With summer weather becoming a distant memory it's time to start looking forward to cozy fall book activities. Fall is the perfect season for book lovers. Who am I kidding? Any season is a good season for book lovers!
Fall in particular has some great opportunities for us book lovers. Not only is this a great time to just cuddle with a good book and some hot cocoa, there's also lots of activities to enjoy with fellow book lovers out and about. If you are living in the Tri-State Area (PA,NJ,NY), I have compiled a list of some bookish activities for us.
The Milfords Readers and Writers Festival
This is the second year of this festival happening. Last year they had a panel with great authors including Gloria Steinem, MK Asante and John Berendt. This year they have Lee Child, Stephen Rubin, Robin Morgan, Farai Chideya, Patricia Bosworth, and Martha Frankel.
This festival offers the opportunity to converse with well known authors, but also get to know and support local authors. It has a series of events that are free of charge and include panels in topics like Women Writing Their Lives, Travel Writing, and Triumph over Trauma. It also has more informal events like Science Fiction Reading and Beers at The Dimmick Inn. Even though it has a few events where tickets have to be purchased, it's reasonably priced and most of the event are free.
This festival also offers you the chance to visit Milford, PA, which is a really cute town. You have spaces to hike, beautiful architecture to see, and lots of cool places to eat and shop.
Hide a Book Day
Goodreads is teaming up with The Book Fairies as part of their 10 year anniversary. The Book Fairies are a community of people who hide books around the world for people to find, read, and pass on. To participate in this event, you pick your favorite books, books you would like to share, and hide them in spots for others to find and enjoy. They have stickers and bookmarks that you can order so that the person that finds the book knows what it's intention is. I'm sure you can make your own notes or bookmarks if you don't want to order them. The big thing is you take pictures and share on social media the books you have hidden (you do want them to be found). You can use the hashtags #goodreadsturns10, #hideabookday, #ibelieveinbookfairies. This should be a fun event.
September 29 to October 1st
Taste of Iceland in NYC
Taste of Iceland is sponsored by Iceland Naturally which celebrates Icelandic culture, showcasing the Nordic nation’s cuisine, music, art, film and literature with events all over Brooklyn. Yes, Icelandic literature!!! This four day festival has an awesome literature event.
On September 30 they will be hosting The Write Stuff: How Iceland Inspires Lovers of the Written Word. This event starts at 2:00 at Spoonbill & Sugartown, Booksellers and is free of charge. Also, Iceland's First Lady, Eliza Reid will be there.
This is a great opportunity to combine your love of books with your wanderlust and explore the many wonders of Iceland. Also, there is a lot of cool things to do in Brooklyn, including visiting many more bookstores.
Collingswood Book Festival 10:00am-4:00pm
The festival will be held at Haddon Avenue, Collingswood NJ
More than 6 blocks filled with recognized authors, speakers, booksellers, storytellers, and other activities.
The Strand Bookstore in NY has events in their rare books room almost every night. Eventhough this is nothing new for The Strand, they have events year round, I think October is a particular special month to attend these as it's nice to be in a cozy room discussing books with other book lovers. A few events that might be of interest at The Strand:
October 11- BAD ADVICE FROM BAD WOMEN @ ARTISTS & FLEAS 8:00-9:00 pm
October 17- WELCOME TO NIGHTVALE: IT DEVOURS 7:00-8:00 pm
October 26- REZA FARAZMAND: COMICS FOR A STRANGE WORLD 7:00-8:00 pm
Chestnut Hill Harry Potter Festival
The Chestnut Hill Harry Potter Festival is held in German Town Avenue and this year is bigger than ever, it has been expanded to 12 blocks. It is free to attend, but some of the activities have fees. This festival includes read-a-thons, demonstrations, lots of vendors, and photo-ops. This is a great festival for any Muggle who wishes they were special enough to get into Hogwarts. It's packed with fun activities and it's just fun to see the amount of people dressed in costume and embracing their love for all things Harry Potter. This festival also runs in conjunction with the Chestnut Hill College Potter Conference and The Philadelphia Brotherly Love Cup Quidditch Tournament, theres activities for everyone.
I'm sure there are many other events I have missed. I plan on compiling another list for November and part of December. If there are any events you are looking forward to, let me know!