Lewes should be proud of history book festival

October 10, 2017

Yet another event showing why the Lewes-Rehoboth region attracts so many. I just completed seven hours of stimulating presentations by renowned authors of historic books (fiction and non). The first such festival in America. It gives new depth to The First Town in the First State.

The content themes varied from the Great War, to jazz and drugs, to Black Lives Matter, to pirates and their families. And we learned how the writing projects were conceived and evolved, the research and learning processes, and how the effort extended knowledge and understanding. From a person with curiosity to questions, from research to answers. Each "His-Story" book a similar/but different process, because each person's story is unique.

The quality of my experience was derived from a two-year collaboration of civic, religious, business groups, and the sustained efforts of a dedicated volunteer group. The effort was co-chaired by Jen Mason (Biblion), and Ron Collins.

The funding came from major grants from Delaware Humanities Forum, and iHeart Media, with local businesses (Schell, Biblion, Browseabout Books, Cape Gazette, and the Lee Ann Wilkinson Group), and many significant individual donations. That made the presentation free to participants.

Books were available for purchase and could be autographed. A win:win for all. I am certain that I speak for many when I extend my congratulations and gratitude to all involved.

Eric Kafka


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