What exactly is a Festival of Books?

Book festivals happen all over the world and can take many shapes and sizes. Our particular festival is wonderfully unique. (In fact, we’ve been hailed as “the best” and “truly outstanding” by authors, publishers, and delighted participants of all kinds but let’s keep that a little quiet so we don’t make other festivals jealous!)

What happens at the Morristown Festival of Books?

  • In-person talks by more than 50 world-class authors, representing every imaginable genre, including Pulitzer Prize winners, Caldecott medalists, New York Times chart toppers, and more.
  • Book signings by these wonderful authors: yes, you can meet your literary idol!
  • Brand-new, beautiful books for purchase (and then signed, and possibly selfied with, as noted above).
  • Discussion, insight, laughter, snacks, book-loving camaraderie, tote-bag-strapitis.

All of this is open to the public and, aside from select ticketed talks, free of charge. It’s an annual two-day event that takes place each autumn. The opening night is a ticketed Keynote Event featuring one (or sometimes a pair of) amazing headline speaker. The Main Festival takes place all day on Saturday (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.), rain or shine, at several beautiful locations in the heart of historic downtown Morristown, NJ. There are plenty of red-shirted volunteers to direct you once you arrive.

Now, does this sound like something you want to miss? Of course not. Mark that calendar and make your plans now. We can’t wait to see you at our next Fest: October 9 & 10, 2020!

Our Mission

The Morristown Festival of Books celebrates the power of the written word to challenge, transport, and transform us as individuals and to bring us together in conversation as a community. Become a Sponsor »

Get involved

Interested in supporting the Morristown Festival of Books? Visit our support page to learn more about volunteering, sponsorships, and other giving opportunities.

MFOB authors

To see the list of incredible authors who have appeared at the Festival over the years, please click here.


Questions about the Festival? Reach out via our contact page and we will get back to you asap!


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