A Daylong Celebration of Books

Saturday, May 18, 2019
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Orlando Book Festival is a day-long celebration of books at the Orlando Public Library. Join us for panels, writing workshops, book signings, and more from bestselling authors from all over the country. Enjoy opening and closing keynotes from New York Times bestselling authors Daniel José Older and Delilah S. Dawson.

This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required. RSVP on Facebook to receive updates.

Read an exclusive interview with keynotes Daniel José Older and Delilah S. Dawson at the OCLS Blog.

Schedule (Subject to Change)

For Readers & Writers
10-10:50 a.m. Opening Keynote: Daniel José Older
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: Delilah S. Dawson
3-4:30 p.m. Book Signing, all authors


Panel & Workshop Schedule

Session 1 - 11:00 – 11:50 A.M.

Say Hey 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: Nina Moreno, Stacie Ramey, Steven dos Santos. Moderator: Laura Helseth.

Writing Local History - Four local historians will share tips on how you can get published writing history, whether it is about Orlando or Escanaba, Michigan! Featuring: Rick Kilby, James C. Clark, Joy Dickinson, Robert Redd. Moderator: James C. Clark.

Session 2 - 12:00 – 12:50 P.M.

Keep Me in Suspense - 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: Alyssa Day, Patricia Gussin, S.E. Green. Moderator: L.E. Perez.

How to Keep Young Readers Engaged - Learn how to write books that will captivate young readers from three incredible authors who write for children. Featuring: Loreen Leedy, Amy Sweezey, Sherri Winston. Moderator: Arielle Haughee.

Session 3 - 1:00 – 1:50 P.M.

Myths & Legends - The authors will discuss how they draw from mythology and stories from all over the world to add depth to their fiction. Featuring: Steph Post, Monica Sanz, Jan Eldredge. Moderator: Valerie Willis.

Book Publishing Tell-All - Three authors from different genres share their behind-the-scenes knowledge and experience. Ask anything you want to know about the publishing process and industry. Featuring: Alyssa Maxwell, Erica Dawson, Luis Martínez-Fernández. Moderator: Racquel Henry.

Participating Literary Organizations

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

Authors of Orlando Book Festival 2019

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

All questions and inquires should be directed to events@ocls.info. The Orlando Book Festival is now closed to author inquiries.

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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.