Readers -- it's almost time to make Much Ado About Books.
The one-day writers' festival, which includes free book discussions and an authors' luncheon, takes place tomorrow at the Prime Osborn Convention Center.
Kenneth Starr, the special prosecutor whose investigations led to President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial, and Bob Schieffer, moderator on Face the Nation, are the keynote speakers.
Starr, a partner in a Washington law firm and a professor at New York University and George Mason Law School, is the author of First Among Equals: The Supreme Court in American Life.
Schieffer, a CBS News correspondent for 31 years, has a new book out called This Just In: What I Couldn't Tell You on TV.
Both will speak at the luncheon, which will be held from 12:45 to 2:30 p.m. Luncheon tickets are $30 for general seating and $40 for seating at an author's table. Tickets are available at all Jacksonville Public Library locations or by calling (904) 630-2665.
See the accompanying schedule for the morning's book discussions. Meanwhile, here's some more information on authors scheduled to appear:
-- Jose Raul Bernardo, architect, poet, composer and author of The Wise Women of Havana.
-- Mario Bencastro, native of El Salvador, novelist, playwright and painter. His books include Odyssey to the North.
-- Valerie Boyd, arts editor and book critic at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Her new book is Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston.
-- Gary Buffone, Jacksonville psychologist and author of The Myth of Tomorrow: Seven Keys to Living the Life You Want Today.
-- Neal Conan, foreign correspondent for National Public Radio and author of Play By Play: Baseball, Radio and Life in the Last Chance League.
-- Christopher Chambers, former U.S. Justice Department attorney and author of A Prayer for Deliverance.
-- S.V. Date, Tallahassee bureau chief for the Palm Beach Post and author of Black Sunshine.
-- Chris Davey, author of Turner's Flight: Will Turner's Flight Logs Part Two.
-- Antonio De Nicolas, professor emeritus of philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and author of 27 books, including Of Angels and Women Mostly.
-- Peter Golenbock, author of Go Gators!: An Oral History of Florida's Pursuit of Gridiron Glory.
-- Linda Hudson-Smith, the 2001 Shades of Romance Best New Fiction Author and Best New Romance Author. She is the author of Ladies in Waiting.
-- Stuart Kaminsky, former president of the Mystery Writers of America and author of Not Quite Kosher.
-- Michael C. Keith of Boston College, author of The Next Better Place: a Father and Son on the Road.
-- Greg Keyes of Savannah, Ga., author of two Star Wars New Jedi Order books. His new fantasy novel is The Briar King.
-- Marcia King-Gamble, author of Jade.
-- Jane Leavy, a sportswriter and feature writer for The Washington Post, whose new book is Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy.
-- Bobbie Ann Mason, author of Elvis Presley, a biography of the rock 'n' roll icon. …