Monday, December 21, 2015

Crime, Romance and Suspense coming to the Southwest Florida Reading Festival

 Two dozen nationally acclaimed and best-selling authors are coming to Fort Myers to meet fans and talk about their books at the 17th  annual Southwest Florida Reading Festival on March 19 at the Harborside Event Center and Centennial Park in the Fort Myers River District. 

The Reading Festival brings in popular authors for adults, teens and children from all over the country to stimulate the community and encourage a community-wide culture of reading for pleasure and personal development. The festival is a day-long event filled with fascinating and dynamic author presentations, lively programs and activities for teens and children, the latest library technology, contests, booksellers, book signings, a free book for every child and teen and the Reading Rocks! Teen Battle of the Bands! The Festival draws an average of 18,000 people annually.
The Reading Festival is the largest one-day reading festival in Florida and is designated a “Top 20 Event in the Southeast” for the month of March by the Southeast Tourism Society.

“The festival invites popular authors to participate by sharing their real life experiences, thought processes and the evolution of their characters,” says Reading Festival coordinator Margie Byers. “It is fascinating to hear how they craft their page-turner plots and tie all the details together.”
The festival kicks-off Friday evening, March 18 with the Evening with the Authors at the Marina at Edison Ford, where the authors meet, mingle and dine with attendees. A few of the award-winning authors scheduled to attend the events include adult authors: Meg Cabot, Paul Doiron, Debbie Macomber; teen authors: Joelle Charbonneau and Trish Dollar; children’s authors: Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann and many more. The complete list of authors can be found at
The Reading Festival is free and is 100 percent community supported through generous donations, sponsorships and grants. To help ensure the continuation of this free community event visit to make a secure online donation.  Author information, dates of partner events, directions to the event and more, is available for your convenience 24 hours a day at or call 239-479-4636. 
Lee County Library System produces the Southwest Florida Reading Festival to inform the community about the resources and services available at their local Lee County libraries and to remind them these resources and services are free with a library card. The Reading Festival is free and serves all ages and a variety of cultures with presentations from best-selling authors. Some of the authors who have attended in the past include: Sue Monk Kidd, Susan Mallery, R.L. Stine, Janet Evanovich, Nelson DeMille, Erik Larson, Jeff Lindsay and several hundred more.
The Reading Festival’s objectives are to promote reading and literacy; bring awareness of the library’s programs and resources; foster partnerships between the Lee County Library System and the community. The Reading Festival helps build a literate community and improve the local standard of living. The Reading Festival helps children and teens to develop an interest in reading independently and therefore an increase in vocabulary and writing; increases family bonding and reading time; positively affects the attitude and behavior of families and the community regarding reading; develops a more educated and enriched community. For more information go to

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