The 2018 festival will be open on Friday, June 8th, with a cocktail reception and talk featuring best-selling author David Baldacci. This event will be held at the Woodland in downtown Maplewood. All ticket proceeds from this event will go the Maplewood and South Orange libraries.
The main festival will take place on Saturday, June 9th from 10:00AM-5:00PM, at the Woodland and Words Bookstore, both in downtown Maplewood, and feature over 75 authors, including Oprah Book Club selection Tayari Jones, Anna Quindlen, Mets legend Keith Hernandez, and Claire Messud. There will also be panels on hot-button topics such as race and education, the rise of white supremacy, and the #Metoo movement. On the less serious side, the festival will host several food and drink panels.
The book festival will also have an extensive children’s area, with over 40 children’s and YA authors, as well as a kids “fun zone,” featuring games, music, food, face-painting and general mayhem for kids of all ages. Iconic kid’s author Rosemary Wells will deliver the children’s keynote address.
3 Bd | 1Full, 1 Half Ba
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