Join local author Bill Delaney, co-owner of and Edible Northeast Florida Magazine, for the launch of his new book Secret Jacksonville: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure. The launch party will be at Alewife Craft Beer Bottle Shop in Five Points from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25.

The event will feature readings from the book, which covers many of the unusual and underknown spots and stories from around Jacksonville and the First Coast, followed by a meet and greet. Tickets are free, but capacity is limited. The bar will be open throughout the event serving a wide variety of craft beers, wines, ciders and nonalcoholic drinks. Reserve via Eventbrite here.

Signed copies of the book can be purchased along with tickets or at the event for $22.50 plus tax. You can also purchase copies online at

Keep an eye out for other Secret Jacksonville and Jaxson events this fall!

About Secret Jacksonville

Secret Jacksonville is a guidebook dedicated to telling the stories behind forgotten, mysterious and just plain interesting spots across Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Fernandina Beach, and the whole First Coast. For anyone willing to dig beneath the surface, there’s no shortage of incredible sights, hidden histories and unusual relics just waiting to be discovered all over the city.

In Secret Jacksonville you’ll learn where you can see the world’s largest Native American woodcarving, chart the roots of Southern rock, and eat curly fries at the barbecue joint that claims to have invented them. You’ll discover where you can visit a forgotten Florida waterfall with connections to Jacksonville’s founder and why there’s a tombstone in the middle of a neighborhood sidewalk. You’ll hear the stories behind local delicacies like Jacksonville-style garlic crabs, datil peppers, Mayport shrimp and camel rider sandwiches. And of course, you’ll learn what exactly is up with that orange roadside dinosaur so beloved by all Jaxsons (his name is Sexy Rexy, put some respect on it). From folklore to history and everything in between, explore a side of the Bold City you can only find by leaving the well-trodden path.

About the author

Bill Delaney. Photo by Erik Hamilton.

Bill Delaney is a co-owner and editor of The Jaxson, Edible Northeast Florida Magazine and He has a deep passion for his hometown and a keen interest in underrepresented stories, and his work focuses on the history and culture of the First Coast. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from the University of North Florida.