2018 Festival of Books & Authors

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14th Annual Festival of Books & Author
September 6 - 9, 2018

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Festival Weekend Events & Ticketed Events

Thursday, September 6 

Reading & Booksigning with New York Times Bestselling Children's Author Carole Boston Weatherford  
A Fiction Reading and Q&A with Award-Winning Author Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Keynote Opening Event with Zinzi Clemmons

Friday, September 7

Lunch & Learn: Slow Living with Brooke McAlary
Kids' Keynote Event: Dav Pilkey

Saturday, September 8 - Bookmarks Free Festival

Summer Reading Drop Off & Book Pick Up
Demonstration Booth
Exhibitor Scavenger Hunt: What Will You Find? 
North Carolina Writers’ Network Presents Slush Pile Live!  
Portrait Artist: Erik Huffine
New Voices on the Downtown Stage
Writing Home in Fiction & Memoir: A Writing Workshop with Elaine Neil Orr 

Preschool Storytimes with Chester Raccoon, Wild Thing, and Clifford the Big Red Dog
A Performance by Authoring Action
Graphic Novel Workshop for Kids with Jeffrey Brown

Books and Brews with Ladee Hubbard, David Joy, and Mark Powell  

Sunday, September 9

2018 Festival Round Up and Parapalooza
Celebrate National Grandparents Day with Jennifer Thermes

Saturday Festival Author Lineup

Fiction Authors: Kelly Barnhill, Edgar Cantero, Christina Dalcher, Silas House, Ladee Hubbard, David Joy, Crystal Hana Kim, Kelly Link, Charlie Lovett, Rebecca Makkai, Elaine Neil Orr, Mark Powell, Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Michel Stone

Nonfiction Authors: Anne Bogel, Suzanne Bouffard, Rick Bragg, KJ Dell’antonia, Georgann Eubanks, Matthew Horace, Stephen Kuusito, Beth Macy, Brooke McAlary, Tom Santopietro, Vegas Tenold

Children's Authors: Kelly Barnhill, Jeffrey Brown, Roshani Chokshi, Lamar Giles, Stacy McAnulty, David Barclay Moore, Joyce Moyer Hostetter, Steve Nedvidek, Daniel José Older, Audrey Penn, Aisha Saeed, T.R. Simon, Gabe Soria, Jennifer Thermes, Carole Boston Weatherford

Young Adult Authors: Roshani Chokshi, Zoraida Cordova, Lamar Giles, Maurene Goo, Ellen Hopkins, Tiffany D. Jackson, Claire Legrand, Kelly Link, Makiia Lucier, Steve Nedvidek, Daniel José Older, Amy Reed, Brenda Rufener, Aisha Saeed, Tracy Deonn Walker

Panels: Our Prince of Scribes: Remembering Pat Conroy; Words & Pictures: Graphic & Illustrated Novels; Check Your Reality at the Door: YA Fantasy; Truth You Don't See: YA Authors on on Reality; Our Stories, Our Voices; The Struggle is Real: Navigating Pivotal Points of Childhood; Growing Up Was Never Easy: Historical Middle Grade Fiction; Exploring "The Great American Read", Crossover Books for Teens & Adults; Setting Out to Journey In; What the Fiction? Genre-Bending Books; Finding Home: Stories of Immigrants & Refugees; Books & Brews

Please note Kelly Link, Gabe Soria, and Beth Macy will not be attending this year's Festival.

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