If 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:
Authoring Children’s Books / Reading Room
Art of Writing Memoirs / Community Room
New Pathways to Publishing / Reading Room
Writing on the Subject of Mental, Physical, and Spiritual Health / Community Room
Doing Research for Your Writing / Reading Room
The Importance of Community Connections for Authors / Community Room
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!