Saratoga Book Festival
The first-ever Saratoga Book Festival (SBF) Saratoga Springs, NY, will occur October 15-17, 2021! Authors will appear at a few venues in downtown Saratoga including the Saratoga Springs Public Library, upstairs for adult programming, downstairs for children's and YA, Caffe Lena will host the poets and prose authors, Saratoga Arts will also host author events and the keynote address by Banks will take place at the Saratoga City Center. Attendees are encouraged to check the SBF website for programming details closer to Festival dates.
August 2021, Saratoga, NY--Organizers of the first-ever Saratoga Book Festival (SBF) confirmed they are moving forward with live author events at various venues in downtown Saratoga Springs, NY, October 15-17, 2021.
Confirmed authors include bestselling author Russell Banks who will deliver a keynote address on Saturday, October 16 at 7:00pm at the Saratoga City Center. Other confirmed authors include bestselling authors (many local to the greater Saratoga area) of various genres including Joyce Carol Oates, Steve Sheinkin, poets Peg Boyers and Chase Twichell, children’s authors Elizabeth Zunon, Susan Verde, Joseph Bruchac and sons, James and Jesse Bruchac, nonfiction author and Skidmore Professor, Beau Breslin in conversation with Jamie Malanowski, historical fiction authors Kim van Alkemade and Armando Lucas Correa, popular/literary fiction authors Peter Cameron, Brad Kessler, David Gates, Jonathan Santlofer and Megan Abbott, YA/”messy girl” fiction authors Jennifer Dugan and Rory Power, dystopian fiction authors including Robert Repino, Chana Porter, lifestyle author, Matt Hranek, memoir/true crime authors Betsy Bonner, Jeannie Vanasco and Jim Tracy, this year’s Saratoga Reads author, Carol Daggs, and more authors yet to be confirmed.
“While we were not able to provide a marketplace for the many local authors to set up tables to sell their books and services to attendees,” notes cjPurdy, Programming Manager for the Festival, “we will host an open mic for poets and prose writers to share their works at this year's festival. Hopefully we can put this pandemic past us and we can expand the festival next year to include a marketplace.”
“We are committed to presenting a literary event that celebrates big ideas, civic engagement, and the power of books to inform, challenge, inspire, and delight,” noted Ellen Beal, Founder and President of the SBF. “We are thankful for the strong support from the community, be it advice, ideas, donations of space, or financial support. And I just wish to thank everyone who helped us this far in making this book festival possible, including city officials, the folks at Northshire Books, and especially the generous donors and corporate sponsors. A special thanks goes out to the authors who have agreed to participate, but also to my all-volunteer Board at SBF who truly threw their shoulders to the wheel to organize what is shaping up to be a fantastic festival of authors for readers throughout the region.”