Attention local authors and the people who love them: we’re currently accepting applications for the first-ever Arlington Book Festival, which will take place at the library on Saturday, November 1. You can apply via our web form, or pick up a paper application at the reference desk at Robbins Library. All applications are due by Friday, August 15.
The number of applications we receive and the areas of interest and expertise among our applicants will help determine the festival format, and preference will be given to Arlington-based authors.
Arlington is a place where arts and culture are thriving more than ever; just in the last few years we’ve seen the advent of a film festival, Arlington Alive!, and support for more public art projects like Chairful Where You Sit. The Library has always played a key role in Arlington’s cultural life, and in past years we’ve had local author panels featuring three or four authors at a time. This year, the Library is expanding this idea so that we can include more authors and create an event that showcases the incredible talent our community has to offer and gives authors an opportunity to share their hard-earned knowledge of the business of publishing.
Organized and run by library staff, the A.B.F. will provide authors with an opportunity to join their colleagues on panels covering a variety of topics related to writing and the publishing process, answer questions, and sell their work. Plans are underway for the A.B.F. to take center stage in the beautiful Robbins Library reading room. What’s more, November 1 also marks the kickoff of National Novel Writing Month (known as NaNoWriMo). During the month of November, we join institutions nation-wide in setting aside space for writers of any experience level to “come write in” and work on their novels.
Further details about the Arlington Book Festival and NaNoWriMo will be shared here as plans develop, so stay tuned–and in the meantime encourage the local authors you know to apply for the Festival!