Our 2018 Festival will take place on Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13. Mark your calendars today!

Modeled after successful book festivals in other communities throughout the world, the Morristown Festival of Books brings together acclaimed authors with readers and book lovers.

The 2018 Festival will feature a full roster of authors in Morristown, New Jersey in the fall of 2018, rain or shine. Authors will speak and answer questions for one hour at one of several convenient Morristown locations. Book sales and signings, following author presentations, will occur at a tent on the grounds of the historic Vail Mansion. While 2018 authors will not be announced until summer of 2018, you can click here to view the 2017 author roster.

Why Morristown?

Morristown is an ideal location for a Festival of Books. It is accessible for both authors and attendees throughout the NJ/NY/Pennsylvania area and beyond. Several of Morristown’s iconic historic locations have embraced the Festival and opened their doors to host the author venues. Our vibrant and diverse community has a bustling town center, an active arts community, and avid readers from all walks of life. And finally, in Morristown and surrounding communities we have an abundance of dedicated book lovers to volunteer, organize and support this ground-breaking event.

Where will the authors speak?

The Festival venues include the Morristown and Morris Township Library, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, St. Peter’s Parish Hall, The Parish House of the Presbyterian Church, Church of the Redeemer, the Mayo Performing Arts Center and the lawn at Vail Mansion. These prominent local landmarks are located within a one-block area, making it easy to travel from venue to venue. 

Who is the Festival for?

The Festival is for everyone! Our author selections are designed to appeal to a variety of ages and reading interests. Included in the line-up will be both fiction and non-fiction writers in various genres. Join us for one author, or make a day of it and listen to up to four authors. You may find your favorite author or have fun visiting venues to listen to others not as familiar to you.

Check out the short video below for a few clips of Fancy Nancy author Jane O’Connor and special guest Bill Moyers at our inaugural Festival!


How do I get involved?

We’d love your help! We welcome donors at any level. Notably, a $1000 donation enables you to sponsor an author, giving you the privilege of hosting the author for the day. A number of area book clubs have pooled individual member donations in order to sponsor an author. We also welcome volunteers with planning skills and those willing to work the day of the event. Please click here to let us know how you would like to help.

Who is MFOB’s 2018 charitable partner?

Morristown Festival of Books is partnering with the Morris Educational Foundation (MEF), an organization that enriches the educational opportunities for more than 5,200 students in all 10 schools of the Morris School District. Together, the MEF and the Festival, through proceeds from ticket sales, will provide bilingual books and resources for each of the District’s preschool through second-grade libraries. In addition, as a supporter of the MEF, Morristown Festival of Books is collecting new and gently used books for children in preschool through grade six. Thank you for your support of literacy and education!

MFOB Anti-Harassment policy

This policy expresses a commitment by the Morristown Festival of Books to provide an environment where authors, attendees, volunteers, staff, board members, and anyone connected to, or participating in the festival in any way, can feel safe while attending the festival or events connected to the festival.

The Morristown Festival of Books will not tolerate any behavior that a reasonable person would find intimidating, hostile, or offensive. Harassment of speakers, attendees, volunteers, or staff in any form will not be tolerated.

If you have any concerns you are uncomfortable with, please inform the offender. If the behavior continues or if you are uncomfortable informing the offender, contact a staff member or volunteer and the offender will be dealt with and asked to leave immediately. The Morristown Police Department will be contacted if the behavior warrants.

Still have questions?

If you don’t find the answer to your question there, visit our FAQ page or send us an email and we’ll respond as quickly as we are able to.