SEPTEMBER 28TH, 29TH AND 30TH, 2018
The Milford Readers and Writers Festival aims to inspire and ignite conversations between people who love to read books and people who write them.
Thank you for your overwhelming response and support for the Festival. The Festival passes are sold out as of today, Labor Day. Individual tickets for some of the events are now available for purchase on Eventbrite
7 PM:-“To Kill a Mockingbird”, starring Gregory Peck as "Atticus Finch", will be The Milford Theater's first feature in a series of books-to-screen events in which a classic movie is shown and people familiar with the backstories share their insights.
Mary Badham, who was chosen for the roll of “Scout” at the age of ten, and with no prior acting experience won an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress, will be on hand to talk about her relationship with "Atticus", & the film’s message of social injustice in order to insure a new generation can fully experience the film’s power & impact.
10 AM:- GENDER AND IDENTITY:-Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author SUSAN FALUDI’s ground-breaking classic “Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women” was an early exploration of anti-feminist forces that continue to resonate today. Her most recent book, “In the Darkroom” is a memoir about her relationship with her transgender father and the nature of identity.
She will be interviewed by CAROL JENKINS an Emmy winning anchor and correspondent for NBC-TV in New York for 25 years and now hosts “Black America” a new series on CUNY TV.
11:30AM:- WORDS WON’T DIE -THE BRAVE NEW WORLD OF PUBLISHING: - Three publishing veterans will talk about the radical way the publishing industry has changed, and how those changes impact writers and readers. Our panelists will include publisher and entrepreneur JANE FRIEDMAN, who was CEO of Harper/Collins and founder of Open Road Integrated Media, the first major digital publisher of back-list books; BROOKE WARNER, publisher of She Writes Press; she has experience in both traditional and new publishing; and JULIE BARTON, author of The NY Times best seller “Dog Medicine, How My Dog Saved Me From Myself", which she self published and which was later picked up by Penguin Random House.
WORDS WON'T DIE will be moderated by intellectual property attorneyROBERT LEVINE.
2PM:- WRITING ABOUT WAR: - This panel will explore the experience of writing about war through both fiction
and reportage. Our panelists will be journalist and historian FRANCIS FITZGERALD, who won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for her book “Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam”, based upon her on-the-ground reporting; and PHIL KLAY, who served as a marine for 13 months in Iraq and won the National Book Award for his short story collection “Redeployment” based upon his experiences.
WRITING ABOUT WAR will be moderated by LUCIAN TRUSCOTT IVwho as the third generation of a military family, attended West Point and wrote the acclaimed novel “Dress Grey” about his time there. He has written extensively about the military and was a columnist for the Village Voice.
3:45PM:-SOLD OUT!- IF I UNDERSTOOD YOU, WOULD I HAVE THIS LOOK ON MY FACE. Actor, Director, screen-writer and author of three books, ALAN ALDA is best-known for his role as Hawkeye Pierce in M*A*S*H. He has won seven Emmys and has been nominated for an Academy Award and Tony. His latest book is entitled “If I Understood You, Would I have This Look on My Face”.
He will be in conversation with the first editor of Ms. Magazine, SUZANNE BRAUN LEVINE, who writes extensively about women in mid-life.
10:Am:-LIFE, LIBERTY AND OTHER PURSUITS:- A dialog about Politics, the Constitution and What Comes Next between ANDREW NAPOLITANO, who went from being a judge on the New Jersey Superior Court to a celebrity when he became the Fox News legal analyst and commentator. He has written nine books on politics and the law; and JOE SESTAK, who was Congressman from Pennsylvania's 7th District and is a retired 2-star admiral. He was on the National Security staff under President Clinton and ran for Senate in 2010.
The conversation will be moderated by SEAN STRUB, activist, author and Mayor of Milford.
11:30AM:-THREE NEW YORKER CARTOONISTS TALK ABOUT FUNNY:- New Yorker Cartoonists CHRISTOPHER WEYANT and DAVID BORCHART join cartoonist and media commentator BOB ECKSTEIN in a conversation about creating humor. There will be plenty of funny cartoons shown.
THREE NEW YORKER CARTOONISTS TALK ABOUT FUNNY will be moderated by CAROL MCMANUS...
Throughout the weekend there will be panels and readings at venues all over town.
For more information on the free panels around town and everything else, visit milfordreadersandwriters.com
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Milford is located 75 miles from New York City, right where the states of Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey meet. Shortline Bus Company offers frequent bus service to Milford from the Port Authority in New York City and MetroNorth trains go to Port Jervis, New York, which is eight miles from Milford. Cab services are availble to meet train passengers.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
The theater does not allow any outside food or beverages and the festival is a smoke-free event.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Will the featured authors sign books?
Yes, there will be scheduled booksignings with the three Main Stage authors, as well as many more who will be participating in other aspects of the festival's program. A "pop-up" bookstore will be operating during the festival..
Where can I stay overnight?
There are a number of great lodging options in Milford that can be found at milfordpa.us
What else is there to do in Milford?
Milford is a classic American small town, the Pike County, PA, seat and the north gate to the 70,000-acre Delaware Water Gap National Park. About 75% of Milford comprises a National Historic District with great architecture, attractive boutiques, galleries and specialty shops. Heritage attractions include Grey Towers National Historic Site, the Pike County Historical Society's Columns Museum, with its famous collection of Lincolnalia, and more. Raymondskill Falls, the tallest waterfall in Pennsylvania, is three miles from Milford village.