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Harrisburg Book Festival


This October, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is proud to host the 7th Annual Harrisburg Book Festival. Featuring award-winning authors, children’s illustrators, emerging novelists, acclaimed historians, and the annual tent sale, the Harrisburg Book Festival aims to amplify and celebrate diverse literature for all ages. All events are free and open to the public.

*To enter the signing line at any event, books must be purchased through the Midtown Scholar Bookstore. Proof of receipt or sticker will need to be presented to staff at the entrance to the signings.

For more information on the book festival, visit www.hbgbookfest.com.

With over fifteen regional partners and sponsors, the book festival has attracted some of the world’s top authors across a variety of genres. This year’s all-star lineup includes panels, interviews, presentations, and signings with award-winning authors, including:

• Isha Sesay, Celebrated International Journalist

• Stephen Chbosky, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

• Eric Foner, Pulitzer Prize Winning Historian

• Vashti Harrison, Bestselling Children’s Illustrator

• Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award-Winning Historian

• Madeline Miller, #1 New York Times Bestselling Novelist

• Téa Obreht, International Bestselling Novelist

• Liz Moore, Award-Winning Novelist

• Nisha Vora, Celebrated Vegan Cookbook Author

• Andrew Shaffer, New York Times Bestselling Humorist

• R.O. Kwon, Award-Winning Debut Novelist

• Wayétu Moore, Award-Winning Debut Novelist

• Joanne Ramos, Award-Winning Debut Novelist

• Jonathan Stutzman, Local Children’s Author

• Heather Fox, Local Children’s Illustrator

• Imani Perry, Award-Winning Professor

• Ian Doescher, Award-Winning Humorist

• Jacopo della Quercia, Bestselling Humorist

• Keisha N. Blain, PhD, Award-Winning Historian

More authors to be announced soon!

The Harrisburg Book Festival would not be possible without the generosity of our wonderful sponsors and community partners. Across Central Pennsylvania, these media organizations, businesses, and universities have demonstrated their commitment to — and support of — reading and the literary arts. Thank you to the following organization and business!

AAUW Harrisburg, Messiah College, Susquehanna University, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, Highmark, Capital BlueCross, UPMC Pinnacle, Temple University Harrisburg, Hotel Indigo Harrisburg - Hershey, Dickinson College, Explore Harrisburg, Blue Stoop, The Millworks, Midtown Cinema, WITF, TheBurg, and Sara Bozich.

Earlier Event: September 27
Nathaniel Gadsden's Spoken Word Cafe
Later Event: October 10
Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel