This Saturday, November 1st, the Robbins Library is hosting the first ever Arlington Book Festival. This free all-day event kicks off at 10am with panels on children’s books and memoirs, and throughout the day attendees can pick and choose from among eight panels covering topics such as self-promotion, story craft, doing research for fiction and non-fiction, engaging your community as a writer, writing self-help books, and new pathways to becoming a published author. A full schedule and details are available here.
Panel moderators include award-winning children’s author Jef Czekaj, creative director of the Provincetown Public Press Matt Clark, Hugo Award winner John Chu, writing coach Lynette Benton, PLUGGED iN program coordinator Michele Meagher, poet Jessie Brown, and author Linda Varone. Panelists include thirty local authors, with three to four authors on each panel. The day concludes with special guest speaker Steve Almond discussing his new book Against Football in the library Community Room.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Robbins Library, events will take place in the Reading Room and Community Room, and books by local authors will be offered for sale all day by the Book Rack. Refreshments will also be served. During the festival, all normal library services will be available to users.
We’re expecting a crowd so get here early! There are two parking lots behind the library, but if they’re full, other parking options include the Russell Common Parking Lot and the parking lot on Water St. behind Not Your Average Joes. You can see them on a map here. For a more detailed map of town parking, check this Arlington parking map.
See you on Saturday!