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Saturday, October 1, 2016
The 14th Annual Collingswood Book Festival

Workshops and Events
September 24 – October 1, 2016

Saturday, September 24, 1:00pm-4:00pm, Collingswood Community Center
Crossword Puzzle Tournament. Crossword puzzle enthusiasts are invited to solve unpublished crossword puzzles for cash prizes. Open to individuals and teams of two. The tournament will be hosted by Evan Birnholz, Washington Post Sunday Edition writer and constructor. Puzzles have been provided by Will Shortz, The New York Times crossword puzzle editor. Spectators are welcome and can play along with copies of the puzzles. Advance registration is suggested. See tournament details at collingswoodbookfestival.com or Pchamberlin@verizon.net

Monday, September 26, 7:00pm, Collingswood Library
Town Book Discussion. Participate in a discussion of When Books Went to War by Molly Guptill Manning. This New York Times best seller is an uplifting account of a little known chapter in World War II history when the U.S. government sent millions of small, light weight editions of books to service members all over the world. The books not only entertained members of the armed forces, but inspired them to keep fighting against the Nazis. Molly Guptill Manning will speak at the Book Festival on Saturday, October 1 at 1:00pm in Tent 1.

Wednesday, September 28, 1:00pm-4:00pm, Collingswood Community Center
Sages of Ages 10th Anniversary! A fun-filled afternoon featuring authors, games and prizes for attendees aged 50 plus. Presenters are Dr. Michael Rushnak, author of medical mystery novels and Sue Verzella, president of the Friends of the Collings-Knight House. Individuals and groups are welcome. Free. Reservations suggested. 856-854-3705

Thursday, September 29, 4:00pm-6:00pm, Library Entrance
Stand Up For Your Right to Read – A banned book celebration. Featuring readings, crafts, a raffle, and mug shots with your favorite banned book. Join us in a celebration of your right to read without censorship!

Saturday, October 1, 9:20am, Collingswood PATCO Station
Fun Run. Join Jen Miller, author of Running: A Love Story, in a three mile fun run through historic Collingswood to finish at the 14th Annual Collingswood Book Festival on Haddon Avenue. For all ages and abilities.

Saturday, October 1, 10:00am, Library, (2nd Floor)
Writers’ Workshop: Write Away with Nancy Viau. Grades 3 to 5. Register at Cbfworkshop.eventbrite.com.

Saturday, October 1, Noon-2:00pm, Collingswood Library Entrance
Book Appraisals. Bill Faris, with the Old Bookshop of Bordentown, Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America, ILAB will do appraisals. A $5.00 donation is suggested (includes up to five books).


Tent 1 - Library

Panel Discussion: Philly Fiction
Moderated by Community College of Philadelphia Professor Joseph Kenyon

Andy Abramowitz, Thank You, Goodnight
Elizabeth LaBan, The Restaurant Critic's Wife

Matt Katz, American Governor

Marianne Aleardi, Maury Levy, Sally Friedman, Worth Repeating: Greatest Hits, Volume 1

Molly Guptill Manning, When Books Went to War (Town Book)

Jen Miller, Running, a Love Story: 10 Years, 5 Marathons, and 1 Life Changing Sport

Paige Rien, Love the House You’re In: 40 Ways to Improve Your Home and Change Your Life


10:00am – Noon
Kathleen Long, Broken Pieces

Irene Levy Baker, 100 Things to Do in Philadelphia Before You Die
Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook, Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking

Jamie Duclos-Yourdon, Froelich’s Ladder


Tent 2 - Haddon & Lees Avenues

10:00am to 4:00pm
Book Signings - Meet Young Adult Authors

Collingswood Library - 2nd floor

Writers’ Workshop: Write Away with Nancy Viau

1:00pm - Grade 7
Wendy Mass, Every Soul A Star; The Candymakers

Tent 2 at Haddon & Lees Avenues
Book Discussions

11:00am - Grade 5
Leslie Connor, All Rise For The Honorable Perry T. Cook

Meet Middle Grade Authors: What’s New? What Works?

Melanie Conklin, Counting Thyme
M. Tara Crowl, Eden’s Wish; Eden’s Escape
Elisabeth Dahl, Genie Wishes
Annabelle Fisher, The Secret Destiny of Pixie Piper
Margaret Gurevich, Making The Cut; Balancing Act; Made to Measure
Darlene Beck Jacobson, Wheels of Change
Amy Ignatow, The Popularity Papers

1:00pm - Grade 6
David Teague and Marisa de los Santos, Saving Lucas Biggs; Connect The Stars

YA Panel Discussion: Books That Inform and Inspire Us As Writers

Isabel Bandeira, Bookishly Ever After
Charlotte Bennardo, Beware the Little White Rabbit
Jeffry W. Johnston, The Truth; Fragments
Rosalie Knecht, Relief Map
April Lindner, Jane; Catherine; Love, Lucy
Dianne Salerni, The Eighth Day; The Morrigan’s Curse
Jared T.L.C., Evan and The Land of Letin: A Heart Afire


Tent 3 - At the Clock

Richard McLaughlin - Eco-Man, A Skunk With a Stinky Attitude

Danny and Kim Adlerman, Mommy’s Having a Watermelon

Artie Bennett, Belches, Burps, Farts - Oh My!; Poopendus
Traci Dunham, The Oyster’s Secret; My Sister Lulu and Me

Jodi Moore, When A Dragon Moves In; When A Dragon Moves In Again
Lee Harper, Turkey Trick or Treat; Snow! Snow! Snow!

Yosi, Children’s Entertainer

James Maley, Mayor of Collingswood
Summer Reading Awards and Presentations

Kat Lindsey, Run, Faredy Run: Secrets to Freedom

Donna McDine, A Sandy Grave; Powder Monkey; Hockey Agony
Robin Newman, Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep

Lorraine Haddock, Bella Figlia della Momma; The Duck Without A Quack
Velya Jancz-Urban, Whooo Eats What?

Allison Gutknecht, Pizza Is the Best Breakfast; A Cast Is The Perfect Accessory
Colleen Rowan Kosinski, Lilla’s Sunflowers

Lauren Magaziner, Pilfer Academy; The Only Thing Worse Than Witches
Laurie Wallmark, Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine
Karin Lefranc, I Want To Eat Your Books

Ernie and Neal

10am to 4pm
E. B. Lewis for Book Signings Only, Illustrator and author

Loompaland Alley (Irvin Avenue)

Sara O’Brien and the Community Rocks Kids!

“Mr. Malcom” The Wizard of Oz

The Bug Lady

“Mr. Malcom” Dr. Seuss

Library Staff, Puppet Show

Dorothy Stanaitis, Storyteller, “Fun at the Farm”

Miss Michelle, Kids Music Round of Collingswood

Kenkojuku Karate

Kathryn Ross, Storyteller, Fable Springs Parables
Haley Richardson, All Ireland Fiddle Champion



Music by Danny and Kim Adlerman

Tim Young, Author
Nancy Viau, Author


Tent 4 - Haddon & Washington Avenues

Children’s Poetry Contest, “Our Land,” judge and host, Anna Evans.

The Quiet House: Residing in the Poet Mind - a mindfulness and creativity workshop by Emari DiGiorgio.

American Voices, poet Rafey Habib celebrates immigrant voices.

Rutgers Writers House and Nick Virgilio Writers House, an introduction for writers and poetry lovers, hosted by Leah Falk and Walt Howat.

Willingboro Shout-Out – a poetic tribute to Pulitzer Prize poet Gregory Pardlo by his very talented hometown, hosted by Todd Evans.

Painted Bride Quarterly hosts a fun-filled interactive slam. Get in on the fun! Hosted by Kathleen Volk Miller of Painted Bride and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gregory Pardlo.

Gregory Pardlo, audience Q and A, hosted by Tammy Paolino of the Courier-Post.

Gregory Pardlo, Pulitzer Prize poet, reading from Digest and other works.

Stealing Home-Baseball Poetry, hosted by B.J. Ward and featuring Ward, Bruce Neidt, Hank Kalet, and others.

Open Mic: Share Your Words, hosted by “Lamont Napalm da Bomb” Dixon.

Many Generations of Local Poets - between each event, a poem from a prominent area poet from Betsy Graeme to Poe to Whitman to Virgilio to Pardlo.and others

ALL DAY in the Poetry Plaza outside tent – 11th annual Wall of Haiku by the Nick Virgilio Haiku Association, come participate - and numerous other activities and displays and meet poets, book signings.

All outdoors on Washington at Haddon Aves (bad weather site will be Collingswood High School)