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The Naples Press Club’s 6th Annual Authors and Books Festival will take place April 5 and 6 at the von Liebig Art Center, on the northwest corner of Cambier Park in Naples.
On both days, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., dozens of authors will be exhibiting, selling and signing their books. There is no charge for attending the Festival, held in cooperation with the Naples Art Association. Exhibitors include Jim Adduci, Bonnie Crosby, L. C. Goldman, Jean Harrington, Leon Hesser, Diane Ketcham, Nancy R. Koerner, Dorothy Jane Mills, Virginia Saalman, J. D. Sousa, G. P. Walmsley and dozens of others.
Local publishers like Archebooks Publishing and Quality of Life Publishing (QOL) will also be on hand, along with several authors whose books they handle, including Archebooks author Robert Bair and QOL author Richard Ballo.
Jean Harrington (“The Barefoot Queen”) and other members of the Southwest Florida Romance Writers will also be at the Festival. This is a great opportunity to meet our local authors, pick their brains about your own publishing ideas, purchase books as gifts and for yourself, and get them autographed on the spot.
On Saturday, several of these authors will be exhibiting among the visual artists at the Naples Art Association’s Art in the Park show along Park Street. On both days, authors and publishers will exhibit on the front and rear patios of the von Liebig Art Center.
For collectors of out of print and rare books, Wickham Books South will make available a good number of representative titles from its remarkable stock.
Concurrent with the Festival will be the Naples Writers’ Conference, held inside of the von Liebig Art Center. Workshops and presentations on the craft and business of writing will be offered by established writers
RITA Award Winner Linnea Sinclair (“The Down Home Zombie Blues”) will address “Writing the Grabber Opening Scene.” Florida crime novelist James O. Born, who continues his career in law enforcement, will discuss his experiences with agents, and he will be signing his latest book, “Burn Zone.” Robert Gelinas, head of ArcheBooks Publishing, will offer the fourth edition of his popular, “What Publishers Want.” Other workshops will be led by fantasy fiction expert Michelle Weston (“A Prophecy Forgotten”), non-fiction specialist Lorraine Ladish (“Inner Beauty”), Caribbean mystery novelist Bob Morris (“Jamaica Me Crazy”), and political thriller guru Karla Small Bodman (“Checkmate”).
A forum on “The Care and Feeding of a Writer’s Career” will include many of these writers, literary agent (and Naples Daily News columnist) Barbara Bova, as well as the best-selling author of the Stephanie Plum series,
Dr. Bill Beckwith, memory expert and exhibiting author, will give a special presentation on memory management for writers at 1:15 p.m. on April 6 in the von Liebig Art Center Library. This talk is open to conferees and to the general public at no cost.
Advance registration and payment is suggested for the conference, though registration is also available at the door beginning at 8:30 a.m. April 5 (check or cash only). One can register for the entire weekend (eight workshops) for $175, or for either day separately for $95. The Sunday schedule also includes a networking breakfast and a networking lunch, each of which requires
Books by the conference workshop leaders and panelists will also be available for sale and signing, as will titles by special guests Ben Bova and Tina Wainscott, who will be at the event on Saturday. Bova, aside from being a regular columnist for the Naples Daily News, is one of the foremost writers of science and science fiction with more than 100 titles to his credit. Naples-born Wainscott has a huge following for her paranormal romances and romantic thrillers, including her brand new “What Lies in Shadow.”
Conferees who have book manuscripts completed or near completion can sign up for a pitch session with literary agents Jacqueline Simenauer and Carole Greene or publisher Robert Gelinas. Pitch sessions, which are orally presented book proposals, require separate application.
Already sold out is the April 5 Celebrity Author Luncheon at Vergina Restaurant featuring Janet Evanovich and Karna Small Bodman, whose brand new political thriller, “Gambit,” will be available for signing, as will several of Evanovich’s titles, including “Lean Mean Thirteen,” “Plum Lucky,” and “How I Write.”
A portion of the proceeds from the event benefits the Naples Press Club Scholarship Fund, which provides tuition assistance to Naples-area high school graduates entering college programs in journalism, communications and
Information: 593-1488, e-mail email@example.com, or visit the Web site authorsandbooksfestival.org. See the video presentation at voxnow.com/bookfest.