Do you like literature? Discover the 4th Annual Albany Book Festival


ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – The 4th Annual Albany Book Festival takes place on Saturday, September 25, 2021. The festival is presented by the New York State Writers Institute at the University of Albany.

The event, hosted in person for the first time since 2019, would feature world-renowned authors, local authors, and online writing and publishing workshops. The events, free and open to the public, will start at 10:30 a.m. and end at 5 p.m.

“We are proud to announce that we are returning to a live, in-person and on-campus event for our 4th annual Albany Book Festival. We’ve worked hard to restore all of those things we missed, which makes a live, in-person Albany Book Festival so magical, ”said Paul Grondahl, director of the Writers Institute. “After the coronavirus pandemic pivoted us to a virtual book festival last year, we are grateful to once again bring together a community of readers, writers, publishers, publishers and booksellers in one celebration of literature. “

According to organizers, the festival will kick off with an awards ceremony honoring the New York State author and New York State poet at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 24. The names of the winners would be announced later this month. Additionally, the winner of the inaugural Bruce Piasecki and Andrea Masters Award on Business and Society Writing will also be announced on Friday, September 24.

The guest list for the Albany Book Festival includes (subject to change):

  • Nana Kwame Adjei Brenyah (Black Friday: stories),
  • Ayad Akhtar (Elegy of the Fatherland),
  • Robert Boyer (The Tyranny of Virtue: Identity, the Academy and the Hunt for Political Heresies),
  • Elisabeth brundage (The vanishing point),
  • Mary gaitskill (It’s fun),
  • Garth Greenwell (Cleanliness),
  • Farah Jasmin Griffon (Read Until You Understand: The Deep Wisdom of Black Life and Literature),
  • Janell Hobson (When God Lost His Tongue: Historical Consciousness and the Black Feminist Imagination),
  • Quiara Alegria Hudes (My broken tongue: a memory, co-wrote the Tony Award winning musical “In the Heights” with Lin-Manuel Miranda.),
  • Amitava Kumar (A time outside of this time),
  • Reif Larsen (Uma Wimple traces her house),
  • Emilie Layden (All the girls),
  • Ed Lin (David Tung can’t have a girlfriend until he enters Ivy League college),
  • Georges makari (Fear and Strangers: A Story of Xenophobia),
  • Bethany C. Morrow (So many beginnings: A small remix of women),
  • Pierre Osnos (A particularly good view: watching the story unfold),
  • Jay parini (Borges and I: a meeting),
  • David Pietrusza (Too long ago: a childhood memory. A world gone.),
  • Nathaniel Philbrick (Travels with George: In Search of Washington and its Legacy),
  • David Rohde (In Deep: The FBI, the CIA and the Truth About the American “Deep State”),
  • Ed schwarzschild (Insecurity),
  • Dana spiotta (Rebel),
  • Setsuko winchester ( and
  • Simon winchester (EARTH: How the thirst for property has shaped the modern world).

The book festival will also include:

  • A marketplace for local authors
  • Readings by young local writers published in crooks magazine
  • Forbidden Book Readings to help kick off Forbidden Books Week starting September 26 with the theme “Books unite us.” Censorship divides us.

More information about the festival can be found online.


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