After a one-year hiatus for COVID-19, the Morristown Book Festival returns, Oct. 9 – with a few tweaks.
There will be no keynote speaker. Most of the authors’ lectures will be delivered outside. And masks and proof of vaccination will be required.
But, like in previous years, the one-day event is free. And many bestselling authors – over 30, in fact, for adults and children – are expected to come.
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From the Morristown Book Festival:
8th ANNUAL MORRISTOWN BOOK FESTIVAL
ANNOUNCES AN AWARD-WINNING RANGE OF AUTHORS!
Morristown Book Festival is thrilled to announce its highly anticipated 2021 bestselling and award winning author lineup!
New Jersey’s premier book festival, the Morristown Festival of Books offers something for everyone. The free festival all day on Saturday October 9, more than 30 fiction, non-fiction, children and young adult authors will be presented at both the Main party and the always popular KidFest event that takes place mainly on external sites.
The Main Festival presents authors of fiction and non-fiction. Fiction aficionados will be delighted by the critically acclaimed novelists presented at the Festival. from New Jersey and New York Times bestselling author of All the missing girls, Megan Miranda, will discuss Such a quiet place his captivating new thriller about a mysterious murder in an idyllic and close-knit neighborhood.
Still in the thriller and suspense category, the Festival presents Wendy whitman, who brings his detailed knowledge of crime and murder, through a 20-year television career spanning crime, to his new mystery, Premonition. And Kimberly mccreight, of which Rebuild AmÃ©lie was shortlisted for the film by HBO, discusses Friends like these, about a reunion that brings together a group of college friends 10 years after graduation and is marked by lies, betrayals and murders.
Fans of historical fiction will hear the winner of the National Book Club award Sadeka johnson, who will discuss The yellow woman, about a female slave forced to trade off love and freedom while living in Virginia’s most infamous slave prison.
And Lauren Willig, New York Times and United States today bestselling author of more than 20 works of historical fiction, offers a new novel based on a true story about a group of young women from Smith College who risk their lives in France at the height of the First World War, with Band of sisters.
MAIN AUTHORS OF THE FESTIVAL
History buffs will be delighted David O. Stewartthe exceptional biography of, George Washington: The Political Rise of America’s Founding Father. For a touch of humor, Hugh O’Neillthe most recent publication of, Put the hoop earlier, talk to parents in the midst of the gentle spin cycle of child rearing.
And black comedy fans will revel in New York Times bestselling author Geoff rodkey‘s Lights out in Lincolnwood. Internationally award-winning writer and director of the Creative Writing Program at Drew University, Courtney zoffness, also joins the Festival with his book of autobiographical essays, Spilled milk, which considers what we inherit from past generations, biologically, culturally, spiritually, and what we pass on to our children.
And to complete the non-fiction category, the Festival presents Will Jimeno, author and retired New York Port Authority and New Jersey Police Department officer who miraculously survived the attacks of September 11, 2001, and will discuss Sunrise Through Darkness: A Survivor’s Tale of Learning to Relive Beyond 9/11.
(will also be attached KidFest this year with the co-author, Charles Ricciardi, to share this heroic story: Immigrant, American, Survivor: a little boy who grew up to be all three.)
Young readers will appreciate KidFest, which hosts a wide range of featured authors. Dan Gutman has written over 160 books for children from kindergarten to college, including his eighth book in the My strangest school series and his other new book, Houdini and me. Young readers will also meet Chris Grabenstein, the award-winning multiple, # 1 New York Times bestselling author of Mr. Lemoncello, Wonderland, Smartest Kid, and Dog squad series.
Nick Bruel, the New York Times bestselling author of Bad cat series, will entertain children and families with its fun and interactive reading and drawing performances. Author Torrey Maldonado, teacher and advocate for diversity in children’s literature, will discuss racism with children, with What alley? And Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, editor-in-chief of We need various books anthology The hero next door, will explore the intersection between self and community and the complexity of black identity with the coming of age narrative It doesn’t take a genius.
Equally impressive are the Young Adult authors featured at this year’s Festival. Fans of Nisha sharmathe critically acclaimed YA novel My so-called Bollywood life will appreciate his discussion on follow-up, Radha and Jai’s recipe for romance. And critically acclaimed author Jordyn taylor, author of Paris paper girl, presents his new novel, the addictive mystery Don’t breathe a word.
The main festival free all day and KidFest will take place on Saturday 9 October. The festival center and information tent are on the lawn outside the historic Vail Mansion (110 South St., Morristown).
Volunteers will direct participants to the event venues and book tents near St. Peter’s Church and the parking lot of the Presbyterian Church Parish House at 65 South Street, where books are available at purchase, and the authors will welcome visitors and sign books.
The priority of the Festival is to continue its tradition of bringing together authors and readers and offering lectures in person, while ensuring the safety of all. The Morristown Festival of Books follows strict safety protocols to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
On October 9, 2021, to participate in author conferences, the Morristown Festival of Books will require proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, for all who are eligible. Masks will also be compulsory in indoor and outdoor public places.
You can bring your vaccination card, show a copy, or use an app such as Docket. You will also be required to present photo identification. This policy reflects the Festival’s commitment to the safety of its audience, authors and volunteers and applies to both the Main Festival and KidFest.
The Festival is presented free of charge thanks to the generous support of our sponsors. As of September 18, primary sponsors include: 2021 Official Festival Sponsor Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, Present Sponsors Community Foundation of New Jersey, Delta Dental, Investors Bank, New Jersey Hills Media Group, New Jersey Monthly, Towne Toyota, Towne Hyundai and Regent Atlantic and Adrienne and Dillard Kirby, venue sponsors, Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Morristown & Morris Township Library, and new sponsor Crum & Forster.
The official sponsor of KidFest 2021 is Atlantic Health System: Goryeb Children’s Hospital. The sponsors of KidFest are Gill St. Bernard School, Morristown Beard School, Oak Knoll School and Red Oaks School.
Morristown Festival of Books is a fonds of the New Jersey Community Foundation, a non-profit corporation.
For a complete list of the Festival’s author lineup and more information, visit www.morristownbooks.org.