The sixth annual Millbrook Literary Festival will be held Saturday, June 21, in Millbrook, New York. The event is free to the public with activities running the entire day. More than 70 authors will be present to discuss recently published books with browsing book lovers and will personally sign any books purchased.
Philipstown will be well represented. Young adult author Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, illustrator Pat Schories, and poets T.R. Hummer and Jo Pitkin are all area residents who will participate in the festival.
A Taste of Activities:The day will start off with a Young Illustrators Workshop for elementary-aged children run by author/illustrator Dave Horowitz. Author spotlights include children’s books author Karen Orloff and internationally acclaimed relationship therapist Dr. Jamie Turndorf. On the People of the Book panel, Agent Elizabeth Kaplan, publisher Bruce McPherson and authors Sheila Buff and Akiko Busch will discuss the craft of writing and the current state of publishing. At noon, the Half Moon Theatre will present three light-hearted, 10-minute plays set in the Hudson Valley. The Poets’ Corner will have many readings throughout the day and two panel discussions exploring the magic of this art.
On The Changing Face of Journalism panel, Stuart Shinske (Poughkeepsie Journal) Kate Goldsmith (Northern Dutchess News) and other area editors will discuss the challenges facing the rapidly-changing world of journalism. And the day will conclude with the Whodunnit? Wedunnit! mystery writers panel which promises to disclose the secrets of their art.
A Young Writer’s Showcase will be open to students, ages 5-18. The selected entrants will have their work featured in a specially produced Festival Anthology of stories and poems, published by Fountain Press. In addition, the young authors will be invited to read their work before an audience in a special presentation to be held at the library during the festival. Showcase rules and requirements are outlined on the festival website.
A complete schedule and author profiles are available at millbrookbookfestival.org.