SAINT AUGUSTINE – Steve Berry, New York Times and number one internationally best-selling author, has been selected as the 2017 Literary Legend by the Florida Heritage Book Festival Board of Directors.
“Steve Berry is more than a local author who ‘made it big,’ ’’ said FHBF Board President Debra Rhodes Gibson, in announcing the recipient. “His contributions to the international literary community, his commitment to historic restoration and the preservation of our heritage, his dedication to history, and his genuine enjoyment of sharing his writing with readers and future authors alike, all contributed to his selection as a FHBF Literary Legend.”
Berry will receive the award on Sept. 22 at the Literary Legends Reception at the Courtyard Marriott at St. Augustine Beach. The sponsor for this year’s Literary Legend Award is Herbie Wiles Insurance.
The ninth annual free Book Festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Ringhaver Student Center of Flagler College.
Proceeds from festival events provide funds to St. Johns County Friends of the Libraries and the Bookmobile, The St. Augustine Record Newspaper Media in Education school programs, and a creative writing scholarship award at Flagler College.
Berry lives in St. Augustine and joins 17 Legends named since 2008. They are: Stetson Kennedy, Jack Hunter, Patrick Smith, Michael Gannon, Michael Connelly, Harry Crews, Carl Hiassen, Randy Wayne White, Peter Mathiessen, Edna Buchanan, John Jakes, Dr. Robin Cook, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Zora Neale Hurston, John D. MacDonald, Ernest Hemingway, Elaine Konigsburg.
“An irresistible page-turner is a wonderful thing, but the greatest novels pack sentences so prevailing that you stop reading, lower the book, and simply live in the words for a moment.” Gibson said.” That’s the true mark of a Literary Legend.”
Berry’s newest book, The Lost Order, is the 12th book in the Cotton Malone mystery series. A book signing will follow the reception and the book will be available for purchase that evening.
Berry moved to St. Augustine in 2010 from St. Marys, Ga., where he served on the Camden County Commission for 14 years. He was a trial lawyer for 30 years before closing his law practice to focus on his writing career.
Berry is Georgia native and a graduate of the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. He is a founding member of International Thriller Writers—a group of nearly 4,000 thriller writers from around the world—and served three years as its co-president.
His books have been translated into 40 languages with more than 20,000,000 copies in 51 countries. They consistently appear in the top echelon of The New York Times, USA Today, and Indie bestseller lists, according to his website, www.steveberry.org.
He and his wife Elizabeth share a passion for history that led them to create History Matters, a foundation dedicated to historic preservation. They travel the country raising money for history-related community-based projects.
The Literary Legend Reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22, at the Courtyard Marriott at St. Augustine Beach. Tickets are $60 per person in advance and $75 at the door.
To register, please email your name and address, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration will be confirmed when payment is received. You may submit your payment via Paypal at the website (www.fhbookfest.com) or, your check, payable to the Florida Heritage Book Festival, to FHBF Literary Legend Reception, P.O. Box 4011 St. Augustine, FL 32085. Those interested in attending that do not have email access should send include their reservation information with their check.