year, The Florida Heritage Book Festival, September
25 – 27, honors writers who have left their mark on
Florida’s literary landscape. This year, the
spotlight shines on not one but two masters of their
genres: Robin Cook, the acclaimed writer of medical
thrillers, and the late crime novelist, John D.
Dr. Cook, the author of 28 New York Times
bestsellers, has nearly ten million copies in print,
including his recent release, Cell, and currently
lives and works in Florida. Dr. Cook will be on hand
to accept his award, and provide the keynote remarks
for the evening. John D. MacDonald (1916 – 1986),one
of Florida’s most prolific writers, is recognized as
a major influence on many mystery writers. Known
primarily as the author of the Travis McGee mystery
series, he sold hundreds of short stories and novels
before writing The Deep Blue Good-By, his first
Travis McGee novel, in 1964. MacDonald will be
honored with a special posthumous award.
The Festival plans an exhibit from the University of
Florida’s John D. MacDonald Collection to display at
Flagler’s Proctor Library the week of the Festival.
The Banquet takes place the evening of Friday,
September 26 at the St. Johns County Convention
Center at the Renaissance Resort at World Golf
Village. Read more and register for the banquet
Proceeds from the
Banquet benefit the Friends of the Library groups of
St. Johns County.
The Festival opens with the Writers Conference,
September 25-26, at Flagler College, and
continues on Saturday with the free Book Festival
featuring over 30 authors including Mary Kay
Andrews, Scott Eyman, Lisa Black, and many more.
for all the details.