ReadOut: Books for Lesbians

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Presented by Gulfport Public Library at Gulfport Public Library, Gulfport FL

Feb 16 - 18 2018
ReadOut: Books for Lesbians

A new literary event featuring readings, signings and sales by 15 authors!

A new literary event featuring 15 lesbian authors will debut in Gulfport, Florida on the weekend of February 16 through 18.  “ReadOut: Books For Lesbians” will include a Friday night reception; author readings, book sales and signings, and keynote address by award-winning author Elizabeth Sims on Saturday; and a writer’s workshop led by Sims, followed by a panel discussion on Sunday.  All events are free and open to all genders and members of the public, except the writer’s workshop which requires a nominal fee and advanced registration.

The waterfront town of Gulfport in Tampa Bay has been called the “Provincetown of Florida” for its richly diverse community and large proportion of LGBTQ residents.  The event is expected to draw a large crowd excited to meet and hear authors and buy their books.  Participating authors from around the country include: S.W. Anderson, Lila Bruce, Giovanna Capone, CD Cain, Stefani Deoul, Meredith Doench, Eunice Fisher, Susan Gore, Mercedes Lewis, Renee MacKenzie, Patty G. Henderson, Fay Jacobs, J.B. Marsden, RJ Samuel, and Alison R. Solomon.  Genres represented by these authors include: Romance, Mystery, Literary Fiction, Young Adult, Gothic Historical, Suspense, Dramatic Fiction, Paranormal, Humor, Poetry and Memoir.

Keynote speaker and workshop leader Elizabeth Sims’ novels include the Lambda Award-winning Lillian Byrd crime series and the Rita Farmer mystery series. She is a Contributing Editor for Writer’s Digest magazine, and author of You’ve Got a Book in You: A Stress-Free Guide to Writing the Book of Your Dreams.  Her keynote address on Saturday morning is entitled “Perils and Payoffs: The Risky Business of Researching for Fiction.”  The theme of her Sunday morning writer’s workshop will be “Fearless Writing.”

All Friday and Saturday events, as well as the Sunday panel discussion, are free and open to the public. Advanced registration and payment of a $15 fee are required for the Sunday writer’s workshop.  Workshop registration forms can be downloaded at  Spaces are limited.  Only cash, checks or money orders will be accepted.



Free Admission for all events except Sunday writer’s workshop.  Workshop fee is $15 per person.  Download workshop registration forms at

Contact: 727-492-0021


    Official Website


Additional time info:

Friday Feb 16:

7:00-8:00pm      Wine and Cheese Meet and Greet


Saturday Feb 17:

10:00-4:00         Vendor room open

10:30-11:30       Keynote and Q&A with Elizabeth Sims

11:40-12:30       Author readers

12:30-1:30         Lunch break

1:30-3:30           Author readers


Sunday Feb 18:

9:00am             Breakfast for workshop participants

9:30-11:00         Workshop with Elizabeth Sims: “Fearless Writing” (Advanced registration)

11:15-12:30       Panel discussion: “Why Write for Lesbians?”

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


Gulfport Public Library

5501 28th Avenue South, Gulfport, FL 33707

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