Most festival events on both Saturday Oct. 13 and Sunday Oct. 14 are free and open to the public. A few activities, including a writers’ workshop and keynote authors, require a ticket. Those events are highlighted on the schedule.
See below to purchase tickets, or visit the Schedule page.
More than 40 professionally published authors are scheduled to speak at the Book Festival. The author's and illustrator's most current books will be available for purchase in a book-buying area. Doylestown and Lahaska Bookshops will be available both days to handle book purchases. Authors and Illustrators will be on hand to sign books purchased at the festival.
On Sunday afternoon, festival-goers can also visit our vendors, located in booths on Hamilton Street, west of the parking lot. Our vendors included self-published authors and non-profit organizations.
Writer's Workshop (All Ages/All Levels)
Saturday morning beginning at 9:00am at the James-Lorah Memorial Home, N. Main St. Writers of all skill levels, from beginner to professional, are invited to participate in a fun-filled, entertaining morning workshop which will include a flash-fiction exercise, insights from a life coach, and publishing advice from a literary agent.
Children's Authors & Keynote Speakers (Toddler through 6th Grade)
Festival attendees with young children should arrive at the Doylestown Fire Co. on Shewell Avenue in Doylestown Saturday, October 13, between 9:00am – 2:00pm. The street will be blocked to automobile traffic at Court Street (map).
Please consult the schedule for a list of authors/illustrators and the time of their appearances.
Author presentations are free.
Keynote Children's Author Michael Buckley appears Saturday Oct. 13, 11 AM - 12 PM, on the 2nd Floor of the Doylestown Fire Co. on Shewell Avenue.
Keynote Children's Author Floyd Cooper appears Saturday Oct. 13, 1 PM - 2 PM, on the 2nd Floor of the Doylestown Fire Co. on Shewell Avenue.
Doylestown Fire Fighters will be on hand to talk about fire prevention. Children will also be invited to participate in free arts and crafts activities.
On Sunday, October 14, more than 30 authors will be speaking under tents on the Hamilton Street parking lot, between State and Oakland Streets, from noon until 5:00pm. These activities are free and open to the public. Books may be purchased and signed in the book tent which is also located on the Hamilton Street parking lot.
Author panels are scheduled every hour on the hour. Each tent holds 100 people and presentations are 50-minutes. Some book festival attendees choose to study the schedule of authors on the website prior to arriving and create their own list of “must attend” events. If festival goers want to attend panel discussions back-to-back, be assured that books can be purchased in the book tent at any time during the afternoon.
Sunday Evening Keynote - Chris Hedges
Each ticket admits one, and comes with a copy of AMERICA: THE FAREWELL TOUR.
Pick up your book at the event.
Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who was a foreign correspondent for fifteen years for The New York Times where he served as the Middle East Bureau Chief and Balkan Bureau Chief for the paper. He previously worked overseas for The Dallas Morning News, The Christian Science Monitor, and NPR.