SPENCERTOWN — Spencertown Academy Arts Center’s 17th annual Festival of Books takes place over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2 through Sept. 5. The Festival features a giant used book sale, two days of discussions with and readings by esteemed authors, and a children’s program. Featured authors include Daphne Palasi Andreades, Jean Hanff Korelitz, David Nasaw, Mayukh Sen, and James Shapiro. There will also be a bookmaking arts exhibit by Suzy Banks Baum. Admission is free to all of the events, save for the Members Preview early book-buying opportunity detailed below. Masks are required inside the building.
The Festival, which began in 2006 as a book sale to raise funds for the Academy’s community arts programs, has grown into one of the biggest and most eagerly anticipated cultural events of the year. David Highfill, Wayne Greene, and Carl Atkins are co-chairs of the Festival this year. “The return of this beloved in-person event is going to be a highlight of our summer, and we’ll be offering many delights for book lovers: one of the largest and most enticing collections of books for sale we’ve ever featured and a stellar line-up of authors making appearances,” says Highfill.