Bibliophiles Unite – It’s the Festival of Books!

Calling all readers, writers, editors, and collectors—your riveting page-turner of an event, also known as the Festival of Books, is September 27 and 28 in Florence at the Florence Events Center! This is a favorite event of locals and folks from all over the west coast—an event for anyone who wants to learn about great new books and to meet authors and publishers. Doors open at 3:00 p.m. Friday. The event continues Saturday from 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

“So many books, so little time.” –Frank Zappa
Yes, Mr. Zappa, we agree, and so it will be with two days and more than 70 authors and publishers at the annual Florence Festival of Books. And with so little time, you’ll want to head directly to 715 Quince St. in Florence.

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” –Jane Austen
Intolerable stupidity will be vanquished, Ms. Austen. And not just by good novels. There will be something for everyone: fiction, fantasy, fact, mystery, thrillers, children’s books, African literature, and book after book on geography, history, poetry, outdoor adventures, animals, food, culture and cultures, faith, hobbies, and travel.

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” –Cicero
Well, Mr. Cicero, with a nearly 8,000 square-foot “body,” the Florence Events Center’s exhibition area will be full of books—and soul! And with all those writers and publishers, your bookish soul will be more than satisfied.

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” –Groucho Marx
Certainly, Mr. Marx would be delighted with this news: this year’s keynote speaker will be the engaging, humorous, and beloved author Bob Welch.

A Little About Bob

Bob is an award-winning columnist and writing teacher who has served as an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Oregon. He is the author of more than 20 books, his latest being “The Wizard of Foz: Dick Fosbury’s One-Man High-Jump Revolution.” Bob has twice won the National Society of Newspaper Columnists’ highest award for writing. In addition, he has won dozens of other journalism awards, including the 2010 and 2011 Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association’s “Best Writing” awards.

So, you know, Mr. Marx, this will be no dog of a show! This is going to be an outstanding presentation you won’t want to miss. Bob’s presentation at the Festival of Books will be Friday, September 27, at 7:00 p.m. Advance tickets are just $8 at

Best Seller? No, the event is FREE!

There is no charge to attend the Florence Festival of Books and meet authors and publishers. As a bonus, a free educational panel about publishing will be open to the public on Friday, September 27, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. This year’s topic is “The Ins and Outs of Publishing.”

For more information contact the Florence Events Center at 541-997-1994 or toll free 888-968-4086 (Monday–Friday 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.) or visit

For a great room at a great value within walking distance (just under a mile) contact us here along the river in beautiful Old Town Florence at The River House Inn, or call us at 541-997-3933. You can also check out our other inn, also in Old Town and appropriately named The Old Town Inn, by calling 541-997-7131 or visiting our website.

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