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Southwest Florida Reading Festival downtown Fort Myers this weekend

Authors announced for 20th annual Southwest Florida Reading Festival


This weekend, prepare for the most important one-day studying pageant within the state.

The annual Southwest Florida Reading Festival is occurring Saturday, March 2.

For the second yr, will probably be outdoors the Fort Myers Regional Library in downtown Fort Myers, 2450 First St.

You’ll be able to meet best-selling authors, get books signed, and be surrounded by the fun and significance of reading.

The WINK Information staff may even be at the event. It runs from 10a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Southwest Florida Reading Festival is free and community-supported via donations, sponsorships and grants. To help make sure the continuation of this free group occasion, visit www.readfest.org to make a safe online donation. More info is on the market at www.ReadFest.org or by calling 239-533-4832.

Saturday, March 2, 2019
10 a.m. – four p.m.
Fort Myers Regional Library Campus
2450 First St, Fort Myers, FL



Tara Conklin is a writer and former lawyer whose first novel, “The House Girl,” was a New York Occasions bestseller, #1 IndieNext decide, Target ebook club decide and has been translated into 8 languages. Her second novel, “The Last Romantics,” revealed February 2019 by William Morrow/Harper Collins. Before turning to fiction, Tara labored for a world human rights organization and as a litigator at a company regulation agency in London and New York. Her writing has appeared in “This is the Place: Women Writing About Home,” “The Bristol Prize Anthology and Pangea: An Anthology of Stories from Around the Globe.” Tara was born in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands and grew up in western Massachusetts. She holds a bachelor’s degree in historical past from Yale University, a J.D. from NYU Faculty of Regulation and a grasp’s diploma in regulation and diplomacy from the Fletcher Faculty at Tufts University. She lives in Seattle together with her household.https://www.taraconklin.com.

Thomas Mullen is the writer of 5 novels, including “Darktown,” an NPR Greatest E-book of 2016; “Lightning Men,” named a Prime Ten Crime Novel of 2017 by The New York Occasions; and “The Last Town on Earth,” named Greatest Debut Novel of 2006 by USA At present. Visit www.thomasmullen.internet.

Lisa Patton is a Memphis, Tennessee, native who hung out as a Vermont innkeeper until three subzero winters despatched her rushing again down South. She labored 25 years within the music and leisure business earlier than discovering her ardour for novel writing and is now the bestselling writer of what Library Journal calls, “the beloved Dixie series: “Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter,” “Yankee Doodle Dixie” and “Southern as a Second Language.” Her latest novel, “Rush,” a summer time 2018 Okra Decide from the Southern Unbiased Booksellers Alliance and a SIBA bestseller, has been praised by the Atlanta Journal Constitution as “a story about right versus wrong, old traditions pitted against modern ideas and changing times.” Visit www.lisapatton.com.

Lori Roy was born and raised in the Midwest the place she attended and graduated from Kansas State College. She is the writer of the Edgar Award-Profitable “Bent Road.” Her most recent novel, “Let Me Die in His Footsteps,” acquired the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Greatest Novel of 2015, making Lori the first lady to win Greatest First and Greatest Novel and the third individual to do so. Go to https://www.loriroy.com/.

B.A. Shapiro is the New York Occasions bestselling writer of “The Muralist,” “The Art Forger,” “The Safe Room,” “Blind Spot,” “See No Evil,” “Blameless” and “Shattered Echoes.” She has additionally written four screenplays and the nonfiction ebook, “The Big Squeeze.” “The Art Forger” has been on many bestseller lists including the New York Occasions, Boston Globe, LA Occasions, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Amazon, and Kindle and has gained many awards including The 2013 New England Ebook Award for Fiction. She lives in Boston and is engaged on her eighth novel. Visit http://bashapirobooks.com/.

Peter Swanson is the writer of four novels: “The Girl With a Clock For a Heart,” an LA Occasions Guide Award finalist; “The Kind Worth Killing,” winner of the New England Society E-book Award; “Her Every Fear,” an NPR e-book of the yr; and his most recent, “All the Beautiful Lies.” Visit www.peter-swanson.com/.

Kiki Swinson is the bestselling writer of over 30 novels and brief stories. Swinson’s works function resilient ladies making robust—and typically not quite authorized—selections to outlive. Her novels, inspired by her experiences and a five-year stint in federal prison, have bought over 1 million copies. Visit www.kikimedia.internet.

Basic Anthony Tata has more than three many years of service in the private and non-private sectors. His final tour was as the Deputy Commanding Common of the 10th Mountain Division and Joint Process Drive in Afghanistan, commanding 25,000 troops. He’s writer of nationwide bestselling thrillers “Foreign and Domestic,” “Three Minutes to Midnight,” and “Besieged.”“Direct Fire” revealed in fall 2018. Visit www.ajtata.com.

Wendy Waxs modern ladies’s fiction revolves round journeys of self-discovery and explores the bonds of friendship that get us via the toughest occasions. Her works embrace “A Week at the Lake,” “While We Were Watching Downton Abbey” and her Florida-set “Ten Beach Road” novels: “Best Beach Ever,” “One Good Thing,” “Sunshine Beach,” “The House On Mermaid Point,” “Ocean Beach” and “Ten Beach Road” and have been featured in nationwide media including USA In the present day, Women’ House Journal and Lady’s World.  

Her different works embrace “Magnolia Wednesdays,” “The Accidental Bestseller,” “Hostile Makeover,” “Leave it to Cleavage,” “Single in Suburbia,” and “7 Days and 7 Nights.” Lots of her novels have been revealed internationally.

A former broadcaster and the mom of two grown sons, Wendy has left the suburbs of Atlanta for an in-town high-rise where she and her husband are happily downsized. Her newest novel “My Ex-Best Friend’s Wedding” will probably be launched in Might 2019. Visit www.authorwendywax.com/.

Karen White is the New York Occasions bestselling writer of over twenty books, together with “The Night the Lights Went Out,” “Flight Patterns,” “The Sound of Glass,” “A Long Time Gone” and “The Time Between” and a coauthor, with Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig, of “The Forgotten Room.” Go to www.karen-white.com.

Lauren Willig is the New York Occasions and USA At this time bestselling writer of a number of works of historic fiction, including “The English Wife,” the RITA-winning Pink Carnation collection, and two novels co-written with Karen White and Beatriz Williams. An alumna of Yale, she has a graduate diploma in history from Harvard and a J.D. from Harvard Regulation. She lives in New York City together with her husband, preschooler, child and plenty of coffee. Go to www.laurenwillig.com.


Johnny Heller has narrated over 700 audiobooks in every genre. He is a 2005 and 2009 Audie Award Winner, a double nominee in 2015, a 2014 Nominee for Greatest Male Narrator, a double nominee in 2012 and was named a Greatest Voice of 2008 – 2011, 2014, 2015 and a Publishers Weekly Pay attention Up Award Winner 2008-2013. A winner of over 25 Earphone Awards, Audiofile Magazine named Heller one of many prime 50 voices of the 20th Century. Johnny coaches actors in audiobook narration and business VO regionally, nationally and internationally. Go to https://johnnyheller.com/.


Drew Brockington has flown a space shuttle, repaired the area station, and worked in Mission Control, all whereas attending Area Camp. He’s the writer and illustrator of the Indiebound bestselling graphic novel collection “CatStronauts!” He lives together with his family in Minneapolis. Go to www.drewbrockington.com.

Jessica Day George is The New York Occasions bestselling writer of over a dozen fantasy books for center grade and younger grownup readers. Born in Idaho, she has a level in Humanities and Scandinavian Research from BYU and lived in Delaware and New Jersey earlier than settling close to Salt Lake Metropolis, Utah, together with her husband, three youngsters and fluffy dog. She likes books, dark chocolate, knitting, films, Disney holidays and very small canine. Go to www.jessicadaygeorge.com.

Joan Holub is a New York Occasions bestselling youngsters’s guide writer of “Mighty Dads,” “Little Red Writing,” “Zero the Hero,” “This Little Trailblazer,” “Who Was Babe Ruth,” and “Hello Ninjas.” She co-writes the collection “Goddess Girls,” “Heroes in Training,” and “Grimmtastic Girls.” Visit www.joanholub.com.

Hilde Lysiak is the 11-year-old publisher of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania’s newspaper, the Orange Road News. The paper has 700+ paid subscribers and is read by hundreds more online. Hilde’s journalism efforts have been profiled by The New York Occasions, Columbia Journalism Evaluate, NBC At present and tons of of different newspapers and tv stations all over the world. Hilde is co-writing the Scholastic Branches collection “Hilde Cracks the Case” together with her dad, Matthew Lysiak. Visit www.orangestreetnews.com.

Jackson Pearce is the writer of many titles for young readers, including the “Ellie Engineer” collection, the “Doublecross” collection, the “Pip Bartlett” collection and the “Sisters Red” collection. Her books, “The Doublecross” and “Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures” have both appeared on the Sunshine State Younger Readers Award listing. Visit www.jacksonpearce.com.


Maureen Johnson is the New York Occasions and USA As we speak bestselling writer of several younger adult novels, including “13 Little Blue Envelopes,” “Suite Scarlett,” “The Name of the Star,” and “Truly Devious.” She has also carried out collaborative works, similar to “Let It Snow” (with John Green and Lauren Myracle) and “The Bane Chronicles” (with Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan). Her work has appeared in publications comparable to The New York Occasions, Buzzfeed and The Guardian and she or he has served as a scriptwriter for EA Video games. She has an MFA in Writing from Columbia College and lives in New York City. Go to www.maureenjohnsonbooks.com.

Ashley Poston is the writer of “Geekerella” and “Heart of Iron.” Her fangirl heart has taken her in all places from the homes of Hollywood screenwriters to the levels of music festivals to geeked-out conventions (in cosplay, in fact). When she isn’t inventing new recipes with peanut butter, having passionate dance-offs together with her cat or geeking out everywhere in the web, she writes books. She lives in small-town South Carolina, where you possibly can see the celebs impossibly properly. Go to www.ashposton.com.