3rd Annual Florence Festival of Books

Posted by OCVA / September 28, 2013

It won’t be long before the 3rd Annual Florence Festival of Books takes place at the Florence Events Center (715 Quince Street), Florence, on September 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. No charge to attend.


About 80 authors plan to participate with books of every genre for sale. Among the books will be tales of Coos County shipwrecks by H.S. Contino and tales of bar pilots leading ships across the Coos Bay bar by Capt. Steven and Jeanne Woods.


On a more serious note, Clif Harper’s novels deal with slavery in the south and Elizabeth King Gerlach has written both adult and children’s books about autism.


H. Chris Prueitt spent almost a year experiencing the Oregon outdoors, which resulted in a book of humorous short stories. And sisters Terry Irish and Bobbie Snead wrote about their year searching for Oregon’s 14 native owls. 


No book fair would be complete without “How-to” books. Gary Hartman’s books show how to build toys, clocks, and firearms.


Nina Foran Gee has a book on salmon, and Bob Wilson’s book shows all of us how to become our own lifestyle coaches. And Gary Lark, an award-winning poet., shares his poetry in his book. The variety is endless, There’s lots more fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books plus some fantasy, memoir, and great coffee-table books.

New this year is the Readers’ Corner, where 18 authors are signed up to read from their books. The first two hours from 10 a.m. to noon are reserved for children’s book authors. Illustrator and children’s author Sandy Silverthorne leads things off right at 10 a.m. Come early; he’s very popular.


So plan to bring your children or grandchildren or plan to buy gifts for them because there will be several children’s book authors participating. And bring your credit cards because there will be a central place to process them for authors not set up to handle cards.


Also new this year will be three classes taught the day before on September 27 that are not a part of the Festival but are being held in conjunction with it. The classes are 1 ½ hours each: “How to Get Started on Your Book––Show Don’t Tell” taught by author and artist Karen Nichols at 2 p.m.; “Self-Editing & Style” taught by author and publisher Ellen Traylor at 4 p.m.; and “How to Promote Your Own Book” by author and publisher Dr. Veronica Esagui at 7 p.m. For more information on cost and how to sign up, contact porthole@centurytel.net or 541-999-5725.

For those who provide services for authors––such as illustrators, editors, and book packagers––a table will be provided within the book area to display flyers or brochures for authors to peruse. There is no charge to display these materials. So if this includes you, deliver them in person or mail to the Florence Events Center, 715 Quince Street, Florence, OR 97439, by September 27. Any materials left over will be returned.


Sponsors that help make the Florence Festival of Books possible are Port Hole Publications, Pacific Publishing, Sutton Shores Press, Siuslaw Public Library, Siuslaw News, Coastal Writers, Sea Lion Caves, and the following individuals––Joshua Greene, Ron Hogeland and Nancy Archer, Shelley and Lynn Taylor, and Harriet and Dick Smith.


For more information, contact the Florence Events Center (541-997-1994 or www.eventcenter.org).

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