Florence Festival of Books returns in September

One-day event on Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Florence Events Center

Aug. 10, 2022 — It’s that time of year again — time to mark your calendar for the 11th Florence Festival of Books, which will take place Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Florence Events Center.

Applications for authors and publishers wishing to participate open July 5. With a total of only 50 tables available, they may fill before the deadline of Sept. 6.

Large and small publishers, fiction and non-fiction authors as well as those who write children’s books, poets and authors of many other genre are welcome to participate as long as they have a published book.

The festival is a celebration of books, and, new this year, we are also including eBook authors.

For participating authors and publishers, besides the chance to share books with the public, it’s a great networking opportunity. And for potential authors, it’s a chance to discuss ideas and manuscripts with participating publishers.

The fees are: $60 for a single 6-foot table, $75 for a single 8-foot table, $90 for a shared 8-foot table, and $100 for a group of three at an 8-foot table. There is no fee for authors under 18 years of age. Participants keep 100% of proceeds.

All events are FREE to the public.

New this year is the consolidation of all events to one day. No festival events on Friday; everything takes place on Saturday. This should make it easier for attendees, as well as participants, to attend the Panel Discussion, which is now scheduled from 9 to 10 a.m. before the book fair, and to attend the Keynote Address, which will begin at 4:15 p.m. after the book fair. 

The Panel Discussion this year will be on how to turn your book into an eBook. Many authors have considered doing this, but just don’t know where to start.

And the Keynote Speaker will be William (Bill) Sullivan, who is best known for his hiking books, but will be doing a slideshow on “D.B. Cooper and the Exploding Whale: Folk Heros of the Northwest.” And, yes, Bill Sullivan has written a book about D.B. Cooper. This should be an entertaining presentation. 

Applications will be available as of July 5 on the festival website, www.florencefestivalofbooks.org.

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