Be Here Now: Festival of Books @ Spencertown
Calling all book lovers! Spencertown Academy’s fifth annual Festival of Books is one of Nippertown’s biggest celebrations of books and writing, with a huge used book sale and three days of free programs featuring local, national and international authors.
The book sale features over 10,000 new and gently used books in every category – fiction and non-fiction, classics and best sellers, biographies and mysteries, hard covers and paperbacks – with most titles just $1 to $3.
In addition, there’s a full slate of talks and presentations through Monday and a special gallery exhibition featuring the work of internationally recognized photographer Abelardo Morell.
For the kids, there’s the Storybook Parade and breakfast, and a presentation and hands-on art project with Julie Appel co-creator of the Touch the Art picture book series.
Here’s the complete event listing.
BOOK SALE SCHEDULE:
Friday September 3, 6pm: Members’ preview party – $25 admission.
Saturday, September 4: 8-10am. Early buying sale – $10 admission.
Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm – Free admission.
Monday, September 6, 10am-3pm – All remaining books 50% off the already-bargain prices. Free admission.
Saturday, September 4
9:30am: TOUCH THE ART WITH JULIE APPEL
10:30am: STORIES FROM VENICE AND CHINA WITH TOM LEE
12pm: FESTIVAL KEYNOTE: Susan Orlean deliverers the keynote address (and festival theme) “Books That Changed My World” in conversation with Sheila Weller
1pm: LOST & FOUND, A JOURNEY THROUGH GRIEF: Ann Hood in conversation with Wesley Brown
2pm: MEMOIR: TELLING MY OWN STORY: Nancy Bachrach, Alice Eve Cohen and Julie Metz in conversation with Marion Roach Smith
3pm: DYSFUNCTION JUNCTION: AN INSIDER’S VIEW OF ALBANY POLITICS: A panel discussion with Gerald Benjamin, Lloyd Constantine and Daniel Feldman
4pm: A LIFE IN WORDS AND PICTURES: Emily Arnold McCully
4pm: Opening reception for Abelardo Morell photography exhibit, a collection of photographs touted “a visual tribute to the written word.”
Sunday, September 5
11am: WATCHING WHAT WE EAT: Kathleen Collins
12pm: FIFTY-TWO LOAVES: William Alexander’s
1pm: PASSAGE TO INDIA: Madhur Jaffrey in conversation with Irene Sacks
2pm: FOOD IN CULTURE: A discussion with Anthony DiRenzo, Kathleen LeBesco, and Jonathan Reynolds
Monday, September 6: Local Author Spotlights
11:30am: Richard W. Wise: “The French Blue”
12pm: LJerome Lowenstein: “Henderson’s Equation”
12:30pm: Ruth Bass: “Rose”
1pm: Marlene Marshall: “Woodland Style”