Florence Festival Books Bring Hundreds of Bibliophiles to the Oregon Coast in September

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Florence Festival Books Bring Hundreds of Bibliophiles to the Oregon Coast in September

Posted 8/18/22 4:48 PM PST
By the staff of the Oregon Coast Beach Connection

(Florence, Oregon) – For 11 years now, bibliophiles of all kinds have flocked to Oregon’s central coast, checking out the latest book releases with the Florence Book Festival. Authors, publishers and some fifty exhibits make up this stellar exhibition of the world of writing, which will recur on September 24 at the Florence Events Center. (Above: just north of Florence. Photo Oregon Coast Beach Connection)

Launched in 2011, the festival regularly attracts nationally known writers, publishers and readers, usually a two-day affair that brings together up to 500 people from across the region and country. This time around, the Oregon Coast Festival of Words has changed to fit a single day. However, this year a special look at eBook writing and publishing has been added, along with a dedication to outgoing President and Founder Judy Fleagle.

The Florence Book Festival attracts authors looking for publishers as well as publishers looking for their next big hit on the book shelves. You’ll find expert panelists, a keynote address from a renowned author, and a nearly 8,000 square foot hall and 450-seat theatre. It all translates to up to 50 exhibits in an Oregon Coast favorite for bibliophiles that’s free.

All events are open and free to the general public on Saturday September 24, 2022.
• 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Round table (topic: e-books)
• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Book Fair with 60 to 65 participating authors and publishers with their books
• 4:15 pm Keynote speaker, William (Bill) Sullivan, author of DB Cooper and the Exploding Whale: Folk Heroes of the NW.


William Sullivan, courtesy photo

Author William L. Sullivan is a big name on the Oregon Coast and the Pacific Northwest. His hiking book, 100 Hikes / Travel Guide: Oregon Coast & Coast Range, is like a bible for those who hike the trails in this region.

He is the author of many outdoor guides – more than 20, in fact. Some are also stories and fiction, but all relate in some way to his home state of Oregon.

His “100 Hikes” guide series is especially popular with people who enjoy hiking in the Oregon wilderness. In 2005, the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission selected one of his books, Listening for Coyote, as one of the 100 most important books in Oregon history.

Sullivan is a fifth generation Oregonian. He was born April 9, 1953 and grew up in Salem, Oregon. His father, J. Wesley Sullivan, was the editor of the Statesman Journal and a longtime conservationist, which helped fuel Bill’s interest in the outdoors.

Sullivan attended Cornell University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in English. Sullivan then attended the University of Heidelberg, where he studied linguistics for two years. Upon returning from Heidelberg, Sullivan enrolled at the University of Oregon and earned a master’s degree in German literature in 1979.

Currently, Sullivan lives in Eugene with his wife, Janell Sorensen. They spend their summers in a log cabin they built in a secluded area along the Siletz River in Oregon’s Coast Range, where he wrote much of his writing. He hikes and travels for fun as well as for book research.

These days, he continues to travel all over Oregon to keep his guides up to date.

A comprehensive FAQ page on the exhibition and participation in the event is available at FlorenceFestivalOfBooks.org.

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