History Book Festival

Introducing the first History Book Festival, Lewes, Delaware, Oct. 6 & 7, 2017

The History Book Festival is a first-of-its kind way to hear more than 20 best-selling authors of current non-fiction and fiction. We’ve selected writers and subjects to appeal to history buffs and readers ranging from the most serious to the more casual.  Their discussions will be introduced by experts who will share insights and facilitate audience questions. 

What You Need to Know About the History Book Festival

Lewes — The First Town in the First State. Set in a town with unexpectedly rich history and architecture, graced with beautiful bay and ocean beaches, two lighthouses and a famous ferry, the festival is expected to draw people from up and down the East Coast. The schedule will ensure there’s time for you to carry the Festival out into Lewes’ historical, dining and shopping districtHere's more background on how we developed the concept.

How The Festival Works

Friday Evening, Oct. 6 Keynote

James L. Swanson, author of Manhunt, The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killerwill kick off the Festival with the highly acclaimed presentation he performs at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC. Click here to buy tickets.  The presentation will take place in the new auditorium at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes.

Saturday, Oct. 7 Sessions

All Saturday sessions are FREE to attend!

Book Sales and Signings

Books will be available for purchase at the Festival.

Want to read them in advance? Buying your books at Biblion Books in Lewes and Browseabout Books in Rehoboth helps to support the Festival. Remember, there’s no admission charge for any of the Saturday sessions. When you buy your book at these booksellers, you will receive a special bookmark that entitles you to get that individual book signed. You will receive the designated bookmark for each book you purchase.

If you prefer to buy a book elsewhere, you can still get it signed by purchasing the designated bookmark for $10 at the Festival.

Especially for Writers

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about how to acquire an agent from noted literary agent, Deborah Grovsner.

Where Do I Go?

Most events will take place in the new Lewes Public Library and adjacent former library building, now the Margaret C. Rollins Community Center and Lewes History Museum. Additional events will take place at the venerable St. Peter’s Episcopal Church downtown.

How Do I Get Around Town?

You may find the distances between Saturday sessions easily walkable. Free shuttles will also be making the circuit between events.  More info to come on where everything is and when it is!

What about the kids?

Authors for children and young adults will also be featured. Several writers will also visit students at Cape Henlopen High School.

What’s the background of the History Book Festival?

This is first-ever book festival devoted exclusively to history — a perfect match with Lewes’s rich historical heritage.  The Festival is a nonprofit event recently formed through the Greater Lewes Foundation. The Festival will be an annual event. Save the date for 2018 —  Sept. 28 and 29.

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