Spencertown Academy Arts Center’s Festival of Books, the annual extravaganza of all things literary, takes place over Labor Day weekend, August 29 through September 1, 2014. The Festival features a giant used book sale, two days of readings and book signings by nationally known and local authors, and a children’s program.  Admission is free to all of the events, save for the early book-buying opportunities.

At the heart of the Festival is a giant book sale, one of the biggest in the region, featuring more than 10,000 gently used books, including fiction and non-fiction, hard and soft covers—all offered at very affordable prices. There’s a special Kid’s Corner for young readers and a media rack full of CDs and audio books. A first-floor gallery features a handpicked selection of specialty books, limited editions, out-of-print books, and new books donated by leading national publishers.


  • Friday, August 29
    • PREVIEW PARTY 6:00pm. $25 donation
    • Enjoy a glass of wine and chat with fellow book lovers then head to the book loft for first choice of more than 10,000 gently used books. Book loft opens at 6:30pm. NO BOOK DEALERS PLEASE
  • Saturday, August 30
    • EARLY BUYING 8:00am to 10:00am. $20 ADMISSION - Free admission 10-4
    • Bargain hunters and book lovers can take advantage of early admission to one of the biggest and best book sales in the region.
    • 9AM – 11:30AM – KIDS PROGRAMMING - Meet Curious George!!! Come for story time to hear some of George’s most exciting adventures. Have your picture taken with George to take home. Participate in art projects all ages. Drop in and make a Curious George mask or use your creative writing or art skills to create your own comic or illustrated story.
    • 10:30-11:30 Local Author Barbara Ann Mojica reads from her book Little Miss HISTORY Travels to the Statue of Liberty and Author/Illustrator Victor Ramon Mojica reads Captain CROSSBONES in the Treasure Hunt.
    • 12PM – A CRIME NOVEL ROUNDTABLE – Authors Alison Gaylin, Katia Lief, and Wendy Corsi Staub in conversation with Editor Lucia Macro
    • 1:30PM – THE KID IN ALL OF US: THE GROWTH AND POPULARITY OF YA LITERATURE  - Bestselling author Lauren Oliver talks about Young Adult literature.
    • 3PM – MILLAY: POET OF CITY AND COUNTRY - Scholar and Literary Executor Holly Peppe and Millay Society Board VP Mark O’Berski talk about the life and work of this incandescent literary star and her deep connection to Steepletop.
  • Sunday, August 31
    • BOOK SALE 10:00am to 4:00pm. Free admission
    • More than 10,000 gently used books including fiction and non-fiction, hard and soft covers—all offered at very affordable prices
    • 11:30AM – FAITH, EVOLUTION, AND A VERY HAPPY MARRIAGEWriters Jonathan Weiner and Deborah Heiligman are married and in love with all things Charles Darwin. Weiner is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Beak of the Finch about evolution in the Galapagos Islands. Heiligman’s book, Charles and Emma, about the marriage of the great evolutionist and his religious wife, was a National Book Award finalist. 
    • 1PM – FARM TO TABLE FOR FUN AND FLAVORLiz Neumark and Carole Lalli - With generosity of spirit and a great appreciation of meals with family and friends, Liz Neumark puts into words and recipes in Sylvia’s Table what we all love about this bountiful area of the world and want to pass along to kids of every age: the joy of fresh ingredients.
    • 2:30PM – MARIE HOWE: WORDS FROM THE DEEPEST WELLA critic called New York State Poet Laureate Marie Howe’s luminous work “a poetry of intimacy, witness, honesty, and relation” (Boston Globe). We could not be more honored to have her read and discuss her life and art. 
  • Monday, September 1
    • BOOK SALE CLEARANCE 10:00am to 2:00pm. Free admission
    • All remaining used books are just $1 and specialty books are half off the already low prices.
  • All books are carefully edited, sorted, and displayed for easy browsing. Stock is replenished continuously throughout the sale
  • Best of all, everything is very affordably priced!