The Venice Book Fair & Writers Festival is returning April 6, 2013. It was a brand new event for the Venice area last year. It was deemed a success and the same committee has returned to make the event even better. This Venice Heritage committee is chaired by Don Hay. Don is known for his active volunteer schedule for a number of community organizations. The rest of the committee are a number of familiar community faces. Judith Keeler, current president of VABI is busy communicating with Florida authors. Ann Hall, head of the Venice library is helping her with this. Linda Wilson of the Venice Farmers Market is arranging the physical set ups. Nancy Pike, retired librarian is working with all of them. Peggy Davidson is co-ordinating volunteers for the event. Andrea Cooper, Pam Johnson and myself are handling the marketing. Andy Britton, local attorney is our fall back guy for various paperwork things. Jim Clinch, local insurance guy has taken on the website for the event. Alex, I can't remember his last name is our artist, he contributed the poster design last year and this. The Book Fair will be held in downtown Venice again this year. We will not be on Nokomis Avenue though. The city approved moving the event to the Centennial Park Gazebo. Booths will be spread out in a double half circle, much as Women's Sertoma sets up there for Sun Fiesta. I expect we'll be playing music from there, though a live musician is being sought to perform. The Venice Theatre will host the panel discussions and presentations by the authors.  The Book Fair has two media sponsors this year, the Venice Suncoast Gondolier and the Venice Magazine. The main sponsor for the event is the wonderful Gulfcoast Community Foundation. Some of the authors attending are, David Hagberg, Terrell Griffin, Ward Larsen, Don Bruns and Dan Rubin. Books A Million will have a booth there like last year. All proceeds from the event will benefit Venice Heritage's restoration of the historic Lord Higel House. Pull out your calendars and save the date for April 6th. You won't want to miss the book fair in Venice.