Festival of Books 2017 Schedule of Events
Program Listings

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1

6:00pm – PREVIEW PARTY $25 donation
Enjoy a glass of wine and chat with fellow book lovers, then head over to the book rooms to get first choice of more than 10,000 gently used books. Book rooms open at 6:30 p.m. MEMBERS and their guests ONLY
Purchase tickets here.
(Memberships may be purchased at the door)

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2ND

Learn about our featured authors.
8:00-10:00am – EARLY BUYING $20 admission (Cash Only)

  • Bargain hunters can take advantage of early admission to one of the biggest and best book sales in the region. Gently used books carefully selected and categorized.
  • Kid’s Book Room for young readers, and a Specialty Book Room (first editions, signed copies, special items).

9:30-11:15am – CHILDREN’S PROGRAM  Free admission

  • Visit with The Cat in the Hat – and pose for a free souvenir photo with this popular storybook character to take home. Book–related art projects in the program tent.
  • Storybook corner readings for the youngest readers.

10:00am–5:00pm – BOOK SALE   Free admission

  • More than 10,000 gently used books including fiction and nonfiction, hard and soft covers, as well as CDs DVDs and audio books, all offered at very affordable prices.
  • Kid’s Book Room for young readers, and a Specialty Book Room (first editions, signed copies, special items).

11:30am-12:15pm – PRESENTATION, YOUNG WRITERS
Presentation of prize-winning stories from the Young Writers contest held earlier this spring, hosted by Kelly Kynion, contest organizer.

AUTHOR PRESENTATIONS

In the Tent, 12:30 to 5:00. Free Admission

12:30pm- All That Jazz… and Soul and R&B
Wesley Brown (Dance of the Infidels) and Jonathan Gould (Otis Redding – An Unfinished Life) will read from their books and discuss race and music during the Big Band years of the 30s and 40s, and during the civil rights struggles of the 60s.

2:00pm – Poetry and The Artists’ Eye
Rebecca Morgan Frank will read from her second poetry collection, The Spokes of Venus, in which magicians, wig makers, sculptors, perfumers, and choreographers help conjure her poems about making and observing art. In this reading and conversation about the art of poetry, she will share stories of poetic process and collaboration, including her work with composers and filmmakers to bring the poems from the page to stage and screen.
“A god can see something/ that does not exist yet in the world. Who/ could have imagined the octopus, the flounder?”

3:30pm – Memory and Memoir
Sulome Anderson (The Hostage’s Daughter: A Story of Family, Madness, and the Middle East) and Michael D. Lemonick (The Perpetual Now: A Story of Amnesia, Memory, and Love) discuss their books. Anderson’s intimate memoir also relies on the memory of others for clarity, and for a resolution of the question of who kidnapped her father. Lemonick, while exploring the neuroscience of memory, fashions a memoir of sorts for a brilliant artist who has no memory of her own with which to write it.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD

Learn about our featured authors.
10:00am-5:00pm – BOOK SALE Free admission

  • More than 10,000 gently used books including fiction and nonfiction, hard and soft covers, as well as CDs DVDs and audio books, all offered at very affordable prices.
  • Kid’s Book Room for young readers, and a Specialty Book Room (first editions, signed copies, special items).

AUTHOR PRESENTATIONS

In the Tent, 12:00 to 4:00. Free Admission

12:00 – Escapes Under the Berlin Wall
Greg Mitchell will present his latest nonfiction book, The Tunnels: Escapes Under the Berlin Wall and the Historic Films the JFK White House Tried to Kill, a little-known tale of two tunnels to West Berlin, and pressure by the U.S. government to kill the story.

1:30pm – If These Walls Could Talk…
Acclaimed novelist Elinor Lipman will read from her latest book, On Turpentine Lane, a romantic comedy about a restless woman who impulsively buys a dilapidated house that soon reveals a mysterious past. Lipman’s book is “… constructed with an almost scary mastery.”—New York Times Book Review

Everyone Loves You Back, Louie Cronin’s very funny first novel, features another house in dire need of repair, this one in Cambridge. Town and gown meet again. Cronin (a.k.a. “Cronin the Barbarian” as per “Click” and “Clack”) was a long-time producer on Car Talk.

3:00pm – Jane Revisited
Patricia Park’s Re Jane (NY Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, among other awards) is a modern-day retelling of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. Jane Re, a mixed race Korean American woman searches for a sense of identity in Queens, Brooklyn and, finally, Seoul. Paramount TV and Anonymous Content recently teamed with actor-producer Daniel Dae Kim to adapt the book into a half-hour comedy series.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH

10:00am-2:00pm – BOOK SALE CLEARANCE – Free admission
All remaining used books are just $1 and specialty books are half off the already low prices. Closing hour surprise specials.

And… don’t forget about the Cook Book Cafe – snacks, fruit and drinks, and our famous no-alarm vegetarian chili – on the Academy front terrace.

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The Festival of Books is funded in part by Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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