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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.