In its 3rd year, the Delaware Book Festival again promises to deliver exciting, best-selling and up-and-coming authors to inspire a love of reading in children and give adults the chance to meet favorite authors and discover new ones.
The festival takes place on Saturday, November 1, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the First State Heritage Park in Dover. More than 30 authors and illustrators will talk, answer questions and sign books under tents located on Legislative Mall, while a variety of workshops will take place in the newly refurbished Old State House. A Children’s Activity tent will also offer crafts, storybook characters and more.
Highlights of the day include:
- Popular children’s authors Marc Brown, creator of Arthur and author/illustrator of more than 30 books featuring the aardvark and his family; and Jon Sciezska author of The Stinky Cheese Man, Squids Will be Squids, and the Time-Warp Trio series, and the first National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature bestowed by the Library of Congress.
- Husband and wife Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear, authors of the controversial new book, The Betrayal: The Lost Life of Jesus, based on documents recovered from archeological sites in the Middle East.
- A “Women in History” writer’s panel, featuring Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Chains, an historical novel of the American Revolution told through the eyes of a slave girl; Penny Colman (Adventurous Women and Thanksgiving: The True Story); and Catherine Gourley (Flappers and the New American Woman: Perceptions of Women from 1918 through the 1920s).
- Hugely successful fiction writers who have pulled expertise from former careers to craft their stories, including physician/medical thriller author Tess Gerritsen, prosecutor/mystery writer Alafair Burke, and TV news producer/media thriller author Mary Jane Clark.
- Biographical writers Ariel Sabar (My Father’s Paradise: A Son’s Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq) and Lily Koppel (The Red Leather Diary).
- Funny female authors Beth Harbison (Secrets of a Shoe Addict) and Alison Larkin (The English American).
- “Book buzz” from the publishing world, including a sneak peak at future best sellers coming out in the next few months according to executives from HarperCollins and MacMillan Publishers.
- An eclectic selection of non-fiction writers including Gary Ecelbarger (The Great Comeback: How Abraham Lincoln Beat the Odds to Win the 1860 Republican Nomination), William Cleveland (Art and Upheaval: Artists on the World’s Frontlines), and Michael Gates Gill (How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else).
For more information about the Delaware Book Festival, visit www.debookfestival.lib.de.us.