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South Florida Book Festival - The 15th Annual Book Life
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 Celebrate the "Book Life"

 Friday, July 20th & Saturday, July 21st

The 2018 South Florida Book Festival will feature a fantastic line-up of authors, speakers, renowned chefs, presenters and more. Enjoy book discussions, talks and signings; free workshops; coo​king demonstrations and more. Stay connected with #SoFloBookFest

​​Venue: African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC)
2650 Sistrunk Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311, Directions by Google Maps​. Telephone: 954-357-6282. 

  • Friday, July 20th, 7-9:30PM • Eat, Drink, Read: A Literary Culinary Experience • Tickets​ 
  • Saturday, July 21st, 10:30AM-5:30PM • Full Day Event • Tickets​ 
Saturday Schedule
​​Time ​Description ​Featured Authors
​10:30-11:30AM​ ​​​Inspirational Stories of Faith, Love and Spirituality
Faith is taking the first step even when the staircase cannot be seen. In this program, Philbert Lake, Ezekial Williams and Georgia Bryce will help to inspire and motivate you on the path to achievement.
​Philbert Lake, Ezekial Williams, Georgia Bryce, moderated by Dr. Rosalind Osgood
​10:30-11:30AM Publishing 101: Everything You Need to Know About Children’s Picture Books
Are you an aspiring children’s book author but don’t know where to begin? Bobbi Hinman will help put aside your fears and get you started on your next book.
​Bobbi Hinman
​10:30-11:30AM ​State of Public School Education
Our children are the future. Join Susan A. Colton and Esther Tyson to discuss the state of public school education in Florida and elsewhere. See how you can make a difference.
​Susan A. Colton, Esther Tyson
​Noon-1PM ​Living Your Best Financial Life: 8 Steps to Financial Freedom
You read correctly! There are only eight steps standing in the way of your financial freedom! Ash Cash will be here to help you become financially liberated.
​Ash Cash
​Noon-1PM Great Sex at Any Age
Age is truly just a number nowadays. Join Dr. Wardine Saunders and sex therapist, Jenifer Smith in this seminar where you will learn a little something from the “old and new school” about great sex.
​Dr. Wardine Saunders, moderated by Jenifer Smith
​Noon- 1:30PM ​Publishing 101: Secrets from National and New York Times Bestselling Authors
Becoming a successful fiction author isn’t easy; however, authors Mary Monroe, Kiki Swinson, and Zachery Tate will give you great advice and personal tips to jumpstart your dreams. The author of Like a Fly on the Wall, Simone Kelly, will moderate this workshop
​Mary Monroe, Kiki Swinson, Zachery Tate, moderated by Simone Kelly
​1-2PM ​Chronicles of a Serial Dater
Kissing many frogs to get to your Prince, or Princess, Charming can be difficult. Author Ann Marie Sorrell can relate from her own personal experiences but she has a tip to share with the ladies and fellas for successful dating.
​Ann Marie Sorrell, moderated by Michelle Talbert
​2-3PM ​How to Land Big Business Contracts: A Blueprint for Success
It’s time to take control of your future. In this workshop, national author and owner of Dobbins International, Randall Dobbins, will provide you with the tools to create your blueprint of becoming a successful entrepreneur.
​Randall Dobbins
​2-3PM Soulful Sweets:  Cupcake Party with Melba Wilson
Complimentary cupcakes provided by Lykeisha the Baker. If you love a good sweet treat, then this workshop is for you. Join author Melba Wilson and local sensation, Lykeisha the Baker, for great baking tips and cupcakes. (Limited to 50 tickets)
​Melba Wilson
​2-3:30PM So You Want to Be a TV Star?
Is it your dream to become a TV Star? Get insider secrets from Chef Kevin Belton of the PBS cooking show, "Kevin Belton's New Orleans Kitchen," Calibe Thompson, Executive Producer of "Taste the Islands" and Celebrity Host Martin Amado of So Flo Home Project.
​Kevin Belton, Calibe Thompson, Martin Amado
​3-4PM ​The Beauty of Positive Thinking: Finding Love, Peace, Health and Prosperity
If the mind can conceive it, you can achieve it! Join Dr. Marian Osborne, Shawntrell Hudson, and Michelle Hollinger and learn about the beauty and power of positive thinking.
​Dr. Marian Osborne, Shawntrell Hudson, Michelle Hollinger
​3-4PM ​The Caribbean Vegan
Vegan food just got good! Join Chef Taymer Mason for a tasting from her cookbook, The Caribbean Vegan. (SOLD OUT)
​Taymer Mason, moderated by Desiree Rodriguez
​4-5PM ​Beauty and Her Chef
Local hit Chef Chad is officially releasing his first cookbook, alongside wife Karen! Join this dynamic duo in a sampling of recipes from their cookbook, but hurry! Space is limited. (Limited to 50 tickets)
​Chef Chad & Karen Cherry
​4-5PM ​The WOW Factor: Secrets of Styling the Home of Your Dreams
This is for the interior designer in you! Design and lifestyle expert, magazine contributor and So Flo Home Project TV host, Martin Amado, will teach you how to get the designer look for less in your home with tips from his new book.
​Martin Amado