Read Local Author Expo

Join us for this free event that celebrates local authors!

About the Event

Local residents will have an opportunity to meet, engage with and support local authors. The event will include workshops, author panels, author tables and children’s activities.

Event Date

Saturday, November 10

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Event Location

Southshore Regional Library

15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin, FL 33573

Schedule of Events

Local Author Meet & Greet

All Day

With over 45 local authors! Browse their books and explore their tables. Family friendly crafts and games will be set-up in the children’s area.

Building a Digital Author Presence

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Join local author She Nell in this program that will help authors build their platform. Topics include social media marketing, engaging readers and your online presence.

Break Into Children’s Publishing

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Join local author/illustrator, Connie Colón, in a program for beginners interested in writing for children. You will gain basic skills and receive helpful resources on how to begin. The workshop focuses on breaking into the business by writing and submitting to children’s magazines.

Home of the Brave Panel Discussion

2 - 3 p.m.

America’s military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan has had vast and varied effects on warriors and civilians alike. The short stories in the anthology “Home of the Brave: Somewhere in the Sand” beautifully illustrate a wide range of these experiences in vivid detail. Join editor Jeffery Hess as he moderates a discussion with authors Kevin C. Jones and Jon Chopan about the book and their work.

Featured Authors

  • Agnes Oquendo
  • Alicia White
  • Andre Polite
  • Annie Miles
  • Ashley Shayne Pierce
  • Betty Viamontes
  • Connie Colon
  • Debraca Russell
  • Dominic J. Arcuri
  • Dr. San Man
  • Dragana Djurdjev
  • Elizabeth Sutherland
  • Gary Starta & Robin Firestone
  • Glenn Turner & Angel Tores
  • Hank Clemons
  • Iana Thomas
  • Ivan Nemorin
  • Jaime Kulaga
  • Jeffery Hess
  • JJ Bhatt
  • John Dillingham
  • Jon Chopan
  • Katina Brown
  • Ken Boring
  • Kevin C. Jones
  • Kiana Wilson
  • Kitt Swanson
  • Latoya Desamour
  • Luis Gonzalez
  • Mark Sondrini
  • Marva G. Williams
  • Neambi
  • Nyla Jo Hubbard
  • Paige Snedeker
  • Paul Jannereth
  • Ralph Greenlee
  • Richard Lowe Jr.
  • Richard Woodbury
  • Rick Rhodes
  • Shawn-Ta Wilson
  • She Nell
  • Tina Brown
  • Travis Geiger
  • Wendy Samford
  • Whittney Harvey

This event is funded by the Friends of the Southshore Library.