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The Power of Reading


After more than 20 years celebrating the “power of reading,” the Southwest Florida Reading Festival will carry on its traditions in a new way this March by adopting a fully virtual format.

Nearly 30 acclaimed and bestselling authors are scheduled to give virtual presentations and participate in live, interactive Meet & Greets on the event website from March 1 to 13. All of the virtual author presentations will be recorded for on-demand viewing throughout the month of March.  The event website is available now to familiarize attendees with the new, online Event Hub platform.

In addition to engaging with the bestselling authors, this year’s attendees can enjoy activities for all ages, including an online reading challenge, grab-and-go crafts, and online S.T.E.A.M. contests challenging participants to create masterpieces with LEGO and art materials.

“We are pleased to be able to continue Reading Festival traditions in a new and engaging online format this year,” states event coordinator Melissa Baker.  “The expanded timeline will allow all of our attendees to enjoy the content from wherever they are and at their own pace.”

The lineup of award-winning authors scheduled to attend the festival includes adult authors Jennifer Chiaverini, Gregg Hurwitz, Jayne Ann Krentz and Kyle Mills, as well as youth and teen authors J.C. Cervantes, Greg Pizzoli, Julie Berry and Ryan LaSala.  The complete list of authors can be found at



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