ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Mark your calendars today for our 6th annual Festival: October 11 & 12, 2019!

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 featured a full roster of authors at our 5th annual Festival in beautiful downtown Morristown, New Jersey. We were also thrilled to welcome our Keynote Speaker, Former U.S. Senator and Secretary of State John Kerry with moderator Ann Curry! To see the list of incredible authors featured in previous years, click here.

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 was MFOB’s 2018 charitable partner?

Morristown Festival of Books partnered with the Morris Educational Foundation (MEF), an organization that enriches the educational opportunities for the more than 5,100 students in each of the 10 schools within the Morris School District.  

The Morris Educational Foundation and the Morristown Festival of Books are partnering to provide the Morris School District school libraries with books to enrich social and emotional learning.  Social and emotional learning involves the process through which children and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.  Both organizations along with the Morris School District are committed to helping students on their educational journey by providing resources and supports that further the development of self-management, social awareness, responsible decision making and positive relationship skills. 

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.

ADA Compliance

The Morristown Festival of Books is committed to making the arts accessible to all people and to providing services that encourage and promote equal access for all citizens. MFOB does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to, treatment of, or employment or volunteering in its programs and/or activities. Upon advance request, appropriate accommodation will be provided, if possible, to allow individuals with disabilities to participate in the Morristown Festival of Books programs.

Individuals needing special assistance should contact Kraft Events at 908-221-0448, or by email at info@morristownbooks.org, at least one month prior to the Festival.

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.