News Release

For immediate release - March 15, 2013

The 2013 Viva Libros! Authors' Reception

The public is invited to join the 2013 BookFest authors at the Authors' Reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the W. T. Bland Public Library, Mount Dora. This annual reception is held to celebrate the written word and to highlight the accomplishments of outstanding authors. This is your chance to rub elbows with some of your favorite best-selling authors including: Wendy Corsi-Staub, Alison Gaylin, Vivian Shipley, Robert Macomber, Mary Anna Evans, James C. Clark, Ryan Van Cleave, Chris Tozier, Kevin McCarthy, Darlin’ Neal, Bob Grenier, Doug Dillon, Jeffrey Lamb and speakers Jules Turscanyi and Julie England.

The annual reception to celebrate the written word and to highlight the accomplishments of outstanding authors is presented free to the public. Refreshments will be provided by the Tavares High School Culinary Department under the direction of Chef Marcus Herrington, CEC. At 7 p.m. the Bookmark Design Contest Award Ceremony will be held to unveil the 2013 winners.

Remember upcoming events on Saturday, March 16:
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Author Bill Good, Bluegrass Festival
East Lake County Library, Sorrento
Captain Bill Good is the author of By the Light of the Lighter Pine, The Coastal Collection of Short Stories about Natural Florida.

10 a.m. Vivian Shipley, How to Publish and Win Contests
W. T. Bland Public Library, Mount Dora
Discussion on the types of content to consider and pitfalls to avoid; the submission process, what to expect and how to proceed.

11 a.m. Doug Dillon, The St. Augustine Trilogy
Helen Lehmann Memorial Library, Montverde
a paranormal/historical work of fiction for young adults. The books are a very personal account of fifteen-year-old Jeff Golden’s explosive coming of age in America’s oldest and most historic city.

11:30 a.m. Mary Anna Evans, Your Novel: Day by Day
W. T. Bland Public Library, Mount Dora
Mary Anna has won the Florida Historical Society's Patrick D. Smith Florida Literature Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award, and a 2102 Florida Book Awards Bronze Medal. This workshop is an all-in-one guide to planning, writing, editing, and publishing a first novel.

1 p.m. Wendy Corsi Staub, Crossing Genres
W. T. Bland Public Library, Mount Dora
A New York Times bestseller she is the award-winning author of more than seventy-five published novels, has sold more than four million books worldwide and published in various genres including suspense, horror, historical and contemporary romance, television and more.

2 p.m. Alison Gaylin, Mystery Writing
W. T. Bland Public Library, Mount Dora
The Edgar®-nominated author has been published in the UK, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway and Japan. She will take you through the processes of creating your mystery, becoming inspired and motivated and the important elements of a good mystery.

The complete Lake BookFest schedule with author biographies is available on



Media contact:
Judy Buckland
Program Coordinator

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