Saturday, September 20, 2014

Florida Heritage Book Festival to honor Robin Cook in September

St. Augustine, Fla. — The seventh annual Florida Heritage Book Festival and Writers Conference returns to St.Augustine in September, and this year will honor best-selling authors Robin Cook and John D. MacDonald (posthumously).

Cook created the medical thriller genre and is the author of over 30 books, 28 of which were New York Times bestsellers. He has sold nearly 10 million copies starting with the novel “Coma.”

The Book Festival takes place Sept. 25-27 and showcases Florida's rich and diverse literary legacy with best-selling author presentations that promise to delight book lovers and provide inspiration for aspiring authors.

The festival’s Writers Conference is Sept. 25-26 at Flagler College and features more than 100 writers from throughout the southeast. The conference includes critique workshops and multiple sessions on the craft and business of writing. Conference faculty consists of professionals like John Dufresne and Vicki Hendricks.

Cook will be honored at the Literary Legends Banquet, a tradition that has seen some of Florida’s most acclaimed writers accept awards in person and enthrall audiences with remarks about their legendary careers. The festival will also honor the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act with a special panel on north Florida’s place in that history.

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TheFlorida Heritage Book Festival in St. Augustine, Fla., promotes the state’s authors and literary works while providing educational opportunities for the students of St. Johns County. Since 2008, the festival has attracted more than 200 nationally-known authors and writers to its annual panel discussions, book signings, and writers conference. The festival also honors Florida LiteraryLegends, and in the past has recognized Carl Hiaasen, Michael Gannon, John Jakes, Peter Matthiessen, and Edna Buchanan. The Book Festival provides funding for the St. Johns County Public Library System, The St. Augustine Record’s Newspaper Media in Education Program, and a creative writing scholarship atFlagler College. For more information, visit<>

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