Florida Reading Festival 2015 dates and information

Southwest Florida Reading Festival
Name 5 of the top events to see at the festivals (separated by commas): Authors, books, crafts, Battle of the Bands
Your top 5 best words to describe your festival or event?: Authors, books, crafts, Battle of the Bands
Address of festival:
1375 Monroe Street
Fort Myers, Florida, 33901
United States
If you have a website, please enter it here (we allow links back to pages linking back to us):

Florida Reading festival in Fort Myers Florida in 2014
Florida Reading festival in Fort Myers Florida in 2014

Festival / event start date: 03/21/2015
Referred By: http://festivals4fun.com/submit-your-festival-event-to-our-list-by-answering-10-questions-describing-your-event/
Southwest Florida Reading Festival
Saturday, March 21, 2015,
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Harborside Event Center & Centennial Park in the Fort Myers River District
1375 Monroe Street Fort Myers, FL 33901
www.readfest.org
239-479-INFO|4636
Presented by the Lee County Library System

ATTEND
The Festival attendance is FREE to the public!

Each year the Southwest Florida Reading Festival gets better and better and this year promises to be the best one yet! There is something for everyone.

Day and Time
Saturday, March 21, 2015
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
RAIN OR SHINE

Food
The Southwest Florida Festival offers plenty of menu items from approximately ten different vendors!

For more details on who will be coming and what’s happening on each of our multiple stages please click on the schedule to the left.

Explore all the pages of our web site and be sure to tell all your family and friends to come and experience a remarkable day in Lee County. We look forward to seeing you and your family in at the Festival!

Parking
Adjacent to The Harborside Event Center there are 300 uncovered metered parking spaces as well as a five story parking garage, which is subject to availability. Metered spaces cost $0.25 per hour on week days from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special event parking is $3 upon entry at the garage. What to do at the Southwest Florida Reading Festival?

There really is something for all ages to experience at the Southwest Florida Reading Festival. Everyone enjoys the multiple stages with the celebrity authors who share ‘inside scoop’ about their latest books or what makes a story idea click for them. You will be able to buy books and have the authors personalize and sign them too! You’ll find our numerous and educational vendors offering the latest in services and new ideas. Kids will be mesmerized by the storytellers. There will be absolutely something for everyone! Want more? Sure!

A favorite year after year is the FREE Book for Every Child and Teen where they can pick out a book to take and keep!

The Children’s Craft & Activities Tent is so fun because kids make all kinds of cool stuff that the can take home!

An exciting teen event is the one-of-a-kind local Reading Rocks! Teen Battle of the Bands final competition. The top three bands perform live, onstage in front of hundreds of spectators, family and friends in a final battle for first place!

There’s also an abundance family fun activities such as face painting, readings, drawings and so much more. It’ll be a day you will thoroughly enjoy and one you will want to repeat every year! Help the Festival!

2015 Authors

ADULT

Richard “Boover” Blanco

Kim Boykin

C. Robert Cargill

David Dorsey

David Hagberg

Nancy Horan

Richard Kadrey

Shelly King

Jen Lancaster

Jon Land

Jeff Lindsay

Laura “Libby” Lippman

Susan Mallery

Mary Alice Monroe

Carla “Lovely Lady” Norton

Dani Pettrey

Randy Rawls

Candis Terry

CHILDREN

Tom Angleberger

Frank Cammuso

Charise Mericle Harper

Amy Ignatow

Laurie Keller

Dana Sullivan

Duncan Tonatiuh

TEENS

Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Cinda Williams Chima

Maile Meloy

Benjamin Alire Saenz

Holly Goldberg Sloan
The Southwest Florida Reading Festival is the area’s premier literary event! This free, annual festival incites a passion for reading. The Lee County Library System presents the Festival to emphasize the importance of reading and literacy. The Festival’s allure is the annual line-up of more than two dozen nationally acclaimed best-selling authors for all reading interests. The festival has hosted literary celebrities like David Baldacci, Sandra Brown, Sue Monk Kidd, Erik Larson, Nelson DeMille, James Grippando, Steve Berry, Michael Palmer, Jeffery Deaver, Linda Fairstein, Dennis Lehane, Carl Hiaasen, R.L. Stein, Jeff Kinney and Ridley Pearson to name a few. The festival was recently named a Top 20 Event in the Southeast United States by the Southeast Tourism Society!
The authors give presentations, take questions from the audience and sign books for fans. In addition to the big name authors there are simultaneous programs occurring on nine stages, teen and children’s arts and craft activities, every child and teen will receive a new book of their choice, the Reading Rocks! Teen Battle of the Bands finals will take place, the Lee County Teachers of English will award the 2015 Aspiring Author Awards, there will be e-library demonstrations, lots of food vendors and more than 90 Marketplace exhibitors. Thousands of adults, teens and children will celebrate the power of reading and learn about the latest and greatest in books and accessories.
You won’t want to miss this exciting and fun day! Complete author information, schedules of activities, dates of partner events, directions to the event, and more are available at www.readfest.org or call 239-479-INFO|4636. For Marketplace booths call 239-533-4805.

Name 5 of the top events to see at the festivals (seperated by commas): Authors
Your top 5 best words to describe your festival or event?: Authors
Address of festival:
TBA
Fort Myers, Florida, TBA
United States
Festival / event start date: 03/20/2015
Referred By: http://festivals4fun.com/submit-your-festival-event-to-our-list-by-answering-10-questions-describing-your-event/
Evening with the Authors
Presented by the Lee County Library System
Friday, March 20, 2015,
6 – 9 p.m.
Space is limited, Reservations required
239-479-INFO|4636
To reserve seats go to
An Evening with the Authors will be an Evening to Remember!
The Evening with the Authors is an opportunity to meet, mingle and dine with the Southwest Florida Reading Festival’s best-selling authors. This is an exclusive event.
Name 5 of the top events to see at the festivals (seperated by commas): dog costumes, contests, auctions, doggie fashion
Your top 5 best words to describe your festival or event?: fundraiser, festival, dogs
Address of festival:
13499 U.S. 41
Fort Myers, Florida, 33907
United States
If you have a website, please enter it here (we allow links back to pages linking back to us):
Festival / event start date: 01/25/2015
Referred By: http://festivals4fun.com/submit-your-festival-event-to-our-list-by-answering-10-questions-describing-your-event/
PugFest X, Mardi Gras Pug-a-bration!
Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015
Noon to 4 p.m.
Location: Bell Tower Shops, corner U.S. 41 and Daniels Parkway (13499 U.S. 41in Fort Myers, FL 33907)
Admission is free, but a $5 donation per family is suggested.
More Info: 239-533-4826, www.readfest.org
This is a wildly popular event with funny dog costumes, contests, auctions and the latest in doggie fashion and accessories! PugFest, now in its 10th year, is a dog-friendly fundraiser for the Library System’s annual Southwest Florida Reading Festival. More than 1,500 animal lovers and 500 dogs attended the last event.
Presented by the Lee County Library System the proceeds benefit the Lee County Library System’s annual Reading Festival. Funds raised from PugFest X, Mardi Gras Pug-a-bration! help pay expenses associated with the March 21, 2015 Reading Festival, a free community event for southwest Florida residents and visitors. (show less)
May 29, 2014 – 04:43PM
What type of festival is it? (festival genre): Food or wine
Name 5 of the top events to see at the festivals (seperated by commas): Chocolate, spirits, silent auction, sampling, entertainment
Your top 5 best words to describe your festival or event?: delicious, fun, chocolate
Address of festival:
13499 U.S. 41
Fort Myers, Florida, 33907
United States
If you have a website, please enter it here (we allow links back to pages linking back to us): www.readfest.org
Festival / event start date: 11/21/2014
Referred By: http://festivals4fun.com/submit-your-festival-event-to-our-list-by-answering-10-questions-describing-your-event/
Chocolate & Spirits Festival
6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
• Silent Auction closes at 7:30 p.m.
The 16th annual Chocolate & Spirits Festival, one of the area’s favorite chocolate sampling events! The evening will feature sinfully delicious chocolate creations from area restaurants, festive holiday spirits, live entertainment and a sensational silent auction.
Where: Bell Tower Shops, corner U.S. 41 and Daniels Parkway in Fort Myers. The Festival will be held outside in the Center Court area all-around the fountain. (13499 U.S. 41Fort Myers, FL 33907)
Why: Proceeds benefit the Lee County Library System’s annual Reading Festival. Funds raised at the Chocolate & Spirits Festival help pay expenses associated with the March 21, 2015, Reading Festival, a free community event for southwest Florida residents and visitors.
Presented by: Lee County Library System
Sponsored by: The Bell Tower Shops and CRU Restaurant
How it Works: Admission to Chocolate & Spirits Festival is free. Funds are raised via tickets that are purchased for $1 apiece and traded for chocolate samples.
More Info: 239-533-4826, www.readfest.org (show less)
Jul 09, 2013 – 03:12PM
Name 5 of the top events to see at the festivals: Two dozen nationally acclaimed best-selling authors from all over the country for all ages and reading interests! Authors give presentations, take questions from the audience and sign books for fans. In addition to the big name authors there are simultaneous programs occurring on nine stages, teen and children’s arts and craft activities, Read the News will be videotaped by WINK TV, every child and teen will receive a new book of their choice, the Reading Rocks! Teen Battle of the Bands finals will take place, the Lee County Teachers of English will award the 2013 Aspiring Author Awards, there will be e-library demonstrations of library e-sources and e-books, lots of food vendors and more than 90 Marketplace exhibitors. Thousands of adults, teens and children will celebrate the power of reading and learn about the latest and greatest in books and accessories.
Your top 5 best words to describe your festival or event?: Fun, Exciting, Inspiring, BIG, Favorite Southwest Florida Festival!
What type of festival is it? (festival genre): Culture fest
Address of festival:
1375 Monroe Street
Fort Myers, Florida, 33901
United States
Expected Attendance (optional): 18,000
Festival / event start date: 03/15/2014
If you have a website, please enter it here (we appreaciate any links back to our website as well. hint, hint): www.readfest.org
Openings for vendors still available to purchase?: Yes – some spots open but vendors are prohibited from sales using the festival name
Referred By: http://festivals4fun.com/submit-your-festival-event-to-our-list-by-answering-10-questions-describing-your-event/
The Southwest Florida Reading Festival is the area’s premier literary event! This free, annual festival incites a passion for reading. The festival’s allure is the line-up of more than two dozen nationally acclaimed best-selling authors for all ages and reading interests. Authors give presentations, take questions from the audience and sign books for fans. In addition to the big name authors there are simultaneous programs occurring on nine stages, teen and children’s arts and craft activities, Read the News will be videotaped by WINK TV, every child and teen will receive a new book of their choice, the Reading Rocks! Teen Battle of the Bands finals will take place, the Lee County Teachers of English will award the 2013 Aspiring Author Awards, there will be e-library demonstrations of library e-sources and e-books, lots of food vendors and more than 90 Marketplace exhibitors. Thousands of adults, teens and children will celebrate the power of reading and learn about the latest and greatest in books and accessories. This festival was named a Top 20 Event in the Southeast United States by the Southeast Tourism Society!
You won’t want to miss this exciting and fun day! Complete author information, schedules of activities, dates of partner events, directions to the event, and more are available at www.readfest.org or call 239-337-7323. For Marketplace booths call 239-533-4805.

2013 Florida Reading Festival information

Southwest Florida Reading Festival
March 15, 2013 – March 16, 2013
Harborside Event Center
Fort Myers, FL
United States
239-533-4826; mbyersleegov.com

Type: Fair/Festival

Web site: http://www.readfest.org

Catalog URL: http://www.leelibrary.net

Amenities: food/drink

Description: There really is something for all ages to experience at the Southwest Florida Reading Festival. Everyone enjoys the multiple stages with the celebrity authors who share ‘inside scoop’ about their latest books or what makes a story idea click for them. You will be able to buy books and have the authors personalize and sign them too! You’ll find our numerous book and educational vendors offering the latest in services and new ideas. Kids will be mesmerized by the storytellers. There will be absolutely something for everyone! Want more? Sure!

A favorite year after year is the FREE Book for Every Child and Teen where they can pick out a book to take and keep!

The Children’s Craft & Activities Tent is so fun because kids make all kinds of cool stuff that the can take home!

There’s also an abundance family fun activities such as face painting, readings, drawings and so much more. It’ll be a day you will thoroughly enjoy and one you will want to repeat every year! Help the Festival!

Added by: SqueakyChu. Contacted: Not contacted. Venue ID: 1524

2014-03-12 / Arts & Entertainment News

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Southwest Florida Reading Festival
Sue Monk Kidd talks about her New York Times Bestseller at the …
BY NANCY STETSON
nstetson@floridaweekly.com
THE DISCOVERY OF THE TWO SOUTHERN SISTERS happened at a New York museum while looking at art by a woman who’d adopted the name of a midwestern city.

Novelist Sue Monk Kidd, a southerner herself, saw the names of Sarah and Angelina Grimke at the Brooklyn Museum while she was viewing Judy Chicago’s “The Dinner Party,” an iconic work that pays tribute to women in history.

And though Ms. Kidd lived in Charleston, S.C., where the Grimke sisters are from, she’d never heard of them before.

“Their names were listed along with 999 other women who had made significant contributions to history,” she says. “There they were, these two sisters, listed as the first abolitionists and women’s rights pioneers. That was very intriguing to me. I found out they were from Charleston, where I was living. I didn’t know about them. How did I miss them?

“The more I read about them, the more captivated I became about their lives and what they did.”

Initially, she says, she thought she’d narrate a novel from both their voices, but then she realized she wanted to focus on Sarah’s story, as well as the story of an enslaved woman.

The end result was Ms. Kidd’s third novel, “The Invention of Wings.”

Now a resident of Marco Island, Ms. Kidd will be a featured author at the Southwest Florida Reading Festival on Saturday, March 15, in downtown Fort Myers. The event, which is free, runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Ms. Kidd will speak at 10 a.m. and sign books afterwards.

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Endorsed by Oprah

Before “The Invention of Wings” was even released in early January, Oprah Winfrey had chosen it for her Book Club 2.0. She interviewed Ms. Kidd and featured her in the January issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, as well as on her TV show “Super Soul Sunday.”

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