Book Events: Fairs, Festivals, and Conferences (2019 and 2020)

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9 Events Found in Florida

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Go On Girl! Book Club Author Awards Weekend Go On Girl! Book Club Author Awards Weekend
The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, Fort Lauderdale, Florida


Hosted by: Go On Girl! Book Club
Dates: Friday, May 31, 2019 to Sunday, June 2, 2019

Website: Go On Girl! Book Club Author Awards Weekend
Phone: 317 506 6257
Email: events@goongirl.org

Description:

The first Author Awards were presented in 1992 as a small event held in Brooklyn, New York to recognize those authors and publishers that made significant contributions in the writing and publication of quality books for and about people of African descent. That year we honored Gloria Naylor for Bailey’s Café and New Authors of the Year Barbara Neely for Blanche on the Lam and Barbara Summers for Nouvelle Soul. We gave a publishing award to Beacon Press for their work in publishing authors of color. We were delighted when they all showed up to accept their awards. That was the beginning of a GOG tradition. The annual Author Awards event has traveled the United States from east to west as well as outside the U.S. to Jamaica, West Indies and Toronto, Canada.

Beginning in 1993, the one-night event became a three-day weekend where chapters meet and take care of business issues and celebrate the winning authors. It's also an opportunity for members to meet and reconnect with their literary sisters from all over the country.

Each year winning authors are selected from our reading list based upon votes from each Go On Girl! Book Club chapter for Author of the Year and New Author of the Year. They are then invited to receive their awards in person at the annual Awards Ceremony. GOG members and guests have had the honor of awarding in person to Pearl Cleage, Bebe Moore Campbell, Walter Mosely, Jill Nelson, Valerie Wilson Wesley, Diane McKinney Whetstone, Lawrence Hill, Daniel Black, Isabel Wilkerson to name a few.

This flagship event is one of the ways of expressing our deep authentic respect for Black literature and authors, reinvigorating our literary sisterhood, and providing a platform for new literary talent to emerge.

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South Florida Book Festival South Florida Book Festival
African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, Lauderdale, Florida


Hosted by: African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
Dates: Friday, July 19, 2019 to Saturday, July 20, 2019

Website: South Florida Book Festival
Phone: 954-357-6282
Email: lib-customersvc@broward.org

Description:

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Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading
University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Florida


Date: Saturday, November 9, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Website: Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading
Email: LSHELTON@TAMPABAY.COM

Description:

Book. Music. Authors. Food.

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Miami Book Fair International Miami Book Fair International
Miami, Florida, 


Hosted by: Miami Dade College
Dates: Sunday, November 17, 2019 to Sunday, November 24, 2019

Website: Miami Book Fair International
Phone: 305-237-3258

Description:

The first Miami Book Fair International, founded by Miami Dade College and community partners, took place in 1984. Since then, it has been recognized as the nation’s finest literary festival. In 2001, the Fair became part of The Center for Writing and Literature @ Miami Dade College, a cultural and academic initiative that promotes the advancement and appreciation of literature throughout the year.

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Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival
Curtis Hixon Park, Tampa, Florida


Hosted by: Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival, Inc.
Dates: Friday, January 10, 2020 to Sunday, January 19, 2020

Website: Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival
Phone: 888-224-1733 ext. 3143
Email: programs@tampablackheritage.org

Description:

The Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival is an annual, cultural arts & music festival that takes place over the course of 10 days in Tampa Bay, Florida. They host an Author Village for two days during an outdorr festival. Check out AALBC.com’s coverage of the Author Village in 2017

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Southwest Florida Reading Festival Southwest Florida Reading Festival
Fort Myers Regional Library Campus, Fort Myers, Florida


Date: March 2020 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Southwest Florida Reading Festival
Email: mbyers@leegov.org

Description:

There really is something for all ages to experience at the Southwest Florida Reading Festival. Everyone enjoys the multiple stages with the celebrity authors who share ‘inside scoop’ about their latest books or what makes a story idea click for them. You will be able to buy books and have the authors personalize and sign them too! You’ll find our numerous book and educational vendors offering the latest in services and new ideas. Kids will be mesmerized by the storytellers.

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Venice Book Fair and Writers Festival
Centennial Park in downtown Venice, Venice, Florida


Hosted by: Pam Johnson
Date: March 2020 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Venice Book Fair and Writers Festival
Email: info@venicebookfair.com

Description:

The Venice Book Fair and Writers Festival is a small, unique program hosting writers teaching writers on Friday night, and authors selling and signing their books to the public on Saturday. All proceeds from the Venice Book Fair and Writers Festival go to Venice Heritage Inc., the 501(c) 3 fundraising arm of two historic sites in Venice, the Lord-Higel House, currently under restoration, and the Venice Museum and Archives expansion project.

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Florida Antiquarian Book Fair Florida Antiquarian Book Fair
St. Petersburg’s Historic Coliseum, St. Petersburg, Florida


Hosted by: Florida Antiquarian Booksellers Association
Date: April 2020 – Dates to be Announced

Website: Florida Antiquarian Book Fair
Email: FloridaBookFair@gmail.com

Description:
The book fair is the third largest in the country and features more than one hundred specialized booksellers from all over the United States.

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OE Book Fair OE Book Fair
Oxford Exchange, Tampa, Florida


Date: Sunday, April 26, 2020
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Website: OE Book Fair
Phone: 813-253-0222
Email: info@oxfordexchange.com

Description:

“It is our mission at Oxford Exchange to continually foster human engagement, spark meaningful dialogue and establish Tampa’s place as a cultural destination. We launched the OE Book Fair in 2015 to provide an open platform for local authors to connect with their community face to face. A broad array of genres and interests are represented, complimented by discussions and workshops throughout the day of the fair. We hope you’ll join us the discovery of local literary talent!”

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