Join us for the fourth BookFestPA, a part of the
2013 Central Pennsylvania
Festival of the Arts

Saturday, July 13, 2013 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Schlow Centre Region Library
211 South Allen Street
State College, PA 16801

BookFestPA celebrates the written word and features the chance to hear and meet authors.

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Visit the 4th Annual BookFestPA from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, July 13, 2013
! Celebrate the joy of reading with talented local authors, great talks by bestselling writers, and an array of book-related activities.

The BookFest Tent Highlights Great Local Authors
The lively BookFest Tent in Schlow Centre Region Library’s parking lot will host local authors, including Gale Martin, J. Kelly Poorman, John Carr, Jeffrey Frazier, Alice Breon, and Sylvia Apple, as well as Penn State Press with a sampling of their terrific writers.

New faces include Gloria Mallette, National Indie Excellence award-winning author for African American Fiction; Denise Kaminsky, children's book author of Nittany Lion Has the Hiccups; Edward Dionne, retired veterinarian and author of Warm Hearts for Cold Noses: Unusual Tails of a Young Veterinarian; and Annie Laurie Harris, author of It's Easier to Dance, a memoir of overcoming Cerebral Palsy to lead an accomplished life.

Stop by to get acquainted with all these wonderful writers and get signed copies of their books. BookFestPA speakers will also be autographing books at the BookFest Tent after their talks.

The 2013 Speakers!

From intricate mysteries set in the English countryside during the period of Downton Abbey to full-hearted recovery from life-changing loss to the global intricacies of today’s Internet, our 2013 speakers offer rich insight into other worlds.

Charles Todd

Charles Todd – mystery fans will be thrilled to hear author Charles Todd talk about his legendary post-World War I series featuring Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge. And in this case, due to intriguing authorial misdirection, this is a two-for-one treat! Charles Todd is actually the mother-son writing team of Caroline and Charles Todd. Their bestselling books such as Proof of Guilt weave history and tantalizing puzzles into stories rich with depth, danger and superb characters.

Proof of Guilt
Becky Aikman photo by Nina Subin

Becky Aikman – meet the remarkable woman behind the brave, funny and feisty memoir Saturday Night Widows: The Story of Six Friends Remaking Their Lives. A journalist and native of western Pennsylvania, Aikman lost her husband in her early forties. Struggling to make sense of an altered world, she founded a group with five other young widows who shared resilience, humor and adventure as they created new lives. Featured on the The Katie Couric Show and other national media, Aikman’s wise, touching and often very funny story explores surprising discoveries about experiencing grief and transcending loss.

Saturday Night Windows
Andrew Blum

Andrew Blum – join the witty, insightful author of Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet, on a tour of the amazing physical world underpinning the Internet. Blum zooms right inside the infrastructure, revealing the quirks and treasures of the online world. From the coast of Portugal where a ten-thousand-mile undersea cable just two thumbs wide connects Europe and Africa, to the wilds of the Pacific Northwest where Google, Microsoft, and Facebook have built monumental data centers, Blum offers a riveting chronicle of the Internet’s development.

Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet

For the kids - and all kids at heart!

Jodi Moore

Jodi Moore – a big hit when she appeared at BookFest PA in 2011 with her humorous, imaginative When a Dragon Moves In, Jodi Moore returns this year to share her new book Good News, Nelson. An upbeat story of an unlikely friendship and the joy that comes from helping others, its hero will inspire young readers “to cheer and create some good news of their own," according to Tammi Sauer, children's author.

Good News Nelson

Anni Matsick

Annie Matsick – artist Anni Matsick’s newest book, Eat It! Food Adventures with Marco Polo, Volume One: Leaving Home, is the tale of a youngster traveling with Marco Polo’s famous expedition who discovers wondrous foods along the old Silk Road. The book highlights the fun of cooking and eating fruits and vegetables with 30 easy-to-follow recipes from Venice to the Middle East. Matsick’s expressive illustrations are as delicious as the recipes!

Eat It! Food Adventures with Marco Polo, Volume One: Leaving Home

Enjoy Videos from our 2013 Authors:

Join the BookFestPA Fun!
* visit the Book Tent
* buy books for yourself or as a gift
* get autographs
* learn about writing and getting published
* meet the authors
* have fun!!

Interested in reading something by every author between now and July?  Stop at Schlow or your local library and check out the work of the 2103 BookFestPA authors!

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