Harrisburg Book Festival

For those of you that enjoy a good read or are enthusiastic about books, you’re not going to want to miss this year’s Book Festival! For the past six years, this fun and informative festival has been held by the Midtown Scholar Bookstore. It will take place this year during October 11th – October 14th.

As one of the nation’s premiere Independent Bookstores, we are so proud to have them as part of our Harrisburg community. Their mission for this festival is to bring together some of the most diverse, talented and well-known writers and speakers to Harrisburg to engage with the community on contemporary issues across history, politics, the arts, and ultimately, to instill the value of reading and literacy.

With more than a dozen visiting authors, the 2018 Harrisburg Book Festival will showcase a diverse, award-winning lineup featuring panel discussions, keynote presentations, book signings, blind-date-with-a-book, story times, arts & crafts, and more! There will be two ticketed events to participate in; the opening keynote with Tayari Jones, and the closing keynote with Carol Anderson. Every other event is free and open to the public.

Some highlights of the event will include appearances by:

  • Award-Winning Singer/Songwriter Mary Lambert, whose music videos have been viewed over 250 million times on YouTube.
  • Tayari Jones, Oprah’s Book Club 2018 Selection and New York Times Bestselling Novelist ($)
  • Carol Anderson, National Book Critics Circle Award Winner and New York Times Bestselling Political Thinker ($)
  • Liza Mundy, New York Times Bestselling Historian
  • David Litt, President Obama’s Former Speechwriter and Head Writer at Funny or Die
  • Beck Dorey-Stein, White House Stenographer
  • Lucy Tan and Crystal Hana Kim, Emerging Novelists
  • Joe Beddia, whose pizza was named the best pizza in America by Bon Appetit

So come on out and join other like-minded people in our community to celebrate the transformative power of literature with some of the most internationally renowned authors working today. We encourage you to fill up your weekend with the fun events, wonderful speakers, and fantastic books at the 2018 Harrisburg Book Festival. Hope to see you there!