Historic Downtown Punta Gorda Here's an exciting new event happening in Punta Gorda, Fla., next week, Punta Gorda Book Week. The following is information provided by the organizers. This is a great opportunity to get your read on!  Authors and writers are sought for the first Punta Gorda Book Week, to take place January 17-22, 2011, in downtown Punta Gorda. Daily writers' workshops will be held Monday through Friday in downtown businesses. Authors will participate in Thursday evening's popular Gallery Walk and the Punta Gorda Book Week finale will be an all-day open-air booksellers market on Saturday, January 22 in Herald Court Centre. The Saturday book festival will feature music, a writing competition, storytelling, face painting, art displays and writing workshops at Florida Gulf Coast University's Herald Court Centre campus and the Artisan’s Atelier, also in Herald Court Centre. This is a strong opportunity to connect with a diverse audience of readers and writers. For more information call Irene Butler at 941-623-3148 PUNTA GORDA BOOK WEEK SCHEDULE Monday, Jan. 17 10 a.m. New Age Literature at Creations Gallery with Priscilla Hurd, author of The 13th Goddess:A Tale of Atlantis. 10 a.m. Children’s Story hour at The Artisan’s Atelier with Mary Lou Williams, author of Fractured Fairy Tales Tuesday, Jan. 18 10 a.m. History as Literature at Sunart Gallery with David Abraham, author of Aaron Burr: Adventurer, Bawdy Town and other works. Noon Children's Story hour at The Artisan’s Atelier with Mary Lou Williams, author of Fractured Fairy Tales Wednesday, Jan. 19 1 p.m. Writing Community History at Swiss Chocolate + with Vernon Peeples, author of The History of Punta Gorda. 2 p.m. Children's Story hour at The Artisan's Atelier with Mary Lou Williams, author of Fractured Fairy Tales Thursday, Jan. 20 10 a.m. Writing About Animals and Dog Obedience Demonstration at Bisoux with Dawn Penwell, author of Adventures in Dog Training. Friday, Jan. 21 10 a.m. The Family as Literature at River City Grill with Naomi Pringle, author of Ginga Root Tea. Saturday, Jan. 22 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open-air Book Festival at Herald Court featuring music, writing contests, authors and booksellers. Writing workshops and writing contest at the Artisan's Atelier and Florida Gulf Coast University's Herald Court Centre campus. Sponsored by: The Downtown Merchants Association, Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce, Charlotte County Arts and Humanities Council and Book-broker Publishers, LLC.