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The Unseen World is Collingswood Town Book

5.22.17 - The 2017 Collingswood Town Book is The Unseen World by author Liz Moore. Author Liz Moore will attend the Collingswood Book Festival on October 7, 2016.

After several non-fiction books, this year’s town book is a page-turning story that spans decades and contains numerous interwoven plot lines revolving around sharply focused universal themes of family, love and identity. It is a timely and important exploration of the complex bonds between a daughter and her father, of the role of intelligence technology in human relationships.

Ada Sibelius is raised by David, her brilliant, eccentric, socially inept single father, who directs a computer science lab in 1980s-era Boston. Home-schooled, Ada accompanies David to work every day; by twelve, she is a painfully shy prodigy. The lab begins to gain acclaim at the same time that David's mysterious history comes into question. When his mind begins to falter, leaving Ada virtually an orphan, she is taken in by one of David's colleagues. Soon after she embarks on a mission to uncover her father’s secrets: a process that carries her from childhood to adulthood. What Ada discovers on her journey into a virtual universe will keep the reader riveted until The Unseen World's heart-stopping, fascinating conclusion.

Liz Moore is the author of the novels The Words of Every Song and the much-acclaimed Heft. Moore's short fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in venues such as Tin House, The New York Times, and Narrative Magazine. She is the winner of the Medici Book Club Prize and Philadelphia's Athenaeum Literary Award. After winning a 2014 Rome Prize in Literature, she spent 2014-15 at the American Academy in Rome, completing her third novel. That novel, The Unseen World, was published by W.W. Norton in July of 2016. Louisa Hall called it "fiercely intelligent" in her review in The New York Times. The Unseen World was included in "Best of 2016" lists by The New Yorker, BBC, Publishers Weekly, Vox, Google Play, and Audible.com, among others.

Click here for the official press release.


Collingswood Book Festival Crossword Puzzle Tournament Announced

7.25.16 - The Collingswood Book Festival is excited to announce the first of three contests for this year's festival. Crossword Puzzle Tournament will take place on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 1:00-4:00 P.M. at the Collingswood Community Center
The Contestants are judged on accuracy & speed as they solve four, unpublished puzzles of increasing difficulty. Puzzles have been provided by Will Shortz, The New York Times Crossword Puzzle Editor and will be published the week after the tournament. Spectators can play along with copies of puzzles and watch finalists compete with the last, most difficult puzzle on large boards for all to see. Cash Prizes for Individuals and One Team Prize. Vist the Collingswood Book Festival Contest page for more information and tournament rules.


WHEN BOOKS WENT TO WAR is Collingswood Town Book

4.8.16 - The 2016 Collingswood Town Book is When Books Went to War: The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II. Author Molly Guptill Manning will attend the Collingswood Book Festival on October 1, 2016. This year's town book tells the true tale of how America's librarians and publishers educated the nation about the importance of books in wartime and distributed over 140 million books to American servicemen during World War II. When Books Went to War commemorates one of the most inspired and long forgotten chapters in American publishing history. The book is a New York Times best seller.

Author Molly Guptill Manning grew up in Latham, New York. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Alpha Theta from the University at Albany and went on to earn a master’s degree in American History. Presently, she is an attorney at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Molly lives in Manhattan with her husband. Read the book now, meet the author at the Collingswood Book Festival on Saturday, October 1.


Collingswood Book Festival Announces Town Read

6.5.15 - Festival organizers have announced the 2015 Collingswood Town Read. A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka, by Lev Golinkin, is a darkly comic story of a young boy in the confusing and often chilling final decade of the Soviet Union. It's also the story of Lev Golinkin, the American man who finally confronts his buried past by returning to Austria and Eastern Europe to track down the strangers who made his escape possible... and say thank you. In 1990, Mr. Golinkin came to the U.S. as a child refugee from the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkov (now called Kharkiv). A graduate of Boston College, he resides in New Jersey. His op-eds and essays on the Ukraine crisis have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, and Time.com, among others. Mr. Golinkin will appear at the Collingswood Book Festival on Saturday, October 3, 2015.


Local Author Returns to Book Fest

1.27.15 - Organizers of the Collingswood Book Festival have announced that Matthew Quick will return to the event on October 3, 2015. Born in Philadelphia and raised in Oaklyn, Matthew graduated from Collingswood High School and La Salle University. He taught high school literature and film in southern New Jersey before pursuing his dream of becoming a fiction writer. Matthew is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels, including THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (which was made into an Oscar-winning film), THE GOOD LUCK OF RIGHT NOW, and three young adult novels: SORTA LIKE A ROCK STAR; BOY21; and FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK. His work has been translated into thirty languages and has received a PEN/Hemingway Award Honorable Mention, among other accolades. He lives with his wife, novelist/pianist Alicia Bessette, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Both have appeared at the Collingswood Book Festival in the past. Look for Matthew Quick’s newest novel, LOVE MAY FAIL, in June 2015.


Priority Seating for Book Festival Visitors

10.1.14 - Priority seating is available for visitors who wish to attend author readings at the Collingswood Book Festival this year. When you register, your seat will be reserved in the first or second row. Simply click on one of the following links to sign up before the big day. The Collingswood Book Festival will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014, rain or shine. All events are free.

Authors for Adults (Tent 1)

Authors for Teens/Tweens (Tent 2)



2014 Collingswood Town Read Announced
The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream is Moving

4.18.14 - It’s been described as "first-rate social history" and "fascinating reading on changing trends in how and where we live." You're invited to read The End of the Suburbs, by Leigh Gallagher, and to join your neighbors at a book discussion during the week leading up to this year’s Collingswood Book Festival. For a special treat, come to the Festival on Saturday, October 11, and meet the author!

Leigh Gallagher is an Assistant Managing Editor at Fortune magazine, where she edits feature stories on a variety of topics and oversees Fortune editorial packages including the magazine's "40 Under 40" rankings. She is also a co-chair of the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, speaks regularly at Fortune and other business and economics conferences, and is a seasoned business news commentator, appearing regularly on MSNBC's Morning Joe, CNBC's Squawk Box, CBS This Morning, CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight and public radio's Marketplace.

The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream is Moving (published by Portfolio in August 2013) is Ms. Gallagher's first book.


Book Festival Wins Library Award

6.4.14 - The Collingswood Book Festival is the 2014 recipient of a New Jersey Library Association Service Award for a Volunteer Group! The award recognizes those who have given of themselves in exceptional service to New Jersey's libraries. The award was presented at the annual NJLA Conference on June 3, 2014 at Revel Resort in Atlantic City. Members of the book festival organizing committee were there to accept the award.



2014 Collingswood Town Read Announced
The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream is Moving

4.18.14 - It’s been described as "first-rate social history" and "fascinating reading on changing trends in how and where we live." You're invited to read The End of the Suburbs, by Leigh Gallagher, and to join your neighbors at a book discussion during the week leading up to this year’s Collingswood Book Festival. For a special treat, come to the Festival on Saturday, October 11, and meet the author!

Leigh Gallagher is an Assistant Managing Editor at Fortune magazine, where she edits feature stories on a variety of topics and oversees Fortune editorial packages including the magazine's "40 Under 40" rankings. She is also a co-chair of the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, speaks regularly at Fortune and other business and economics conferences, and is a seasoned business news commentator, appearing regularly on MSNBC's Morning Joe, CNBC's Squawk Box, CBS This Morning, CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight and public radio's Marketplace.

The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream is Moving (published by Portfolio in August 2013) is Ms. Gallagher's first book.


Young Poets Competition Winners

10.10.13 - Winning entries of the Young Poets Competition were read to open the festivities in the Poetry Tent during the Collingswood Book Festival on Saturday, October 5, 2013. The theme of the poetry competition was “Putting Words to Peace: Poems About the Wonder of Peace.” Here are the winners:

Ages 7-8

FIRST PLACE: "If Peace Were a Color It Would Be Yellow" by Isabella Landolfa
SECOND PLACE: "Peace is a Purring Cat" by Caroline Cook (This is the 6 year old)
THIRD PLACE: "If Peace Were a Color It Would Be Pink" by Caitlin Alfaro
Honorable Mention: "If Peace Were a Color It Would Be Orange" by Sidney Bernhardt

Ages 9-10

FIRST PLACE: "If Peace Were a Color It Would Be White" by Will Hart
SECOND PLACE: "My Peace" by Audrey Cashin
THIRD PLACE: "If Peace Were a Color It Would Be Blue" by Emily Murphy
HM: "If Peace Were a Color It Would Be Green" by Danny Krastek
Honorable Mention: "In the Circle of Trees" by Will Hart (again)

Ages 11-13

FIRST PLACE: "Peace to Me" by Lucy Dominiquo
SECOND PLACE: "Peace" by Grace Pinkstone (Didn't she win last year?)
THIRD PLACE: "World Peace" by Ally Dionglay
HM: "Forte (?) to Focus" by Karinna Schutte
Honorable Mention: "A Delicate Spring Butterfly" by Drashti Patel
Honorable Mention: "Let Peace Prevail" by Hailey Ferry
Honorable Mention: "Equality is Peace" by Natalie Yeh

NB: This was the largest category and of the highest standard, hence 4 HMs--I found a natural cut off point there.

ACROSTIC

FIRST PLACE: "Peace" (People Who Are Stationed) by Joshua Gross
SECOND PLACE: "Soccer" by Maddie Collins
THIRD PLACE: "Bullies" by Nathan Jess
Honorable Mention: "Falling Leaves" by Dalton Mower


Book Festival Announces Town Book for 2013

6.19.13 - This year's Collingswood town read is The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe.  This New York Times best seller is the inspiring, true story of a son and his mother who start a book club of two that brings them together as her life comes to a close.  Mr. Schwalbe has worked in publishing, digital media (he is the founder and CEO of Cookstr.com), and as a journalist.  The author will discuss his works at the Collingswood Book Festival on Saturday October 5th. Copies of the book are available at the Collingswood Public Library.  Books can also be purchased at the Collingswood Book Trader, 825 Haddon Avenue.  Read more about the book at http://theendofyourlifebookclub.com/.



Galileo’s Daughter Wins Remake Your Book Contest

10.8.12 - Congratulations to Denise Fox, winner of 2012 Best of the Fest REMAKE YOUR BOOK Contest.Her winning entry is entitled Galileo’s Daughter. All entries to this year's Best of the Festwere blind submissions and were voted on by attendees on the day of the Book Festival. The contest is funded by The Retrospect. Thank you to all who participated!



Skippyjon Jones in Collingswood

10.3.12 - Attention kids! El Skippito will help celebrate the 10th Collingswood Book Festival. Skippyjon Jones author and illustrator Judy Schachner will be signing books from 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM at the Special Events Tent 4. Her other books include The Grannyman, Yo, Vikings! and Willy and May. Come on out and meet her on Saturday, October 6. And visit her website at www.judithbyronschachner.com.



SAGES OF AGES: Festivities for Folks 50 and Up
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 – 1-4PM
Collingswood Senior Community Center

8.16.12 - Sages of Ages began as an effort to make the Collingswood Book Festival attractive to senior citizens by throwing them their own party. For many, this popular tradition will be a great way to kick of the 10th year festivities. Sages of Ages is a special, fun-filled, interactive afternoon featuring authors, games, and prizes for attendees aged 50-plus. Guest speakers will be Sandra White-Grear and Bill Brahms, authors of Haddon Township (Images of America Series) and Peter Murphy of Murphy Writing Seminars who will conduct a "hands-on" presentation. Individuals and groups welcome. Free, reservations suggested: 856-854-3705.



Tony Auth Added to Book Fest Gallery Line-up

8.7.12 - The Collingswood Book Festival Gallery exhibit The Art of the Book II will include works by Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Tony Auth. A political cartoonist for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 1971 to 2012, Mr. Auth is now the cartoonist-in-residence at WHYY-TV. He is the author of The Art of Tony Auth: To Stir, Inform and Inflame. Mr. Auth will be appearing at the Collingswood Book Festival on October 6.




Book Fest Artists Featured in Gallery Exhibit

8.1.12 - The Collingswood Book Festival Gallery returns this year with The Art of the Book II. Located at 792 Haddon Avenue, the exhibition runs during the month of September, with an opening reception on Second Saturday, September 8, 2012, and closing with the festival Saturday, October 6, 2012. Original works and books by artists E.B. Lewis, Robert Byrd, Michael Dooling, BobHochgertel, Dar Hosta, Timothy Young, Barbara Patrizzi, Amanda D’Amico, Nicole Eiland and others will be on exhibit and available for purchase. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday 11 am - 5 pm, and Saturday 10am - 6 pm




Town Book Author to Attend Festival

3.20.12 - Author Amy Waldman is scheduled to attend the 10th Annual Collingswood Book Festival on Saturday, October 6, 2012. Her novel, The Submission, was chosen to be this year's Collingswood Town Book. To find out more about the author and her book, go to http://www.thesubmissionnovel.com/.




   2012 Town Book Announced

3.12.12 - Each year, organizers of the Collingswood Book Festival choose a "must-read" to promote literacy and discussion among borough residents. This year, the Collingswood Town Book is The Submission, a novel about a fractured city striving to make itself whole. The book opens with a jury gathered to select a memorial for the victims of a devastating terrorist attack. When the anonymous winner is revealed to be an American Muslim, they are cast into a roiling debate about the claims of grief, the ambiguities of art, and the meaning of Islam. Author Amy Waldman is a former reporter for The New York Times. This is her first novel. The Submission was named a New York Times Notable Book for 2011, Entertainment Weekly's #1 Novel for the Year, and one of NPR's Ten Best Novels.



   Book Party with Matthew Quick

2.9.12 - Book fest alum Matthew Quick is coming back to Collingswood onMarch 5 at 7pm in the Collingswood High School Auditorium to celebrate the launch of his new novel, BOY21. "Q" will read from the book and discuss the movie adaptation of his novel, THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK. A book signing will follow. Incidentally, Collingswood High School senior Chris Michael is the star of the BOY21 book trailer. Go to matthewquickwriter.comto see the trailer. This event is free, no RSVP is required. For more information, please email mwiltsey@collsk12.org.



   And the Winner Is...

10.3.11 - The winning entry for the Best of the Fest Books 2 Eat Contest is "Monster Book of Monsters," submitted by Marisa Myers. Congratulations to all the creative chefs who entered!



Sages of Ages

9.6.11 - It started out as an effort to make the Collingswood Book Festival attractive to senior citizens by throwing them their own party of sorts. Sages of Ages has become so successful, it's now in its fifth year! And plenty of people return for the fun year after year! This year's Sages of Ages will take place on Wednesday, September 28th from 1-4pm at the Collingswood Community Center. The afternoon of events includes speakers, games (a crowd favorite), prizes and snacks. Everyone leaves with a "bag of books" and a "hold that date" magnet for next year's event. Guest speakers include Colvin Randall, author of Longwood Gardens Christmas and Jill Maser, author of The White Horse Pike and The Black Horse Pike. Both speakers are guaranteed crowd pleasers! If you would like to attend, please call Rosemary Fearon for reservations at 856-854-3705.




Happy 100th Birthday, Collingswood Public Library!

8.2.11 - Help celebrate the 100th birthday of the Collingswood Public Library by making a birthday card, and you may win a prize! Design a birthday card, and include what the library and/or books mean to you. This is an all-ages activity, so adults, you can participate too! Kids, you can turn in your cards with your Summer Activities Sheet. All others should submit your cards to the Library no later than September 3rd. Make sure to include your name, address, and phone number on the back of the card. Many of the cards will be on display at the Book Festival and all will be eligible for prizes!




   2011 Town Book Announced

b>7.19.11 - Just in time for your summer beach reading: The Collingswood Town Book. Born to Run, is all about uncovering the surprising secrets behind successful running. Author Christopher McDougall sets off in search of the holy grail of the greatest distance runners in the world. These runners happen to be members of a reclusive tribe in Mexico who guard a lost art and super-human talent. The author rounds up an unlikely band of comrades and challenges the tribe to the race of a lifetime.

You don’t have to be a runner to enjoy Born to Run. But you will want to run to the Collingswood Library, where copies of the book are available for check-out. You can also buy your own copy at the Collingswood Book Trader at 825 Haddon Avenue.

McDougall himself will "set foot" on Haddon Avenue and be on hand to greet readers at the Collingswood Book Festival on Saturday October 1st

Born to Run promises to bring out your inner-athlete, even if it's only from the comfort of your sofa or beach chair!



   The Retrospect Best of the Fest Six Word Memoir Contest Winners

10.12.10 - The winners of the 2010 Retrospect Best of the Fest Six Word Memoir Contest were announced during the book festival on Saturday, October 2. A $100 check from The Retrospect was presented to the grand prize winner, ten year old Brenna McDevitt of Williamstown, NJ. Ten runners-up were awarded Collingswood Book Festival t-shirts. Entries were judged by Larry Smith, author of Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure. For the complete list of winners, click here



   SPOTLIGHT On... Heidi Durrow

9.17.10 - Congratulations to Festival author Heidi Durrow, whose first novel, The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, has been chosen as a 2010 Great Group Read by the Women's National Book Association. In her novel, Ms. Durrow addresses society's ideas of race, class, and beauty. It's the story of Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I. who becomes the sole survivor of a family tragedy. The author has in common the biracial and bicultural background of her novel's protagonist. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Heidi is a former corporate attorney, journalist, and Life Skills trainer for NBA and NFL athletes. She is the co-host of the award-winning weekly podcast Mixed Chicks Chat; and the co-founder and co-producer of the Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival, an annual free public event, that celebrates stories of the Mixed experience. The Girl Who Fell From the Sky was awarded a Bellwether Prize for Literature of Social Change, and it's been called a Top 10 Buzz Book of 2010 by the Boston Herald. Meet Heidi Durrow at the Collingswood Book Festival on Saturday, October 2 at 1:00 in Tent 1. You can find out more about her by visiting her website: http://heidiwdurrow.com/



Schedule Update

9.13.10 - Nelson Johnson's appearance at the Collingswood Book Festival has been cancelled.




   strong>Visit The Art of the Book - Illustration and Artist Books

9.8.10 - Experience The Art of the Book - Illustration and Artist Books, an exhibit featuring the works of published illustrators and book artists, including Michael Dooling, Dar Hosta, Jeff McCloskey, Susan Viguers, Judith Robison and many others. Join us at the opening reception on Saturday, September 11, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The Book Festival Gallery is located at 809 Haddon Avenue in Collingswood, NJ. It will be open Fridays and Saturdays 1:00 - 7:00pm through October 2.



   Unforgettable to Perform at Book Festival

9.2.10 - Vocalists Lenny Edwards and Kathy Marshall, known as Unforgettable, have enchanted audiences and won rave reviews all over the world. Lenny currently sings with the Legendary Blue Notes, who recorded such hits as The Love I Lost, the Grammy nominated If You Don't Know Me By Now, and Wake Up Everybody. Kathy Marshall has performed for years in musical theater and in concert with major symphony orchestras. Because of their uniquely different vocal styles, Lenny and Kathy are equally at home whether singing standards, Broadway, Doo Wop, Oldies, or Easy Listening favorites. At the Book Festival Unforgettable will be performing selections from James Rosin's bookPhiladelphia: City of Music, including hit tunes from nationally known Philadelphia groups such as The Delphonics, The Stylistics, Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes, The Tramps, Sister Sledge, and others. For more go to www.unforgettablellc.com



SPOTLIGHT On... Robert J. Ott

8.27.2010 - At the age of six, Robert Ott put on his first martial arts uniform. Little did he realize that this uniform was going to be a uniform of life. By the age of sixteen, he had earned his first degree black belt. Two years later, he became the Chief Instructor of the Dragon Gym under Grand Master Goh Chae Teok, and went on to operate his own school. In 1990, he was the victim of a violent crime that left him completely blind as well as without the ability to smell or taste. Worse, the tragic incident erased his passion to make a difference in life. After several years of searching and questioning, he began to discover purpose in his life once again. Today, he is a motivational speaker, father, and martial arts instructor. In his biography, Certain Victory, he shares his story and addresses several issues, including disability, being a victim, financial loss and depression. You can meet Robert Ott at the Collingswood Book Festival. And find out more about him when you visit his website, www.certainvictory.com




SPOTLIGHT On... Dr. Harold Kirsh

8.5.2010 - One of the exhibitors at the 2010 Collingswood Book Festival, Dr. Kirsh is originally from Collingswood and now lives in Florida. He is the author of Thank you America, his quest to understand the history of our country by exploring presidential childhoods. Dr. Kirsh's own formative years were influenced by small town life. His father was a tailor, and the family lived in an apartment at 798 Haddon Avenue, above his father's tailor shop, from 1932 to 1946. His Collingswood school years were from 1928 until his graduation in 1940. He went on to became a doctor, practicing first in New Jersey, then in Palm Beach County, where he helped found Wellington Regional Medical Center. Dr. Kirsh is known to say many times that "you can take the boy out of the town, but you cannot take the town out of the boy."




Collingswood Book Festival Wins Literacy Award

6.7.2010 - On Thursday, May 20, 2010, the West Jersey Reading Council announced the recipient of the Celebrate Literacy Award, sponsored by the International Reading Association, at an annual awards dinner. The Collingswood Book Festival received the award for organizing, promoting, and supporting literacy activities that benefit the citizens of Collingswood and South Jersey. Jean Brennan accepted the award on behalf of the many volunteers who make the Collingswood Book Festival possible.

The Celebrate Literacy Award recognizes organizations, institutions, and individuals that have made significant literacy contributions at the local, state, or provincial level. The hope is that the celebration will familiarize the public with literacy activities in the community and call attention to the work that is being done by the schools and the International Reading Association to promote literacy worldwide.

The mission of the West Jersey Reading Council is to promote literacy in Burlington and Camden counties through professional development, active membership, partnership with IRA and NJRA, and dissemination of pertinent research and practices.




   Best Unpublished Poem

12.28.09 - The Third Annual Retrospect “Best of the Fest Award” for the Best Unpublished Poem was awarded to Peter Kinney on October 3, 2009 at the 7th Annual Collingswood Book Festival.  Book festival volunteer Walt Howat accepted the award on behalf of Mr. Kinney.



Sages of Ages

9.23.09 - One of the events leading up to the Collingswood Book Festival will be the annual Sages of Ages, an afternoon of fun and inspiration for folks fifty-five and up. Sages of Ages will take place on Wed., Sept. 30 at the Collingswood Community Center.  Beginning at 1PM, the afternoon will include games, prizes, refreshments, and guest speakers Robin Hathaway, Allen Haus, and Joan Leonard. Robin Hathaway is an award-winning mystery writer who published her first novel at age sixty. Allen Haus will talk about his book, South Jersey Movie Houses, a nostalgic tour of our local theatres.  And in keeping with the "green theme,” Collingswood Commissioner Joan Leonard will present ideas for seniors on how to be "green."  Reservations suggested.  Call Rosemary Fearon at 856-854-3705.




Collingswood Book Festival 5K to Raise Money for Teens

9.14.09 - Last year’s 6th Annual Collingswood Book Festival kicked off with the Friends of the Library - sponsored "Meet the Director," a discussion with new library director, Brett Bonfield. To kick off this year’s Book Festival, the Friends are sponsoring a 5K race around Knight Park at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 26.

Registration is $25 and the proceeds from the race will be used to set up a new teen area in the Library. However, if runners finish ahead of Brett - if they “Beat the Director” - they’ll be given $10 back.

The event is hosted by the Collingswood Book Festival and the Borough of Collingswood, and TNT Event Management is handling the timing, scoring, and course setup. Jerry Chambers and others who helped with the races that used to be part of the May Fair are lending their expertise, ensuring that the first ever Collingswood Book Festival 5K will be a success—and that Collingswood’s teens will have a great new place to hang out at the Library.

A video promoting the event is playing regularly on Collingswood's cable access station and is posted on the Library website and on YouTube, where it has attracted over 4,500 views. Runners include:

  • Project H.O.M.E.’s Sr. Mary Scullion, one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People for 2009;
  • Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run (featured on Jon Stewart and in U.S. News)
  • Matthew Quick, author of The Silver Linings Playbook (2009 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award Honorable Mention);
  • Jen A. Miller, author of The Jersey Shore, Atlantic City to Cape May: Great Destinations;
  • Alicia Bessette, author of All Come Home (Dutton, 2010).



   Glen Macnow Added to the Line-up

7.21.09 Glen Macnow is coming to the Collingswood Book Festival. Macnow is a popular sports-radio host on 610-WIP. He had an accomplished career as a sportswriter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Detroit Free Press. The author of three best-selling sports books, he is a frequent guest on local and national televised sports shows. Ray Didinger and Glen Macnow are the co-authors of The Ultimate Book of Sports Movies: Featuring the 100 Greatest Sports Films of All Time (Running Press), due in October 2009.



   Stick It! Contest Announced

7.1.09 You Can Make Anything With Duct Tape…Even$100!

How? Make something extraordinary with something absolutely ordinary! Enter the Collingswood Book Festival “Stick It!” Contest for a chance to win a $100 prize for the most original duct tape creation. Entries will be judged by our duct tape project expert, Book Festival guest author, T.L. Bonaddio, author of Stick It! 99 D.I.Y. Duct Tape Projects. Click here for more information.



Authors Join the 2009 Line-up

6.1.09 The Collingswood Book Festival is pleased to welcome Tom Moon (1,000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die) and Bill Lyon (Champions! A Look Back At The Phillies' Triumphant 2008 Season) to our 2009 list of authors who will be appearing at the event. Also recently added to the list: David F. Kinney (The Big One), Michael Robertson (Worshipping Walt: The Whitman Principles),and Teresa Lea Bonaddio (Stick It! 99 DIY Duct Tape Projects).Stay tuned to hear about these and many more authors coming to the Collingswood Book Festival on Saturday, October 3.




Missed an Author? Look on YouTube!

11.21.08 As well as you plan your day, you can't be in two places at once. So if you missed an author you had hoped to see at the Collingswood Book Festival, you may want to check out Youtube. During the past few years, festival organizers have been capturing and uploading various authors, like Collingswood resident Matthew Quick, who read from his debut novel, The Silver Linings Playbook. Visit www.youtube.com.


   The Collingswood Book Festival Announces the Winner of the
2nd Retrospect "Best of the Fest Award"


9.15.08 The Collingswood Book Festival is pleased to announce that Jennifer Grocki's From A to Zamboni: The Alphabet Hockey Style! is the winner of this year's Retrospect "Best of the Fest" Award. From A to Zamboni is an educational piece of sports memorabilia, a fun way for children to learn their ABC's,and what a goalie does, all at the same time.

Jennifer's a Berlin, New Jersey resident; brought together two great passions in From A to Zamboni: her love of sports ;in particular, the Philadelphia Flyers';and her dedication to early childhood education and literacy. Jennifer has partnered with the Comcast Spectator Foundation to make the book available to Flyers fans of all ages, and a portion of all sales will be donated to Flyers charities. Jennifer's interest in children's literacy goes back many years. She has a Masters in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Lehigh University and currently works as a Literacy Coordinator in the Atlantic City Public Schools. Additional sport alphabet books are in the works.

This year's Retrospect "Best of the Fest" competition was ably judged by Dot Garabedian, the Children's Librarian at the Collingswood Public Library; Susan Ratajski, formerly a second grade teacher in Collingswood and now a sixth-grade teacher in Somerdale, New Jersey; and Ferida Wolff, author of Is a Worry Worrying You? and the new The Story Blanket.



Sages of Ages Literary Day Returns to the Book Festival

8.29.08 Once again, the Collingswood Book Festival will sponsor a special afternoon for the area’s 50-plus citizens. It's a program of interesting authors, enjoyable creative games, prizes, gifts and events, all emphasizing the importance of good books and creativity in keeping a sharp mind. There will be speakers on poetry and journaling, insights into books, plus several hours of laughs.

Barbara Solem-Stull will present things she learned while writing the book, Ghost Towns and Other Quirky Places in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Local mystery writer Robin Hathaway will also talk to our seniors and give some insight into what it is like to write a mystery thriller.

One of our nation's leading authorities in creative journaling, Sister Marianne Hieb, will talk about her imaginative ideas for journaling. Local poet Betty Warner will give a fun-filled talk about the poetry we grew up with, and the audience will have a chance to participate.

In between the speakers there will be a host of literary games, laughs and prizes, plus free books. All of this will be led by Brett Bonfield,Director of the Collingswood Library. Besides being emcee, he will provide some inside tips on great reading and library resources.

The Sages of Ages program will be on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, at the Collingswood Community Center. Both individuals and groups are welcome. The program is free, but reservations are suggested. Contact Rosemary Fearon at 856-854-3705 by clicking here




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Children's Radio Celebrity at Collingswood Book Festival



8.5.08 The sixth-annual Collingswood Book Festival will feature a special treat for kids this year. WXPN Kids Corner Host Kathy O’Connell will be on hand to entertain the young and the young at heart.

Kids Corner is the wildly-popular, live, interactive radio show for children on WXPN, heard in Philadelphia and South Jersey on 88.5 FM. The award-winning show is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

Kathy O’Connell is a pioneer in the field of modern children’s radio. She has spent nearly a quarter-century hosting children’s radio programs and her expertise has been sought by musicians, educators, healthcare professions and the media. Some of Kathy’s fondest moments are meeting her young fans along with their parents who listened to her when THEY were kids.

Mark your calendars! You won’t want to miss Kathy O’Connell at the Collingswood Book Festival on Saturday October 4th.



Meet Bob the Bike Man at Book Festival



7.8.08
After suffering a heart attack several years ago, Bob Swaim of Upper Bucks County decided to make his cardiac rehab more interesting by collecting bikes and exercising on all kinds of human powered vehicles. He now has almost 200 bikes in his collection, which includes tandems, a five-passenger bike, and a 400-pound, seven-passenger conference bike that would be perfect for book discussions! This year, Bob will bring a sampling of his bicycle museum to the Collingswood Book Festival, where he’ll make a presentation about the benefits of pedal power.
“The world would be a better place if more people rode bicycles,” says Swaim. “Fewer teenagers would get killed in car accidents, children would be thinner, schools would save money on buses, senior citizens would stay healthier, and the air would be cleaner. I have a theory that we could cut our health costs by 20 per cent and our energy costs by 20 percent,” maintains Swaim. With the cost of gas at over $4.00 per gallon, bicycles just might be the way to go.

Bob and his bikes have been featured at DeSales University, the Miss America Parade in Atlantic City, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Football Hall of Fame Parade in Canton, Ohio, Penn State Homecoming Weekend, and the Pennsylvania Clean Energy Expo.

Books about the history of human powered vehicles and energy conservation will be available at the Collingswood Book Festival on Saturday, October 4, 2008.

Check out these links:

www.macungie.org
www.bikeroute.com
www.youtube.com #1
www.youtube.com #2



Luminous Debut Novel to be 2008 Collingswood Town Book:
The Stolen Child, by Keith Donohue



6.18.08
Have you ever wondered what has gotten into your kid? Or, perhaps, your parents were the ones asking what got into you. Keith Donohue’s national bestseller, The Stolen Child, offers a riveting explanation in a book the Washington Post calls a “luminous and thrilling novel about our humanity.” The Collingswood Book Festival’s volunteer organizers are pleased to announce that Donohue will appear in person at the Book Festival to discuss his work.

The Stolen Child tells the double story of Henry Day, who is kidnapped at age seven by a band of childlike beings who live in an ancient, secret community in the forest. The changelings rename their captive Aniday and he becomes, like them, unaging and stuck in time. They leave one of their own to take his place, an imposter who tries';with varying success';to hide his true identity from the Day family. As the changeling Henry grows up, he is haunted by glimpses of his lost double and by vague memories of his own childhood a century earlier. Narrated in turns by Henry and Aniday, The Stolen Child follows them as their lives converge, driven by their search for who they really are.

Keith Donohue is the Director of Communications for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the grant-making arm of the National Archives in Washington, DC. Until 1998 he worked at the National Endowment for the Arts and wrote hundreds of speeches for chairmen John Frohnmayer and Jane Alexander. He holds a Ph.D. in English from The Catholic University of America, and has written articles for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and other newspapers.

The Town Book Discussion of The Stolen Child will be held on Tuesday, September 30 at 7:30 in the library. Expect a lively discussion in preparation for the author's appearance at the Book Festival on Saturday, October 4.

Copies of The Stolen Child are now available at the Collingswood Library. Paperback copies can be purchased at the Collingswood Book Trader at 825 Haddon Avenue. You will also be able to buy the book at the Collingswood Book Festival on October 4. For more about the book, click here.



New York Times Best Selling Author, Eric Weiner, to Appear at Collingswood Book Festival




4.22.08
Self-described grump Eric Weiner set out to travel the world to discover just who the happiest people on earth are. The results are chronicled in his best selling book, The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World. Weiner spent a year visiting Switzerland, Qatar, Thailand, Iceland and many other exotic and ordinary places. His “field work” focused on the regular folks such as bus drivers, innkeepers, and bar tenders. What makes the book fun is that Weiner not only reports on the people he visits, he often participates in their lifestyles. Weiner discovers that happiness may be found where we least expect it. Come to the Book Festival on Saturday, October 4, 2008 to find out where you fit on the happiness meter. Discover who the happiest people on earth are and which US city has the greatest happiness quotient.

Eric Weiner is a national correspondent for NPR and is based in Washington, DC. He is a veteran foreign correspondent with postings in New Delhi, Jerusalem, and Tokyo. Over the years, Weiner has distinguished himself as a versatile correspondent, covering wars and other major world events and occasionally switching his focus to the lighter side of life overseas. In addition to writing about happiness, he has reported about Japan’s high-tech toilets and Baghdad’s famous pet market.



Retrospect Best of the Fest Winner Announced



10.16.07
Dan Allosso has won the first annual Retrospect Best of the Fest Award in the genre of Young Adult Fiction for his novel Outside the Box. The award recognizes outstanding work by self-published authors. Mr. Allosso, who hails from Minnesota, traveled to accept the award at the Fifth Annual Collingswood Book Festival on Saturday, October 6. Brett Ainsworth, publisher of The Retrospect, presented the award. Mr. Allosso read an excerpt from his novel, a story about an isolated sixteen year old boy whose actions in a sophisticated video game result in a surprising discovery. For more about the book, go to www.outsidetheboxbook.com.



Name the Author Contest Winner - 2007



10.8.07 This year’s contest featured best selling 20th century authors. Congratulations to Ruth Rouff who correctly identified 13 authors. If you scroll down to 11.14.06 in this section, you will see that Ruth also won the contest last year. The answer key follows:

1. Dean Koontz
2. Gail Sheehy
3. Dr. Seuss/Thodor Geisel
4. Philip Roth
5. Willa Cather
6. Tom Wolfe
7. Toni Morrison
8. Mario Puzo
9. Harper Lee
10. Nelson DeMille
11. H.G. Wells
12. Alex Haley
13. Margaret Mitchell
14. Salman Rushdie
15. Amy Tan
16. Daphne DuMaurier
17. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
18. Truman Capote
19. Pearl Buck
20. Thomas Wolfe



Book Festival on TV



10.2.07
One of this week's Collingswood Book Festival events were
featured on live television when CN8 visited the Pop Shop today. Jill
Horner, a reporter for "Your Morning," interviewed Joe Sambuco about the
Festival. Also featured were the Pop Shop's Connie and Bill Fisher, who
will be serving up green eggs and ham as part of Dining with Dr. Seuss
Day, on Wednesday, October 3. And, for an added bonus, Book Festival
authors/performers Danny and Kim Adlerman (pictured) were there to
entertain the crowd of kids and adults. For more information about all
the festivities, click on Schedule of Events.



And the nominees are...


9.17.07
The Collingswood Book Festival is pleased to announce the finalists for the Retrospect "Best of the Fest" Awards for Self-Published Authors, a contest to discover up-and-coming literary talents. This year, submissions were accepted in the Young Adult and Mystery genres. The finalists in the Young Adult genre are:

Dan Allosso, of Mankato, MN: Outside the Box
Katarina M. Corda, of Sewell, NJ: Under Pressure
Therese Marlin, of Haddonfield, NJ: War From a Distance

No submissions conforming to contest criteria were submitted in the Mystery genre.

The winner will be announced during the Collingswood Book Festival on Saturday, October 6, 2007, at 10:00 AM in Tent 2. In addition to a $500 cash prize, the winner will be given time to read from, sign, and sell his or her book. Also, the author and book will be featured in South Jersey publications.



Sages of Ages Literary Day
Reading and creative writing are more exciting when you’re doing more than 50!
           
9.6.07
To keep the mature mind razor sharp, regular exercise, social interaction, and a healthy diet are crucial.  But so are creative writing and reading aloud.  You’ll have every opportunity to stimulate precious brain cells when the Collingswood Book Festival presents Sages of Ages Literary Day on Wednesday, October 3, 2007, starting at 1:00 PM at the Collingswood Community Center.  Join your fellow Seniors and Late Boomers for an afternoon packed with literary events, including speakers on innovative journaling, local seniors who became authors, good reading and good books.  Share ideas and lots of laughs while playing mind-teasing literary games.  Win a myriad of gifts and awards.  Senior and church groups are welcome.  All events will be free.

Marianne Hieb, the well-known authority and workshop leader on creative journaling, will be among the speakers. Author Terry Marlin will discuss how she came to write her book for younger audiences in her senior years.  Elizabeth Warner, Director of the Collingswood Poetry Circle, will conduct a “whose line is it” group-written poem.

As a special added treat, there will also be a Sages of Ages Poetry Performance… otherwise known as the “Ripe Poet’s Society.”  Poems from local over-50 folks will be read by trained readers between the main events at the Poetry Pavilion Tent on Festival Day, Saturday October 6th.  Innovative awards will go to the top selected “Ripe ‘n Ready Poets.”
           
Reservations for anyone over 50 can be made by calling Rosemary Fearon at 856-854-3705.  Poems can be entered for the poetry performance by delivering or mailing to: Sages of Ages Poetry c/o Collingswood Library, 771 Haddon Ave., Collingswood NJ 08108.  All entries must contain age, name, address, and telephone.  No more than three entries per over-50 poet. Only selected poems will be read and inappropriate language can disqualify a poem. For more information about the Fifth Annual Collingswood Book Festival, go to www.collingswoodbookfestival.com. Patricia Robinson will sign copies of her book, The New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail, at the Plexus Publishing, Inc. booth from 12:00 to 2:00 PM during the 5th Annual Collingswood Book Festival.



8.26.07
Patricia Robinson is a lifelong resident of New Jersey. She has been a
freelance travel writer, a public relations executive, a trade magazine
editor, and, most recently, an award winning reporter/photographer for a chain of weekly newspapers in Central New Jersey. She is the author of Wonderwalks: The
Trails of New Jersey Audubon
(Plexus Publishing, Inc., 2003). For more
information, go to www.plexuspublishing.com



New Angle on Town Book



7.23.07 Are you ready for your summer reading adventure? This year’s Town Book comes with a special surprise. To celebrate the Collingswood Book Festival’s fifth anniversary, the book’s author will appear in person at the Book Festival to discuss her works.

This year’s selection is Triangle: A Novel by Katharine Weber. The book begins as a story about the deadly Triangle Shirtwaist fire in New York City in 1911. The fire killed 146 people and galvanized efforts to reform working conditions in sweatshops. The story goes from fact to fiction as it takes a mysterious turn and delves into the lives of a fire survivor and her loved ones. Is this elderly survivor hiding a secret?

The Town Book Discussion of Triangle will be held on Tuesday, October 2 at 7:30 in the library. Expect a lively discussion in preparation for the author's appearance at the Book Festival on Saturday, October 6.

Copies of Triangle: A Novel are now available at the Collingswood Library. Paperback copies can be purchased at the Collingswood Book Trader at 825 Haddon Avenue. You will also be able to buy the book at the Collingswood Book Festival on October 6.



Book Festival Offers Poetry Workshop

7.20.07
The Collingswood Book Festival will offer a free Poetry Workshop for students in 4th, 5th and 6th grades on October 6, 2007 at 1:00 PM in the Collingswood Library. The workshop will be facilitated by award winning poet Darcy Cummings, who teaches writing for the Critical Writing Program at the University of Pennsylvania, for the New Jersey Writers Project, and for the Visual Poetry Program of The Public Arts Project at Rutgers University in Camden. Pre-registration is required for participation in the workshop. Applications will be available at the Collingswood Library and in Collingswood schools in September.


LITERARY AWARDS

4.19.07
Coming soon: the Collingswood Book Festival will roll out the “Best of the Fest” Awards for Self-Published Authors. Stay tuned for guidelines and application information.



NEXT YEAR’S FESTIVAL DATE ANNOUNCED

11.14.06
Mark your calendars! The date for the Fifth Annual Collingswood Book Festival has been set for Saturday, October 6, 2007. See you then!



NAME THE AUTHOR CONTEST WINNER

11.14.06
Congratulations to Ruth Rouff, winner of the Name the Author Contest with 18 correct answers. The prize was $100.00 in Collingswood Cash. The answer key follows:

ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE
MELISSA JACOBS
WALT WHITMAN
MAYA ANGELOU
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
LOUISA MAY ALCOTT
CHARLES DICKENS
LORRAINE RANALLI
THOREAU
TOBIAS WOLFF
F. SCOTT FITGERALD
ELLEN MEISTER
W. SOMERSET MAUGHM
CAMILLE PAGLIA
JAMES JOYCE
LESLIE ESDAILE BANKS
EVELYN WAUGH
AGATHA CHRISTIE
MICHAEL SMERCONISH
ERNEST HEMINGWAY
DELIA PARR
MARK TWAIN
GERTRUDE STEIN
GORDON T. WARD
JOHN STEINBECK



Meet Michael Smerconisch at the Collingswood Book Festival!
 


7.18.06
Philadelphia lawyer turned political commentator Michael Smerconish will join the slate of authors at the fourth annual Collingswood Book Festival on Saturday, October 7, 2006.  Mr. Smerconish is a talk-radio host on The Big Talker 1210 AM WPHT.  He is a featured columnist with the "Philadelphia Daily News", and appears regularly as a guest on local and national television.
 
In his New York Times bestseller Muzzled: From T-Ball to Terrorism, True Stories That Should Be Fiction, he takes on today's oversensitive culture with a collection of entertaining, outlandish anecdotes about PC gone wild-stories that are hilarious, horrifying, and unbelievably true.  Mr. Smerconish states that words and actions in this country have been muted by those who assert political correctness while sacrificing the rugged individualism that has been the hallmark of our nation.  His new book, as well as his previous book, Flying Blind: How Political Correctness Continues to Compromise Airline Safety Post 9/11, should inspire lively discussions at this year's festival.



Alex’s Lemonade Stand Returns

7.10.06
Continuing the fight against pediatric cancer, Liz and Jay Scott will man Alex’s Lemonade Stand at the Collingswood Book Festival again this year.  Liz and Jay are the parents of Alexandra Scott, who started the lemonade stand to help her doctors find a cure for kids with cancer.  After battling her cancer for 7 1⁄2 years, Alex died peacefully at the age of 8.  Her spirit and inspiration live on as thousands of people raise money and give to her cause every year.  The Scotts will be available to sign their book, Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand.  Proceeds go directly to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to help aid the fight against childhood cancer.



Author Line-up Shaping Up

6.20.06
The line-up of authors is shaping up for the 4th Annual Collingswood Book Festival.  Camille Paglia will be speaking at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 7, 2006.  Named one of the Top Public Intellectuals in the world by an international poll conducted in 2005 by the British Magazines Foreign Policy and Prospect, Professor Paglia is the author of Sexual Personae:  Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson.  Her fifth book, Break, Blow, Burn:  Camille Paglia Reads Forty-Three of the World's Best Poems, was released by Pantheon Books in spring 2005 and became an immediate national bestseller.  She is a University Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where she has taught since 1984.
 
In addition to Camille Paglia, festival-goers will have a chance to meet the author of The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook series, Josh Piven.  Also coming to the festival will be radio personality Lorraine Ranalli, co-author of The Adventures of Dayne Traveler book of short stories.  Lloyd Allen will be there too.  Lloyd is the author of Being Martha, about his friend and former neighbor, Martha Stewart.  And fans of Melissa Jacobs await the return of the author of Lexi James and the Council of Girlfriends.  Melissa will read from her delicious new book, Love, Life & Linguine.  Sportswriter Sam Carchidi will be back too.  His latest book is Bill Campbell: the Voice of Philadelphia Sports.   Bill Campbell will join Sam Carchidi, so come out to the Collingswood Book Festival, rain or shine!


Old School is New Town Book

5.16.06 It’s official! This year, the Collingswood Town Book is Old School, by Tobias Wolff. It’s a story about ambition, snobbery, prejudice, loneliness and competitiveness in a New England boy’s prep school in the early 1960’s. The unnamed narrator participates in the school’s literary competitions in which private audiences with famous visiting authors are the prizes. While hiding his middle class background and Jewish ancestry, the narrator grapples with personal integrity, his own truths and his determination to win the favor of Ernest Hemmingway. As he struggles to become a writer, he must deal with the relationship between truth and lies in the creation of a work of art.

Tobias Wolff is the author of the memoir This Boy’s Life, the PEN/Faulkner Award–winning novella The Barracks Thief, and short stories acclaimed as modern classics. Old School, which was published in 2003, is Wolff’s first novel.

Copies of Old School are available at the Collingswood Library. Also, the book will be available for purchase at the Collingswood Book Trader. Read it now, and be prepared to kick off the 4th annual Collingswood Book Festival with a discussion of Old School on Monday, October 2, at the Collingswood Library.


ATTENTION KIDS! Poster Contest

4.12.06 Where do you like to read in Collingswood: The park, the pool, the playground, your porch? Join our poster contest! Create a poster using your choice of crayons, paint, markers, or photos (or a combination).
All posters must state the Book Festival theme:
“Collingswood: It’s Where You Want to Read” on the front of your poster.

Put your name, grade, and school on the back of your poster. The top five posters from each school will be awarded prizes by their PTAs and will be displayed at the Collingswood Public Library during the summer. These winning posters will then be judged by the Book Festival Committee. The top three entrants will be announced at the Festival on Saturday, October 7 and awarded grand prizes. Your completed posters must be turned into your principal’s office by Friday, May 19th. Sponsored by: Collingswood PTA’s, Collingswood Book Festival, & Collingswood Public Library.


2006 Festival Announced

2.27.06 The Collingswood Book Festival has announced the dates for the Fourth Annual Festival in Collingswood, NJ. The 2006 Festival will start its week long activities on October 2, and end on October 7th with the all-day outdoor festival. Applications are now being accepted.