ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Our 2016 Festival took place on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1. Stay tuned for next year’s dates!

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 2017 Festival will feature a full roster of authors in Morristown, New Jersey in the fall of 2017, 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.

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. 

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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 2014 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 was MFOB’s 2016 charitable partner?

afterschoolonsouthIn 2016, our board decided to partner with locally-based literacy organization Afterschool on South, a proven and established tutoring and enrichment program in Morristown that offers a safe and caring after-school environment for children of working parents, many of them from ESL families, in grades K – 8 in Morristown and the surrounding areas. 

Program participants are largely students whose working parents are not able to be home after school. The program replicates what otherwise might take place in a private home: children receive a healthy snack in a welcoming environment, participate alongside their peers in structured homework time, outdoor recreation  tutoring from certified subject specialist teachers, and enrichment classes in art, music and sports. 

In addition to the services provided to the children, Afterschool on South provides parents who do not speak English personalized assistance translating and filling out communications from their child’s backpacks. As a result, the parents stay well-informed and up to date with critical programs and opportunities within the school their child is attending.

Our proceeds from the “$20 for 20” raffle will go directly to funding scholarships for children whose parents cannot afford the weekly tuition and furnishing materials for reading nooks. 

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.