The third annual Maplewood-South Orange Book Festival returns to the Woodland in Maplewood the weekend of June 7 and 8.
The festival will open on Friday evening with a library fundraiser featuring Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues. The proceeds from this event will benefit the Maplewood and South Orange libraries. “Both libraries are in the middle of extensive fundraising campaigns, and the book festival is delighted to be able to assist them in these efforts,” Festival Executive Director Robert Lasner said.
Tickets for the fundraiser can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-eve-ensler-tickets-59669444916
The main day of the book festival will be Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. -5 p.m., and feature nearly 70 adult and children’s authors. Mets announcer Ron Darling will headline the adult programming, which will also include best-selling novelist Nell Freudenberger, former major league player Dale Berra, son of Yogi, and NY Times columnist Tyler Kepner. There will also be panels on the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, music writing, race and culture, satire and politics, and much more.
A major highlight of the festival is the children’s area, which will include over 40 authors, as well as a kid’s “fun” zone with games, face-painting, and other general mayhem. The children’s area will be headlined by an appearance by legendary Goosebumps author R.L. Stine. Other major children’s authors appearing include Dan Gutman, Wendy Mass, and Bad Kitty creator Nick Bruel. Best-selling young adult author Ibi Zoboi will also appear at the festival. In addition, there will be a panel on YA Latina literature. Lasner spoke about how important children’s programming is for the festival. “We want this to be a book festival for the entire family!”
Last year’s festival drew over 2,000 devoted book lovers, and including appearances by Met announcer Keith Hernandez, Anna Quindlen and Tayari Jones. “I am happy we are able to bring major authors like Anna, David and Tayari to the SOMA community last year,” Lasner said, “and I hope to have an even bigger and better festival this year.”
Except for the Eve Ensler library benefit and the event with Ron Darling, the Festival is FREE of charge and open to the public.
For more information, contact Robert Lasner at [email protected], or check us at www.mapsobookfest.org or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MaplewoodSouthOrangeBookFestival/