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Winter Park

Romancing the Book Festival

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Romancing the Book Festival
Romancing the Book Festival

Time & Location

Mar 23, 2024, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Winter Park, 1052 W Morse Blvd, Winter Park, FL 32789, USA

About the event

Have a favorite romance trope? Imagine the perfect meet-cute? Come celebrate love stories at this year's Winter Park Library Romancing the Books Festival. Meet authors, win prizes, and mingle with fellow romance-readers. All participating authors' books will be available for sale. Do it for the plot!

The event is free and all are welcome! Please see information on our featured authors below, and the exciting announcement as Claire Legrand as our Keynote Speaker!!

The Winter Park Library will be partnering with Writer's Block Bookstore and Lorelei's Lit Lair.

PLEASE NOTE: To confirm a seat for the keynote author portion, please sign select the add on option on General Admission for a free ticket. If you have any questions please email


  • Meet Your Favorite Romance Authors: Get a chance to meet and interact with your favorite romance authors, learn more about their books, how they got into writing and so much more.
  • Book Signing: Make your book collection that much more special and have your favorite books personally signed by the authors themselves.
  • Explore the Library: Walk through and explore the Winter Park Library, and learn about all the excitement going on year round!
  • Book Shopping: Explore a wide selection of books for each featured author.
  • Free Admission: This event is open to the public, and admission is free for all. Bring your family and friends for a day of romancing the books!

Keynote Author: Claire Legrand - CLAIRE LEGRAND is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels for children and young adults, most notably the Empirium Trilogy, Sawkill Girls, Some Kind of Happiness, and A Crown of Ivy and Glass. She lives in New Jersey.

Panel Authors:

Trish Doller

TRISH DOLLER is a writer, traveler, and dog rescuer, but not necessarily in that order. She is the international bestselling author of Float Plan, The Suite Spot, and Off the Map. She has also written several YA novels, including the critically acclaimed Something Like Normal. When she's not writing, Trish loves sailing, camping, and avoiding housework. She lives in southwest Florida with an opinionated herding dog and an ex-pirate.

Caro Carson

Despite a no-nonsense background as a West Point graduate and U.S. Army officer, Caro Carson has always treasured the happily-ever-after of a good romance novel. After her military service, she worked in the healthcare industry with a Fortune 100 company, talking science with doctors who were rarely handsome bachelor Texans like the doctors in her books. Now a USA Today bestselling author and a RITA™ award winner, Caro is delighted to be living her own happily-ever-after with her husband (who is a handsome Texan) and their two children. They live in the great state of Florida, a location which has saved the coaster-loving theme-park fanatics a fortune on plane tickets.

Dylan Newton

Dylan Newton was born and raised in a small town where the library was her favorite hang-out. After over a decade working in corporate America, Dylan quit to pursue her passion: writing books. When she isn't writing, Dylan is pursuing her own happily ever after with her high school sweetheart as they split time between Florida and Upstate New York with their two much cooler daughters and a tone-deaf cockatiel.

Madeline Martin

Madeline Martin is a New York Times, USA TODAY, and international bestselling author of historical fiction and historical romance with books that have been translated into over twenty different languages.

Sera Taino

Debut romance author Sera Taíno was selected for Harlequin’s Romance Includes You Mentorship, an initiative launched in 2019 to reach out to diverse communities of writers and bring more own voices stories to romance readers.

Connie Mann

CONNIE MANN is a licensed boat captain. When she’s not dreaming up plotlines, you’ll find "Captain Connie" on the waterways, introducing boatloads of schoolchildren to their first alligator. She and her husband live in central Florida just a stone’s throw from Ocala National Forest.

CL Wilson

Author C.L. Wilson’s unique blend of richly-imagined fantasy, action, and emotional intensity has made her books a favorite read for romance and fantasy readers alike. Praised for exceptional worldbuilding and lyric prose, her critically acclaimed novels have regularly appeared on bestseller lists including the USA Today, the New York Times, and Publisher’s Weekly.

Becki Lee

As a lifelong reader, Becki Lee came to writing after working and volunteering in libraries, having a Facebook reader group, a book club, and a book podcast.

Travel has always been a fun escape for Becki, and when she had to stay put for several years to help care for her mom, escaping into books became a form of self-care.

Writing sweet contemporary romance with an element of escape has been a fun way of bringing all her favorite parts of books together. If you want an escape to Nashville, hen pick up Finding Dolly for a sweet, contemporary romance you'll love.

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