MILFORD — Do you ever wonder who creates the cartoons in New Yorker magazine? Where do they get their inspiration? Who decides what’s funny? Have the codes of political correctness influenced what people deem to be funny?
Join Bob Eckstein, Christopher Weyant, and David Borchart on Sunday, Sept. 30 at The Milford Readers & Writers Festival as they show a presentation of their cartoons. They will share how they try to make the world laugh in a time when humor is needed more than ever.
The trio believe that we all need more laughter in our lives, and their goal is to bring it to us every time one of their cartoons appears.
The fun-filled hour will focus on book-themed cartoons — all three appear in the upcoming book “The Ultimate Cartoon Book of Book Cartoons by the World’s Greatest Cartoonists” — and insight into their New York Times bestselling books. Audience participation will be encouraged through a question-and-answer period, and the authors will be available to sign copies of their books afterwards. Bring your sense of humor.
The festival runs throughout the weekend of Sept. 28-30 and opens on Friday evening, Sept. 28, with a screening of the film “To Kill a Mockingbird” and a conversation with Mary Badham, who played the role of Scout as a child actor in the 1962 film.
The Saturday main stage events feature author and actor Alan Alda of M*A*S*H* fame in conversation with Suzanne Braun Levine, author and the first editor of Ms. Magazine; feminist writer and activist Susan Faludi in conversation with Carol Jenkins, an Emmy-winning anchor and correspondent for NBC-TV; and “Writing About War” with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frances FitzGerald in conversation with Phil Klay, moderated by Lucian Truscott IV, all of which will take place on the main stage of the Milford Theatre throughout the day on Saturday, Sept. 29. The audience will be invited to join in these conversations.
The main stage events this year continue Sunday, beginning with “Life, Liberty and Other Pursuits,” featuring Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano in conversation with Adm. Joe Sestak, a former member of Congress, national security expert and progressive Democrat.
A limited number of festival passes valid for entry to all festival events as well as a private authors reception open only to pass holders are available for sale at the early bird price of $150 per person at the Eventbrite link on the website. More information about the festival can be found at www.milfordreadersandwriters.com (prices for the pass will increase on Sept. 3).
In addition to the ticketed events, the festival also offers a host of free programming and events open to the public, including storytelling, children’s and young adult events and a panel for parents, “The Changing Landscape of Parenting;” an Artificial Intelligence-themed Science Fiction Panel; and “Peek into the Paranormal,” all at the Pike County Public Library. Other panels around town include “Recovery from Trauma II,” poetry, comic books, romance, an open-mic event: “RAW After Dark,” Science Fiction readings at the Dimmick Inn with a cash bar for beer tasting; the “Fauchere Series” authors; 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., a 501-c-3 not-for-profit organized by a group of community volunteers from the Upper Delaware River Valley region.
For more information, visit www.milfordreadersandwriters.com, or the festival’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MRWFestival/ or Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/mrwfestival/.