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The Haunted Life of Shirley Jackson: A Conversation with Ruth Franklin
Oct
15
5:00pm 5:00pm

The Haunted Life of Shirley Jackson: A Conversation with Ruth Franklin

Who can forget the chilling conclusion to Shirley Jackson's The Lottery? What was her source of inspiration — and how did the master of gothic horror come to craft such twisted tales of domestic life? Former editor at the New Republic Ruth Franklin has the answers, as she uncovers it all her new National Book Critics Circle Award-winning biography, Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life. 

Ruth Franklin will be available to sign copies of her book immediately following the discussion. 

Program details here.

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This event is sponsored by Harrisburg University of Science and Technology

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The Power of Seeing: Rorschach, the Inkblots, and the Enduring Relevance of the Iconic Test
Oct
15
3:30pm 3:30pm

The Power of Seeing: Rorschach, the Inkblots, and the Enduring Relevance of the Iconic Test

In the first-ever biography of Hermann Rorschach, Guggenheim Fellow Damion Searls tackles the infamous inkblots and their charismatic creator in his new book, The Inkblots: Hermann Rorschach, The Iconic Test, and the Power of Seeing. Searls takes the stage to discuss Rorschach, the fascinating story behind the inkblots, and what we can learn from them today. 

Damion Searls will be available to sign copies of his book immediately following the discussion. 

Program details here.

This event is supported by Festival Sponsor Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.

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The Art of the Novel: A Conversation with Jennifer Haigh and Liz Moore
Oct
14
6:00pm 6:00pm

The Art of the Novel: A Conversation with Jennifer Haigh and Liz Moore

Critically acclaimed novelists Jennifer Haigh and Liz Moore take the stage for an intimate conversation as they discuss their highly-praised new novels, Heat & Light and The Unseen World with author Meghan Kenny.

Jennifer Haigh, Liz Moore, and Meghan Kenny will be available to sign copies of their books immediately following the discussion.

Program details here.

 

This event is sponsored by Penn State Harrisburg School of Humanities.

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Light the Dark: A Conversation on Creative Inspiration with Joe Fassler
Oct
14
4:00pm 4:00pm

Light the Dark: A Conversation on Creative Inspiration with Joe Fassler

The Atlantic's Joe Fassler, author of Light the Dark: Writer's on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artistic Process takes the stage with book critic, founder of #FridayReads, and author of The Books That Changed My Life, Bethanne Patrick, to explore the creative process of some of the most critically acclaimed and prolific writers working in the industry today. 

Joe Fassler and Bethanne Patrick will be available to sign copies of their books immediately following the discussion. 

Program details here.

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Let's Talk Books: The Role of the Critic in the Digital Age
Oct
14
2:00pm 2:00pm

Let's Talk Books: The Role of the Critic in the Digital Age

What have been the most talked-about books of 2017? How do reviewers avoid conflicts of interest in an ever-connected world? What is the role of the critic in the digital age -- and do book reviews even matter anymore? Four acclaimed book reviewers -- Bethanne Patrick, Susan Coll, Marion Winik, and Harvey Freedenberg --  weigh in on the ethics of book reviewing, why the critic still matters, and what should be at the top of your reading list for 2017.

Program details here.

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This event is sponsored by Susquehanna University Department of English & Creative Writing.

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Children's Festival with Lauren Castillo and Jonathan Bean!
Oct
14
10:00am10:00am

Children's Festival with Lauren Castillo and Jonathan Bean!

Join us at the Midtown Scholar for a morning packed with fun activities for all the little bookworms in your family! Alongside story times with Lauren Castillo and Jonathan Bean, we'll have a special performance of Aesop's Fables from Gamut Theater's Popcorn Hat Players, as well as arts & crafts, dancing, and — of course — books for all ages!

Lauren Castillo and Jonathan Bean will be available to sign copies of their books during the event.

Program details here.

 

This event is sponsored by Harrisburg Academy.

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An Evening with Ibram X. Kendi
Oct
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

An Evening with Ibram X. Kendi

2016 National Book Award Winner Dr. Ibram Kendi delivers the keynote address for the 2017 Harrisburg Book Festival, with special thanks Temple University for their generous support of this program. Dr. Kendi's book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, demolishes the myth of a post-racial America and explores the origins and history of racism in America. 

Ibram X. Kendi will be available to sign copies of his book immediately following the keynote address.

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This event is sponsored by Temple University Harrisburg.

 

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Opening Night Poetry Kick-Off
Oct
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

Opening Night Poetry Kick-Off

Poets Safiya SinclairJoshua Bennett, and Shara McCallum kick off the 2017 Harrisburg Book Festival for an evening to remember. With an introductory and closing musical performance from Harrisburg's own, Shawan Rice, Sinclair and Bennett will perform selected poetry readings from their most recent collections, Cannibal and The Sobbing School. 

 Safiya Sinclair and Joshua Bennett will be available to sign copies of their books immediately following the reading. 

Program details here.

This event is supported by Festival Sponsor Messiah College School of Humanities.

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