I've found listings for a number of book festivals in Florida. I'll put up a few new ones each week. I'll include just a brief description and a link to more information to give you a start in planning for the rest of this year and the beginning of next.
Let me know if you know of others. I'll be glad to list them if you send me the information.
Amelia Island Book Festival
Location: Amelia Island
Date: February 18-19, 2011
Amelia Island Book Festival is a Florida favorite. It's a place to listen to your favorite authors talk about their book and related topics. You'll have the opportunity to attend workshops, book signings, luncheons, and parties in historic Amelia Island. Watch for more details about the festival, but definitely save the date for this one. http://www.ameliaislandbookfestival.com/
Festival of Reading
Location: St. Petersburg
Date: March (2011 dates to be announced)
This festival offers a large array of authors, vendors and a special children’s storyland with costumed characters, games and activities. Watch the website for 2011 information.
The 2010 festival is Saturday October 23, 2010 from 10am to 4pm. in St Petersburg, Florida. Watch the website for more information: http://www.festivalofreading.com
Southwest Florida Reading Festival
Location: Ft. Myers
Date: March 19, 2011
There are events for adults and for children at this reading festival. Events include: a marketplace, authors, keynote speaker, dance performance, writing workshop, luncheon. Children's events include: storytelling, a writing contest, free books, shows, a bookmobile and much more. And for teens, watch for contests and giveaways, presentations by graphic novelists and other YA writers, a marketplace and more. There are also events in Spanish.
Date: January 22-30, 2011
This festival celebrates the life and work of the famous writer, folklorist, and anthropologist, Zora Neale Hurston, and her hometown of Eatonville, the nation’s oldest African American municipality. Save the dates and check the website to choose from the many events during this week-long festival: museum exhibits, public talks, panel discussions, workshops, and concerts.
You won't want to miss any of it and especially the three-day Outdoor Festival of the Arts, with events ranging from literacy programs for children to performances, competitions, art, an international marketplace, a health village, an international food pavilion, and more.