Easton Book Festival


7pm Today: Booksellers Confessional: Indie Booksellers Talk Shop — In this panel for the Easton Book Festival, we invite independent booksellers to share their experiences and discuss the impact of the pandemic. Guests include booksellers Andy Laties, Karen Lillis, Darrell Parry, moderated by Lynn Alexander. For Zoom Q&A participation, register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/82878735432
5 pm Today: Louise Aronson: “Elderhood” reading/interview, with moderator Melba Tolliver — Louise Aronson is an American geriatrician, writer, and professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Her book Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life was a finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. — A New York Times Bestseller — Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction — Winner of the WSU AOS Bonner Book Award 

Robin Riding performs Mermaids Fast Asleep — Join a musical storyhour and puppet show featuring this stunning and lyrical bedtime picture book that looks at how mermaids sleep in the sea. nighttime read for your little dreamer, with poetical text from writer Robin Riding and dreamy illustrations by Zoe Persico. (Plus, a performance of Robin’s poem “I am a Waterfall” and a Fractured Fables puppet show of “The Octopus and the Shark”.)

Vin Zappacosta Reading: Dementia Mama Drama
Welcome to the relationship of a modern family… a mother, her son and his husband. Today’s family may look different but the feelings are the same as we all begin to switch roles caring for our aging parents. “Dementia-Mama-Drama” is our story of the daily doses of dementia as caregivers for Mama.
Join the bumpy bittersweet ride that we shared together. We dealt with it all through the power of love, music and humor. The book is a hopeful, humorous and helpful look at Alzheimer’s highlighted with many photos.
Our book began as therapy documenting our nightly visits with Mama. During that time it became an important coping tool for all of us. Mama wanted her story to be told and we promised her that we would. It follows our ups and downs with the disease by sharing how we used humor in a seemingly hopeless situation, making lemonade out of our lemons.
We know many of you will relate to our experiences and that our “Daily Doses” will bring a smile or a tear helping you through your own “Dementia Drama”. 

The Memoir Revolution —The Memoir Revolution is Changing the World
If you wonder what it’s like to turn an important part of your life into a readable story, join these four authors to learn what that process was like for them.

Author Rob Hart discusses and reads from his acclaimed novel, “The Warehouse.” — Sold in more than 20 countries * Optioned for film by Ron Howard * Picked as a hot read by publications like Entertainment Weekly, Publishers Weekly, USA Today, The Real Book Spy, PopSugar, the BBC, and more… — “An engrossing novel that will make you forget all about your favorite streaming service for a few nights.” —Stephen King 

Cloud isn’t just a place to work. It’s a place to live. And when you’re here, you’ll never want to leave.
“A thrilling story of corporate espionage at the highest level . . . and a powerful cautionary tale about technology, runaway capitalism, and the nightmare world we are making for ourselves.”—Blake Crouch, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Matter

NaNoWRiMo Introduction with Greater Lehigh Valley Writer’s Group (pre-recorded) —  To watch, click the arrow in center of screen below. To leave a question or comment, when video is playing click the YouTube icon you will see in lower right-hand corner of the video-screen, then leave your question or comment in the YouTube comment section. — This event is hosted by Greater Lehigh Valley Writer’s Group. National Novel Writing Month is an annual Internet-based creative writing project that takes place during the month of November. Participants attempt to write a 50,000-word manuscript between November 1 and November 30. Well-known authors write “pep-talks” to keep them motivated throughout the process. Learn the ins and outs of writing a novel in ONE MONTH! (Laurel Wenson, Moderator, with Dawn Sooy, Christine Talley, Rebecca Wenson, Mitzi Flyte, and Susan Monroe.)

Ama Yawson Reading- The Talk: A Black Family’s Conversation about Racism and Police Brutality — It is time for “the talk.” As much as African American parents wish that they can shelter their kids from the harsh realities of prejudice, stereotyping, racism, and police brutality, it is not feasible. The horrifying deaths of children such as Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, and Aiyana Stanley-Jones prove that children, no matter how young, can become victims of the horrid cancer of American racism, police brutality, and militarized police forces. There is no “talk” that can completely prevent such horrific incidents. However, parents must still attempt to awaken their children to life’s challenges, prepare them for potential police encounters, and assure them that despite the obstacles of African American life, there is an abundance of hope for a brighter future and we must work to shape that better future.

Dr. Zeno’s Flashmob: “Three Sheeple” Puppet Show – Helping Kids Cope — Three sheep try to practice social distancing while crossing the bridge, but a mean bridge-keeper is making things difficult. Part of the “Helping Kids Cope”, a special series Book & Puppet Co. is producing for the Easton Book Festival. These puppet shows and story hours highlight themes to help kids cope with stressful and confusing times.

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Upcoming Virtual Festival, October 16 to November 15, 2020

Easton, PA

About the

Easton Book Festival

This premier book festival and exciting literary event in Easton, Pennsylvania has everything a literary fan could want—an array of national literary stars and emerging authors that will present their work and sign copies of their books in your favorite venues in Easton.

Interact with the authors, celebrities, and content creators that influence the way we think and how we view our world.

Immerse yourself in the literary world by participating in Q&As with the creators of story in all its forms.  Enjoy meet-n-greets, autographing sessions, book signings, storytelling, literary lectures, puppet shows, plays, and so much more.

Easton Book Festival is the ultimate celebration of books.