & Batsauce Create Out-of-the-Box Art Around the World

Not everyone is wired for the nomadic lifestyle. It takes an adventurous nature, a gypsy soul, and, if you’re lucky, a travel companion who operates on the same global frequency. Britt and Daisey Traynham are kindred spirits fueled by a shared love of music and a desire to travel the world in search of beauty, culture, and good food. The pair, who record music as and , chronicled their 15-month journey through Southeast Asia in a kaleidoscopic series of photographs packaged as a complete sensory experience. Part yearbook, part love-note, part time capsule, Nomads Almanac Vol. 1 offers a stunning …

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Color Me Kona: The World’s Largest Coloring Book Party

Art and skateboarding will collide at Color Me Kona, the world’s largest coloring book party and collaboration with Kona Skatepark and the Jax Kid’s Mural Project. The event will be held from 10am to 5pm, November 18th, at the skate park, located at 8739 Kona Avenue. The event is a fundraiser for the project, which serves Title 1 schools and children in underprivileged areas of the community. The event will feature a sidewalk chalk takeover of the park’s freestyle section, where participants can work alongside local and regional chalk artists, in addition to interactive mural painting for all ages. Murals …

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JaxByJax: For That Penned-Up Writer in All of Us!

For those who haven’t heard, is a daylong celebration of Jacksonville’s literary community. Participating local writers will share their work at more than a dozen venues citywide. “It’s about introducing Jacksonville to Jacksonville. It’s about bringing together the city’s writers of every kind into one stage, that stage being the streets and shops of the city itself.” The descriptor is courtesy of , the founder of the event and author who has penned volumes on the characters and stories that shaped the city’s history. JaxbyJax is held Nov 18 at such participating venues as Il Desco, Beer:30, Cool Moose Coffee …

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Who is Kesha? The Jacksonville Public Library and the Black Female Experience

#whoiskesha, Jax Makerspace, Jacksonville Public Library, photos by Hurley Winkler

When she first conceived the idea for the Kesha exhibit, Arts and Culture Developer, Shawana Brooks recalls asking herself, “What would it take to showcase artists that lived here in Jacksonville and resource their abilities back to the community? What would it take to execute creative and collaborative art exhibitions that had a strong position on learning in all dimensions?” Through her curation of 14 black female artists, Brooks developed Kesha as a representation of the black female experience attached to one female name. She strives to explore society’s consistent erasure of the black female through “high quality contemporary work …

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ALHAMBRA THEATER & DINING’S COMMEMORATIVE BOOK

A BOOK REVIEW BY THE DUAL CRITICS, DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM Jacksonville’s is celebrating an anniversary throughout 2017: fifty years of presenting outstanding on-stage entertainment. As part of the celebration, the theatre commissioned the preparation of “Alhambra Theatre & Dining, 50 Years of Memories,” a commemorative book designed to capture and share the history, events and memories of the last five decades. The first edition of the book, written by and edited by , was published in December, 2016; we noticed a number of copies being purchased by patrons at the theatre’s 2016 New Year’s Eve Celebration. As theatre …

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