Bucks County Book Fest unites authors and readers in Doylestown

Hadas Kuznits
October 12, 2019 - 10:37 am
A selection of books on display.

Courtesy of Bucks County Book Fest

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DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Even if you're not a big reader, there's something special that happens when you come face-to-face with a storyteller.

"You meet authors and you think, 'Oh, yeah,' and it turns you on to the stories that they're telling," said Elle Green, co-chair of the Bucks County Book Festival, which begins Saturday at multiple locations in Doylestown.

"We bring 50 authors into Bucks County over two days and the idea is to connect author and reader and to celebrate literature and to listen to the storytellers of our time," Green said of the event, with guests including "Star Wars" novelist Chuck Wendig and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anna Quindlen.

The festival is in its second year, but there is a lot going on.

"We have a kids fest and then we have a writer's workshop and an illustrator's workshop," said Green. "We have something called Books and Brew, that's the first time this year we're trying that—we have ten different authors that are going to make their way around to three different bars and restaurants."

While they have some diverse authors represented on Saturday, including LGBTQ writers and authors of color, Green admitted there is a lack of representation on Sunday's schedule. "We really regret that," she said.

Green explained they're making diversity more of a priority as they consider authors for next year.

"If you have an author that you want to see at next year's book festival and you know how to connect with them personally," she said, "we're going to ask for your information so you can come help us do that."

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