The Southwest Florida Reading Festival has announced 29 well-known and bestselling authors for its March event in downtown Fort Myers. This year’s line-up includes “Dexter” thriller novelist Jeff Lindsay, romance writer Susan Mallery, renowned poet Richard Blanco and more.
The authors will meet their fans and chat about their books at the 16th-annual event in Centennial Park and Harborside Event Center. The two-day fest features popular authors for adults, teens and children. Activities include author lectures and programs, kids activities, contests, book signings, a teen battle of the bands and a free book for every child and teenager.
The fest starts Friday, March 20, with its Evening with the Authors at The Marina at Edison Ford in downtown Fort Myers. That’s where people can meet, mingle and dine with many of the writers. Then the main fest takes place on Saturday, March 21. All Saturday activities are free. Tickets for Evening with the Authors are $45-50. They’re on sale through March 5.