Florida Heritage Book Festival returns to Flagler College

Florida is a state that boasts diverse literary talent. From Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Zora Neale Hurston to the more contemporary Carl Hiaasen, the Sunshine State has bred many well-known artists. It’s warm weather and beaches has also attracted the likes of Robert Frost and Ernest Hemingway, both of whom owned residences in the state. 


The Florida Heritage Book Festival celebrates this rich literary heritage by welcoming writers and literary enthusiasts to St. Augustine this weekend. 

The festival will run Friday and Saturday, and features events at World Golf Village, Flagler College, The Corazon Cinema and Cafe and the Marriott Courtyard at St. Augustine Beach. 

The event kicks off with a Writers Conference from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at World Golf Village, 500 S. Legacy Trail. The conference will feature workshops on crafting a novel, graphic novels and childrens illustrations and writing screenplays. 

The Writers Conference will be followed by a Literary Legends Reception at the Marriott Courtyard at St. Augustine Beach. The reception will honor Steve Berry, a New York Times bestselling author. Berry’s 12 “Cotton Malone” adventures and four standalone thrillers have sold more than 20,000,000 copies in 51 countries. 

A series of author talks will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday on the campus of Flagler College. From 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, finalists in the Florida Heritage Book Festival’s 2017 Poetry Competition will be honored. 

At 4 p.m. Saturday, the festival will head to The Corazon Cinema and Cafe for a discussion with “Flamingo Rising” author Larry Baker and a screening of the film adaptation of his book. 

For information, go to fhbookfest.com.


World Golf Village | 500 S. Legacy Trail 

9 a.m. to noon — Crafting a Novel (James O. Born) 

1 to 2:30 p.m. — Graphic Novels and Childrens Illustrations (Andre Frattino) 

2:30 to 4 p.m. — Creating Screenplays (Allen Marcil) 

Marriott Courtyard | 605 A1A Beach Blvd. 

6 to 9 p.m. — Literary Legends Reception 

Flagler College | 74 King St. 

8:30 a.m. — Marketplace opens in Virginia Room 

9 to 10 a.m. — Author talks 

  • Andrew Nagorski, “The Nazi Hunters” 
  • Larry Baker, “The Education of Nancy Adams” and “From a Distance” 
  • Karen Brown, “Clairvoyants” 
  • M.C. Finotti, “Paintbrushes and Arrows” 
  • Andrew Frank, “Before the Pioneers: Indians, Settlers, Slaves, and the Founding of Miami 

10 a.m. — Book signing with Literary Legend Steve Berry 

10:20 to 11:20 a.m. — Author talks 

  • Thomas Graham, “Silent Films in St. Augustine” 
  • Cassie Selleck, “The Pecan Man” 
  • Robert Gold, “Cut of the Cross” 
  • Marty Jourard, “Music Everywhere: The Rock & Roll Roots of a Southern Town” 
  • Andre Frattino, “A Land Remembered” 

11:40 to 12:40 p.m. — Author talks 

  • Mary Custureri, “How to Get Published” 
  • Janice Hardy, “The Healing Wall” trilogy 
  • Peggy Bulger, “Stetson Kennedy: Applied Folklore and Cultural Advocacy” 
  • James O. Born, “Putin’s Gambit” 

1 to 2 p.m. — Author talks 

  • Tim Dorsey, “Clownfish Blues” 
  • Kent Wascom, “Secessia” 
  • Chris Tozier, “Olivia Brophie and Aristotle’s Lantern” 
  • J. Michael Butler, “Beyond Integration: The Black Freedom Struggle in Escambia County, Florida” 
  • Bob Lee, “Bad Guys, Bullets, and Boat Chases: True Stories of Florida Game Wardens” 

2:20 to 3:20 p.m. — Author talks 

  • Elizabeth Randall, “Murder in St. Augustine: The Mysterious Death of Athalia Ponsell Lindsley” 
  • Richard Wickliffe, “Storm Crashers” 
  • Steph Post, “Lightwood” 

2:20 to 3:30 p.m. — Poetry Contest Finalist Ceremony 

The Corazon Cinema and Cafe | 36 Granada St. 

4 p.m. — Author talk with “Flamingo Rising” author Larry Baker with screening of the film version of the book