A Daylong Celebration of Books

This event has been canceled due to concerns related to COVID-19. We apologize for any inconvenience. 


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 Dhonielle Clayton and Tim Dorsey.

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

Authors and Schedule (Subject to Change)

For Readers & Writers
10-10:50 a.m. Opening Keynote: Dhonielle Clayton
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: Tim Dorsey
3-4:30 p.m. Book Signing, all authors



Panel & Workshop Schedule

Session 1 - 11:00 – 11:50 A.M.

Romancing the Book
Authors: Mara Wells, Racquel Henry. Moderated by Kait Ballenger.
Romance is the best-selling literary genre in the world. Come chat with the authors that make readers swoon.

How to Keep Young Readers Engaged
Authors: RM Romero, Rob Sanders, Kelly Coon. Moderated by: L.E. Perez.
To captivate young readers, writers must balance a youthful imagination with an adult professionalism. Learn how to write stories that entrance young minds. 

Session 2 - 12:00 – 12:50 P.M.

The Truth in Fiction
Authors: Jenny Torres Sanchez, Trish Doller, Caitlin Lochner. Moderated by Lauren Gibaldi.
Fiction can help us face uncomfortable feelings and deal with hard truths. These authors will discuss how fictional stories can shine a light on the world all around us.

Crafting Tension
Authors: Stefani Deoul, James Holmes, Michael Wiley. Moderated by L.E. Perez.
Tension is the secret to both hooking and holding the reader. These authors will show you how to keep readers turning the pages. 

Session 3 - 1:00 – 1:50 P.M.

Say YAY to YA!
Authors: Taylor Simonds, Amber Mitchell, Jill Baguchinsky. Moderated by: Laura Helseth.
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.

World Building
Authors: David Pedreira, Micah Dean Hicks, Isabel Ibañez. Moderated by Laure Gibaldi.
A captivating and unique world is what sets science fiction and fantasy apart from all other genres. Get tips from three great authors on building an authentic world.


Panel Moderators

  • Laura Helseth: Like most Floridians, Laura is a transplant from somewhere that currently has ice and snow. She was in her 30s when she realized getting paid to read was actually a job, and loves every second of it. @littleread1

  • Lauren Gibaldi is the author of the young adult novels The Night We Said Yes, Autofocus, and This Tiny Perfect World. She’s also a (very cool) librarian with OCLS. @laurengibaldi 

  • L.E.Perez is a multi-genre author/publisher with a podcast, Legion of Writers. Her mantra is Strong Women, Strong Stories. As an author, she believes in paying it forward. @honorcpt

  • Kait Ballenger is the author of the Seven Range Shifter paranormal romance series, where she weaves captivating tales of sexy heroes who are cowboys by day, wolf shifters by night. She lives in Central FL. @kait_ballenger


Participating Literary Organizations

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

The Kerouac Project
Writer's Atelier
Florida Writers Association
Citrus Crime Writers
Orlando Area Science Fiction Society
Adult Literacy League

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.

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.