MILFORD - The 2nd Annual Milford Readers and Writers Festival will take place on September 15-17 and feature an impressive roster of authors, publishers and actors. Following on the success of last year’s inaugural Festival, this year’s program is even more ambitious and exciting. according to organizers.
Festival headliners will include mega best selling author Lee Child in conversation with publisher Stephen Rubin; feminist writer and activist Robin Morgan in conversation with journalist and media figure Farai Chideya; and biographer and memoirist Patricia Bosworth in conversation with author and founder of the Woodstock Book Festival Martha Frankel, all of which will take on the main stage of the Milford Theater throughout the day on September 16. The audience will be invited to join in these conversations.
The Festival kicks off the night before, September 15, with Tony Award winning actor Len Cariou and Heather Cariou performing the popular Pulitzer Prize nominated A.J. Gurney play “Love Letters” at the Milford Theater.
On Sunday morning September 17, also at the Milford Theater, a panel of notable science fiction writers including Lawrence C. Connely, Gordon Van Gelder, Paul Witcover, Robert Levy and John Grant will explore the world of science fiction and fantasy writing. This panel will be in the spirit of the famous Science Fiction Writers Conferences held in Milford from the 1950’s to the 70’s.
Festival board chair Edson Whitney said, “Readers. Writers. Conversation. Those three words comprise our slogan and perfectly describe our three day festival.”
Last year, featured writer Gloria Steinem commended the festival and commented, “This festival shows us the worldwide importance of coming together to share ideas and build community.”
A limited number of festival passes valid for entry to all Festival events as well as an Authors Reception open only to pass holders are now available for sale at the early bird price of $125 per person. Individual tickets for the Science Fiction Panel only on Sunday, September 17, are on sale for $25 per person. Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite Link and more information about the festival can be found at: www.milfordreadersandwriters.com (prices for the pass and the science fiction panel will increase on August 15).
The festival pass includes admission to:Love Letters, performed by Len Cariou, and actor Heather Cariou, at the Historic Milford Theatre; Lee Child, whose Jack Reacher series has sold more than 100 million copies world wide, in conversation with Stephen Rubin, publisher and President of Henry Holt and Co.; Robin Morgan, award winning author, activist and and feminist in conversation with journalist Farai Chideya, whose most recent book is The Episodic Career: How to Thrive at Work in the Age of Disruption; Patricia Bosworth, one of the country’s preeminent biographers (Montgomery Clift, Diane Arbus, Marlon Brandon, Jane Fonda) and author of a recent memorir, The Men in My Life: A Memoir of Love and Art in 1950s Manhattan in conversation with the director of the Woodstock Bookfest, Martha Frankel, author of a memoir (Hats & Eyeglasses) and other books. A Plenary Panel with all the above writers in conversation with each other and the audience; A private Author’s Reception and a chance to meet and talk with all the authors from the mainstage panels at the Hotel Fauchere; and A Science Fiction Writers Panel featuring Lawrence C. Connolly, Gordon Van Gelder, Paul Witcover, Robert Levy and John Grant.
Free public events
In addition to the ticketed events, the festival also offers a host of free programming and events open to the public, including “Women Writing About Their Lives,” “Restaurants that Changed America,” storytelling and children’s and young adults events at the Pike County Public Library, “Artists Writing about Art”, “Recovery from Trauma”, poetry, travel writing, a panel on conservation at Grey Towers, a marathon Twilight Zone episodes screening, beer tasting and Science Fiction at the Dimmick Inn, an open-mic event: “RAW After Dark” at Bar Louis, a “pop-up” bookstore, conversations and book-signings with local writers and more.
The Milford Readers & Writers Festival is a project of Pike Artworks, Inc., (501-c-3 status pending) organized by a group of community volunteers from the Upper Delaware River valley region.