Most vendors at the Riverside Arts Market (RAM) are visual artists and craftsmen, but this weekend organizers are celebrating local literary geniuses.
"Jacksonville is home to numerous authors and writers whose work we want to celebrate. I know we are in for a rainy weekend, but remember, it never rains under the bridge at the Riverside Arts market. Come out and meet local authors," said Krysten Bennett, Riverside Arts Market director.
In conjunction with Independent Booksellers Week -- June 29th to July 5th -- special booth spaces will be filled by local authors of all genres, and by organizations of interest to readers.
"The Hilltop Stage will also feature spoken word artists and reading by participating authors. We’re thrilled to announce that our Local Authors Expo will feature more than 30 writers from throughout Northeast Florida," said Bennett.
One author who is making a big difference in the community is Tim White with Tim White Ministries. He will be at RAM on Saturday.
"This is a just a great opportunity for local authors to share their stories. I was homeless years ago, and suffering from drug addiction. Today I can share story through my book entitled At The End of The Road: One Man's journey from Chaos to Clarity," said author Tim White.
Spoken word artist will also be reciting their original work at the Hilltop stage.
Authors who will be on hand include:Tami Blake, Mark Chapman, Connie Davies,
Cheryl Dubberly, Tyler Edwards, Cynthia Enuton, Eileen Erikson, Marti Forchion, Constance Frankenberg, Sandi Gordon, Renata Hannans, Brenda Herbert, Tom Pierce, Page Pitts, Melanie Powers, George Prom, Paul Ramey, Carrie Richter, T.S. Robinson, Kimberly M. Smith, Anita Spencer, Barbara Stewart, Timothy White, Liltera R. Williams and Jane R. Wood.
"We are celebrating our fifth anniversary season so come on out," said Bennett.