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Venice Book Fair 2016

March 18-19


Dozens of exhibitors.

Book Fair features lively Event Schedule with David Hagberg, Ward Larsen and others. Publishing advice from Oceanview Publishing.

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Saturday, February 13 / 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Port Charlotte Family Book Fair is a direct descendant of the former Dearborn Street Literary Festival. Our committee has come up with a fun-filled day designed to attract optimum book buyers. We’ll have children’s activities, readings, workshops, and contests. The festival will take place along winding lanes graced by stately oaks overlooking the beautiful Peace River. To be more precise: Bayshore Park near the Sunset Grill, 23241 Bayshore Road in Port Charlotte.

The keynote speaker will be Phil Jason, book critic for the Florida Weekly newspaper. His theme: IT’S NICE TO GET PUBLISHED, BUT THEN WHAT? Some tips on promoting your book.

Phil Loves Books

Phil Loves Books

Exhibit spaces go for $35. Vendors will get a $5 meal ticket good toward food or drink at our sponsoring restaurant, the Sunset Grill.
Proceeds will benefit the Charlotte Local Education Foundation, a worthy organization that supports teachers and students.
For more information or to sign up, visit mybookbroker.com, call 941-258-2968, or e-mail Debra Paradise, administrative assistant, at portcharlottefamilybookfair@gmail.com


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University of Central Florida Book Festival 2015


April 18, 2015 / 10:00am – 3:30pm


Featuring the James O. Born Workshop

James O. Born

Welcome to the 6th annual UCF Book Festival!

The UCF Book Festival is an annual literary event held in the spring at the University of Central Florida. The purpose of the UCF Book Festival is to bring a literary cultural experience to the Central Florida community from infants to seniors by:

  • Fueling interest and engagement in reading and literature
  • Showcasing accomplished and emerging authors

Each year the UCF Book Festival draws thousands of readers of all ages. The Festival features internationally recognized authors and illustrators, book signings and sales, exhibitors, cooking demonstrations, book appraisals, and literary activities for all ages. The Festival is hosted by UCF’s College of Education and Human Performance, in association with UCF’s Morgridge International Reading Center.

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Miami Bookfair International

 Weekend Authors Sessions

Saturday, Nov. 22 – Sunday, Nov. 23

Weekend Authors Sessions
On Saturday and Sunday, the Festival of Authors continues when more than 600 authors present their works, including the Latin American and Spanish authors who participate in the IberoAmerican Authors Program, and the up-and-coming Florida writers.

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Lakeland Book Fair

Lakeland Book Fair


Come Join The Fun!  Authors, publishers, book

sellers, illustrators, and comic book dealers are all

welcome to gather together to showcase their books.


This will be an annual event that will grow every

year to make Lakeland a major attraction for book


October 10th is put aside for school children to

experience the Lakeland Book Fair.  Trade persons

will also be admitted free with the presentation of a

business card.  Media and press will be invited to

cover the event.

October 11 and 12, the Lakeland Book Fair will be open to

the general public.  Admission for adults is $8.00 which included

Free Parking.  Children will be admitted free.  25% of the gate fee will be donated to charity READ Polk.

This charity teaches reading to adults.

Patrons, while at The Lakeland Book Fair may sign up for a FREE BOOK.

Lakeland Book Fair Open Times:  October 11 —-  10:00 am. to 5:00 pm.

October 12 —-  10:00 am. to 4:00 pm.

The Lakeland Center provides food concessions by Ovations.

The Lakeland Center is located at 701 Lime Street, Lakeland, Florida

More information, please contact Francis Edwards    e-mail lakelandbookfair@hotmail.com

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Miami Book Fair International 2012 Update

I just glanced at the growing list of participating authors (presenters and panelists), and it’s enormous. Here are those whose last names begin with “A”:

David Abrams, Fobbit (Grove)
Ibrahim Ahmad, Editor: Akashic Books — Writer’s Institute instructor
Magali Alabau,Volver (Betania)
Andrew Albanese, Meet the Reporters Panel
Gennifer Albin, Crewel (Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers)
Xavier Alcala, Verde oliva (Nawtilus)
Malin Alegria, Border Town #3: Falling Too Fast (Point)
Ramon Alejandro, Adua, la pedagoga (Aduana Vieja)
Martin Amis, Lionel Asbo: State of England (Alfred A. Knopf)
Roberto Ampuero, The Neruda Case (Riverhead Books)  / This author is absolutely great. see my: Washington Independent Review of Books » The Neruda Case

Roberto Ampuero, El último tango de Salvador Allende (Random House Mondadori)
Lori Andrews, I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy (Free Press)
Fernando Aramburu,Años lentos (Tusquets)
Guillermo Arango, El año de la pera (Universal)
Jorge Luis Arcos, Kaleidoscopio. La poética de Lorenzo García Vega (Colibri)
Robert Arellano, Curse the Names (Akashic Books)
Homero Aridjis, Los perros del fin del mundo, Noticias de la tierra, Tiempo de angeles (Alfaguara, Random House, Fondo de Cultura Economica)
Jami Attenberg, The Middlesteins (Grand Central Publishing)
Ellis Avery, The Last Nude (Riverhead Books)
Karen Avrich, Sasha and Emma: The Anarchist Odyssey of Alexander Berkman and Emma Goldman (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press)

For the rest of the alphabet, and other developing news, click here: http://miamibookfair.com/events/confirmed_authors.aspx

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Presented and produced by The Center @ MDC Nov. 11 – 18, 2012


The 29th edition of the nation’s finest and largest literary gathering, Miami Book Fair International, presented by The Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College (MDC), will take place November 11 – 18, 2012, at Miami Dade MDC’s Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave., in downtown Miami. The always-popular Street Fair runs Friday through Sunday, November 16 – 18, with more than 200 exhibitors from around the country selling books in a festive atmosphere.

The Fair, MDC’s flagship cultural event, will treat book lovers to eight days of cultural and educational activities, including the beloved Evenings With… series, the IberoAmerican Authors program, myriad learning activities for children, and programs for food enthusiasts in partnership with the college’s Miami Culinary Institute.

Back again this year is the fall edition of The Miami Writers Institute, with workshops taught by novelist Margot Livesey, literary agent Kimberly Witherspoon, and award-winning author Teresa Dovalpage with a workshop in Spanish, among others.

This year, the Fair continues to expand its children’s programming, extending the Street Fair to add an additional day of author readings for students on field trips, and a fourth day of readings, storytelling and entertainment on the two children’s stages.

The Fair also continues special programming for educators with the day-long School of Comics and Graphic Novels — a series of workshops on how to use comics in the classroom–and adds workshops on how to teach creative writing to K-12 students.


The Fair continues to raise the bar of excellence by offering a fine roster of writers from the U.S. and abroad, and this year will be no exception. Confirmed authors include journalist Robert Caro, essayist and commentator Adam Gopnik, novelist Sandra Cisneros, novelist and essayist Joan Didion and novelist and journalist Tom Wolfe, to name a few.   

The IberoAmerican program will present an array of Spanish-speaking literary voices from around the world, including Homero Aridjis (Mexico), Mayra Santos Febres (Puerto Rico), Abilio Estévez (Cuba-Spain), Santiago Roncagliolo (Perú) and more.    

Miami Book Fair International 2012 promises to be another exceptional literary event!  For regular updates on the Miami Book Fair, please visit www.miamibookfair.com, call 305-237-3528 or email wbookfair@mdc.edu.


Miami Book Fair International is the largest and is regarded as the finest literary gathering in America. It is the premier event of The Center for literature and theatre at Miami Dade College. The Center promotes reading and writing throughout the year by consistently presenting quality literary activities open to all in South Florida. Literacy projects target children of all ages—from kindergarten to high school—as well as college students and adults. Established and emerging writers from South Florida and all over the U.S. read, lecture, and teach workshops. They work with K-12, MDC students, and diverse members of the community, helping to deepen their understanding of literature, and encouraging their work of writers at all stages of development. The Center envisions South Florida as a nexus of literary activity in the Americas and beyond, and will continue to champion its mission of promoting the advancement and appreciation of the literary arts in all forms.

Miami Book Fair International is made possible through the generous support of the State of Florida and the National Endowment for the Arts; the City of Miami; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; Miami-Dade County Public Schools; the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; the Miami Downtown Development; and the Friends of the Fair; as well as many corporate partners.


Miami Dade College has a long and rich history of involvement in the cultural arts, providing South Florida with a vast array of artistic and literary offerings including The Miami Book Fair International, The Florida Center for the Literary Arts, The Miami International Film Festival, the MDC Live! performing arts series, The MDC Tower Theater Cinema Series, the Miami Leadership Roundtable speakers’ series, the National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower, numerous renowned campus art galleries and theaters, and the nationally recognized School of Entertainment and Design Technology. With an enrollment of more than 174,000 students, MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the country and is a national model for many of its programs. The college’s eight campuses and outreach centers offer more than 300 distinct degree programs including baccalaureate, Associate in Arts and Science degrees and numerous career training certificates leading to in-demand jobs. MDC has served nearly 2,000,000 students since it opened its doors in 1960.

 For regular updates on the Miami Book Fair, please visit www.miamibookfair.com, call 305-237-3528 or email wbookfair@mdc.edu.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949, testorin@mdc.edu, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482, arios1@mdc.edu

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Nancy J. Cohen heads Naples Writers’ Conference

To see this article as it appears in the March-April 2011 issue of Fort Myers Magazine, click here: Ft.Myers magazine – Nancy J. Cohen

When Nancy J. Cohen retired from her first career as a clinical nurse specialist in order to write full-time, she continued keeping people in stitches. This witty writer, who had earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Rochester and a master’s degree from the University of California in San Francisco, knows that vicarious adventure and the release of laughter are effective cures for what ails us.

Cohen’s most recent title, Silver Serenade, is a smashing good combination of two genres: romance and science fiction. Two highly motivated, extremely able, and extremely attractive characters have goals that both intersect and interfere. Jace Vernon, a young leader from the domain of Kurash, has been charged with the murder of his parents. Jace needs to bring the intergalactic plunderer, Tyrone Bluth, to justice so that his name can be cleared and his ancestral estate restored.  Government security agent Silver Malloy, an Earthling, has been tasked with the assassination of Bluth, but her motives are highly personal as well as official. 

Cohen manages the novel so that the missions of the two dynamic figures bring them into conflict even as an all-consuming passion draws them together. Jace cannot clear his name and prove that his own cousin had plotted the murders and framed him if Bluth does not live to testify. Silver cannot allow anything to interfere with her monomania about ending Bluth’s life as soon as she can. Jace and Silver are suspicious of one another, but form an uneasy, fragile alliance – one that is complicated by the magnetic attraction each has for the other.

They are both suffering from overwhelming personal losses. As Ms. Cohen puts it, “They both carried around enough emotional baggage to fill a cargo hold.”

The author draws a fascinating world of intergalactic politics, futuristic technologies, and clashing moral priorities. She also paints a delicious cast of secondary characters – a population drawn from the variegated worlds that intersect in her plot.

Principal among these is Mixy, the Elusian, who is bonded to Jace as his valet. Elusians, who have essentially emotionless lives, are programmed to bond with species whose emotional dimension is powerful. This bonding is not physical, but psycho-spiritual. Their garments absorb and reflect emotional waves from those to whom the Elusians are bonded, signaling the emotions by changing colors. Elusians have a kind of telepathic awareness of emotion – and they can magnify and retransmit it.

This characteristic provides a paranormal dimension to the novel, a dimension that links Silver Serenade to Cohen’s earliest books, written under the pen name of Nancy Cane. It also provides, in this novel, a good deal of comic relief, as the guarded feelings that Jace and Silver have for one another are vividly revealed through the warmer colors radiating from Mixy’s garments, creating some embarrassment. Mixy, appearance-conscious and finicky, is a delightful, over-the-top comic character who is almost unbearably loyal.

The sex scenes between Jace and Silver are hot and heavy, but in themselves do not resolve the issues of trust, respect, and conflicting loyalties. Nancy J. Cohen teases the readers along to see if Jace and Silver can each achieve mission success without abandoning the growing need each has for the other, and if the need transcends physical attraction.

But wait, isn’t Nancy J. Cohen the author we know from her popular “Bad Hair Day” series? The series with the catchy titles like Died Blonde, Highlights to Heaven, and Permed to Death? The series whose protagonist, hairdresser Marla Shore, gets caught up in crime-solving in South Florida’s resort towns while building her relationship with detective Dalton Vail? Yes, she’s the one. Cohen packs mystery, humor, popular culture, and plenty of attitude into this delightful series, and several of these books have been listed as best sellers by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. Her next “Bad Hair Day” mystery, Shear Murder, will appear early in 2012 from Five Star Publications.

Nancy J. Cohen knows her worlds well, both the complex, imagined worlds of outer space, which she draws with sure-handed detail, or the more familiar worlds of the beauty shop and the sunshine state. Just as important, she knows how to craft plots, develop characters, and – what it all adds up to – satisfy her readers.

Aspiring writers can learn a lot from this talented and successful writer, who is also well-known for giving her time to writers’ organizations and speaking at conferences. She has served as President of Florida Romance Writers, and as Secretary for the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America. 

Nancy J. Cohen

On April 9 and 10, Nancy J. Cohen will be featured at the Naples Press Club’s 9th annual Writers’ Conference / Authors and Books Festival. On April 9, she will be giving a keynote address at the Celebrity Author Luncheon, to be held at Vergina Restaurant on Fifth Avenue South. Cohen will discuss the digital devices that promise to morph tomorrow’s reading—and publishing—experiences. She’ll also delight and entertain attendees with anecdotes from her writing life.

On the morning of April 10, Ms. Cohen will present “Writing Fiction for Fun and Profit” as part of the Writers’ Conference.

Other Conference presenters include fantasy author Sandy Lender (conference chair); forensic mystery novelist Lisa Black; marketing guru Randy Jones; financial news reporter and editor Lawrence J. DeMaria; Diane Gilbert Madsen, author of the “Literati Mysteries” series and fact-checking expert;  and Zachary Petit, managing editor of Writers’ Digest.

Conference sessions will separate into three tracks: “Business and Marketing,“ “Creative Writing,” and “Journalism.” However, conferees will be able to switch from one track to another. A selected number of conferees will be able to schedule pitch sessions with representatives of Barringer Publications and Night Wolf Publications.

Registration for both the Luncheon and the Conference can be achieved by clicking on the Naples Writers’ Conference tab on the website http://authorsandbooksfestival.org.

Authors and publishers who wish to exhibit during the book fair along Fifth Avenue South on April 9, should check out the information on the same website and register via the Authors and Books Festival tab. [Note: exhibitor registration is now closed.]

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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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Daniel Levin’s thriller keeps the flame alive

This review appears in the October 2010 issue of the [Jewish Federation of Collier County] Federation Star and in the October L’Chayim, published by the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties.

The Last Ember, by Daniel Levin. Riverside. 460 pages. $16.00.

When former classics scholar and disgraced academic Jonathan Marcus shows up in Rome to help his law firm with a case involving ownership of antiquities, little does he know that he is stepping into the brutal world of architectural terrorism. Still less could he anticipate that he will be involved with attempts to recover perhaps the most important artifact in Jewish civilization and along with it a new understanding of the historian Josephus. 

Nor did he anticipate the renewal of his relationship with Emili Travia, with whom he was romantically involved some seven years back when both were fellows at the American Academy in Rome. She is now Dr. Travia, deputy director of a UN agency involved with antiquities preservation issues. 

All this and more happens in Mr. Levin’s fast-moving thriller that compresses thousands of years of history as background to a few days in the present. The 105 bite-sized chapters are packed with information, imagery, and action as the race is on between Jonathan and various Roman and Israeli interests on the one side and Salah ad-Din, the grandson of Hitler’s ally the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, on the other.  Each seeks to find (for very different reasons) the enormous solid gold Temple Menorah of ancient times. 

Perhaps with the complicity of the Waqf authority – an Islamic land trust charged with overseeing Temple Mount antiquities – the Grand Mufti’s heir in villainy is determined to obliterate all traces of Jewish and Christian presence in Jerusalem. His architectural terrorism is in the cause of rewriting history and thereby shaping the future.

Certain passages in an early parchment of Josephus’s history hold the clues to the menorah’s location. More accurately, they hold the clues to other clues that are hidden – mostly in plain sight – beneath the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem and beneath the Coliseum and other locations in Rome. Who will decipher the clues and find the world-changing prize? Will Jonathan make his case that the discredited Flavius Josephus was really a valiant secret agent taking great risks on behalf of the Jewish people?

As Daniel Levin shuttles the action from one intriguing and fully drawn location to another, he develops a cast of intriguing supporting characters, an intensifying romance between Jonathan and Emili, and a magnificent orchestration of major religious and political forces at work as past and present collide in dramatic fashion. Check out his website, daniellevin.com, for more information.

Daniel Levin will be in Southwest Florida as part of the Jewish Book Fair, a project of the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties. On December 12 at 3:00pm, Mr. Levin will be speaking and signing books next to Godiva Chocolates at Miromar Outlets in Estero. With him will be author Lee Kravitz. For more information about the book fair, which has author events scheduled from November 10 through December 16, check out jewishfederationlcc.org or email naomirubin@jfedlcc.org.

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