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The Millbrook Book Festival

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The Millbrook Free Library

One of the defining characteristics of the small towns in the Rural Intelligence region is the pride of place that public libraries and independent bookstores have in our communities. When the independent Merritt Bookstore and the Millbrook Free Library join forces, you get a literary tour de force like the 4th annual Millbrook Book Festival that takes place on Saturday, May 14. “We work hard to have a variety of authors so there is something for everyone,” says Alexas Orcutt, one of the organizers. “Whatever you like to read—history, local interest, fiction—there will be authors you will want to meet.”

Literary locavores won’t want to miss the panel called “River of Words: Portraits of Hudson Valley Writers” (10:30 - 11:45 a.m.). Nina Shengold hosts fellow local authors to read from their work and talk about the Hudson Valley literary community. Akiko Busch (Patience), Susan Richards (Saddled), John Darnton (Almost a Family), Marilyn Johnson (This Book is Overdue), Gwendolyn Bounds (Little Chapel on the River).  At noon, Millbrook resident Micahel Korda Rural Intelligence Artswill discuss his latest book. Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia.  There should be many laughs at the panel discussion organized by Thelma Adams, the film critic and author of the novel Playdate. Called “She’s A Serious Writer Listen to Your Mother,” the panel features New York Post columnist Tina Traster (Burb Appeal), New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly (When Do They Serve the Wine?), Nina Shengold (River of Words), Jenny Nelson (Georgia’s Kitchen), Daphne Uviler (Hotel No Tell) and Carole Maso (The Art Lover).

The free one-day festival includes two book sales—a tent on the library lawn featuring books by every author participating in the festival and the Friends of Millbrook Library used book, CD and DVD sale where every item is pay what you want. “We’re also closing down a side street as book alley,” says Orcutt. “It’s supposed to be a day of fun that promotes literacy. It doesn’t matter what you read—as long as you do read.”

Millbrook Book Festival
Millbrook, NY
Saturday, May 14; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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