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Saratoga Book Festival Announces Live Author Events for For Fall Festival

October 15-17, 2021

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Organizers of the first-ever Saratoga Book Festival (SBF) confirmed they are moving forward with live author events at various venues in downtown Saratoga Springs, NY, October 15-17, 2021. 

Russell Banks and Joyce Carol Oates will deliver keynote addresses on Saturday evening, October 16 at the Saratoga City Center.  Other confirmed participants include bestselling authors (many local to the greater Saratoga area) of various genres such as poets Peg Boyers, April Bernard, and Chase Twitchell, children’s authors Elizabeth Zunon, Joseph Bruchac and sons, James and Jesse Bruchac, nonfiction author and Skidmore Professor, Beau Breslin in conversation with Jamie Malanowski, historical fiction authors Kim van Alkemade and Armando Lucas Correa, popular/literary fiction authors Frances Cha, Peter Cameron, Brad Kessler, David Gates, crime fiction authors Jonathan Santlofer and Megan Abbott, YA/“wild, messy girl” fiction authors Jennifer Dugan and Rory Power, dystopian and fantasy  fiction authors including Robert Repino, Chana Porter, and Keith Willis, lifestyle author, Matt Hranek, memoir/true crime authors Betsy Bonner, Jeannie Vanasco and Jim Tracy, this year’s Saratoga Reads author, Carol Daggs, graphic novelist Marcus Kwame Anderson in conversation with Jonathan Santlofer.

“While we were not able to provide a marketplace for the many local authors to set up tables to sell their books and services to attendees,” notes cjPurdy, Programming Manager for the Festival, “we will host an open mic for poets and prose writers to share their works at this year’s festival.  Hopefully we can put this pandemic behind us and we can expand the festival next year to include a marketplace.”

Authors will appear at several venues in downtown Saratoga Springs. The Saratoga Springs Public Library will serve as “SBF Central” with adult programming upstairs and children/YA events downstairs. Caffe Lena will host the poets and prose authors, Saratoga Arts will also host author events, and the keynote address by Russell Banks will take place at the Saratoga City Center. Attendees are encouraged to check the SBF website for programming details closer to Festival dates.

“We are committed to presenting a literary event that celebrates big ideas, civic engagement, and the power of books to inform, challenge, inspire, and delight,” noted Ellen Beal, Founder and President of the SBF.  “We are thankful for the strong support from the community, be it advice, ideas, donations of space, or financial support.  And I just wish to thank everyone who helped us this far in making this book festival possible, including city officials, the folks at Northshire Books, and especially the generous donors and corporate sponsors.  A special thanks goes out to the authors who have agreed to participate, but also to my all-volunteer Board at SBF who truly threw their shoulders to the wheel to organize what is shaping up to be a fantastic festival of authors for readers throughout the region.”  

The Festival has a robust website, rife with information on how to register to attend, volunteer, donate, and partner with the organizers for SBF 2021.  The site can be found at


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