Calling all authors, readers, and book lovers! The Florence Festival of Books provides the perfect opportunity for a Fall coastal get-away. This year marks the 9th for the festival, and it brings in authors from all over Oregon – about 70 are expected at the Florence Event Center.
Bob Welch (http://bobwelch.net/), writer and columnist for the Register-Guard, presents on Friday, September 27th at 7:00 pm. He has written several books including, “The Wizard of Foz” about Dick’s Fosbury’s one-man high-jump revolution and “Cascade Summer” about his adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail.
Want to find out more about how to publish a book? Attend the free educational panel on September 28th from 3:00 to 4:30 pm where multiple authors and publishers will be answering questions about writing and the industry.
If you want to have plenty of time to get around to all the author’ booths, the doors open at 10:00 am and remain open until 4:00 pm (http://www.florencefestivalofbooks.org/). You can find children’s books, stories about Oregonians, and many surprises like tiny books about fuzzy felines that will fit in your purse or backpack (the books, not the cats).
The venue has a wonderful snack bar serving fresh coffee, sandwiches and even dessert staffed by dedicated volunteers. There are places to sit to read your new purchases or better yet, take them down to Old Town Florence. The Florence Event Center is only minutes from the Florence boardwalk where you can see, smell and visit the ocean. Walk the promenade and visit the shops like Books ‘N Bears (1255 Bay St.) to extend your books galore adventure at the Coast. Once your mind is expanded, you can also expand your waist too at Bay Street Grille in old town Florence – a local’s favorite that serves top-notch Martini’s. Or take a drive up to the Sea Lion Caves (http://www.sealioncaves.com/) on Highway 101; a beautiful coastal drive with breathtaking views. If you need a place to stay overnight, check out the Old Town Inn (https://old-town-inn.com/) Whatever you do, Florence, Oregon will not disappoint.
Florence Event Center
715 Quince Street
To make it a full-on book-lovers adventure, check out all the fun bookstores around and on the way to Florence, Oregon!
Books Gallery Bookstore
220 West Central Ave.
Port Hole Books and Publishing
179 Laurel St. D
Books ‘N Bears
1255 Bay St, Florence, OR 97439
Phone: (541) 997-5979