Bookfest in the Park Exposes Urban Jax to the Literary Arts

By L. Jones – Jax Urban Book Festival (JUBF) organizer and self proclaimed ‘author groupie’ Natasha Slaughter was at the helm of the 2nd annual Jax Urban Book Festival (JUBF) with the mission to reimagine books on the First Coast. Teaming with JUBF founder Dr. V. Dunbar, the festival was held in James Weldon Johnson Park with participating authors residing in Duval County. The bookfest combined the business of authoring, storytelling and love of books. More than 20 authors registered for the bookfest to connect in workshops, networking, book signings, library resource tool options, how to publish and author mentorship/master class sessions. Vendor 904ward was on the scene with their banned books kiosk as attendees perused authosr genre categories of fiction, romance, motivational, crime, self-help, cookbooks and more! The events mission was to create an atmosphere where authors and book lovers can dialogue on the future and direction of African American novelists, access to banned books and engaging the community on the fundamentals of reading and not scrolling!

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