Saturday, April 2nd - 11 a.m.—2 p.m. “Mystery in the Library”
Leesburg Public Library
Mystery and Mayhem are featured in the 12th annual Bookmark Design Contest Awards. Eustis High School will present Murdered to Death, a hilarious spoof of the best of Agatha Christie traditions by Peter Gordon. The audience will get caught up in the side splitting antics which follow the mysterious death of the house’s owner. Is it the butler, the shady art dealer, bumbling inspector or the well meaning sleuth who seems to attract murder wherever she goes.
Tuesday, April 5th - 5 p.m. “The Mysterious Old Livingston House”
@ Fruitland Park Library
The clues don't seem to make a lot of sense but everything comes together inside the creepy old Livingston House. Featured at the 2010 Fort Lauderdale Film Festival selected as Best Picture and People’s Choice at the Melbourne Independent Film Festival.
Tuesday, April 5th - 6:30 p.m. “Bitter Legacy”
Paisley County Library
H. Terrell Griffin
Award-winning novelist H. Terrell Griffin will introduce the fifth book in the series featuring Matt Royal, Bitter Legacy. Wyatt's Revenge which was released in 2009, was named National Best Book of The Year in the mystery/suspense category by USA Book News.
Wednesday, April 6th - 2- 4 p.m. “How to Write a Killer Mystery”
@ W.T. Bland Public Library
You know you’re reading a great mystery novel when you’re up at three in the morning, unable to put it down. When you finally get to sleep, the characters go romping around in your dreams. This workshop demystifies the art and artifice, and gets down to the nuts and bolts of writing a killer mystery novel.
Wednesday, April 6th - 7 p.m. “Come and Find Me”
@ City of Lady Lake Public Library
Hallie Ephron’s national book tour brings her to Lake County with her latest psychological suspense novel Come and Find Me. Never Tell a Lie, her previous won the David Award for Best Mystery Novel of 2010 and is currently in production as a movie for Lifetime/TV.
Thursday, April 7th - 4:00 p. m. “Writing Historical Novels”
@ Tavares Civic Center ~ City of Tavares Public Library
Joyce Elson Moore
Do historical mysteries have an obligation for accuracy? Joyce Elson Moore is an award winning author of historical fiction. In addition to her novels, her work has appeared in major newspapers and national publications, poetry journals, and anthologies of selected writers. Along with previous awards and contest wins, she was First Place winner of the 2009 PRLA award for best published romance.
Thursday, April 7th - 7:00 p.m. “Mama Gets Hitched”
@ Tavares Civic Center ~ City of Tavares Public Library
If you’re looking for laughs, try the Mama adventures! Deborah Sharp is a former USA Today reporter, who ditched the news biz to write funny mysteries. In her latest, Mama Gets Hitched Mama is planning the Wedding of the Century as she ties the sacred knot of matrimony . . . for the fifth time. But when her caterer turns up dead in the kitchen of the VFW, what's a Bridezilla to do?
Thursday, April 7th - 5 p.m. “CSI: Fruitland Park”
@ Fruitland Park
The Secret Service will be in the library with a finger printing exhibition on an old time finger printing machine from the 40's or 50's and the current high tech option demonstrated on a laptop. They will also host a trace evidence detective, criminal profiler and hand writing analyst. A breath analyzer truck will be parked outside the library for tours.
Thursday, April 7th - 7:00 p.m. “Electric Barracuda”
Minneola Schoolhouse Library @ the Minneola City Hall
Tim Dorsey is a New York Times bestselling Florida mystery/thriller writer who has written 12 novels featuring the insanely popular character Serge Storms. Dorsey is well known for his series of Florida crime capers written in a style pioneered by John D. MacDonald and reminiscent of Dave Barry or Carl Hiaasen. Moderated by Dr. Patricia Campbell, Chair, Department of English, Lake-Sumter Community College.
Friday, April 8th @ Mount Dora Community Center ~ W.T. Bland Library
10 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. "Masters of Mayhem "
Sharon Potts, Deborah Sharp, H. Terrell Griffin
Trouble and violence may be everywhere! Here is your chance to meet masters of art and crime. Three best-selling and diverse mystery writers share the clues to a successful writing career. Award-winning novelist H. Terrell Griffin is a board-certified trial lawyer who practiced in Orlando for thirty-eight years. His mystery/suspense series featuring Matt Royal “may be the closest approximation we have today to John D. MacDonald.”Booklist Deborah Sharp is a former USA Today reporter, who ditched the news biz to write traditional mysteries with a comic, Southern edge. Agatha Christie Meets "My Name is Earl." Sharon Potts, wrote her first psychological thriller, In Their Blood, after retiring from the business world. It is the winner of the 2010 Benjamin Franklin Award in the Mystery/Suspense Category and was awarded the Silver Medal, ForeWord Book of the Year Award—Mystery Category.
11a.m.- 12:00 p.m. “Twisted and Dead”
New York Times bestselling author Tim Dorsey discusses his outrageously funny and supremely twisted novels featuring Serge Storms, that loveable, under-under-medicated dispenser of truth, justice and trivia.
1:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. “The Bone Yard”
Jefferson Bass is the New York Times best-selling writing team of Jon Jefferson and Dr. Bill Bass authors of five Body Farm novels — Carved in Bone, Flesh and Bone, The Devil’s Bones, Bones of Betrayal and the latest release The Bone Yard.
3:00-4 “Afraid of the Dark”
James Grippando is the bestselling author of sixteen novels of suspense from HarperCollins including Money to Burn, Intent to Kill, Born to Run, Last Call, Lying with Strangers, Got the Look, Hear No Evil, and The Pardon, many of them part of his Jack Swyteck series. Lake County is honored to be on the book tour for his latest novel, Afraid of the Dark.
6:30 p.m.@ Mount Dora Community Center Dying to Meet You
The third annual reception to celebrate the written word and to highlight the accomplishments of Florida’s outstanding authors is presented free to the public. This is your chance to rub elbows with some of your favorite authors. Gourmet hors d’ oeuvres will be provided by the American Culinary Federation, Gulf to Lakes Chefs and Cooks Association. The second annual silent auction will provide an excellent opportunity to support the library and get the best buys in town.
Saturday, April 9th @ W.T. Bland Public Library WRITING WORKSHOPS - There is nothing more exciting than a good mystery, which is why 90,922 mystery books circulated in Lake County in 2009/10. We explore hidden paths, or explore the unknown, until we discover the truth. The 2011 Festival of Reading is for lovers of mystery, crime, thriller, spy, and suspense books.
9 - 10:00 Sharon Potts “Someone's Watching” The Element of Suspense
The winner of the 2010 Benjamin Franklin Award in the Mystery/Suspense Category, Sharon Potts's latest thriller, Someone’s Watching, is about family—How much would you give to know them? How far would you go to find them? What would you risk to save them? Sharon will talk about what goes into creating a successful suspense novel - terrifying villains, edge-of-the seat pacing, and the risk of losing what’s most important.
11:00 - 12:00 Jon Jefferson “Researching the Crime” At the "Body Farm," nature takes its course, with corpses buried in shallow graves, submerged in water, concealed beneath slabs of concrete, locked in trunks of cars. As stand-ins for murder victims, they serve the needs of science -- and the cause of justice.
12:00 - 1:00 James Grippando "On Writing the Thriller"
James Grippando writes compulsively readable thrillers that could be drawn from today's headlines, only better. He is also the author of a thriller for younger readers, Leapholes (ABA), and in 2006 contributed a short story to the acclaimed Thriller collection. James will offer some fun facts behind the writing of each novel. Did you know, for example, that the inspiration for Jim's first novel was a total case of mistaken identity? He was nearly arrested as a peeping tom!
Music, crafts—10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
East Lake County Library
H. Terrell Griffin
Longboat Key seems to have about one homicide every ten years on average, so he had to manufacture some murders and create some bad people. Terry says “It’s been fun, and as much as I enjoyed the practice of law, this is better. I invite you to come along with Matt Royal as he lives, loves, fishes and solves mysteries in his idea of paradise.” All five mysteries feature Matt, who has been described by one reviewer as "Travis McGee with a law degree."