2017 Festival of Books

Festival of Books 2017, the annual extravaganza of all things literary, will take place over Labor Day weekend, September 1 through 4. The event features a giant used book sale, two days of readings and book signings by nationally known and local authors, a children’s program, this year featuring Dr. Seuss’s beloved Cat in the Hat, and the Cookbook Café, serving fruit snacks, home-baked goodies, and our famous no-alarm vegetarian chili. As always, admission to the events is free, save for the early book-buying opportunities.

At the heart of the Festival is 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 cover —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 is set aside for young writers. Our third annual Young Writers contest, open to Columbia and Berkshire County students in grades 9 through 12, this year included Fiction and Essay/Memoir sections. Prizes have already been awarded, and the first prize winners will have an opportunity to read their works in the author’s tent. Click here for this year’s winners.

View Past Festival of Books Programs
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2015
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2012
2011

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