Third Annual Easton Book Festival, October 16-24
Online panel discussions, author interviews, storyhours and puppet shows all week on Zoom and Facebook
In-Person Venues: 1) Tent in Easton Centre Square at Book & Puppet Company (Crayola Quadrant), 2) Courtyard next to Lafayette College Store, 211 McCartney St. (College Hill), and 3) Quadrant Book Mart & Coffee House, 20 North 3rd Street.
Novels of GLVWG: Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group, in Performance
Tech Talk: Beta Readers
Novelist and Freelance writer, Rachel Thompson explains the relationship between authors and beta readers in her presentation. She gives tips and guidelines for readers and writers alike. Part of the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group’s series of Tech Talks.
The Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group’s Charles Kiernan presents tales to trouble your sleep. Not for children!
“Nightmares With the Bible” author Steve Wiggins in conversation with Lafayette College Professor Eric Ziolkowski. Explore the surprising intersection of contemporary horror movies and the Good Book.
Author and freelance writer, Rachel Thompson, explains the importance of critique groups and critique partners and shares the basics of how to accept and give critique. Part of the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group series of Tech Talks.
Elizabeth Zunon takes youngsters on a journey exploring the illustrations of her books “Off to See the Sea” and “Bedtime for Sweet Creatures” by Nikki Grimes, through her reference photos, drawings, and colorful paintings, and collages. Click to purchase “Bedtime for Sweet Creatures” – Click to purchase “Off to See the Sea”
Just because the author tells you it’s a poem, does that really make it a poem? Could you tell the difference if it wasn’t? Is an all-encompassing definition of the term “Poem” even possible?
Panelists Lynn Alexander (founder of Lehigh Valley Poetry,) Karen Lillis (owner/ operator of Karen’s Book Row,) Frank May (owner/ curator of M Galleries) and Chris Phillips (English professor at Lafayette College) will tackle the elusive subject of what technical qualifications make a piece of writing count as a poem. Subjects will include prose poetry, found poetry and poetry as performance pieces.
A live, online presentation, presented on our festival website front page.
Link to join Zoom Webinar, as an attendee who can comment by chat message (but not as an on-screen panelist):
Lehigh Valley Poetry’s annual October event- Wicked Brew- will pair up again with the Easton Book Festival in a virtual poetry event that you won’t want to miss. (But if you do, it will be rebroadcast!)
Wicked Brew honors the seasonal vibe and invites participating poets to draw from their darker sources- the creepy, the macabre, the magical, the unexpected.
Hosts E. Lynn Alexander (Collapse Press, Lehigh Valley Poetry) and Darrell Parry (Stick Figure Poetry and Lehigh Valley Poetry) have invited guests to gather around the virtual cauldron:
Local poet Cleveland Wall, who helped launch the first brew in the Connexions Gallery courtyard, will share poems. Cleveland brings “keen whimsy”, imaginative mind-ulations, shenanigans.
Death Doula Missy Church, author of the forthcoming “Deathaiku”, explores themes of nature, transition, dignity, and honors the theme of dying with reflective honesty and candor as a part of life vs. a taboo subject.
Independent book seller and curator Karen Lillis will share fiction, as an honorary Eastonian who has been part of the Easton Book Festival since its inception.
Christopher T. George, who has been a guest at LVP programs and shared his presentation on the mystery surrounding the death of Edgar Allan Poe, will join us with a Poe-themed reading.
Finding someone to critique your writing is a challenging task. Family and friends will gladly do it, but they will tell you how good you are—they love you. Writers need honest criticism best delivered by people who know the craft. That would be other writers. Join us in the circle of writers to watch a critique session with real writers critiquing an unpublished manuscript to make it suitable for submission. Sometimes it ain’t pretty.
All stories have a beginning, a middle, and an end. They also have conflict and resolution. Flash fiction contains all this and more—in 100 words. It is a challenging writing experience and requires a special skill to pack so much action into so few words. Check out some great examples written by Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group members. You will be amazed. — Watch right here on the festival website’s front page. And – over on our Easton Book Festival Facebook Page, you can leave comments about what you liked. Or – you can click through these films, right here, to Youtube and leave comments about what you liked. Every full, thoughtful comment will be entered into a drawing to win a $20 Book & Puppet Company gift certificate!