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Shellebrity Authors


The 85th Annual Sanibel Shell Show is fast approaching!  And unlike last year’s “virtual” festival, the 2022 festival will be back in person, with news that a group of authors — many local to Sanibel — will also be there to add to the overall shellacious experience!

The Authors’ Table will feature illustrated books about shells and shell-crafting, Florida beaches and marine life, and a selection of books for children, young adult fiction and Sanibel-based mysteries.

Scheduled author appearances include:

  • Jane Kirschner – Children’s book Annabel from Sanibel
  • Amanda Collette – Photography book My Way of Shelling
  • Harlan Wittkopf – The Sanibel Kaleidoscope,” Beach Treasures of the Gulf Coast and Alphie Finds the Seashell Alphabet”
  • Jennifer Lonoff Schiff – Sanibel Island Mystery series including A Shell of a Problem,” Shell Shocked and For Whom the Shell Tolls
  • Karen Bartlett – The (Mostly) Kids’ Guide to Sanibel and Captiva Islands
  • Megan McCormick – Sanibel-based young adult fiction Legacy
  • James Usavage – On These Shores,” A Bottle that Washed Ashore and Of Songs and Dreams and Fields of Flowers

The Annual Sanibel Shell Festival is the world’s longest-running shell festival.  It will once again feature both competitive scientific displays as well as an artistic competition, so in addition to learning all about shells, attendees will also have the chance to view and purchase beautiful artistic shell creations including Sailor’s Valentines, custom jewelry, crafty critters, and other works of art.  

The 2022 Sanibel Shell Festival is set for March 3 – 5 at The Community House at 2173 Periwinkle Way.  Don’t miss this island favorite!


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