Bucks County Herald

Two days, 20 authors in first Bucks County Book Festival

Twenty professionally published authors will make their way to Doylestown on Oct. 13 and 14 for the first Bucks County Book Festival, a Discover Doylestown event.

Festival organizers are working with several New York publishing houses, including Penguin Random House and Simon and Schuster, to schedule a lineup of well-known writers who have recently published books.

During the festival, book lovers young and old can expect to meet some of their favorite authors, attend panel discussions, keynote presentations, book signings, a writing seminar and Saturday night Lit Crawl.

“The publishers are very enthusiastic about a book festival in Bucks County and are currently working to provide some wonderful authors” says Glenda Childs, owner of Doylestown and Lahaska Bookshops and the festival’s author liaison.

“Bucks County is renowned as the home of James Michener, Pearl S. Buck, Margaret Mead, and Oscar Hammerstein,” says Elle Green, Bucks County Book Festival Co-Chair.

“Surely there is no better setting for an annual celebration of the art of writing, the joy of reading, and the coming together of authors and their eager devotees.”

“We’ve spent the last several months meeting with other non-profits in the area to gain support for this event,” says Bucks Book Festival Co-chair Colleen Dunn. “The list of organizations who have agreed to help promote the book festival can be found on our website.

“We are currently looking for sponsorship dollars and volunteers. Any individual, business, or civic leader who would like to help make this happen, can contact us through bucksbookfest.org or the Discover Doylestown office.”

The festival kicks off Saturday morning, Oct. 13, when children and their parents are invited to the firehouse on Shewell Avenue in Doylestown to meet notable children’s authors and illustrators. At the same time, aspiring writers can attend a seminar at the James-Lorah Memorial Home on Main Street.

Saturday night, the festival hosts the first of two keynote presentations given by nationally known authors. Later that same evening, other writers will appear at Doylestown area bars and coffee shops for the light-hearted Lit Crawl.

Sunday afternoon there are activities for adults and teens under tents at the Hamilton Street parking lot between State and Oakland streets in Doylestown.

Included are several panel discussions with professionally-published authors from a variety of genres. There will also be a vendor area where self-published authors, professional literary groups, area non-profits, and others can reach out to visitors.

The final keynote author will speak early Sunday evening. That event alone is expected to draw more than 700 people.

More information can be found at bucksbookfest.org or by calling Discover Doylestown at 215-340-9988.

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