The inaugural Empire State Book Festival lands at Albany’s Empire State Plaza next month, and it promises to be a real bonanza for readers and writers alike.
Organized by the New York Library Association, the festival kicks off at 6pm Friday, April 9, with a gala celebration and the induction of the inaugural class of inductees to the New York Writer’s Hall of Fame – James Baldwin, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Caro, Frederick Douglass, Mary Gordon, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Isaac B. Singer, Edith Wharton, E.B. White and Walt Whitman. Tix for the gala – which includes dinner – are $75.
The festival really takes off on Saturday, April 10, beginning at 10:30am and continuing non-stop til 5pm throughout the Empire State Plaza concourse and in the various meeting rooms, as dozens of writers offer author talks, readings, writing workshops, book-signing sessions, panel discussions, tutorials and storytelling. And it’s all free.
You can find the complete schedule here, but here are some highlights that we’re especially looking forward to: