Mark your calendars! This Saturday is the Florence Festival of Books. I hesitated to write about this before because I was worried that the event would be cancelled due to the current coronavirus surge in Oregon. However, I received an email this morning from the event sponsor and we’re still good to go.
As my regular followers are aware, I’m a big fan of the Florence Festival of Books. It’s one of the largest annual book festivals on the Oregon coast. The first annual event just happened to be in 2011 which was the year I published my first full length book, Shipwrecks of Coos County (Arcadia Publishing). I had good timing! Because of this I can proudly say that I have had a booth at every Florence Festival of Books.
Last year (2020) would have been the 10th annual event but it was cancelled due to the coronavirus. As I mentioned earlier, I was worried that year’s event would be cancelled as well– especially since we’re int he middle of a virus surge– but they’re going forward with the event. In order to keep everyone safe, there will be some additional rules and restrictions. For instance, everyone– both attendees and authors/publishers– will be required to wear masks. They’re also encouraging us to have hand sanitizer available at our booths and the event hosts will be setting up hand sanitizer stations throughout the building.
The Florence Festival of Books is a great venue. Every year it gets a little bit bigger. The majority of the booths are for authors, but there are usually a few publishers as well. One of my favorite parts is the diversity. The event draws a mix of traditional and independent (self) published authors who represent a variety of genres and reading levels.
Since I usually attend the events alone, I don’t get a lot of time to wander through the booths. But the venue does provide volunteers that are available to watch your booth for short periods of time. I like to take advantage of this opportunity to walk around, say hello to the authors I know, and purchase a few new books for my personal collection.
There’s something for everyone! During past events, I’ve visited with fellow authors that write books for kids through adults, fiction and non-fiction, and a variety of genres. My personal favorites are local history, science-fiction, and I have a soft spot for children’s books (I have a healthy inner child!). But, the event draws a variety of other genres as well includes graphic novels, romance, and mystery.
The Florence Festival of Books is held at the Florence Events Center which is located at 715 Quince Street in Florence, Oregon. It’s a two day event.
On Friday night (September 17th, 2021) they will have a presentation featuring Melody Carlson as the keynote speaker. There will also be an educational panel featuring local authors Bob Welch and Bill Sulllivan.
The actual book fair will be held this Saturday, September 18th from 10 am until 4 pm. Attendance is free, but there will be numerous books available for sale. They also have a small cafe that sells food and drinks.
If you’re in the area, please stop by my booth and say hello! If you mention this blog post then I’ll give you a 25% discount toward the purchase of any of my autographed books.
i hope to see you there!
~ H. S. Contino