Author presentations set for

Millbrook Literary Festival

 

Several author presentations will headline the ninth annual Millbrook Literary Festival set Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Millbrook Library.

The 2017 Festival will actually kick off on Wednesday, May 17, at 6:45 p.m., at Merritt Bookstore with a reception featuring  Dani Shapiro and  Elisha Cooper, two modern “memoirists”, in conversation. The author of  the popular memoirs “Slow Motion” and “Devotion”, Shapiro will read from her latest memoir “Hourglass”. Elisha Cooper is a children’s book author and illustrator also known for his deeply personal memoirs “Crawling” and “Falling”.

Here is the lineup for Saturday, May 20.

  • A conversation with Min Jin Lee, Korean-American author of the best-selling multi-generational novel “Pachinko.”
  • Hudson Valley food writer Elaine Khosrova, discussing her book “Butter,” an exploration around the world of the history of this beloved fat – with free samples!!
  • Author Evan Pritchard, a descendent of the Mi’kmaq people and director of the Center of Algonquin Culture, and poet and Vassar College professor Molly McGlennen reading from a new collection entitled “Tending the Fire,” a celebration of Native American voices in literature today.
  • Ashley Hurlburt-Biagini, Hudson Valley resident and co-author of “In Defiance: Runaways from Slavery in New York’s Hudson River Valley 1735-1831,” discussing the prevalence of slavery here in the North prior to the Civil War.
  • Well-known authors Suzanne LaFleur and Caron Levis in conversation on writing about tough subjects for children and young adults
  • Columnist Karen Kaufman Orloff on writing a personal essay.

Other Festival activities include the annual Scott Meyer Award, this year for an original essay on any subject; the Young Writers’ Showcase of original creative writing by students aged 8-18, picture book readings for young children and poetry readings for both adults and youngsters.

Over 60 authors and illustrators will be participating throughout the day under the tent at the Millbrook Library on Franklin Avenue. For more information, check the website at millbookliteraryfestival.org.