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Free South Florida Book Festival And Literary Conference Features Bestselling Authors, Workshops and More
DATE: July 1, 2016
Libraries Division

PHONE: 954-357-6190

BROWARD COUNTY, FL  - The South Florida Book Festival and Literary Conference (SFBFLC) is coming to town July 22-23, 2016 at the African-American Research Library & Cultural Center, located at 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311, and other select Broward County Library locations .

This event features an array of New York Times bestselling authors, nationally renowned speakers, business entrepreneurs, book industry professionals as well as upcoming literary stars and will include book talks, panel discussions, book readings, autograph sessions, writing and publishing workshops and a Kid Zone for families.


Sponsored by Broward County Library, the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center and Literally Speaking Events, the SFBFLC has become one of the country's fastest growing book festivals. 


South Florida Book Festival and Literary Conference Event Schedule

Friday, July 22
11AM - Author Talk/Presentation with Dr. Jeffrey Dach, Tamarac Library, 8701 W Commercial Blvd., Tamarac, FL 33351, 954-765-1500 (Free and open the public)
2PM - Author Talk/Presentation with Dr. Jeffery Dach, Galt Ocean Mile Reading Center, 3403 Galt Ocean Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308, 954-357-7840 (Free and open the public)
4PM - Author Talk/Presentation with Brenda Jackson, Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library, 2800 NW 9 Court, Pompano Beach, FL 33069, 954-357-7670 (Free and open the public)
6:30PM - Evening with the Literary Stars and book signing event. Meet bestselling authors and book industry professionals at a dress-up affair complete with hors d'oeuvres, wine and an autographed book of their choosing, African-American Research Library & Cultural Center. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door; order in advance from Eventbrite.


Saturday, July 23
All events are free and open to the public. To ensure your seat, sign up for free reservations at Eventbrite.
10:30AM - Murder, Suspense and Heart-Pulsing Thrills: An Intriguing Look at Crime. Panel discussion featuring mystery writer Erica Spindler, recipient of the Daphne du Maurier Award for her novel, Bone Cold; and M. William Phelps, investigative journalist, author and creator/producer/star of ID Television's series Dark Minds.  African-American Research Library & Cultural Center
11AM - Women Entrepreneurs: How to Turn Your Passion into Prosperity. Panel discussion featuring entrepreneur Miko Branch, co-founder and CEO of Miss Jessie's hair-care products line, and Melba Wilson, television personality (most recently on CNBC's Consumed) and the owner of Melba's restaurant. African-American Research Library & Cultural Center
12PM - Under the Surface of Caribbean Life. Panel discussion with award-winning fiction authors M.J. Fierve and Colin Channer.
12:30PM - Chocolate Thoughts: Insights into the Hearts and Minds of Black Men. With S. James Guitard. African-American Research Library & Cultural Center
12:30PM - Trump, Tweeting and the Presidential Election. With renowned political pundits and college professors Dr. Joseph E. Uscinski and Dr. Kevin Wagner. African-American Research Library & Cultural Center

1PM Launching Your Career as a Romance Novelist: The Inside Scoop. Workshop featuring senior Harlequin editor Glenda Howard, New York Times bestselling romance authors Brenda Jackson and bestselling romance author Marcia Gamble. African-American Research Library & Cultural Center
1:30PM - Uncovering Your Roots. Learn how to trace your relatives using Broward County Library's free online resources; even search for names in slave schedules and war records. Presented by Linda Cubias. African-American Research Library & Cultural Center
2PM - Authors' Talk/Presentation - Miko Branch, Miramar Branch Library & Education Center, 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar, FL 33025, 954-357-8090
3PM -
Author Talk/Presentation - M. William Phelps and Erica Spindler - North Regional/Broward College Library, 1100 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek, FL 33066, 954-201-2600

3PM How to Show Up for Your Life and Be Extraordinary. Panel led by motivational speaker and business storytelling coach Andy Henriquez. African-American Research Library & Cultural Center
3PM Seven Types of Queens That Kings Desire: A Panel on Dating led by authors Kevin Dorival author of 7 Types of Queens that Kings Desire, and Jeff Carroll, author of the Hip Hop Dating Guide. African-American Research Library & Cultural Center

3PM - Author Talk/Presentation - Melba Wilson, Northwest Regional Library, 3151 University Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33065, 954-357-7990
3PM - Author Talk/Presentation - Dr. Joseph E. Uscinski and Dr. Kevin Wagner, Weston Library, 4205 Bonaventure Blvd., Weston, FL 33332, 954-357-5420

High-resolution images of SFBFLC authors available upon request.


About Broward County Libraries Division
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