Second annual Morristown Festival of Books set for Oct 2-3

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Keynote from the first Morristown Festival of Books, at the Mayo Performing Arts Center. Photo by Pam Hasegawa
Keynote from the first Morristown Festival of Books, at the Mayo Performing Arts Center. Photo by Pam Hasegawa

The second annual Morristown Festival of Books will be held on Friday, Oct. 2, and Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, organizers announced on Monday.

Book Festival Logo 2015A keynote address — speaker to be determined — is scheduled for the Friday kickoff, at the Mayo Performing Arts Center. It’s the only ticketed part of the festival, which will include talks by popular authors and book signings.

Also returning in 2015: One Community, One Book. Festival organizers soon will recommend a book for local discussions, culminating in an author seminar in October.  Read more below, from the festival committee.

COVERAGE OF THE 2014 MORRISTOWN FESTIVAL OF BOOKS

FROM THE FESTIVAL OF BOOKS COMMITTEE:

MAKE WAY FOR THE 2015 MORRISTOWN FESTIVAL OF BOOKS!

Mark your calendars now! Morristown’s enormously successful inaugural book festival is gearing up for 2015. This year’s festival will take place on Friday, Oct. 2, and Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. Stay tuned for the author line-up, which will be announced soon!

The festival begins on Friday, Oct. 2 with a keynote address that will be held at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in downtown Morristown. The keynote is the only ticketed event of the festival. Saturday’s all-day event, which is free and open to the public, will feature more than 25 authors speaking at 5 different locales conveniently located within walking distance from one another. Book sales and author signings will occur at a tent on the grounds of the historic Vail Mansion.

The festival will kick off shortly by announcing the presentation of the One Community, One Book selection. As part of its mission to bring the community together in conversation, Morristown Festival of Books is encouraging everyone in the Morristown area and surrounding communities to read the same book and engage in dialogue. There will be various activities planned, including book discussion groups, and the author will speak as one of the regular authors at the festival on Saturday.

The 2014 inaugural festival featured 21 award-winning and best-selling authors and boasted nearly 2000 attendees. Parents and children of all ages came out in droves to hear Jane O’Connor, author of the popular Fancy Nancy series; human rights-activist and writer Ishmael Beah captivated his audience with tales from his native Sierra Leone; and Morristown High School graduate and Stanford University professor Allyson Hobbs received a standing ovation for her talk on racial “passing” in the U.S.

These were just a few of the many highlights of the 2014 festival. Festival volunteers are working hard to make this year’s event another success. Keep watching our website as we will announce the keynote speaker in early spring followed by the full author roster in May, and join us again in October as we celebrate the power of the written word!

For more information, go to www.morristownfestivalofbooks.org.

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