2011 Naples Authors & Books Festival

See this recent article for updated information: NaplesFW – Authors&BooksFestival

For this, the 9th edition of the Naples Authors and Books Festival, the Naples Press Club willl continue its partnership with the Downtown Naples Association.



The Festival will be held on the weekend of April 9 and 10 in downtown Naples. The “Book Fair” dimension of the Festival will be held on one day only, Saturday April 9. Authors and publishers who wish to exhibit will be paired with downtown merchants, creating a moveable book feast along Fifth Avenue South. Three exhibitors will be scheduled in each participating merchant’s location, each one filling one of three 3-hour shifts as follows: noon-3pm, 3pm-6pm, and 6pm-9pm. With over 20 participating merchants, this plan will allow for up to 60 authors/publishers to exhibit. Naples Press Club members may exhibit at no charge. For others, the fee will be $25 per shift. Interested parties should contact Phil Jason at pjason@aol.com or 287-8921.

With effective publicity, we would expect to see visitors winding along Fifth Avenue South, stopping at the various places of business to meet authors and purchase books. A map/schedule of the book fair would be available far ahead of the event.

The popular “Celebrity Author Luncheon” is also scheduled for Saturday, April 9. Planners are working to once again bring a well-known, best-selling author to Vergina Restaurant. The last three such luncheons – featuring Janet Evanovich, Robin Cook, and Karna Small Bodman – sold out. This year’s guest speaker will be selected soon.

The two-day Writers’ Conference, which will be held at the Naples Center facility of Florida Gulf Coast University (1010 5th Ave. South). Workshops, led by distinguished writers , will be distributed over both days. Session leaders include Lisa Black, highly-acclaimed forensic mystery author; Sandy Lender, fantasy novelist extraordinaire, and many other experts on writing and publishing whose contributions are available via the conference/festival website.

The full schedule along with registration forms will soon be available from the festival web site.

The Festival Book Fair will also feature several talks and panels open to the general public at no cost.

For information on all aspects of the Festival, visit http://authorsandbooksfestival.org. Questions? Contact Sandy Lender at sandy_lender@yahoo.com.


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7 responses to “2011 Naples Authors & Books Festival

  1. Thank you for this information. I appreciate your arranging this innovative plan.

    I would like a table in order to exhibit my current books. It sounds like fun. I’ll be there!


  2. Phil, I’d be delighted to attend the festival. Sign me up for one of the authors along fifth Ave. (Love street fairs.) I can also do a workshop. Last year my workshop for Peace River Center was on “voice,” one of the most difficult concepts for authors to master. Or, is how to pitch your work to an editor or agent. Or, promoting your work. This year I’m invited to be on a panel for the Miami Book Fair International but don’t know the topic yet. (I’m sure your wonderful review of One Big Itch helped me get there!)

  3. Count me in for Malia and Teacup Awesome African Adventure and Malia and Teacup Out on a Limb. Thank you Phil

  4. I think it will be a very exciting time to have the book fair/festival on 5th Ave…..I am looking forward to being a part of this and to have the opportunity to promote my book….thanks, Phil


  5. Hi Phil, The festival sounds fabulous. Reserve a space for me. Last years festival generated a couple of major networking contacts for us. DILLO will have some new friends, “Snowy Pea & the Ghost Crab”. I look forward to seeing you all in April. Thanks.

  6. I’d love to come back next year. Please reserve a spot for Cook Your Assets. Made some great friends last year and would love to see them again next year. Thanks.


  7. Phil, Please reserve a spot for me for the 2010 festival. I’ll be happy to be on a panel, do a workshop, speaker, whatever I can do to add something to the Festival. Have done all of the above at various conferences. Wayne Barcomb

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