TO THE EDITOR: Virtual events happening in March through Lee County

January 22, 2021
By Marcy Shortuse

To the Editor:

The 22nd annual Southwest Florida Reading Festival this March will be a month-long, fully virtual celebration of the power of reading brought to the community by the Lee County Library System.

Nearly 30 acclaimed authors will provide nightly programming March 1-12. Other highlights include the opportunity to video chat with headlining and local authors during the festival’s live booth hours on 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 6, and Saturday, March 13. Our library system is pleased to once again provide our signature event for the community. The online format allows us to extend the festival’s length and scope.

Patrons can log on to EventHub beginning Feb. 22 for a preview of the festival. Author presentations will broadcast weekday evenings March 1-5 and March 8-12, with youth and teen authors at 6 p.m. and adult authors at 7 p.m. Each interview is followed by an interactive, live meet & greet to interact with authors and ask questions via video or text chat. Additional opportunities to chat with authors will be offered during the Saturday live booth sessions at 1 p.m. After live events conclude on March 13, festival attendees will be able to watch recorded content on-demand through March 31.

Participants are encouraged to sign up for the online reading and activity challenge or complete the paper-based reading bingo for chances to win prizes and book baskets with festival author book titles. The deadline to log reading and activities is March 31.

The lineup of award-winning authors scheduled to participate in the festival includes adult authors Jennifer Chiaverini, Gregg Hurwitz, Jayne Ann Krentz and Kyle Mills, as well as youth and teen authors J.C. Cervantes, Greg Pizzoli, Julie Berry and Ryan La Sala. The complete list of authors can be found at For more information call (239) 533-4832.

Timothy Engstrom, Communications

Lee County