The History Book Festival @Lewes held a pre-launch reception May 22 at The Inn at Canal Square. This will be the first book festival of its kind in the nation. History Book Festival @Lewes will be devoted to a wide range of new books on history, both fiction and non-fiction including adult and children's titles. The dates of the festival will be Oct. 6-7, 2017.
The festival will be a collaboration with partners including nonprofits, the public and businesses. The primary focus of the festival will be new books being released and promoted. Partners to date are the Greater Lewes Foundation, the Lewes Public Library, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society and Coastal Concerts.
Organizers plan to build more additional community partnerships to collaborate with and benefit more nonprofits, educational institutions and businesses. On June 29, festival organizers and partners, the Rehoboth Film Society, will screen the HBO documentary "50 Children:The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus," produced by Steve Pressman.
Pressman, author of the book by the same title, will speak and sign books at the screening. Opportunities are still available for the laying of the foundation of the festival. Organizers are seeking volunteers, hosts, sponsors and ambassadors.