A Daylong Celebration of Books

Saturday, April 21, 2018
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Orlando Book Festival is a day-long celebration of books at the Orlando Public Library. New York Times bestseller S. Jae-Jones, author of Wintersong, will kick off the day with an opening keynote. Join us for panels, writing workshops, book signings, and more from bestselling authors from all over the country. Enjoy a closing keynote address from New York Times bestseller David Baldacci.

Seating is limited for the David Baldacci talk; a limited number of wristbands will be distributed starting at 9:30 a.m. You must be present to receive a wristband. One wristband per person.

This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required, but RSVP on Facebook to see updates and ask questions.

Schedule (Subject to Change)

For Readers & Writers
10-10:50 a.m. Opening Keynote - S. Jae-Jones
10 a.m. - 2p.m. Literary Organization Tables
11-11:50 a.m. Panel and Workshop, Session 1
12-12:50 p.m. Panel and Workshop, Session 2
1-1:50 p.m. Panel and Workshop, Session 3
2-2:50 p.m. Closing Keynote - David Baldacci
2-2:50 p.m. Explore the Melrose Center
3-4:30 p.m. Book Signing, all authors


Kids Corner
9:30  a.m. Tiny Tales (<18 months)
10  a.m. Toddler Time (18 months - 3 years)
10:30 a.m. Storybook Fun (3-5 years)
11:15 a.m. Storytelling (all ages)
11:45 a.m Storytelling (all ages)
12:15 p.m. Storytelling (all ages)
12:30 p.m. PBS Kids Time


Panel & Workhsop Schedule

Session 1 - 11:00 – 11:50 A.M.

Writing for Children
Writing for children is both a great honor and responsibility. Four amazing authors will share their knowledge with those looking to write for ages twelve and younger.
Featuring: Sherri Winston, Jennifer Swanson, Zebo Ludvicek, Margaret Mincks. Moderator: Laura Helseth

Keeping the Mystery Alive
These authors’ twisty, suspenseful books are sure to keep you reading all night. Join them for a discussion of how they keep readers guessing to the very end.
Featuring: David Hagberg, Nancy J. Cohen, Amy Christine Parker, Lori Roy. Moderator: Jennifer Morris

Session 2 - 12:00 – 12:50 P.M.

Poisons, Espionage, and Blood Spatter: Researching for Fiction
Even if you're writing fiction, you can't just make everything up. Learn how to research so that the story feels real to the reader and keeps them engaged.
Featuring: Lisa Black, Karen Rose, Sally Fernandez, Dale Lucas. Moderator: Jennifer Morris

Say Yay to YA
Some of the best books being published right now are in the Young Adult category. Join us for a discussion of what makes YA awesome for readers of all ages.
Featuring: Jenny Torres Sanchez, Lauren Gibaldi, Vivi Barnes, Christina Farley. Moderator: Racquel Henry

Session 3 - 1:00 – 1:50 P.M.

Writing Tools: Essential Strategies for Every Writer
Roy Peter Clark selects his most practical writing tips from his most popular books. From nuts and bolts to special effects to story blueprints to useful habits. With music!

Women in Fiction
From the perfect ideal to the ultimate evil, there are truly great female characters from literature of all genres. What makes readers love – or love to hate – them?
Featuring: Rachel Hauck, C.L. Wilson, SJ Sindu, Tawdra Kandle. Moderator: L.E. Perez

Participating Literary Organizations

Visit with these literary organizations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Orlando Book Festival:


David Baldacci Signing Guidelines

Only books will be signed, no other items. Limit 3 books per person. Only one book will be personalized per person. Limit of one book from your personal library; all others must be purchased at this event.

Authors of Orlando Book Festival 2018

Directions & Parking Information

The Orlando Public Library is located at 101 E. Central Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32801.

Traveling East on I-4, take the South Street exit (82B), turn right on Central Blvd and the library will be on your left in 0.6 miles. Traveling West on I-4, take exit 84 for US-17/US-92, turn left onto US-17 N/US-92 E/W Colonial Dr, turn right onto N Orange Ave for 0.8 miles, then turn left onto E. Central Blvd and the library will be on your left.

Read more about the Orlando Public Library and parking. OCLS is not able to validate or reimburse parking.

Contact Us

The 2018 Orlando Book Festival is now closed to author applications. All other questions and inquires should be directed to adultprograms@ocls.info.

Follow the conversation using #orlandobookfestival on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


Any person requiring special accommodations to participate in any class or program due to a disability may arrange for assistance by contacting us at least seven days prior to the event.

In Cooperation With

Writers Block Bookstore
Writers Block Bookstore is the official bookseller of the Orlando Book Festival.


In May, PBS launches a new series called “The Great American Read” which is designed to spark a national conversation about reading and the books that have inspired, moved, and shaped us. Visit the WUCF table to learn more and tell us about your favorite book!