Nine Shellsational Authors Signing Books at 83rd Sanibel Shell Festival

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The Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club, sponsors of the annual Sanibel Shell Festival, is pleased to announce it has gathered a terrific group of authors, many of whom are local to Sanibel, to sign copies of their popular shell- and Sanibel-themed books at the Authors’ Table this year.

With something sure to please everyone, this year’s table features gorgeous books about shells as well as page-turning Sanibel-based mysteries and beautifully illustrated books for children. A portion of all book sales will be donated to the Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club, to provide grants for students interested in the study of malacology (mollusks), local sea life, and marine biology and ecology at the University of South Florida and Florida Gulf Coast University.

Meet the Authors

Helping to kick off the Sanibel Shell Show Thursday morning, March 5th, are beloved local authors Harlan Wittkopf and Jennifer L. Schiff. Mr. Wittkopf, a staple of the Shell Show for 23 years, will be signing copies of his bestselling books, The Sanibel Kaleidoscope (7th Edition), Beach Treasures of the Gulf Coast (coauthored with Peter Dance), and his children’s book, Alphie Finds the Seashell Alphabet, along with illustrator Ken Vinton. Ms. Schiff, the author of the bestselling Sanibel Island Mystery series, will be signing copies of her first book, A Shell of a Problem, which takes place at the Sanibel Shell Show, and her two most recent Sanibel Island Mysteries, Bye Bye Birdy and Shell Shocked.

Thursday afternoon the Authors’ Table is pleased to welcome back Karen T. Bartlett, the author of the popular Mostly Kids’ Guides, including A (Mostly) Kids’ Guide to Sanibel and Captiva Islands and the Fort Myers Coast, and Jane Kirschner, the author of the charming children’s book Annabelle from Sanibel.

The second morning of the Show, March 6th, the Authors’ Table will feature Amanda Collett, the author of My Way of Shelling, along with Jennifer Lonoff Schiff, who will be signing copies of her latest Sanibel Island Mystery, Shell Shocked, as well as her previous books.

Friday afternoon, two more local favorites, Ron Base, the author of the bestselling Sanibel Sunset Detective series, and James P. Usavage, the author of six novels, including On These Shores, an uplifting, modern parable and tribute to Southwest Florida, will be signing their books, alongside author Amanda Collett.

On Saturday morning, March 7, Bev Dolezal, a Florida resident and native of Nassau, Bahamas, will be signing copies of her book of poems and photography, Seashell Poems and Reflections to Soothe the Soul, along with Alice Cypress, who will be signing her beautifully illustrated children’s books, Scuba Zak Meets Thaddeus the Barracuda and Scuba Zak Searches for Thaddeus

Saturday afternoon, Karen T. Bartlett, author of the (Mostly) Kids’ Guides, returns, along with author Alice Cypress.

The Sanibel Shell Festival takes place March 5 and 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on March 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way. The suggested donation for entry is $5 per person and includes free admission to the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum during the festival, a $15 value.

Sanibel Shell Festival Authors’ Table Schedule

Thursday, March 5
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Jennifer Schiff Jane Kirschner
Harlan Wittkopf + Ken Vinton (illustrator)Karen Bartlett
Friday, March 6
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Jennifer Schiff Ron Base
Amanda CollettJames Usavage
Amanda Collett
Saturday, March 7
9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.12:00 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Bev Dolezal Karen Barlett
Alice Cypress Alice Cypress

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