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.
Book festivals happen all over the world and can take many shapes and sizes. Our particular festival is wonderfully unique. A two-day event that takes place in the autumn, it features in-person talks by world-class authors across every genre for all ages. The opening night is a ticketed Keynote Event featuring an amazing headline speaker. The Main Festival and KidFest take place on Saturday, rain or shine, at beautiful, historic locations in the heart of historic downtown Morristown, NJ. All events are open to the public and, aside from select ticketed talks, are free of charge.
2020 brought unprecedented challenges and the in-person Festival was curtailed. In its stead, MFOB@Home was launched in early 2021, bringing a live virtual event series to our dedicated audience and furthering our mission to keep the community connected through the power of the written word. We were delighted that our Fall 2021 event was back in person! It was carefully adapted in order to bring our wonderful authors and beloved readers of all ages together while prioritizing everyone’s safety and well-being.
As we kick off plans for our this year’s event, we are thrilled to join together with our supporters and sponsors to bring the Morristown Festival of Books back to the full glory of a two-day, multi-author, in-person event in October 2022!
Please mark your calendar to save the dates: October 7 & 8, 2022
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 its 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.
For in-person events, Festival venues have included 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, 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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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 multiple authors. You may find your favorite author or have fun learning about others not as familiar to you.
We’d love your help! We welcome donors at any level. A number of area book clubs have pooled individual member donations in order to become sponsors. 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.
The 2021 Morristown Festival of Books was generously presented by Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management.
Linda L. Hellstrom, Founder
Wendy Supron, Chair
Elizabeth K. Parker
Diane Naughton Washburne