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Local Authors Read from Banned Books

These local authors will introduce themselves and their books on the outdoor stage after Pam Palmer's story, around 10:30 AM. Their books will be available either on the Sanctuary lanai or in the tent adjacent to it. All readings will take place in the Banned Books tent, just west of the food trucks. For schedules and updated information, please visit the Welcome Table.

Evan Bond

Evan Bond is a thriller/suspense author who loves blending his love of the outdoors with his writings. He is the author of the best selling psychological thriller Echoes of the Past and his best selling collection of short horror stories Charred Remains. He has always had a passion for telling suspenseful stories. Even at a young age, he was crafting horror stories to share with his family and friends. 
Evan lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife, Melissa, their two boys, Desmond and Logan, and their dog Loki. When he's not writing, he can be found adventuring in the outdoors with his family and calling it "research" for his next novel. ​For more information, please visit his website at


Festival: Evan will be reading various banned books throughout the day.

Donna Boock

One of the things Donna Boock always wanted was to be accepted by her peers without having to change who she was to fit in with them. She wrote Moo-La-La-Ti-Da! to encourage children to stay true to themselves. Donna is also the author of the very funny chapter book series Kinzie’s Kinventions including Kinzie’s Got Talent, Earth to Kinzie, and Kinzie & the P. U. Zoo. 

A member of the Society for Children’s Book Writer’s & Illustrators since 2005, she served as Co-RA for the Eastern Pennsylvania chapter from 2013 until relocating to Venice, Florida in 2016. Her first published story, Ducktective Max Quacks and the Missing Farm Animals appeared in Highlights for Children in April 2009, and Night Owl Nabs the Sheep Snatcher followed in the July 2011 edition.

In 2018, she gave in to her entrepreneurial spirit and began an independent publishing company. She wears many different hats, but loves being a part of book creation from idea to book and beyond.

​Donna visits schools in person or virtually. She also creates free materials like lesson plans, discussion guides, puzzles, and worksheets to support the incredibly special adults who support those incredibly important young readers. For more information, please visit her website at

Festival: Donna will be reading from various banned books throughout the day.

Regina Buttner

Regina Buttner is a registered nurse-turned-writer who was raised in beautiful upstate New York, where she spent many happy years exploring the small towns and scenic hiking trails of the Adirondack mountain region. She recently traded the snowy northern winters for the tropical breezes of the Sunshine State, where her favorite pastimes are kayaking among the mangroves, strolling the gorgeous beaches, and teaching tricks to her crafty little corgi, Pekoe. Author of Down a Bad Road, a preview of her book is available on her website:

Festival:  Regina will be reading from Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer.

Susan Klaus

Susan Klaus was born in Sarasota, Florida and now lives in Myakka City, Florida. She is the manager and part owner of the Matrix, a Thoroughbred horse farm and cattle ranch that is currently raising rodeo bulls.

She is the author of Secretariat Reborn, Shark Fin Soup and The Golden Harpy Series (suspense/thrillers and fantasy novels).

She is the founder and president of the Sarasota Authors Connection club with 230 members that meets monthly at Fruitville Library. For more information, please visit her website at

Festival: Susan will be reading from various banned books throughout the festival.

Ann Miranda

Anne Miranda is the mother of two grown sons who lives in Spain. She writes books and educational materials for children from preschool to third grade. She and her son Tyler also make read-aloud versions of books for YouTube and have produced a fe books that can be found on KDP/Amazon.

Many of her stories were included in The Superkids reading program authored by Pleasant Rowland, of American Girl Doll fame. She's been freelancing on many other educational programs and has published 16 trade books. Night Songs, which she also illustrated, was entered into the Society of Illustrator's Show in 1993 and was named Bank Street College Children's Book of the Year. To Market, To Market, illustrated by Janet Stephens, was an Abby Honor Book, ALA Notable Children's Book, Golden Kite Honor Book for Illustrations, and a Flicker Tale Nominee (ND) in 1999.  Beep! Beep! illustrated by David Murphy, was awarded the Parents’ Choice Foundation’s highest award, a 1999 Parents’ Choice Gold Award. She also collaborated with Caldecott Award Winner, Ed Emberley, on Glad Monster Sad Monster, which was recently  redesigned and translated into Spanish and French. TANGLED, illustrated by Eric Comstock and published by Simon&Schuster, is her latest trade book. For more information, visit her website at

Festival: Ann will be reading from various banned books throughout the day.

Micki Berthelot Morency

Micki Berthelot Morency is a Haitian-American and a graduate of Northeastern University (Boston) and The Institute for Writers. Her debut novel The Island Sisters launched in June 2023, by BHC Press. Her writings have appeared in The Writer’s Digest Magazine, The Tampa Bay Times, The Peoria Star Journal, The Weekly Challenger, Print magazines and E-zines. Links can be found on her website, She lives in St Petersburg, Florida with her husband.

Festival: Micki will be reading from Beloved by Toni Morrison.

Kyle Ann Robertson

Kyle Ann Robertson, the author of White Picket Fences and Not So Little Things, writes contemporary women’s fiction that sinks its teeth into families’ miscommunications, misperceptions, and the chaos they cause, even in the name of love. After over twenty-five years as a Physical Therapy Assistant and fitness studio owner, Kyle’s writing dream of being a “Taylor Jenkins Reid version of Joan Didion” is well on its way as she has received her certificate of Creative Writing from Emory University and is the founder of Embrace Your Muse Creative Writing Workshops. She enjoys traveling to visit her four children and seven grandchildren and currently resides in southwest Florida with her husband and Bichon-poo, Mia. Links can be found on her website,

Festival: Kyle will be reading from The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.

Anne Easter Smith

Anne is an award-winning historical fiction novelist with a series of six books set in the Wars of the Roses. She is first and foremost a storyteller, whose passion for her period makes an emotional connection with her characters, both real and imaginary, as she brings history to life. In particular, she is a recognized expert on King Richard III.


Her intent is to so immerse readers in the lives of her characters and the world they inhabited that they, too, will embrace the past and seek to learn more for themselves. Meticulous historical research, rich period detail, and compelling protagonists combine to provide the reader with a sweeping portrait of England in the time of the Wars of the Roses.

The series titles are A Rose for the Crown, Daughter of York, The King's Grace, Queen by Right, Royal Mistress, and This Son of York. For more information, visit her website,

Festival: Anne will be reading from Like Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.

Brenda Spaulding

Brenda M. Spalding is a prolific award-winning author. She is often called upon to speak at book clubs, conferences, and writers’ groups.

Originally from Massachusetts, she settled in Bradenton, Florida, with her husband after returning from the military.

She is a past president of the National League of American Pen Women- Sarasota Branch, a member of the Sarasota Authors Connection, Sarasota Fiction Writers, Florida Authors and Publishers, and a co-founding member and current president of ABC Books Inc. Braden River Consulting LLC was formed to help other authors on their creative journey. For more information, please visit her website at or email her at


Festival: Brenda will be reading from And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson.

Mary Ellen Springsteen

Mary Ellen Springsteen has worked most of her professional career in Quality Assurance, Research and Development and Compliance divisions of numerous pharmaceutical and clinical research companies. Her roles have included medical diagnostic testing, validations, auditing, technical writing and clinical trial monitoring. She has completed courses in creative writing, technical writing and writing for children. For more information, please visit her website at

Festival: Mary Ellen will be reading from various banned books at the Banned Book tent.

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