Arlington Book Festival – November 1, 2014

arlington book fest_final_color_croppedmoreIf you live in Arlington, there’s a good chance your next-door neighbor is an author. This is our hypothesis based on the overwhelming number of applications received for the first-ever Arlington Book Festival, to be held at the Robbins Library on Saturday, November 1. Official sponsors are the Friends of the Robbins Library and The Book Rack.

Free and open to all, the festival will be a celebration of local authors and their work, and an opportunity for anyone who’s interested to learn about the writing and publishing process. Local authors’ books will be made available for sale by The Book Rack. And headlining the event is Arlingtonian author Steve Almond, a man brave enough to speak in public about his new book Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto.

An overview of the day:  from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., we’ll host eight 50-minute moderated panel discussions on a variety of topics related to writing and publishing. Panel discussions will be held in the Robbins Library Reading Room and in the Community Room.  At 3 p.m., Mr. Almond will give his talk in the Community Room, entitled There’s Murder In That Game: Steve Almond Tackles Football, America’s Biggest Sacred Cow.

Panel Discussion Schedule in Brief:

10:00
Authoring Children’s Books  / Reading Room
Art of Writing Memoirs / Community Room

11:00
New Pathways to Publishing / Reading Room
Writing on the Subject of Mental, Physical, and Spiritual Health / Community Room

1:00
Doing Research for Your Writing / Reading Room
The Importance of Community Connections for Authors / Community Room

2:00
Story Craft / Reading Room
Promoting Your Work / Community Room

Keep checking the blog and our online calendar for details as plans evolve.  We hope to see you on Saturday, November 1st!

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5 Responses to Arlington Book Festival – November 1, 2014

  1. I am an author published by a small press. RAGE BEGETS MURDER is a crime thriller set at the beginning of the Bandstand era in 1950s Philadelphia. Shamus Award winner Jeremiah Healy called it “an author’s tour-de-force.” On November 1 I will be on a panel at NoirCon in Philadelphia. I live in Newton, MA. Can my book be sold at the Arlington Book Festival?

    • Andrea says:

      Hi Marshall,
      Thank you for your interest in the Arlington Book Festival. Applications closed in mid-August but you are welcome to apply next time. You can get on our mailing list by scrolling down on our home page, http://www.robbinslibrary.org. Good luck in Philadelphia, I wish you great success with the book!
      Best wishes,
      Andrea

  2. Jo Pitkin says:

    I’m so glad to hear about this from Arlington poet Miriam Levine! For many years, I worked to create a community of Arlington authors through my volunteer work at the newly created Arlington Center for the Arts. Some may recall the day-long marathon of readings by Arlington writers that I organized during the Heart of the Arts celebration at the ACA or the literary series I coordinated, which often featured Arlington writers. One of the venues I partnered with was, of course, Robbins Library! It’s a great place for readings. I wish I lived closer–I’d love to hear some of my Arlington friends and newer residents. I wish you good luck with the festival.

    • Andrea says:

      Jo, it’s wonderful to hear this feedback from you. We are pleased to support Arlington’s strong tradition of celebrating the arts. Wish you could be there on Nov. 1!

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