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Right to Read Festival:
All Books for All People

Florida has the unhappy distinction of being the state with the most banned books of any state. The Festival will counteract this censorship overreach.

Our vision is a day of joy and celebration – creating a safe space for all people to celebrate authors, speakers, books and reading.

We are creating a comfortable venue for all attendees to listen to authors of books and speakers, learn about the issues surrounding Florida’s decision to remove books from school and library shelves, choose a free banned book and learn about the banning of books from schools and libraries, eat yummy food, let your children have some fun, etc.


Check out these blog posts for more insight into the Right to Read Festival:


Right to Read Festival: All Books for All People

Book Bans and the Librarians Who Won't Be Hushed

Want to learn more about banned books in Florida and other states? Watch this video on YouTube, developed by Dale Anderson of Choose Democracy (, and Richard Scissors, of Florida Veterans for Common Sense (

Right to Read Festival - In the News

Links to Festival Information

Map and Schedule 

See and print the adults' schedule, map, and sponsors at this link.
NOTE: The document is set up to print on 11 x 17-inch paper.

YouTube link ( for livestreaming of these speakers in the Sanctuary from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM: James Abraham, Kent Oliver, Rob Sanders, and Michael Scanlan


Festival Contact Information

Contract for Non-Profits - opens in a new window

Contract For-Profit Vendors - opens in a new window

Sponsors - Full List with Details


  • Unitarian Universalist Association (UA)


  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Venice (UUCOV)

  • Anonymous Individuals


  • Unitarian Universalist Justice Florida

  • Unitarian Universalists of Sarasota

  • Venice Interfaith Community Association

  • Anonymous Individuals


  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Port Charlotte

Attendee Information

Links to Background Reading on Banned Books

Map & Schedule

Cool Kid Page

Speaker, Panel, & Entertainer Information

Names & Bios

Each Speaker's Schedule

Contacts for Speakers

Local Authors Read from their Books

Names & Bios
Each Reader's Schedule, where known
Contacts for Readers

Vendors & Food Trucks

Who Will Be at the Festival

Festival Contacts

Contact the Festival at this email address:

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