Kearns Goodwin
Kearns Goodwin

CONCORD -- The annual Concord Festival of Authors, celebrating the written and spoken word in a town famous for its literary history and commitment to lifelong learning, will run through the month of October.

The monthlong event will feature lectures, writing workshops, and discussions, and includes over more than 30 noted authors, including Doris Kearns Goodwin, Kate Di Camillo, professor Annette Gordon-Reed and Hallie Ephron.

The 2018 Festival is continuing as a coordinated effort by a number of local organizations. The founder and sole organizer of the festival, Rob Mitchell, retired last November after 25 years.

"When I stepped away from coordinating the festival, I assumed that was the end of its 25-year run," Mitchell said.

Di Camillo
Di Camillo
"I should have known better. Folks from the Concord Library, the Concord Museum, the Concord Bookshop, Orchard House and Be Well Be Here haven't just turned the page, they are writing a whole new chapter. I am confident that with their energy and enthusiasm, the festival won't just continue -- it will be better than ever."

As always, the majority of the festival events are free, and all events are open to the public, in keeping with the festival's mission of presenting the work of contemporary authors to the public and introducing audiences to new and emerging authors.

Flyers with specific dates can by picked-up at the Concord Free Public Library, the Concord Bookshop, Orchard House, Concord Museum, Be Well Be Here and other locations.


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Gordon-Reed
Gordon-Reed

For more information, email concordfestivalofauthors@gmail.com or visit the Concord Festival of Author's social-media pages on Facebook (@concordfestivalofauthors), Twitter (@concord_fest) and Instagram (@concordfestivalofauthors).

Ephron
Ephron