A Daylong Celebration of Books

Saturday, July 8, 2017
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 Adam Silvera, author of More Happy Than Not and History is All You Left Me, 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 and 5-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author, Jonathan Maberry, author of Rot and Ruin, Marvel comics, X-Files novels, Dark Horse comics, and more. 

This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required, but RSVP on Facebook to see updates and ask questions. Plus, read our interviews with keynote speakers Adam Silvera and Jonathan Maberry on the OCLS Blog.

View last year's Orlando Book Festival video and check out last year's guests!

Schedule (Subject to Change)

Saturday, July 8, 2017 | 10 a.m. - 4:50 p.m.
10 a.m. Opening Keynote - Adam Silvera
11 a.m. Panel and Workshop, Session 1
12 p.m. Panel and Workshop, Session 2
1 p.m. Panel and Workshop, Session 3
2-2:50 p.m Closing Keynote - Jonathan Maberry
3-4:50 p.m. Book Signing, all authors

Featured Authors (More to Come, Subject to Change)


11 am | Panel and Workshop, Session 1

    Book Promotion
      Location: Albertson Room
      Description: You’ve published a book, now how do you let people know about it? These authors will share their best practices for book promotion.
      Authors: Jaimie Engle, Heather Burch, Alethea Kontis, Craig Pittman
      Moderator: Jennifer Morris of Coastal Magic Convention


    Graphic Novels
      Location: Magnolia Room
      Description: The popularity of graphic novels is only growing. Enjoy a discussion about this exciting and diverse book format.
      Authors: Mike Maihack, Eddie Pittman, Jonathan Maberry
      Moderator: author Lauren Gibaldi


12 pm | Panel and Workshop, Session 2

    Publishing Tell-All
      Location: Albertson Room
      Description: Three authors share their behind-the-scenes knowledge and experience. Ask anything you want to know about the publishing process and industry.
      Authors: Janice Hardy, Larry Loftis, James Ponti
      Moderator: Laura Helseth of Read Head Editing


    Romancing the Book
      Location: Magnolia Room
      Description: Romance is the best-selling literary genre in the world. Come chat with the authors that make readers swoon.
      Authors: Elisabeth Staab, Tamara Lush, Marisa Cleveland, Kristin Wallace
      Moderator: author L.E. Perez


1 pm | Panel and Workshop, Session 3

    Writing for Teens
      Location: Albertson Room
      Description: Learn how to write stories that will captivate young readers from three award-winning authors.
      Authors: Edward Bloor, Taryn Souders, Wendy Mills
      Moderator: Racquel Henry of Writers Atelier


    Modern Monsters
      Location: Magnolia Room
      Description: What is it about a monster that grips you, that suspends your disbelief in such a way as to frighten you when you’ve put down the book?
      Authors: Owl Goingback, Ed Masessa, Erica Cameron
      Moderator: Jennifer Morris of Coastal Magic Convention

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 Orlando Book Festival is now closed to author submissions. Thank you for your interest. All other questions and inquires should be directed to adultprograms@ocls.info.

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