Orlando Book Festival 2016

Saturday, June 18

The Orlando Book Festival is a day-long celebration of books at the Orlando Public Library. Join us for book signings, panel discussions, and writing workshops. Enjoy keynote addresses from New York Times bestselling thriller novelist Allison Brennan and New York Times bestselling novelist, screenwriter, and game designer Chuck Wendig. This event is free and open to the public.


Saturday, June 18, 2016 | 10 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
10 a.m. Opening Keynote: Allison Brennan
11 a.m. Panel and Workshop, Session 1
12 p.m. Panel and Workshop, Session 2
1 p.m. Panel and Workshop, Session 3
2-3:50 p.m Book Signing, all authors
4-4:45 p.m. Closing Keynote: Chuck Wendig


Featured Authors

Diana Abu-Jaber

Author Abu-Jaber Life Without a Recipe: A Memoir of Food and Family
Diana Abu-Jaber is the award-winning author of four novels, including Crescent, and a previous memoir, The Language of Baklava. She and her family divide time between Miami, Florida, and Portland, Oregon.

Diana Abu-Jaber's Website | Twitter

Sarah Andre 

Sarah Andre Locked, Loaded, & Lying
If daydreaming were an Olympic sport, Sarah Andre would be buried under gold medals! She lives in serene Southwest FL with her husband and two naughty Pomeranian boys, Bo and Taz. When she's not writing, Sarah keeps busy with various volunteer positions or catching up with all the novels on her 'To Be Read' pile. When all procrastination attempts fail, Sarah can be found working on her latest romantic suspense due out in April, 2016.

Sarah Andre's Website | Twitter | Facebook

Catherine Bailey

Bailey Hypnosis Harry
Catherine Bailey is the author of multiple picture books, including Mind Your Monsters (Sterling Publishing, 2015), Hypnosis Harry (Sky Pony Press, 2016) and Lucy Loves Sherman (Sky Pony Press, 2017). She lives and works in her home state of Florida, along with her husband and two children.Catherine Bailey is the author of multiple picture books, including Mind Your Monsters (Sterling Publishing, 2015), Hypnosis Harry (Sky Pony Press, 2016) and Lucy Loves Sherman (Sky Pony Press, 2017). She lives and works in her home state of Florida, along with her husband and two children.

Catherine Bailey's Website | Twitter | Facebook

Allison Brennan

Author Allison Brennan Poisonous by Allison Brennan
Allison Brennan believes life is too short to be bored, so she had five children and writes three books a year. A former consultant in the California State Legislature, Allison is now a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen thrillers and numerous short stories.

Allison Brennan's Website | Twitter | Facebook

Anthony Caselnova

Author Anthony Caselnova

Disney by the Numbers by Anthony Caselnova
Anthony (Tony) Caselnova is the author of Disney By The Numbers - Facts and Figures About the Walt Disney World Theme Parks and Resorts. He also co-hosts the Disney Parks Podcast. His fascination with Disney began during his first family trip to Walt Disney World at the age of thirteen.

Anthony Caselnova's Website | Twitter | Facebook

James C. Clark

James C. Clark Hidden History of Florida
James C. Clark is a lecturer at the University of Central Florida, where he has taught since 1987. He earned his doctorate in Florida history from the University of Florida. He is considered one of Florida's leading historians and is the author of twelve books including Florida: A Concise History.

James C. Clark's Website

Trish Doller

Trish Doller The Devil You Know
Trish Doller is a sailor, Slytherin, and maybe - okay, is definitely - Hamilton obsessed. She lives in Fort Myers with a relentless optimistic border collie and a pirate.

Trish Doller's Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Tumblr

Lauren Gibaldi

Lauren Gibaldi
Lauren Gibaldi is a librarian with the Orange County Library System and young adult author with HarperCollins. Her books include The Night We Said Yes and Autofocus.

Lauren Gibaldi's Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Janice Hardy

Janice Hardy Shifter
Janice Hardy is the author of The Shifter, Blue Fire, and Darkfall from Balzer+Bray/Harper Collins. She's also the founder of Fiction University, a site dedicated to helping writers improve their craft, and the author of Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure, a self-guided workshop for planning or revising a novel.

Janice Hardy's Website | Twitter | Facebook

William Hatfield

Author William Hatfield Tough Crowd by William Hatfield
William Hatfield is the author of Captive Audience, Duel Roles, and Tough Crowd, the first three installments of his SF series, Fists of Earth. He also has a quirky LGBT novel set in Key West, Menu for Murder, and is currently working on the sequel, Blown Choices, which puts his characters through their first serious hurricane season. William lives in Gainesville with his mad scientist wife, and their two feline daughters.

William Hatfield's Website | Amazon | Facebook

J.J. Howard

J.J. Howard Sit, Stay, Love
J.J. Howard is the author of YA contemporary novels That Time I Joined the Circus and Tracers. Her debut middle grade, Sit, Stay, Love was released by Scholastic in January 2016.

J.J. Howard's Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Ward Larsen

Ward Larsen Assassin's Silence
USA Today bestselling author Ward Larsen is a three-time winner of the Florida Book Award. His first book, The Perfect Assassin, is in pre-production as a motion picture with Amber Entertainment. A former USAF fighter pilot, he graduated from the University of Central Florida.

Ward Larsen's Website | Twitter

Meredith McCardle

Meredith McCardle

The Eight Guardian

Meredith McCardle spent many years working as a lawyer by day and writing by night before committing to writing full time. She is the author of The Eighth Guardian and Blackout and lives in South Florida with her family.

Meredith McCardle's Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

L.E. Perez

L.E. Perez Devil's Cut
L.E. Perez is a transplanted New Yorker/Pennsylvanian/Virginian who now calls Orlando, Florida her home. A martial artist, she enjoys teaching and pursuing her passion for writing.

L.E. Perez's Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Katheryn Russell-Brown

Katheryn Russell-Brown Little Melba and Her Big Trombone
Katheryn Russell-Brown is the author of Little Melba and Her Big Trombone - her first children's book. She's a law professor at the University of Florida and Director of UF's Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations.

Katheryn Russell-Brown's Website | Twitter

Medeia Sharif

Medeia Sharif Snip, Snip, Revenge
Medeia Sharif is a Miami resident, a MG and YA writer published through various presses, and a public school teacher.

Medeia Sharif's Website | Twitter | Instagam | Goodreads

Eric Telchin

Eric Telchin The Black and White Factory
Eric Telchin grew up in Niskayuna, New York, and graduated from George Washington University. He worked in design at ABC News and at washingtonpost.com before creating Boy Sees Hearts, which showcases photographs of naturally occurring heart shapes, and writing the book See a Heart, Share a Heart. He currently lives in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Eric Telchin's Website | Twitter | Facebook

Jenn Marie Thorne

Jenn Marie Thorne The Inside of Out
Jenn Marie Thorne graduated from NYU with a BFA in drama and quickly realized she was having more fun writing plays than performing in them. When a flurry of political scandals hit the news, Jenn wondered what the kids at the center of the media's attention must be going through, and so began The Wrong Side of Right, her debut novel. Jenn lives and writes in beautiful Gulfport, Florida, alongside her husband, two sons, and hound dog Molly.

Jenn Marie Thorne's Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Chuck Wendig

Chuck Wendig Star Wars Aftermath
Chuck Wendig is a New York Times bestselling novelist, screenwriter, and game designer. His novels include Star Wars: Aftermath, Blackbirds, Atlanta Burns, and Zer0es. He currently lives in the forests of Pennsyltucky with wife, son, and red dog.

Chuck Wendig's Website | Twitter

Nathan Whitaker

Nathan Whitaker Quiet Strength
Nathan Whitaker has had eight books reach the New York Times bestsellers list, including several in the top ten. A former National Football League executive, Nathan has co-authored non-fiction books with Tony Dungy, Tim Tebow, and others, as well as a work of fiction for middle grade readers.

Nathan Whitaker's Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram


11 am | Panel and Workshop, Session 1

Unforgettable Characters – Magnolia Room
From Hannibal Lecter to Holly Golightly, great characters have a certain je ne sais quoi. What is it about the characters we love and love to hate? Authors: J.J. Howard, Trish Doller, Diana Abu-Jaber. Moderator Jennie Jarvis
World Building – Albertson Room
A captivating and unique world is what sets science fiction and fantasy apart from all other genres. Get tips from three seasoned authors on building an authentic world. Authors: Meredith McCardle, L.E. Perez, William Hatfield. Moderator: Racquel Henry of Writer’s Atelier

12 pm | Panel and Workshop, Session 2

It's All True! – Magnolia Room
They say truth is stranger than fiction. Join these authors for a discussion of putting real life to ink and paper. Authors: Nathan Whitaker, James C. Clark, Anthony Caselnova. Moderator: Leslie Salas
Writing for Children – Albertson Room
To captivate young readers, writers must balance a youthful imagination with an adult professionalism. Learn how to write stories that entrance young minds. Authors: Katheryn Russell-Brown, Eric Telchin, Catherine Bailey. Moderator: Racquel Henry of Writer’s Atelier

1 pm | Panel and Workshop, Session 3

Relationships in YA – Magnolia Room
Whether its best friends, enemies, frenemies, lovers, family, or teachers, relationships are paramount to most YA fiction. Three YA authors explore the importance of relationships in books for teens.     Authors: Lauren Gibaldi, Jenn Marie Thorne, Medeia Sharif. Moderator: Laura of Little Read Riding Hood
Crafting Tension – Albertson Room
Tension is the secret to both hooking and holding the reader. These authors will show you how to keep readers turning the pages. Authors: Ward Larsen, Sarah Andre, Janice Hardy

Orlando Book Festival 2017 Information

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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A special thank you to our panel moderators: Laura of Little Read Riding Hood; Racquel Henry of Writer’s Atelier; Jennie Jarvis, author of Crafting the Character Arc; and Leslie Salas.

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