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Keynote Presentation with Author Janis Owens

January 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Author Janis Owens joins the Writers Alliance of Gainesville at the Sunshine State Book Festival to present the keynote address. Janis Owens is the author of four novels, a regional cookbook, and a book of nonfiction. Janis Owens, the only daughter of a Pentecostal preacher turned insurance salesman, inherited her love of storytelling from her parents.

Born in Marianna, Florida, she now lives in Newberry Florida. Owens attended the University of Florida and studied under famed novelist Harry Crews. Her essays on Florida life have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Writer’s Digest, and many other publications. She published a memoir-cookbook, The Cracker Kitchen, in 2009 featuring an introduction by Pat Conroy. Her latest book, Hidden in Plain Sight: A History of the Newberry Mass Lynching of 1916, concerns the aftermath of a dark period of history in the American South.

The Sunshine State Book Festival brings readers and writers together in north Florida by the Writers Alliance of Gainesville. The fourth-annual festival features 150 authors representing fifteen genres. This This festival is funded in part through a Florida Humanities Book Festival Grant in partnership with the Writers Alliance of Gainesville.

Event Details

Event Date/time:

January 28 @ 1:00 pm -
January 28 @ 2:00 pm


Presenter Information:
Janis Owens, Author of Hidden in Plain Sight: A History of the Newberry Mass Lynching of 1916; keynote presenter
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Event Contact:

Pat Caren
(352) 485-2666

Event Venue:

Trinity United Methodist Church
4000 NW 53rd Avenue
Gainesville, Florida 32653
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Venue Phone:
(352) 485-2666

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