Third Annual Easton Book Festival, October 16-24

Sponsored by:
  • 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

“Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.” Over the years, GLVWG members have prepared a banquet of good reading. And like a great feast, the first step is to taste. Join us as our local authors offer you a sample of their favorite passages. We hope you will find one you can devour. By the way, the above quote was written by Francis Bacon. That’s right, Bacon—yum!

Watch right here!

Tech Talk: Beta Readers
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. 

Halloween Stories

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.

Doing Critique Tech Talk

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

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”

You Call That A Poem?

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):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83239641834

Your Story Is Perfect Tech Talk
You finished your story. You’re proud of it and should be, but now, it’s time for other eyes to judge your work. Before you fire it off to your agent, publisher, editor, open call, or even your critique group, you should take the time to review and polish your story. Always submit your best work! In this presentation, we’ll cover several easy ways to trim and tighten your prose. This will be especially helpful for short stories that must adhere to a word limit.
Tech Talk series from Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group, presented by Phil Giunta. View on festival website front page.
Wicked Brew

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.

Memoir Revolution Panel Discussion
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 authors to learn what that process was like for them. Host Jerry Waxler’s memoir about growing up in the sixties spurred his passion for the genre. He writes and teaches about the healing power of memoir writing, and the way of remembering our earlier lives can help us find wisdom in the present.
In The Circle of Writers

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.

Murder in the Lehigh Valley
Story Structure Tech Talk
Theodora Ziolkowaki
Flash Fiction

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!

Lafayette Student Open Mic
Rock Reads
Tina Capricorn
Science Fiction

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Books As Art

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Nightmares With the Bible, author Steve Wiggins in conversation with Professor Eric Ziolkowski

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Lehigh Valley Literary Magazine: All Day Meet & Greet plus Review Opportunity!

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Anthologies and Contests: Opportunities for Short Fiction – presented by Suzanne Mattaboni

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