Spencertown Academy Arts Center’s 2016 Festival of Books, the annual extravaganza of all things literary, took place over Labor Day weekend, September 2 through 5. The event featured a giant used book sale which was held on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Other activities included two days of readings and book signings by nationally known and local authors, a children’s program (featuring Pete the Cat), and the Cookbook Café for people needing a break from so much fun. Admission was free to all of the events, save for the early book-buying opportunities.
At the heart of the Festival was our annual book sale, one of the biggest in the region, offering more than 10,000 gently used books, including fiction and non-fiction, hard and soft covers—all at very affordable prices. Special sections included the Kid’s Corner for young readers; a media rack full of CDs, DVDs and audio books; art books; and a first-floor gallery featuring a handpicked selection of specialty books, limited editions, out-of-print books, and new books donated by leading national publishers.
A special section of the literary program was set aside for young writers. Our second annual Teens’ writing contest this year included a Poetry section. It was open to Columbia and Berkshire County students in grades 9 through 12.
For more Teen Writers Contest information, including links to 2016 prize-winning short stories, click here.