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Venice Book Fair and Writers Festival

Venice Writers Festival 2017 Schedule 

March 24

Venice Centre Mall Community Room, 238 Tampa Avenue: Access is from the parking lot behind the building.
Parking for the event is in Centennial Park, across Tampa Avenue from the building. Cost is $20.
Due to limited space, reservations are required. Please send them to
Please pay with cash at the door.

3 p.m
., mystery writer David Bishop presents "Keys to Writing a Successful Novel." Bishop, author of more than 14 novels and short stories, is a native of Washington, D.
C. To learn more about him and his books, visit 

4:30 p.m.,
Due to a family emergency, thriller writer David Hagberg has had to cancel. 
Author Sharol Louise has agreed to fill in for Hagberg with a program she has presented before regarding how to develop characters. Louise is the author of four mystery novels and is in the process of publishing her fifth novel. For more information, see 

                                     6 p.m. Wine and Cheese Reception

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.Cape Coral Police Department certified latent fingerprint examiner and crime scene investigator and former forensic scientist for the Cleveland coroner's office, Lisa Black, presents "Real Life CSIs -- Fact vs. Fiction." Black, who has written numerous mysteries, is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers. To learn more about the speaker, visit her website at

Saturday, March 25

(These events are free of charge, but space is limited, so please reserve your seat in advance by emailing:

10:30 a.m. - Mystery writer Diane Gilbert Madsen presents "Victorian Crimes, Criminals, Victims and Mr. Sherlock Holmes." 

Madsen's latest nonfiction work is the Best Indie Book of 2016 runner-up award winner, "Cracking the Code of the Canon: How Sherlock Holmes Made His Decisions." Her Lieterati Mystery Series includes "Hunting for Hemingway," "The Conan Doyle Notes," and "A Cadger's Curse."

  For more information, see                                       

1 p.m., Brenda Spalding speaks about what inspired her to write children's literature and will read from one of her books.
Brenda Spalding, originally from Newton, Mass., traveled for many years with her military husband and finally settled in Bradenton, Fla. She recently retired from Art Center Sarasota and belongs to several writers groups. She is the author of six children's books and three adult novels. For more information, see:

1:30 p.m.  --   Six Venice Elementary School fourth graders will read from writings.




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