Building Community Through the Arts

Festival of Books

Special Note:
The 2020 Festival will be a virtual – not live – event. We have some tantalizing preliminary plans in progress, and we will let you know as soon as we can finalize the schedule!

Festival of Books, the annual extravaganza of all things literary, takes place over Labor Day weekend. 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, and the Cookbook Café, serving fruit snacks, home-baked goodies, and our famous no-alarm vegetarian chili.

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.

See photos from our 2019 festival.

The 15th Annual Festival of Books is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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View Past Festival of Books Programs

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