Twenty five nationally acclaimed and best-selling authors are coming to Fort Myers to meet their fans and talk about their books at the 14th annual Southwest Florida Reading Festival on March 16 at the Harborside Event Center and Centennial Park in the Fort Myers River District. The Reading Festival brings in popular authors for adults, teens and children from all over the country to stimulate the community and encourage a community wide culture of reading for pleasure and personal development. The festival is a day- long event filled with fascinating and dynamic author presentations, lively programs and activities for teens and children, the latest library technology, contests, booksellers, book signings, a free book for every child and teen and new this year is the Reading Rocks! Teen Battle of the Bands! The Festival draws an average of 18,000 people annually.
The festival kicks-off Friday evening, March 15 with the Evening with the Authors where all the authors meet and mingle with the public. A few of the award-winning authors scheduled to attend both events include adult authors: Catherine Coulter, Alex Berenson, Martin Dugard; teen authors: Ellen Hopkins, Ally Carter; and children’s authors: Tedd Arnold and Kadir Nelson. The complete list of authors can be found at www.readfest.org.