to the festival
Join us for a day devoted to readers, writers and authors at the inaugural Winter Park Book Festival! Meet great authors and hear them speak; share stories and ideas with fellow writers; make new friends of like-minded readers. The event is FREE, but you can register for upgraded admission with great perks!
Sit down with a variety of authors and discuss their work and genres.
Geoff Rodkey gives a lively keynote.
After the panels, get your books signed.
More authors to come!
Keynote: Greg & Candy Dawson
Greg and Candy Dawson kick off the Winter Park Library Book Festival a keynote. Greg Dawson has worked as a reporter, TV critic, metro columnist, and consumer columnist at newspapers in Indiana, North Dakota, Kansas, Massachusetts, and Florida. From 2013 to 2016 he was a columnist for Orlando Magazine. He is the author of Hiding in the Spotlight and Judgment Before Nuremberg and co-authored Busted in Bloomington: A Tragedy in the Summer of '68. Candy Caldwell Dawson began writing for the Fernandina Beach News Leader on Amelia Island, FL, while in Jr. High School. After graduating from Florida Atlantic University, she enjoyed a lengthy career as a teacher and reading specialist in Massachusetts, Indiana, and Florida. She has written two plays and a screenplay and produced a documentary film, all based on husband Greg’s books. She is the co-author of Busted in Bloomington: A Tragedy in the Summer of '68.
For Grades Pre-K - 4. Drop in to make a storybook character with art supplies and inspiration provided by the Library.
Publishing: Traditional, Self, or Electronic. Which is Write for You?
Paul Butler, author of Butterflies and Orchids: The Life of Theodore Mead Linda Dunlap, author of Rail Walking and Other Stories Charlene Edge, author of Undertow: My Escape fro mthe Fundamentalism and Cult Control of The Way International Rik Feeney, Winter Park group leader for the Florida Writer's Association meetings, author of Writing Books for Fun, Fame, and Fortune!
Book Craft: Literary Candle Holders
Upcycle loose book pages and jars into chic votive candle holders, while supplies last.
Young Adult & Middle Grade Author Panel
From all-star athletes to zombie hunters, tween and teen authors discuss their craft. Book signing to follow. Edward Bloor, author of Tangerine, London Calling, Story Time, Taken, and more Margaret Mincks, author of Payback on Poplar Lane Amy Christine Parker, author of the Gated series and Smash & Grab James Ponti, author of the series Dead City and Framed!
From Working 9-5 to Writing 9-5
Kristen Harmel, author of When We Meet Again and forthcoming The Room on Rue Amélie Seth Kubersky, author of The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando Allison Labine, poet, photographer, author of forthcoming photography book Elizabeth Camden, author of Against the Tide and The Lady of Bolton Hill, and more
Ages 3 - 6. Enjoy activities that build STEAM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Caregivers are are encouraged to participate with the children.
Author Meet & Greet
Authors from all Winter Park Book Festival events will be available to meet readers and sign books. Books will be available for sale from Writer's Block Bookstore.
Grades 5-12. Stop by for writing inspiration, hot cocoa, and to try your hand at using an authentic antique type writer.
Storytime For Adults
A storytelling showcase presented by Central Florida Storytellers.