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. Since its inception, it has taken the form of a two-day event that takes place in the autumn and features in-person talks by world-class authors across every genre for all ages. The opening night has typically been a ticketed Keynote Event featuring an amazing headline speaker. Prior to pandemic impacts, the Main Festival took place on Saturday, rain or shine, at several beautiful locations in the heart of historic downtown Morristown, NJ. The Main Fest, which includes our special KidFest, is open to the public and, aside from select ticketed talks, 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.
Planning is underway for a Fall 2021 event! We are currently determining the best way to adapt in order to bring our wonderful authors and beloved readers of all ages together while prioritizing everyone’s safety and well-being. CDC guidelines will determine our decisions and safety protocols as we proceed.
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 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. Virtual events are held through the Zoom platform.
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.
Morristown Festival of Books is 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.
The Morristown Festival of Books is committed to making the arts accessible to all people and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, at least one month prior to the Festival.
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.
The 2021 Morristown Festival of Books is generously presented by Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management.
Linda L. Hellstrom, Founder
Caroline Godfrey, Co-Chair
Karen Gruenberg, Co-Chair
Elizabeth K. Parker
Diane Naughton Washburne