CANCELLED March 28, 2020, 9am - 3pm

A Partnership with WRITER'S ATELIER

 Books from all WPLBF authors and events will be available for purchase and signing.

Author panels

Literary Activism: What, Why, How

Curating an Inclusive Collection

Genres: Common Themes, Common Restrictions

Poetry: Well-Versed in All Backgrounds

Keynote Speaker

Jazmin Bailey
Author, speaker, and Emmy Award-winning news anchor for WESH 2 News Sunrise

A.M. Bochnak
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A.M. Bochnak

Brandon Goode
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Brandon Goode

Elle Ire
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Elle Ire

Jessica Darden
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Jessica Darden

Jody Lazar
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Jody Lazar

Jose Pablo Iriarte
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Jose Pablo Iriarte

Lana Ghannam
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Lana Ghannam

Laura Perez
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Laura Perez

Letisia Cruz
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Letisia Cruz

Lisa Blue
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Lisa Blue

Racquel Henry
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Racquel Henry

Sarah Nicolas
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Sarah Nicolas

Sohrab Homi Fracis
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Sohrab Homi Fracis

Weekend Reader
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Weekend Reader

GUEST AUTHORS

Alyson Grauer
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Alyson Grauer

Kerry Evelyn
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Kerry Evelyn

Valerie Willis
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Valerie Willis

Felichia Chivaughn
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Felichia Chivaughn

SCHEDULE

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Registration Check In

30min

Lobby

Keynote address

Jazmin Bailey, author, speaker, and Emmy Award-winning news anchor for WESH 2 News Sunrise

30min

Literary Activism: What, Why, How

How do we take diversity from discussion to activism? What does it mean to "own voices"? Why is representation important? Authors ...

60min

Community Room

Genres: Common Themes, Common Restrictions

Would be about topics in Panel #1 but with respect to genres. Women in science fiction/fantasy and why it's an issue. Marginalized communities in genres. There is an argument about romance needing more diverse characters overall. Authors....

60min

Community Room

Curating an Inclusive Collection

How do bloggers and librarians curate books so they're being inclusive? Does this make a difference to encourage inclusive reading in others? What are some favorite reads/recommendations by writers from marginalized communities? Authors ... and Winter Park Public Library's Jody Lazar and Lisa Blue. Lazar is the Community Librarian and Blue is the Young Adult Librarian.

45 min

Community Room

Poetry: Well-Versed in All Backgrounds

Why do we need to hear from poets from different backgrounds? How important is poetry in general? How do the poets do their part in terms of what they are writing and reading? Authos....

45min

Community Room

BOOKS BY AUTHORS

Fortitude Rising by A.M. Bochnak
Aftermath of Defiance by A.M. Bochnak
In the Wake of Rebellion by A.M. Bochnak
The Secrets of Eden by Brandon Goode
Threadbare by Elle E. Ire
Vicious Circle by Elle E. Ire
Two Tongues
The Lost Girls Book of Divination
Once Upon a Darkness by Aria Kane
Sibilance by Aria Kane
Dragons Are People Too by Sarah Nicolas
On the Isle of Sound and Wonder by Alyson Grauer
Love Overrules the Lawyer by Kerry Evelyn
Love on the Ice by Kerry Evelyn

About the Festival

The Winter Park Book Festival is Saturday, March 28, 2019, from 9am – 3pm. It seeks to:

– promote Winter Park Public Library as an arts and cultural destination
– attract and recognize authors, publishers, and readers from around Florida
– highlight the importance of reading and literacy throughout the community
– recognize Winter Park authors

The festival will feature a diverse group of contemporary Florida authors in conversations, panels, and presentations. Please read the following information before submitting a book to the Festival.

The book must be published within the last two years. Please send or have your publicist send us:

– A press kit with clippings, reviews and author bio for the submitted book, and list of previously published titles
– Links to author website and social media accounts
A completed submission form
– Please mail these items to: Nicole Heintzelman, Head of Adult Services, 460 E. New England Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789 or email nheintzelman@wppl.org

We will accept submissions for the 2020 Book Festival from August 1, 2019 – October 31, 2019.

Book Festival Planning Team

The Book Festival focuses on the promotion of literature and literary culture. To provide a diverse mix of literature for all visitors and participating authors, we will feature books from the following genres:
• Fiction — with an emphasis on literary fiction
• Nonfiction books — considered from a variety of perspectives that encourage and engage in fair, respectful discussions of history, figures, and ideas.
• Narrative nonfiction — history, biography, memoir, and essays
• Graphic novels
• Cookbooks and food-related titles
• Art and architecture titles
• Titles with a local focus

We begin issuing invitations to participate in the Festival in December with the schedule of authors in place by January. We are unable to notify individuals who are not selected. We will post the list of selected authors on the Book Festival website.

Authors are invited to sell their own books using their own resources (square, etc.).

Authors are responsible for their own travel expenses.

There is no fee for submissions. Incomplete submissions will be discarded. Meeting the criteria for consideration does not guarantee an invitation to participate in the Festival as a featured author. Books submitted for consideration will not be returned and authors will receive neither payment, feedback, nor critique of submitted works.

There will be designated parking for Festival authors.

Light refreshments will be available for sale.

Winter Park Public Library

460 E. New England Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789
4078-623-3300