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Meet the Authors in January 2015

Lisa Black

Lisa Black

Two exciting events promise to benefit both authors and readers in late January. The first of these is the Writers’ Domain program at Norris Home Furnising in Naples, Florida on January 29 from 5:30-7:30pm. No reservations needed to attend. Just show up. Among the many authors selling and signing their books will be Karen Bartlett, Ben Bova, Karen Harper, Lisa Black, James Lilliefors, Jean Harrington, Gwendolyn Heasley, Don Farmer, and Chris Curle. See Writers’ Domain – Norris Home Furnishings for more information.


Two days later, there is a splendid event planned in Sarasota by Avon Books.

Avon Books and Bookstore 1 Sarasota are teaming up to bring Florida romance readers the area’s first-ever multi-author KissCon (an Avon Affair!) on Saturday, January 31, 2015. This special VIP event includes a catered mix & mingle with the authors, followed by a special “Actor’s Studio”-type discussion, audience Q&A, interactive trivia, and an exclusive book signing (there will be tons of books to buy onsite!).

The star-studded author line-up includes: Katharine Ashe, Maya Banks, Lena Diaz, Megan Frampton, Jeaniene Frost, Laura Lee Guhrke, C.J. Kyle, Julia Quinn, Kerrelyn Sparks and C.L. Wilson.  For details, see Avon Romance Presents: KissCon Sarasota- Eventbrite

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Book Event


From: Julie Compton


Date: December 30, 2011


Contact: Julie Compton / Email:  email@mwaflorida.org


Best-selling authors Charlaine Harris, Jeffery Deaver, Chris Grabenstein headline SleuthFest 2012 in Orlando


Hundreds of mystery writers will gather for the annual conference March 1-4.
Both experienced and aspiring writers and mystery fans are invited to register.


Charlaine Harris, best-selling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels that inspired the hit HBO series “True Blood,” will speak March 3 in Orlando at SleuthFest, the annual conference of the Florida chapter of Mystery Writers of America.


Both aspiring and well-established mystery writers from all over the country gather each year in Florida for the four-day SleuthFest, where they glean expert advice on everything from the nuts and bolts of writing a novel to finding an agent—and have a lot of fun doing it.


For many years a South Florida event, SleuthFest moves to Orlando for the first time this year. Attendees include editors, publishers, and agents, as well as famous authors such as Harris, whose “Dead Reckoning” topped the New York Times hardcover-fiction list in 2011, and international suspense superstar Jeffrey Deaver, author of the Lincoln Rhyme thrillers and the latest James Bond title, “Carte Blanche.” He’ll speak at SleuthFest on March 2.


SleuthFest’s Thursday Spotlight Speaker, Chris Grabenstein, has drawn critical acclaim and legions of fans for his Haunted Mystery Series of ghostly tales for middle-grades readers, as well as his adult mysteries. He’ll kick off SleuthFest with a talk at the popular Third Degree Thursday program, at which attendees hone their craft through workshops with masters of mystery. This year, a new two-part Thursday workshop session will focus on a timely topic: ebook publishing.


SleuthFest’s four days feature presentations by a variety of accomplished authors, including Jeff Ashton, author of “Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony.” Murder on the Beach bookstore in Delray Beach will offer books for sale throughout the conference, which includes many opportunities to obtain authors’ signatures.


Attendees can also sign up for special programs, including a trip to a gun range and a Mystery Dinner Theater performance, as well as a private Saturday night party at the House of Blues, hosted by best-selling romance and suspense author Heather Graham.


Orlando author Julie Compton and author Linda Hengerer of Vero Beach serve as volunteer SleuthFest co-chairmen for the conference, which takes place this year at the Royal Plaza in Lake Buena Vista, an official Walt Disney World Resort Hotel.


Attendees may register for the whole March 1-4 program (with reduced rates available through January 15). They may also tailor their registration to sign up for only one day of programs, or as little as one luncheon, organizers say. For details and to register, go to  http://mwaflorida.org/sleuthfest.htm

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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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Good Cook

Just before 2009 began, best-selling author Robin Cook was kind enough to invite me into his stunning penthouse condo on the north end of Naples’ Park Shore overlooking the gulf beachfront. In the early 1980s, having written a few best-sellers, Cook decided to put some of his income into real estate. After looking around at Marco Island and Naples, he decided that Naples had more investment potential and purchased an apartment, some years later moving to his present residence.

Trim and fit at 68, Dr. Cook reviewed his career as an author, a career he never anticipated but that is now approaching the 30-book mark. His first book, Year of the Intern (1972) grew out of his disillusionment with how popular fiction, movies, and especially television had portrayed the training of physicians. His own experience revealed a very different picture. In fact, he found himself worrying over “joining a club that he wasn’t sure he wanted to belong to.”


Cook felt driven to share his insights with the public. While a success, Year of the Intern left Cook eager to learn more about the tricks of his new trade. He studied the key features in best-sellers, and five years later published Coma, an instant hit that was soon transformed into a high-profile movie starring Michael Douglas. Since then, it has been about a book a year for this graduate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons who did postgraduate training at Harvard.


For the full article, see the March-April issue of Fort Myers MagazineFt.Myers magazine – Robin Cook


The photo that follows shows Dr. Cook signing books after his presentation at Vergina Restadscf2140urant in Naples on April 4, 2009.

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Ben Bova – The Future Is Now

Science fiction master Ben Bova is a man of many distinctions. He is the author of over 115 titles, both “what if” novels and nonfiction books. These include his well-regarded “Grand Tour” series – including such works as Titan, Moonrise, and Mars – which explore the ways in which humans might populate the solar system and the consequences of their expansive enterprise. Mixing adventure, romance, and scientific veracity, Bova’s works insist that readers learn something even while they are enormously entertained.

A recent thriller, The Green Trap, shows Bova’s versatility. A murdered greentrapscientist had been working on bacteriological processes that convert water to its component elements, allowing for the possibility of mass-produced hydrogen fuel. . . .

To see the entire article as it appears in the Jan-Feb 2009 issue of Ft. Myers Magazine, click on the link Ft.Myers magazine – Ben Bova

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BOOK BEAT 56 – Florida Book Events

Florida Fall Book Events 

BOOK BEAT   Naples Sun Times   October 17-23, 2007

by Philip K. Jason

Florida event planners know that by November the early fall trickle of vacationers and snowbirds turns into a stream. Even booklovers find a proliferation of events focused on their interests. Here are some upcoming book events for the calendars of readers and writers.

Locally, M. B. Weston continues to give writing workshops at the Naples Barnes and Noble at Waterside Shops. A young adult workshop on the art of storytelling will take place on October 25 at 7:30pm. Weston’s book signing will follow at 9pm.

On November 24 & 25 on 10th Street South near the Naples Depot, the Naples Art Association will hold its Naples Renaissance Fall Art Festival. Several local authors will be exhibiting, selling, and signing their books at the Naples Press Club’s tent. These authors will include Leon Hesser, Virginia Saalman, and Sandy Lender. The exhibit, open from 10am to 5pm each day, will preview the Authors & Books Festival and Naples Writers’ Conference that will take place at the von Liebig Art Center on April 5 & 6.

Florida best-seller Robert Macomber will be making an appearance at Mina Hemingway’s Bookstore in its new location on Immokalee Rd. just east of Sam’s Club. This wine and cheese gathering, on November 27 from 5-7pm, will be part of Macomber’s book tour for his latest title, A Different Kind of Honor. Macomber is a fine writer of historical fiction and a fine entertainer as well.

On the evening of Sunday, Dec 2nd, Macomber will be the guest author and speaker for the 50th anniversary dinner gala of the Collier Library. This event, in part a fund-raiser, is primarily for members of the Friends of the Library, but it is easy enough to join and sign up for the gala if there is still room. Visit http://www.collier-friends.org/gala.html for more information.

Now here’s the lowdown on the major upcoming Festivals, Fairs, and Conferences.

The 2007 Sarasota Reading Festival will take place from 9:30am to 4:30pm on Saturday, Nov. 3 in downtown Sarasota. Presenting sponsors are the “Sarasota Herald-Tribune” and SNN6. Comcast is the producing sponsor. More than 75 author readings and panel discussions, children’s events and performances are planned for this 10th anniversary reading festival, which runs from 9:30am to 4:30pm on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Five Points Park in downtown Sarasota. Headliners include Lou Dobbs, Gene Wilder, and Barbara Taylor Bradford. For a complete list of authors and presentation schedules, visit http://www.SarasotaFeadingFestival.com.

The Miami Book Fair International is truly the big deal of book events in our state – and one of the major events in the nation. The principal exhibitions and presentations take place on November 10 and 11 on the Wolfson campus of Miami-Dade College, just across Biscayne Blvd. from the Bayside shopping area. Though there are eight days of events, it’s the weekend Street Fair that you must not miss. More than 250 publishers and booksellers exhibit and sell books in a festive atmosphere. The International Pavilions Village showcases the literature, fine arts and folklore of many nations. The Children’s Alley includes book-inspired theater and arts-and-crafts, storytelling, and readings by children’s book authors from around the world. The Antiquarian Annex showcases rare books, signed first editions, original manuscripts and other collectibles. On Saturday and Sunday, the Festival of Authors – which runs on a limited scale earlier in the week –

continues, as more than 350 authors present their works, including the Latin American and Spanish authors who participate in the Ibero-American Authors Program, and the up-and-coming Florida writers who participate in the Write Out Loud Reading Series. Celebrity authors are too numerous to mention. Check out the entire dazzling program by exploring www.miamibookfair.com

James Born & S.V. Date

The Florida Writers’ Association Conference runs from November 9 through November 11 with multiple concurrent sessions through Friday, Saturday, and half of Sunday. It will be held at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort Convention Center in Orlando. The problem with a conference program this ambitious is that for every workshop you attend, you miss another three or four scheduled at the same time. Still, having a range of choices can be a plus for attendees. Many of the weekend’s workshop leaders are giving several presentations. You can find the details on the website http://www.floridawriters.net.

Philip K. Jason, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of English from the United States Naval Academy.  A poet, critic, and free-lance writer with twenty books to his credit, this “Dr. Phil” chairs the annual Naples Writers’ Conference and Authors & Books Festival presented by the Naples Press Club.

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