First-Ever Milford Readers & Writers Festival Announced

milford readers and writers festivalMilford’s first ever Readers & Writers Festival has been announced for the weekend of Sept. 30 through Oct. 2, and will feature an impressive roster of best-selling authors.

Festival headliners include writers Gloria Steinem, John Berendt, and MK Asante.

“Our tagline is ‘Readers. Writers. Conversation.’,” said Amy Ferris, a writer and one of the event’s organizers. “We want the festival to ignite a conversation between people who love to read books and people who write them.”

Passes Now on Sale

A limited number of Festival Passes for entry to all festival events are now on sale at the early-bird price of $125 per pass.

Festival passes are valid for entry to all events throughout the weekend, including reserved seating for the Humans Collective performance and four mainstage author events at the Milford Theatre, as well as the authors reception at the Hotel Fauchere.

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Tickets to the individual events, as well as details on additional program, will be available at a later date.

The Weekend’s Highlights

Some of the weekend’s highlights include:

• Humans Collective, a dance and spoken word ensemble performance at the Milford Theatre;
• A Conversation With John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and record holder for the longest time on the New York Times non-fiction hardcover bestseller list;
• A Conversation with MK Asante, best-selling author of Buck: A Memoir as well as an award-winning filmmaker, rapper, and professor;
• A Conversation With Gloria Steinem, legendary activist and writer whose most recent book, My Life On The Road, is a New York Times bestseller;
• A Plenary Panel with John Berendt, MK Asante, and Gloria Steinem;
• A Cocktail Reception with the headlining authors at the Hotel Fauchere.

The Focus

“We are building on the timeless tradition of storytelling and the participatory energy of book clubs, by inviting readers to share their insights, queries, and responses directly with authors,” added Bob Levine, who is coordinating the festival’s mainstage events.

Other parts of the festival program will focus on gardening, cooking, “Women Writing for Women,” storytelling and children’s programs, conservation, a poetry slam, open-mic events, a “pop-up” bookstore, and conversations with local writers. There will also be programs on Milford’s Science Fiction legacy, presented by the Pike County Historical Society.

About the Milford Readers and Writers Festival

The Milford Readers & Writers Festival is organized by a group of community volunteers from the Upper Delaware River valley region, including writers and publishing industry professionals.

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