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5th Annual Book Festival & Author Awards! #BOOKFEST18

Saturday, October 13th 2018, 5 – 9PM

The Coliseum – 535 4th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701


BOOK LOVERS UNITE!  If you love books, then you need to be here!

Published authors from the Tampa Bay area will be featuring their titles. The night will be filled with music, drinks, food, prize raffles, award ceremony and an opportunity to speak with each author personally and purchase their works.

Featured Authors:

  1. Steve Gavatorta, “In Defense of Adversity: Turning Your Toughest Challenges into Your Greatest Success”
  2. Ashley Shayne Pierce, “Things They Fail to Tell You During Pregnancy”
  3. Alder Allensworth, “Prevail: Celebrate the Journey”
  4. George L. Trowbridge, “Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir”
  5. Jarron Webster, “Millennial Marriages: A Military Relationship”
  6. Myron Brubaker, “Rhino”
  7. Bob Baldwin & Jay Ledbetter, “Proper Care and Feeding of a Huntin’ Buddy
  8. Valinda Miracle, “The Little Ones”
  9. Dr. Melissa Bailey, “Pink Hell: Breast Cancer Sucks”
  10. Miroslava Espinosa, “The Little Amazonian” in English & Spanish.
  11. Melissa Sweeney, “Love From Luke” 
  12. Brittney Kempink, “Three Friends Limeade: Friends and Business Mix Together”
  13. Corey Hall, “I Found Me”
  14. Mariyan Shnitser, “JEW”
  15. Spencer Borisoff, “WORK SUCKS! A Funny View of a Serious Problem” 
  16. TM Brown, Another Bump in the Road: Struggles of the Women Folk – Part 3″
  17. Dr. Karen Kelly, “Take a Breath”
  18.  R.C. Otovic “Q: Snippets From a Ride Share Driver”


  • 5:00 Event Starts
  • Screening of the documentary, St. Pete Unfiltered, will be played on loop throughout the night.
  • 6:00 Speech by Tara, President of Richter Publishing
  • 8:00 Awards Announced
  • 8:30 Raffle
  • 8:45 Writing Contest Winner Announced
  • 9:00 Party Ends

Attire: Business Casual




Award Categories:

    • Most Inspirational Story
    • Best Business Book
    • Best Self-Help Book
    • Best Poetry
    • Best Children’s Book
    • Best Fiction Book
    • Funniest Book
    • Amazon Best Seller 
    • Best Cover
    • Best Overall Book for 2018

Featured Non-Profits: Meet and network with local non-profits that are helping our community!


Authors Compete for an Award: Sign up for 2018 and get your table early! Tables for authors to display and sell their books are $200. Download our form here and mail it in with 2 copies of your book for approval or call for details at 727-509-3854. Author Awards 2018 Application

SPONSORS: More sponsorship opportunities available on our eventbrite page.