Over sixty authors will bring their passion for writing to the Authors Book Fair: Celebrating Writers and Readers on Oct 9 at the Deltona Regional Library.
Several historians are among those attending. With so many newcomers to our area, many are not acquainted with the rich and varied history that exists here or those who helped shape it. The Authors Book Fair is the perfect opportunity for adults and children to learn more about Florida history.
Admission is free. The event, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature speakers and workshops for new writers. Refreshments will be available at the Scrub Jay Café.
Participating authors also include enthusiasts in poetry, US history and mystery, children’s, spiritual, cookbook, nonfiction, environment and outdoors and contemporary and historical fiction.
Award-winning author Rick Tonyan, specializes in Florida Cracker westerns. According to one reviewer speaking about Guns of the Palmetto Plains, “Rick Tonyan has written an extremely readable novel that is well-researched and historically realistic. It is excellent reading for anyone who would like to know more about the Florida frontier during the Civil War of the Florida "Cracker" cattle era. If a reader isn't interested in history, per se, this is still a darn good yarn!”
Marian Tomblin’s first book, Mystery at Hotel Ormond, was selected by the city for its One Book One Community Literacy campaign. The book has been described as a Nancy Drew-style mystery in which a present-day local girl discovers a 1920s-era mystery while immersed in solving a modern mystery.
Remembering Florida Tourist Attractions is just one of Steve Rajtar’s books taking us back to the simpler ways of yesteryear in the Sunshine State. Rajtar, a practicing attorney, has written over 20 books, each dealing with history and photos of historic places. A love of the outdoors and a fascination with local history inspired one of his hobbies: leading historical tours in Florida’s communities.
Jim Robison, editor, reporter, and history columnist for the Orlando Sentinel, is a fourth-generation Floridian. He has compiled several comprehensive histories of central Florida cities and the Wekiva including Altamonte Springs, Kissimmee and St. Cloud. His narratives are accompanied by vivid historic images, presenting an entertaining, informative account bringing these people and cities to life.
Award-winning Deland journalist, Ronald Williamson, has been bringing alive the west side history of Volusia County for decades. Steamboats and Sandhills is a collection of these stories.