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Program Details

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Schedule

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Friday, October 21, 2022

Saturday, October 22, 2022

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Donation Bag Pickup

Thank you for your donation. Please stop by the City Center to pick up your SBF Tote as our way of saying Thank You.

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Literary Marketplace

Your Saratoga Book Festival experience won’t be complete without stopping by our first-ever Literary Marketplace! Conveniently located in SBF’s hub in the Saratoga Springs City Center, the Marketplace will host more than 75 local and nationally known writers, publishers, book-related businesses, artisans, nonprofits, and more! Plus, a special KidZone area will features more than 20 children’s authors and illustrators!

The Literary Marketplace is the perfect place to meet writers, buy your own signed copy of their books, browse the Friends of the Saratoga Springs Public Library’s Used Book Sale Table, and stop by the SBF Café for a coffee and nosh run by our friends at The Bread Basket Bakery. At the KidZone, families can take their pictures with Longshot the Moose and other story book characters, listen to some stories, and do a treasure hunt.

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Keynote with Gregory Maguire, Bestselling Author of Wicked (Ticket Required)

Tickets are required for this event.  Click on the "Get Ticket" button above to purchase your ticket. 

Bestselling author Gregory Maguire continues to explore the world beyond Oz and the WICKEDverse by discussing his latest novels The Brides of Maracoor (2021) and The Oracle of Maracoor (2022).

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Spilling Tea: A Women & Fiction Panel with Elizabeth Everett, Lyn Liao Butler, Mia P. Manansala, Lynn Painter

Elizabeth Everett (A Perfect Equation), Lyn Liao Butler (Red Thread of Fate), Mia P. Manansala, (Blackmail and Bibingka), and Lynn Painter (Better than the Movies), discuss their novels, characters, writing process, inspiration and more…

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Story Hour "Read Alouds" for Children Ages 2-5 (Registration Required)

Due to limited seating available, pre-registration is required for this session. Click on the "Get Ticket" button above to reserve your FREE ticket. 

What could be better than a story hour in the Saratoga Springs Public Library? Our local “celebrity” teachers and librarians will don costumes and read some of their favorite Fall and Halloween books. For ages 2 to 5 in collaboration with The Children's Museum at Saratoga!!! Saratoga Springs Public Library, Children’s Area, Lower Level, 49 Henry St, Saratoga Springs, NY.

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What the Death of Local Newspaper Means to Us All
Ken Tingley
Ken Tingley
Author
Will Doolittle
Will Doolittle
Post-Star, Journalist
Mark Mahoney
Mark Mahoney
The Daily Gazette, Editorial Page Editor
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Eric Hoppel
NYS Senate, Department of Media Services

Each year, more cities and small towns across the U.S. lose their local newspaper. Ken Tingley, author of The Last American Editor and The Last American Newspaper, and Eric Hoppel join editors from local/regional newspapers in a conversation about the impact hometown papers have on their communities and what happens when they shut their doors. 

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A Woman of Endurance: Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa with Kim van Alkemade

Combining the haunting power of Toni Morrison’s Beloved with the evocative atmosphere of Phillippa Gregory’s A Respectable Trade, Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa’s A Woman of Endurance illuminates a little discussed aspect of history—the Puerto Rican Atlantic Slave Trade—witnessed through the experiences of Pola, an African captive used as a breeder to bear more slaves. In conversation with historical novelist Kim van Alkemade, the author of Bachelor Girl and Orphan #8

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Girl Power Panel: Jennifer Dugan, Isabel Sterling, and Allyson Dahlin with Catherine Brenner
Catherine Brenner
Catherine Brenner
Saratoga Springs Public Library, Head of Youth Services

Join YA authors Jennifer Dugan, Isabel Sterling, and Allyson Dahlin for a lively book chat with Catherine Brenner from SSPL about bad ass heroines and why we love to read about them.

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Make Your Own Bookmark Workshop (Registration Required)

Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required for this session. Click on the "Get Ticket" button above to reserve your FREE ticket. 

Make your own bookmark workshop for grades 1 through 3.

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Wonderous Foods & Intriguing Stories with Gastro Obscura’s Dylan Thuras
Steve Barnes
Steve Barnes
Times Union, Senior Writer, Restaurants, Food and the Arts

Created by the ever-curious minds behind Atlas Obscura, Gastro Obscura is a New York Times, USA Today, and national indie bestselling breathtaking guide that will transform your sense of what people around the world eat and drink. Co-editor Dylan Thuras, in conversation with the Albany Times Union's Steve Barnes, will take you on a tour of surprising ingredients, food adventures, and edible wonders from the world’s seven continents. Pull up a chair—this session will be held at Walt & Whitman Brewing Company (the former Saratogian building on the corner of Lake & Maple Ave.)

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Writing Thrillers with Gregory Galloway, Mandy McHugh and Peter Steiner

Gregory Galloway, author of Just Thieves, Mandy McHugh author of Chloe Cates is Missing, and Peter Steiner, author of The Constant Man and The Inconvenient German (Willi Geistmeier thrillers) discuss the thrills and chills that twist the plots of their latest novels. 

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Artists as Authors: Photography Authors Duane Michals and Bryan Sansivero with Lisa Schlansker Kolosek

Some authors are so creative their talents stretch beyond the page. Here, photographers Duane Michals and Bryan Sansivero discuss their creativity beyond the written word with Tang Museum Curator, Lisa Schlansker Kolosek.

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Dog Meets World: Bestselling Author and Scientist Alexandra Horowitz with Lora Bacharach
Lora Bacharach
Lora Bacharach
PAWS, Session Moderator

If you’re a dog owner, you probably focus much of your energy on training. But the most useful way to really understand a dog is to understand them from the inside out. No recent book has been a better guide to this than dog researcher Alexandra Horowitz’s Inside of a Dog, a book that spent 65 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.  Now Horowitz delivers insight into how dogs grow into themselves with her new book, The Year of the Puppy. Horowitz, one of the most highly regarded and popular experts on dog cognition, heads the Dog Cognition Lab at Barnard College. She is a frequent opinion writer on dog cognition and behavior. Alexandra will be joined by Lora Bacharach of PAWS.

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Keynote with New York Times Bestselling Author Meg Wolitzer (Ticket Purchase Required)
Susan Kress
Susan Kress
Moderator

Tickets are required for this event.  Click on the "Get Ticket" button above to purchase your ticket. 

Susan Kress interviews Meg Wolitzer about the author’s acclaimed novels, the experience of watching film adaptations of two of her works and the joys of writing for children. Wolitzer is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including The Interestings, The Wife, and The Female Persuasion. Her latest is the children’s picture book Millions of Maxes. In addition to writing, Wolitzer hosts the literary radio show and podcast Selected Shorts

Please note all attendees and participants of this session will need to show proof of vaccination and wear masks to enter at the request of our author. Thank you for your cooperation.

Presented in partnership with our Cultural Partner, Yaddo.

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Telling Your Story: Dottie Pepper and Ray O’Conor in Discussion with Jack Rightmyer

Saratoga’s own Dottie Pepper and Ray O’Conor recount the moving personal histories that lead them each to write memoirs. Pepper, a 17-time LPGA Tour winner, two-time major champion and lead CBS golf reporter, wrote Letters to a Future Champion as a loving tribute to “Mr. Pulver,” a retired PGA golf professional who had an enormous impact on her character as well as her golf skills. Ray O’Conor is the author of, She Called Him Raymond… a true Story of Love, Loss, Faith and Healing. Ray left his position as a bank CEO to research and write the hidden story of his mother, Helen Gregg, and his namesake Clarence R. Stephenson, two ordinary people who led extraordinary lives during the most tumultuous period in history. Conversation will be moderated by Jack Rightmyer.

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Bestselling Fiction Author Jung Yun in Conversation with Karin Lin-Greenberg

Join a literary conversation with Jung Yun (O Beautiful!) with author and Siena College faculty member Karin Lin-Greenberg. Named a New York Times Editors’ Choice Book, O Beautiful! is an unflinching portrayal of a woman trying to come to terms with the ghosts of her past and the tortured realities of a deeply divided America. 

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YA Graphic Novel Workshop with Ira Marcks (Registration Required)
Ira Marcks
Ira Marcks
Author

Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required for this session. Click on the "Get Ticket" button above to reserve your FREE ticket. 

Note: This session is currently sold out, however you may check back later to see if there have been any cancellations.

Ira Marcks writes and draws graphic novels for young readers. His latest books Shark Summer and Spirit Week have been recommended by The New York Times, BuzzFeed, and the American Library Association. Marcks is a Top Teacher in the creative learning community Skillshare and co-hosts the Cartoon Feelings podcast.

In this instructional workshop, Marcks will teach a lesson in comic art with a slideshow presentation and interactive short project. The session is best suited to middle school and up. Space limited to 30 participants.

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YA Panel with Kalynn Bayron, Meredith Ireland, Emma Kress, and Steve Sheinkin

Acclaimed nonfiction author Steve Sheinkin facilitates a discussion about trends in YA literature with Meredith Ireland (The Jasmine Project and Everyone Hates Kelsie Miller), Emma Kress (Dangerous Play) and Kalynn Bayron (Cinderella is Dead, This Poisoned Heart, and This Wicked Fate)

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Debut Author Panel: Emma Kress, Mandy McHugh, and Nicolas DiDomizio with Minita Sanghvi

Ever wonder what it’s like to finally get an acceptance letter from a publisher? Is it harder or easier to right your second book? Emma Kress (Dangerous Play), Nicolas DiDomizio (Burn It All Down), and Mandy McHugh (Chloe Cates is Missing), discuss their insights and experiences on the road to publication with Saratoga’s own Minita Sanghvi, author of Happy Endings, the first lesbian romance to be published in India.

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Mystery and Suspense: A Literary Conversation - Elizabeth Brundage and Jennifer Fawcett with Jack Rightmyer

Esteemed Albany-based writer Elizabeth Brundage (The Vanishing Point) and Skidmore Prof and Saratoga’s own Jennifer Fawcett (Beneath the Stairs) talk with Jack Rightmyer, a freelance arts writer for the Albany Times-Union about their books and their writing process. 

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What the Ancient World Still Teaches Us

Greek, Romans, Egyptians…oh my: Four esteemed historians take a look at events in Ancient history. Barry Strauss (The War That Made the Roman Empire: Antony, Cleopatra, and Octavian at Actium) facilitates a conversation with James Romm, (The Sacred Band: Three Hundred Theban Lovers and the Last Days of Greek Freedom), Francine Prose (Cleopatra: Her History, Her Myth), and Emily Katz Anhalt (Embattled: How Ancient Greek Myths Empower Us to Resist Tyranny). 

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Literary Death Match
Adrian Todd Zuniga
Adrian Todd Zuniga
Host of the Literary Death Match
Jung Yun
Jung Yun
Author
Rachel Person
Rachel Person
Northshire Bookstore, Event Manager
Beck Krefting
Beck Krefting
Professor of American Studies, Skidmore College, Literary Death Match Judge

Literary Death Match, co-created by Adrian Todd Zuniga, marries the literary and performative aspects of Def Poetry Jam, rapier-witted quips of American Idol’s judging (without any meanness), and the ridiculousness and hilarity of Double Dare.

Each episode of this competitive, humor-centric reading series features a thrilling mix of four famous and emerging authors (all representing a literary publication, press or concern — online, in print or live) who perform their most electric writing in seven minutes or less before a lively audience and a panel of three all-star judges. After each pair of readings, the judges — focused on literary merit, performance and intangibles — take turns spouting hilarious, off-the-wall commentary about each story, then select their favorite to advance to the finals.

The two finalists then compete in the Literary Death Match finale, which trades in the show’s literary sensibility for an absurd and comical climax to determine who takes home the Literary Death Match crown.

It may sound like a circus — and that's half the point. Literary Death Match is passionate about inspecting new and innovative ways to present text off the page, and the most fascinating part about the LDM is how seriously attentive the audience is during each reading. We've called this the great literary ruse: an audacious and inviting title, a harebrained finale, but in-between the judging creates a relationship with the viewer as a judge themselves.

Sunday, October 23, 2022

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Literary Champion Award Presentation

Presented by the Friends of the Saratoga Springs Public Library

The annual Literary Champion Award recognizes people in our community who have made exceptional contributions to literary advocacy and commitment to encouraging a lifelong love of reading. This year’s award goes to five high school seniors--Anabelle Brueggemann, Maddie Cook, Mia Hayes, Ava Kuruzovich, and Ciara Meyer—for founding Stories for Success, a 501(c)(3) organization that’s dedicated to encouraging families to read to babies and young children. The volunteer-led team provides books to new parents at Saratoga Hospital.  In the past 21 months, Stories for Success has distributed 1170 book bags and 2349 books in our community.

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The Literary Champion Award event is free and open to the public. Since space is limited, guests are encouraged to add this to their agendas.

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"KID NOTE" Featuring Lauren Tarshis with Steve Sheinkin

Presented in partnership with Northshire Bookstore.

Admission to the "KID NOTE" is free but seating will be limited. Click on the "Get Ticket" button above to reserve your FREE ticket.

SBF and Northshire Bookstore have teamed up to present Lauren Tarshis, the festival’s first-ever KID NOTE event. Tarshis is the New York Times bestselling author of the I SURVIVED series of historical fiction books. Each of these widely popular books focuses on an iconic event from history and tells the story through the eyes of a child who was there. The theme of the series is resilience: how human beings can struggle through even the most difficult experiences and somehow not simply survive but heal — and ultimately thrive.

Lauren is also the author of the critically acclaimed Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree, a Golden Kite honor book for fiction and Oprah book club pick, and the sequel Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell in Love. The books are on many state lists and are often used by schools as part of anti-bully programs.

In addition to writing books, Lauren is Senior Vice President & Editor-in-Chief/Publisher of Scholastic Magazines+. She is the long-time editor of Scholastic Storyworks magazine, an award-winning multi-genre language arts magazine read by more than 1 million children in their fourth and fifth grade classrooms.

Lauren has spoken at hundreds of schools, libraries and conferences. Her presentation takes students deep into her research and writing process and reveals her own personal story of coping with reading struggles when she was young. Her school presentation is dynamic and interactive and allows ample time for student questions about the historical events that Lauren writes about, helping guide young readers in their personal quests to learn more.